Android’s Browser Is Way Faster Than Safari On The iPhone

Android’s Browser Is Way Faster Than Safari On The iPhone

Blaze Software conducted a ridiculously comprehensive browser speed test between Android and iPhone to determine which platform has the faster browser. After 45,000 tests, they found that in terms of straight line browser speed, the Android browser smokes the iPhone.


The Android browser was on average 52 per cent faster than the iPhone, which meant an average time of 2.1 seconds per site load vs 3.2 seconds for the iPhone. That’s a pretty big difference! And Android was consistently faster than the iPhone too, in Blaze’s tests, Android bested the iPhone in 84 per cent of the tested websites with the iPhone only winning 16 per cent of the time.

Also interesting: The much ballyhooed JavaScript speed improvements in iOS 4.3 and Android 2.3 don’t actually make their browser load websites any faster. There was actually a slight dip in load times between iOS 4.3 and 4.2 (3.25 seconds vs 3.18 seconds on iPhone 4.2) and only a modest gain in Android 2.3 vs 2.2 (2.14 seconds vs 2.37 seconds in Android 2.2), so it seems that the JavaScript improvements shine more in benchmarks than actual application.

Blaze Software conducted their test with an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3 and a Google Nexus S running Android 2.3. Tests were performed over Wi-Fi. Learn more about their methodology at Blaze. [Blaze]

Republished from Gizmodo


  • Turns out the tests were done in a custom iPhone app rather than Mobile Safari, hence missing out on the Nitro speed boost.

    Most places who ran this story have already added a note or corrected the article, you should do the same.

    • There is another post on there website that states they used Custom software on both operatings systems to invoke the native browsers so it did use the Mobile Safari/Android Native Browser

      • Yeah no. Apple, in their infinite wisdom, applied updates to the Safari browser, which dramatically improved speed, but haven’t implemented that updated performance for the application invokable browser component. So Apps calling out to the web run at substantially slower speeds than Safari. So much slower that if performed side by side, someone with very good eyesight who’s concentrating really hard – might even notice.

    • Agreed – it is physically impossible that any mobile web browser could be faster than Safari on the iPhone 4, utilising the Nitro speed boost.

      Obviously Blaze have hidden interest in Android, and are just iPhone/Apple bashing…

      Honestly, get over it – Apple still lead the way in, well, everything…

      • Joe King
        March 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

        Honestly, get over it – Apple still lead the way in, well, everything…

        The only thing Apple are leading is the reversal of technology, that and homosexuality.

  • Yes, please update this article as it is reporting flawed info.

    Blaze used their own 3rd party app which uses an older embedded browser to automate their tests. They didn’t use the new safari with the nitro engine, improved cache and threaded enhancements.

    Let’s have a browser vs browser test please.

  • Physically impossible? Get over it? Hidden agendas? At least this article ‘aimed’ to provide valid information. Your response is the one full of wild assumptions.

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