Is surfing the web on your phone as important to you as calling and texting? So, how does it feel? Thats the question well be trying to answer. Mobile browsers are becoming an essential piece of software for mobile phones. And the best way to get the biggest screen real estate for browsing is hooking yourself up with a touchscreen phone!
So, handhelds are getting more and more of the Internet browsing pie and even more so their touchscreen counterparts. So we decided its time we looked real close at how those measure up one against each other. In this article we try to break down the browser experience into basic components and score every single one of them.
In all of our reviews we try to cover web browsing but this time were taking it further. The most popular touchscreen mobile phone browsers are lined up for inspection and ready for duty. We tested browser performance from page rendering to cache handling and ran a number of benchmark tests.
Prepare to meet the contenders. Mobile Safari is represented by the iPhone 3GS and the good old iPhone 3G, which still sticks around. The Mozilla-based Maemo browser steps up on the Nokia N900. Next up is the HTC HD2, which was our testing platform for Internet Explorer Mobile 6, Opera Mobile 9.7 and the ever-popular Opera Mini 4.2. For Opera Mobile 9.5, we used Samsung B7610 OmniaPRO.
Apple iPhone 3GS Nokia N900 HTC HD2
In the Android corner, its the default browser running on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 and the Motorola MILESTONE. The XPERIA X10 is also the testing ground for the touch version of the Dolphin web browser.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10
Symbian browsing was put to the test on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Samsung i8910 Omnia HD.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Samsung i8910 Omnia HD
And we didnt forget the youngest OS in the bunch WebOS and its browser, tested on the Palm Pre.
Unfortunately, the Fennec browser didnt make it, as it was released after we were well into this article.
Theres a lot going on behind-scenes for you to just punch in the address and hit Go. Some of the technicalities are hard to avoid but basically, weve tried to gauge the user experience by testing the key elements that make up comfortable browsing as we see it.
You know, this whole shootout grew quite big and we tried to make it both informative and entertaining. On the last page of this review youll find all the data weve compiled in a comparison table. You can certainly skip right to it of course but it wont tell you the whole story. So, here we go.