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Android Browser 52% Faster Than The iPhone In Speed Tests

by Emily Price | March 17, 2011March 17, 2011 7:22 am PST

Is Android faster than the iPhone at loading web pages? According to a field test performed by Blaze Software…it is.

According to the Blaze study, the Google Nexus S (running Android 2.3 and Chrome) consistently beat out the iPhone 4 (running iOS 4.3 and Safari) in speed tests.

Blaze did a total of 45,000 load tests using the phones, visiting Fortune 1,000 sites (175 optimized for mobile). The median load time for sites on the Nexus S was 2.144 seconds, compared to 3.254 seconds on the iPhone 4. Tests were done over both Wi-Fi and 3G connections, and nothing else was running on either phone at the time of the comparison.

Most of the testing was done over a high-speed router attached to DSL. 3G tests showed slower load times, but only by about half a second in most cases, with Wi-Fi being a faster connection 82% of the time. Blaze develops software to accelerate web site speeds, and have no affiliation with Apple or Google.

What do you think about the results of the study? Would a second of load time make you choose an Android handset over an iPhone?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...