Browser Speed Comparison: iPhone 3GS, HTC HD 2, Palm Pre, Droid, N97

By | January 10th, 2010



Browser speed is one of the key performance parameters of a smartphone. Here is a comparison of the browser speed test between Apple iPhone 3GS, HTC HD2, Palm Pre, Motorola Droid, Nokia N97 Mini and N900 and BlackBerry Storm 2.

The tests were made with the default browser of these leading smartphones. The tests compared performance over both Wi-Fi and 3G networks with and without the stored cache.

Smartphone Default Browser 3G cached (seconds)
3G not cached (seconds)
WLAN cached (seconds)
WLAN not cached (sec)

iPhone 3GS

Safari

10

11

6

7

HTC HD2

Opera 10 Beta

10

12

6

9

Palm Pre

Palm

18

25

10

13

Moto Droid

Dolphin

11

15

8

13

N97 Mini

Opera 10 Beta

12

16

11

15

Nokia N900

Maemo

12

15

9

12

BB Storm 2

Bolt 1.6

20

24

12

24

The Apple iPhone 3GS is the winner here.

However, the test below demonstrates the accuracy of rendering Flash and AJAX content.

Smartphone

Acid3-Test

Scrolling

WLAN Time

iPhone 3GS

97

smooth

6

HTC HD2

100

smooth

6

Palm Pre

73

jerky

10

Moto Droid

93

slight jerks

8

N97 Mini

100

jerky

11

Nokia N900

93

slight jerks

9

BB Storm 2

100

jerky

12

The HTC HD2 shows best results here

These tests were conducted by AreaMobile.

Conclusion:

The Apple iPhone 3GS and HTC HD2 scores almost similar marks in these tests and gives best browsing experience, produce minimal load times and features page rendering accuracy.