Battle of the Android Browsers




So which web browser is the current best for android? 
Hopefully you will have a good idea after I put them through a few tests…
Any Suggestions? Hit me up on Twitter @thereviewpre (this link) or you can just leave a comment...


*** I’m currently using a T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G and I’m running off of T-mobile’s 3G network so the speeds may vary. Also sadly I couldn’t do Chrome because I don’t have a Galaxy Nexus lying around and, so far you need Android 4.0 to use Chrome. ***


Android Internet Browser (HTC Sense) 
Developer: HTC?
Version: Webkit/533.1
Download: Only for phones with HTC Sense 

Google Search for weather  
- Took about 7 seconds  

CNN.com 
- Took 21 seconds  to load mobile page 

Youtube.com 
- Took 10 seconds to load the mobile page 

Ndokami.blogspot.com 
- Took 15 seconds to load the mobile page 

Facebook.com
- Took 14 seconds to load mobile page 

Pros: 
- Flash Enabled Browser 
- Pinch 2 Zoom 
- Visual Bookmarks
- Text reflows after zooming 
- Sharing pages 
- Zooming out to see other open windows
- Smooth Browsing 

Cons: 
- Browser feels slow and heavy at times 



Dolphin Browser HD
Developer: Dolphin Browser 
Version: 7.5.0 

Google search for Weather 
- Took 6 seconds

CNN.com 
- Took 10 seconds to load mobile page

Youtube.com 
-Took 29 seconds  to load mobile page 

Ndokami.blogspot.com 
- Took 13 seconds  to load mobile page

Facebook.com 
- Took 4 seconds to load mobile page 

Pros:
- Feature Rich
- Sonar is pretty cool and works 
- Gestures are pretty cool as well 
- Text reflow 
- User agents 
- Flash enabled 
- Tabbed Browsing 
- Plug-ins 

Cons: 
- The Gesture feature is easily forgotten 
- Flash videos especially YouTube wants to always open in a dedicated app rather than in the browser. Even when you used the desktop user agent. 



Dolphin Mini 
Developer: Dolphin Browser  
Version: 2.2.1 

Google search weather
-Took about 16 seconds 

CNN.com 
- Took 25 seconds to load mobile page

YouTube.com 
- Took 46 seconds to load mobile page

Ndokami.blogspot.com
- Took 11 seconds  to load mobile page 

Facebook.com 
- Took 4 seconds to load mobile page

Pros:
- Gestures 
- Text Reflow 
- User Agents 
- Flash Enabled 
- Tabbed Browsing 
- Light Browser (not really a RAM hog)

Cons: 
- Doesn’t seem any faster than the HD Version… (Actually my results show that it is for the most part slower) 
- No Sonar like its bigger brother 


Firefox 
Developer: Mozilla
Version: 10.0.2

Google Search for weather
- 6 seconds but I didn’t get what I wanted 

Cnn.com 
- Took 29 seconds but loaded the full webpage. 
(switched user agent to Nexus One) - 5 Seconds look like WAP format though  
(Switched user agent to Galaxy Tab) - 8 seconds and loaded proper mobile page

Youtube.com 
- 19 seconds loaded mobile page 

Ndokami.blogspot.com 
- Loaded mobile page in 16 seconds 

Facebook.com 
- Loaded full page in 12 seconds

Pros: 
- Add-ons 
- HTML5
- User Agents 
- Sync with Desktop 
- According to my test the speeds are pretty decent 

Cons: 
- No Flash 
- Buggy 
- Sometimes unresponsive 
- Some web pages load awkward 


Ninesky Browser 
Developer: ninesky.com
Version: 2.1.0

Google Search for weather 
- took 14sec but I didn’t get exactly what I was looking for 

Cnn.com 
-  loaded full page in a minuet and 10sec 
- 42sec to load mobile page with user agent set to iPhone 

YouTube.com
- took 17sec to load the mobile page 

Ndokami.blogspot.com
Took 9sec to load mobile page 

Facebook.com 

Pros: 
- Decent features 
- Flash enabled 
- User Agents 
- Overall decent speeds 

Cons: 
- Not the sleekest browser 
- Pages with flash seem to load very long. 


Opera Mini 
Developer: Opera Software ASA
Version: 6.5.2

Google Search for Weather 
- took 5 seconds but It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for…

CNN.com 
- Loaded full page in 12 Seconds 

YouTube.com
- Loaded mobile page in 5 seconds 

Ndokami.blogspot.com
- loaded mobile page in 6 seconds 

Facebook.com
Loaded mobile page in 4sec 

Pros: 
- Super fast browser 
- Light on RAM
- Tabbed Browser with previews 

Cons: 
- Sometimes it says can’t connect to server… 
- No flash 
- Lacking in features 
- No text wrapping or reflow 


Opera Mini Next 
Developer: Opera Software ASA
Version: 7.0

Google Search for weather 
- 2sec but didn’t give me exactly what I wanted 

Cnn.com
- Loaded full page in 14sec  

YouTube.com
- Loaded mobile page in 8sec

Ndokami.blogspot.com
- loaded mobile page in 7 seconds    

Facebook.com
- Loaded the mobile page in 7sec

Pros: 
- Feels like a polished version of the Mini Version 
- Smoother Animations 
- Text Wrapping (Reflow)
- Appears to use less RAM than Opera Mini 
- Tabbed Browsing with previews 

Cons: 
- No Flash 
- It’s a process to clear private data 


Opera Mobile 
Developer: Opera Software ASA
Version: 12.0.1 

Google Search for the weather 
- took 7sec and didn’t exactly give me what I wanted 

CNN.com
- Took 22sec to load full page flash and all…

Youtube.com 
- Took 14sec to load mobile site 

Ndokami.blogspot.com
- took 22sec to load full site with some flash 

Facebook.com
- took 7sec to load the mobile site 

Pros: 
- Text Wrapping (Reflow)
- Flash Enabled 
- Tabbed Browsing with Previews

Cons: 
- User Agent is hit or miss 
- Kind of slow compared to other browsers 


Maxthon 
Developer: Maxthon Web Browser 
Version: 2.4.9

Google Search for weather 
- Took 6 Seconds but gave me what I was looking for. 

Cnn.com 
- Took 8 seconds to load the mobile page 

Youtube.com 
- Took 10 seconds to load the mobile page

Ndokami.blogspot.com
- Took 11 Seconds to load the mobile page 

Favebook.com
- Loaded mobile page in 4 seconds 

Pros: 
- Really fast for a full features browser 
- Flash enabled 
- Theme able 
- Private Browsing Feature 

Cons:
- Sort of a RAM hog 
- Flash seems to take longer to load


Skyfire 
Developer: Skyfire 
Version: 4.0.1

Google Search for weather 
- Took 23 seconds and didn’t give me exactly what I wanted 

Cnn.com
- Took 16 seconds to load the mobile page 

YouTube.com
- Took 17 seconds to load mobile page 

Ndokami.blogspot.com
- took 15 seconds to load mobile site 

Facebook.com
- took 10 seconds to load the mobile page 

Pros:
- Flash enabled 
- Lots of features 

Cons:
- Not the fastest browser 
- paying to see videos is a complete rip-off. 





My overall top Pics 
1.) Stock HTC Sense Browser 
2.) Opera Mini Next (opera mini)
3.) Dolphin HD tied with Maxthon 









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