Well, the title says most of it, and what it doesn't is pretty easily expressed in a chart: the stock browser - even in Froyo - isn't the best option available. In fact, it's not even close, especially for sites that haven't been saved alread:Skyfire 2.0 is faster by 3.3 seconds. The gap for saved sites is less significant, with Opera Mini faster by 1.4 seconds.


Surprisingly, Mozilla's Fennec comes in last in both categories; then again, Fennec is still considered alpha, and it's a fairly safe bet that times will drop as development progresses. Skyfire's faster new load time can likely be attributed to its handling of Flash - it saves time by transcoding the videos on its own servers rather than on the local device. Similarly, Opera uses server-side compression, meaning that pages load faster, and most of the calculations are done by the time the page hits your device. Finally, it's nice to see confirmed in numbers what I've commented on before: how much of an improvement the Froyo browser over Eclair's.

[Source: PC World]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/ealdent Jason Adams

    I'm not surprised Fennec came in dead last. I gave it a shot for a few days and it was far and away the slowest mobile browser I had seen (aside from the iphone). I hope they manage to bring performance up to snuff on it with future releases.

  • http://east73.com Michael

    As always, XScope isn't even in the test. How does every so called "Android" site completely miss one of the best browsers every time?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Actually, I'm pretty sure PC World is a PC publication, not an Android site.

    • Coldman

      I'm pretty sure it's because it's the only browser that doesn't have a free version in the Market. If they had a free version in addition to the paid one, they'd have a lot more market share, especially considering they're supposedly so fast.

  • Will.I.Am82

    Article doesn't mention that Skyfire is better suited for mobile themed sites, and is faster than stock FroYo due to its inability to natively play Flash content in the browser (and yes, I'm aware it has some in browser capbilities, but the video is recoded and formatted, and is not real Flash.) A browser on a mobile phone with something like Flash 10.0 & up is just going to take more time to fully render a page due to the capacity of the rich data it is pulling in to display the Flash content. That, obviously, will take a few seconds longer than a browser that doesn't.

  • Gawain23

    I changed the settings in the stock browser so software plugins only load on demand. It reduces the time it takes for Flash-heavy sites to load. When you use stock like this it leaves everything else in the dust.

    • SirWally

      Is this the browser in 2.2? I just checked in 2.1 and I couldn't find an option other than the one to enable/disable plugins. I presume so, given that you are talking about Flash-heavy sites.

      • Gawain23

        Yeah. I have Froyo on the X. Go to Settings then enable plug-ins and choose On Demand.