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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?

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source: Areamobile(translated) via E'sPhoneBlog

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2010, 23:25

6. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

But the Droid has two processors

posted on 11 Jan 2010, 00:16

8. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 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.

posted on 11 Jan 2010, 01:37

10. sinfulta (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 11 Jan 2010, 06:31

11. VZWEMP (Posts: 158; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Actually the iPhone's processor is a Samsung S5PC100 ARM Cortex A8 (833 underclocked to 600MHz) -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone The Droid's processor is a TI OMAP 3430 Arm Cortex A8 (600 underclocked to 550MHz -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_Droid

posted on 10 Jan 2010, 22:49

2. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)

is G's PhoneBlog really a creditable source lol

posted on 10 Jan 2010, 23:00

3. oddmanout (Posts: 443; Member since: 22 May 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.

posted on 10 Jan 2010, 23:08

4. gdgt1 (Posts: 8; Member since: 09 Jan 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.

posted on 11 Jan 2010, 00:26

9. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2010, 23:18

5. rhomaion (Posts: 187; Member since: 23 Sep 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.

posted on 10 Jan 2010, 23:55

7. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 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

posted on 11 Jan 2010, 08:29

12. FlexSurferOne (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Mar 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

posted on 11 Jan 2010, 11:23

13. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 11 Jan 2010, 17:00

14. rwolf1984 (Posts: 532; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 12 Jan 2010, 11:29

15. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 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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