Android surfs the internet faster than iPhone – here’s the stats

• 17/03/2011


I can’t say that this is a big surprise to me. First off, I’ve been using an Android phone since the HTC Magic came out (stop laughing, it was great while it lasted), and my wife had an iPhone 3G. I was always able to find information on my device as fast if not most times faster than the iPhone she was using. We actually did our own test of this a while back and did the same string search using Google mobile search, and my Android definitely got there faster.

Here we are now with actual research proof that Android kicks the crap out of iOS’s browser speed. The firm responsible for this case study is Blaze, and the platforms tested were iOS 4.2 and 4.3, as well as Android 2.2 and 2.3. The tests were performed hitting the Fortune 1000 companies websites 45,000 times over. On average, Android OS was 52% faster than iOS, while Android also loaded all 1000 websites 84% faster than iOS. That’s a blow away.

iPhone vs. Android – 45,000 Tests Prove Whose Browser is Faster

Ottawa, ON, March 17, 2011 – Blaze Software Inc released today the largest ever research study of smart phone browser performance. The purpose of the study was to determine once and for all which of the two leading smart phone vendors has the fastest browser.

Mobile Web browser usage is exploding. Emarketer estimates that 44.1% of US citizens will leverage mobile Internet by 2014. To capture market interest in mobile browsing, smart phone vendors have been aggressively touting the speed improvements in their products. However, due to the lack of mobile measurement tools, it has been difficult to measure which smart phone actually has the faster browser.

After taking over 45,000 measurements on the latest iPhone and Android devices, the study found that Android was 52% faster than iPhone on average. Android finished loading a Web page faster on 84% of the 1000 Websites tested. The study also found that the despite significant JavaScript performance gains in the latest Apple iOS 4.3 release and Google Android 2.3 releases, these improvement made no measurable improvement on the actual page load times of the sites tested.

“We were very surprised by the results”, said Guy Podjarny, Blaze CTO and Co-Founder. “We assumed that it would be closer race and that the latest JavaScript speed improvements would have a more material impact on performance. The fact that Android beat iPhone by such a large margin was not expected”.

What makes this study unique is the size of the study and the fact that it used real phones on real world websites to make the measurements. Past studies have often used fabricated benchmark sites or manual measurements on a small number of sites. This study was made possible through custom apps developed to measure page load time on mobile devices. These apps run on the actual devices, load a page on demand, and measure how long it took. These agents are available as a free service to measure any site with the Blaze Mobitest Tool.

Detailed blog post on the Blaze Mobile Measurement Study
For more information on the details results and methodology of the study, please

For more information on the Mobile measurement service
Blaze’s mobile measurement service can be found at:

About Blaze

Blaze was founded in 2010 with a mission to help clients deliver better performing Web businesses by optimizing websites to increase website speed.  Blaze provides a hosted Web Performance Optimization service that improves frontend performance and reduces operational costs. For more information, see:

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