Battle of the Browsers: Gold to iPhone, Silver for HD2 and DROID gets the Bronze

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Battle of the Browsers: Gold to iPhone, Silver for HD2 and DROID gets the Bronze
German blog Areamobile decided to match up 7 of today's hottest smartphones (conspicuous by its absence was the Nexus One) to determine which of the models had the fastest browser. Each phone was required to down load the same page, obviously, and coming in last with the slowest time of 12 seconds was the BlackBerry Storm2. Slightly better with a reading of 11 seconds, the Nokia N97 mini. Number 5 with a time of 10 seconds, was the Palm Pre. The Maemo powered Nokia 900 was number 4. As for the top 3 units, the bronze medal for third place goes to the Motorola DROID with a time of 8 seconds. Silver medal is awarded to the HTC HD2 with its time of 6 seconds. Finally, the Gold medal goes to the iPhone 3GS with a time slightly faster than the HD2. Will the handset start doing Wheaties commercials?

Apple iPhone 3GS Specifications | Review
HTC HD2 Specifications | Review
Motorola DROID Specifications | Review
Palm Pre Specifications | Review
Nokia N900 Specifications | Review
Nokia N97 mini Specifications | Review
RIM BlackBerry Storm2 Specifications

source: Areamobile(translated) via E'sPhoneBlog



1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i'm happy for the droid. plenty fast for me.

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

But the Droid has two processors

8. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

DROID uses the same TI OMAP 3430 chipset as the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre. The DROID'S processor is actually downclocked to 550mhz as opposed to 600mhz for the other two devices.

10. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The droid does have two processor's. One is dedicated for CPU which is the same as the as the PRE, IPHONE also. IPHONE = TI-OMAP A8 3430 Processor clocking 600Mhz MOTO DROID = TI-OMAP A8 3430 Processor underclocked (Yes, Under clocked for slightly extended battery life) 550Mhz + C64X GPU Chip 430Mhz. Can someone please make some bad ass games for Moto Droid? It has so much hardware not being used. PALM PRE/PRE+ = TI-OMAP A8 3430 Processor underclocked 500Mhz (Also underclocked for slightly extended battery life) and GPU PowerVR SGX 530 graphics chipset (Nobody has figured out it's actually speed yet) Probably mostly because Palm is being ass'es about development at the moment and just recently (this week) got development going. So I guess we'll find out? Anyone work at EA games that can tell us since they were using the GPU for some of the new games? Nice things about the TI 3430 Processor's is they are way quicker than the prior now outdated Arm 11/9 units without having to jump up the Mhz the Arm processors had too. AKA Samsung Moment using a ARM 11 800MHZ Processor. Other nice thing about the TI 3430, is saying with software updates processor could be over-clocked from it's stock 600Mhz up to 800Mhz and the only thing that would really suffer is 10-15% decrease in your battery life. All three hardware's can handle it with ease.


Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Actually the iPhone's processor is a Samsung S5PC100 ARM Cortex A8 (833 underclocked to 600MHz) - The Droid's processor is a TI OMAP 3430 Arm Cortex A8 (600 underclocked to 550MHz -

2. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

is G's PhoneBlog really a creditable source lol

3. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Palm pre can do flash (starting next month) so its gold in my eyes! But i guess this only counts for speed and not performance. If it were a performance test, i'm thinkin pre will be the major competitor.

4. gdgt1

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 09, 2010

Duh!...iPhone is fastest phone ever! ...all haters please think Apple not AT&T ...Apple is built on strong UNIX for people that want best performance and best security ...sad to see a lot of people are against that.

9. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

None of your posts have any facts or substance to them what so ever

5. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Hmm, I was wooting for the palm pre but this article is painfully accurate. And although the htc hd2's browser ( opera mini ) beat the android as far as speed there is no way in hell it has near the functionality of an android browser.

7. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

im not too sure if i agree with this article or these results. if a test is done to test the actual browser speeds use different devices from different manufacturers that use different internet services on the same data network because different networks have different data speeds and in different areas one carriers may not be as strong as another or if one phone (one of the unlocked nokias or hd2 may have a super fast or slow wifi connection). another qualm i have is how did the iphone beat the pre in term of web page loading. sprints evdo runs laps around at&t

12. FlexSurferOne

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 19, 2009

Its a german blog that made the test, so its definitely Sprint nor at&t and their network performance has to do with the test's results. Logically all the tests are done on the same ISP. Even if the test done in the US, it can be simply done via wifi

13. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I wouldn't count this as a major victory for the iphone. Barely a 2 second difference in loading a single web page shouldn't be the deciding factor. Pick a carrier that will get you the coverage you need and go from there.

14. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Try the HD2 running SKYFIRE!!! it will win!

15. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

In the paragraph you place the N900 as being 4th, but in the list you mistakenly list the N900 as 5th. Could you please correct the mistake in your article?

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