The browser wars have a new winner after major updates to platforms

The browser wars have a new winner after major updates to platforms
Just a couple of months ago, Microsoft bragged with the performance of its IE9 browser after it blew competition out of the water in a browser benchmark fight plotted by Redmond itself. But two months later, iOS 5 is official, and we have a whole new ball game. Running Mobile Safari on an iPhone 4 updated to a beta of iOS 5 shows that there's a new winner in the browser battle.

Safari scored a whopping 31fps despite the fact that it runs on a handset with a higher resolution, dwarfing the 26fps result on the WP7 handset and the 15fps on Android. The iPhone 4 sports a screen rendering 640x960 pixels in comparison to the respective Windows Phone device which only had to support 480x800 pixels. Initially, Microsoft's browser claimed to succeed due to its hardware accelerated HTML5, but while Redmond's new platform is about to use new hardware, the iPhone 4 manages to outscore with its year-old silicon.

Judging by the beta, it appears that Apple has managed to beat Microsoft at its own benchmark and while both the Mango and iOS 5 updates are expected this fall, we can't help but wonder how will the next generation of handsets coming with them look like.

source: 9to5Mac



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Translation: we all win with this friendly competition....except Android...for now anyway(ice cream sandwich?)

2. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

I would take a lower framerate with flash ability and text reflow over simple safari anyday.

25. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Ads are that important for you huh? Lol.

33. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

retards like you dont know what your missing

35. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Not missing anything at all. I have skyfire on my iphone :) And to educate you, skyfire lets iOS users view flash contents on their idevices :)

46. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

You had to pay for that too, right? We got it for free and to be honest, Its just not the same buddy. Android FTW!

52. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no honestly skyfire is much better... u can have the speed of safari and then if u need to see the occasional flash video, which honestly is very rare on my phone, u use skyfire...

55. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i've been to sites on Skyfire that have multiple videos i want to watch but i couldn't do it because Skyfire just locks on to one at a time. that's why i stopped using it.

57. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I can't test it since Skyfire dropped thier servers supporting Windows Mobile. It was a nice free app while it lasted!

66. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well when i had it you clicked on the one you wanted and then it went to that one...

68. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

when you click another video on the Android version it just loads it in the native flash format, it doesn't launch that separate player like you can with the first video it finds. i even re-downloaded it and double checked to see if they added it before i commented and sure enough it still doesn't do it. i like Skyfire though, it plays Videos it finds in it's little video popup better than Flash 10.3 with smoother frame rates and minimal lag but it doesn't work the way i need it to so native Flash is still a winner in my book.

63. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

@BobbyTaba retards like you don't know that you're is a contraction of the words 'you' and 'are' and that it's spelled you're

3. box unregistered

In order to be competitive, shouldn't there be an even playing field, i.e., all browsers running Flash and HTML5? Until then, speed tests are irrelevant unless only those browsers are compared. You should also compare in popular third-party browsers, like Skyfire and Opera Mini

53. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

this is only an html5 speed test... it doesnt take into considerstion flash...

4. Rich unregistered

FLASH FINALLY CAME TO IOS??? no? awww drats...

5. IDik unregistered

As always, the writers are all over the iphones parts...jeeze,

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if they are doing a comparison it should be with flash OFF on android. Also, which chipsets are being used for android? The GalaxyS would be the best choice as it is the same as the iphone4 on the inside. Then compare it to the galaxyS2 to see the difference in processing power. All with flash off since only android is good enough to have flash support at the moment. Yea, check with diff browsers too. It would be interesting to throw dolphin and opera in there.

22. Rich unregistered

why would u compare them with flash turned off? thats like me saying my phone doesn't have 3G or a touchscreen, so if you are going to compare it to an iphone you should turn off those features before making the comparision. bottom line is, android indeed DOES have flash, and that makes the web browsing better... so whatever, or however you want to compare so that they are on even grounds, once you turn flash back on, your not on even grounds anymore.

7. ee unregistered

This site is so bias towards IOS...., these biased propaganda sounding articles always show that stick to the facts.

8. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

would you be saying the same thing if Android or WP7 had won? iOS can win at some things too. even you have to admit the Safari Browser is a smooth beast. that said though give me Flash like 8 out of 10 times.

10. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

stop whining

9. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

You can't blame PA for reporting what appears to be facts. No matter how you may feel about the iPhone, you have to admit, Apple tries to exceed every standard that other manufactures follow. They make a touch screen, Apple makes a multiple touch screen. Someone makes a high resolution display, Apple makes a Retina display. Apple is an over achiever when it comes to putting out a product. They may not include all the features I would like but their products are top notch. If the Android browser doesn't measure up, I have to put the blame on Google for that.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

apple didnt make the retina display, nor did it invent the multitouch display, just to point that out. The only thing apple did was make a very flashy feature phone with a clarity that hadnt been seen on phones at the time. it wasnt even a smartphone for a few updates. theyve done things right, but they havent invented any new tech ei ther.

15. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Your right, they didn't MAKE these things, but they were the first to use them. LG could have kept it for themselves, but they didn't. Samsung allowed Apple to use their A4 processor before the Hummingbird came out also. As far as it starting out as a feature phone, I believe the ip4 is still a feature phone because it still can not load third party software. But the point is, they are alway pushing the envelop when it comes to specs. They may not make a game changing device with every version of the iPhone, but they always have some type of feature, even if they didn't invent it, that makes me think why didn't anyone think of this sooner.

26. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

how is the iPhone not a smartphone when it has all the functionality of a smartphone? It can load 3rd party software through the app store. And even if it couldn't it would still be a smartphone.

30. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

feature phones can run 3rd party software too, often they can download them from their carriers web portal as well as use sites like Getjar. Doesn't make them smartphones.

36. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Well the iphone is not a feature phone. It's a smartphone. Only an ignorant hater would say that it's not when all tech magazines categorizes the iphone as a smartphone and have even awarded the iphone "smartphone of the year" awards. So stop it already.

37. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Maybe third party apps wasn't the right choice of words. I should have said you can't side load apps. Smartphones are supposed to be mini computers, and our computers have the ability to download applications from anywhere. The fact that Apple has blocked that ability makes it a very, very nice feature phone. I even felt that ATT reduced their Android devices to feature phones when they blocked side loading. Cydia is great, but the fact that you have to jailbreak your phone and void the warranty just to get another source of apps is messed up.

47. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So sideloading apps is the definition of a smartphone? Come on get real. Smartphones have features such as a full web browser, exchange support etc. iPhone is definitely a smartphone and if you can't admit that you're moving over to troll territory. It's considered a smartphone by every company that sells them and every tech site and magazine.

50. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

My old LG Dare could do all that, but it wasn't considered a smartphone. And yes, exchange too through a little app called Mobile Email. Also look at it this way, when the iPhone first came out, it was introduced as a feature phone. What is the big difference between the original iPhone and the ip4? The app store? They moved it to the smartphone category because it was a damn good seller. Why wouldn't they try and squeeze an extra $30 out of customers who were standing in lines for days for this phone? There was more money in calling it a smartphone, that's it. And why wouldn't the tech sites and magazines categorize it they way ATT does? For most people, it's obviously a smartphone and I wouldn't say to them "No, it's not!". But to me it just doesn't feel like a true smartphone. It's been too stripped down, too simple.

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