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Mobile Web Wars: Android Lot Faster than iPhone

Smart phones really make life more interesting during those downtimes, like waiting for your cup of coffee, killing time on the subway, or just when you don’t want to deal with people that are physically in the same room with you. 

As Android and iPhone are starting to come head-to-head in features, functionality and fun, it is interesting to learn that web browsing on an Android is 52% times faster than on an iPhone.

That is significantly faster considering this study was conducted over 45,000 page load tests with Android’s Chrome loading 84% of the web sites faster than on iPhone’s Safari.  On average Android loading in 2.1 seconds and iPhone in 3.3 seconds.  This can feel like an eternity when your smartphone is the only thing keeping you from complete boredom as you wait for that web site to load.

These results even shocked Blaze Software Inc., a web optimization company who conducted the study. “We assumed that similar hardware specs and the same WebKit foundation would make iPhone and Android's browsers perform equally. We assumed that a faster JavaScript engine equals a faster browser. We assumed that 3G would be way slower than WiFi, even under good conditions."

Will this change your purchasing plans?

[Image courtesy of smartphoneenvy]

  • xambron
    I'm all about my full keyboard and making calls. If the phone has those features and gets decent service then I'm a happy clam.
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  • LuckyDucky7
    "Will this change your purchasing plans?"

    Come on now.
    If you want to be cool, no matter the cost, you choose the iPhone.

    If you want something that can do more than the iPhone for less, then you choose Android.

    Turns out that, as usual, the non-Apple device is faster. Reminds me of another famous debate...

    So was it really a big surprise?
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  • cadder
    iphone browsing is very slow. I wasn't sure if that was ATT's fault or Apple's fault. Now maybe we find out it is Apple's fault.
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  • dallaswits
    I am loving my android phones and tablets, lol.
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  • OMG! You mean hardware that was released a year ago is slower than phones that came out this month? Next you'll be telling me water is wet!

    The #1 sign this test is bullshit is claiming that it's the iPhone vs. "Android". WTF platform qualifies as "Android"? I'm sure I could find a Chinese knockoff suck-phone that can't load web pages worth a damn, but I suspect they used something a bit faster...
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  • this test was already outed as being invalid. They didn't test browser speeds. They tested third party app using browser plugins.

    Either test the ACTUAL built in browser or don't even do a test. Shame on Tom's hardware for not vetting a flawed study before printing it. These kinds of stories actually invalidate the integrity of the site.
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  • joytech22
    androidisnotonephoneOMG! You mean hardware that was released a year ago is slower than phones that came out this month? Next you'll be telling me water is wet!The #1 sign this test is bullshit is claiming that it's the iPhone vs. "Android". WTF platform qualifies as "Android"? I'm sure I could find a Chinese knockoff suck-phone that can't load web pages worth a damn, but I suspect they used something a bit faster...
    I had to quote your whole thing there, It seems you joined today just to nerdrage about the truth, iPhone 4 may be a year old but most Android devices have equivalent specifications.

    If you we're to pay the same amount you can buy a iPhone 4 for, you could always buy a higher-end equivalent Android device.
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  • blueer03
    You aren't on Tom's Hardware, you are on Toms Guide; a news reporting site. The web address usually gives it away...
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  • Switching to Android phones saves you 15 hours of your life after viewing 45,000 webpages. 1.2 secs saved times 45,000 = 54000 secs divided by 3600 seconds in an hour = 15 hours, so android ftw!
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  • ericburnby
    LuckyDucky7Turns out that, as usual, the non-Apple device is faster. Reminds me of another famous debate...So was it really a big surprise?
    As usual? Guess you missed the ass-whooping the iPad 2 laid down on the Xoom just the other day. A fact fandroids don't seem to want to talk about.
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