Standard Function Performance
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to scroll through a web page or zoom in to click a link and having the browser stutter. It’s just as bad to change your smartphone’s orientation from portrait to landscape and have to wait for the web page to reflow – or worse, have to reload the page to fix reflow errors. These three basic functions and their performance are key.
|Function Performance||Scrolling||Zooming||Landscape/Portrait Reflow|
|Default||Sometimes Clunky||Sometimes Clunky||Responsive/Accurate|
|Dolphin HD||Smooth Once Loaded||Smooth Once Loaded||Jumpy, but Effective|
|Opera Mobile||Mostly Smooth||Mostly Smooth||Responsive/Accurate|
|Firefox||Very Smooth||Smooth but Slow to Reflow||Responsive but Slow to Reflow|
|Dolphin Mini||Smooth Once Loaded||Smooth Once Loaded||Jumpy, but Effective|
|Opera Mini||Very Smooth||Very Smooth||Responsive/Accurate|
|Skyfire||Sometimes Clunky||Sometimes Clunky||Jumpy, Slow to Reflow|
The default browser is by far the worst in this category, constantly balking when navigating through complex web pages, or even pages with just a few handfuls of photos. Its ability to change orientation is amazingly snappy, though.
The Dolphin browsers clearly use the same engine to poke through a web page. As long as the page isn’t still loading, things function smoothly.
Opera and Firefox are clear leaders here. They each have a few minor quirks, but are very effective overall.