iPhone Loses Out to Android for Web Loading Speed

In results released today by Blaze Software, the Android smartphone loaded Web pages 52% faster than the iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3.

In a study that amassed 45,000 load tests, the web page load times were approximately a second apart. The median load time was 2.144 seconds for the Android 2.3 on Google Nexus S smartphone using a version of chrome. This compared to 3.254 seconds for iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3 running a version of Safari according to the study.

Fortune 1,000 sites were used in the tests, running them repeatedly over Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connections with nothing else running on the phones at the time. The Android beat the iPhone in loading 84% of the web sites. "Android wasn't just faster overall, but rather provided a faster browsing experience four times out of five." the study said.

Blaze was keen to make it clear that there was no association with Google or Apple. Blaze writes software to automatically increase web site speeds and created a mobile testing tool used in the study to be able to analyze mobile Web performance and to "discover new optimization to add to our core product." David Horne, marketing programs manager for Blaze, said.

The study noted that "browser speed is a big deal" and was an important point when both Google and Apple recently noted their improved JavaScript engines.

"Browser performance is all the rage, and everybody says theirs is faster," the study added.

Most of the testing carried out was over Wi-Fi in a home using a high-speed router connected to a fast DSL line, but it also conducted some 3G testing (with nearly 6 Mbit/sec download speed over the Bell Mobility HSPA network) with iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2 this time. In that comparison, it found Wi-Fi was faster in 82% of the cases, but only by half a second.

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