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Touch web browser mega shootout: Surf's up

10 February 2010 | Read the review | Post your comment
Touch web browser mega shootout: Surf's up - read the full textIs surfing the web on your phone as important to you as calling and texting? So, how does it feel? That’s the question we’ll be trying to answer. Mobile browsers are becoming an essential piece of software for mobile phones. And the...


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Ups again!
It is not fair to compare computer phone N900 vs meddle age bathroom soap iphone with half as small screen in resolution size, and missing flash and other scripts to download on the screen...!!

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  • 2010-02-12 03:41
  • n7fJ

This is rubbish really!
Let's make phones with the same capabilities to prove correct speed on phones, otherwise this is silly fruity
The iphone have small screen-size, and no flash player and other script disabled, so it makes speedy browser, it's because there is not much data do download on it, well, than lets take the Nokia5800xm to compare with it, anyway it has a larger screen-size that means more data and CPU resource is needed, but disable flash and scripts, than watch for a fair speed......, and this time won't bee silly for!
It will blow your aples and bananas away for sure!
How about using SkyFire, mini Opera or Bolt on S60 nokia...., it will blow away most of this so called high-end and expensive phones..., ups you hate that, I'm sure!

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  • 2010-02-12 03:26
  • n7fJ

about password manager/auto form filling:
"both Opera mobile implementation don’t have that and since Opera still haven’t included auto form-filling in their desktop browser you shouldn’t expect it to happen any time soon."

Uhm, ok? first of all, all opera mobile versions i've used have at least a password manager that works very well, but the full desktop opera DOES have full auto form filling with loads of auto fields/custom auto fields and password manager(the password manager, which logs you in when you click it, you activate by clicking the key, in most themes a blue one), i've used it as long as i can remember using Opera (since what, version 8?, Opera is at 10.X now)

Anyway, a nice review other than that, but i miss having a comparison of different browsers on the same phone/OS or at least mention alternatives at the OS:s reviewed

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  • 2010-02-12 02:07
  • S36c

nice review,,
hope n900 gets even better with future firmware updates,,,

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  • 2010-02-12 01:39
  • n4y4

Nice test - if you're considering buying a new phone.

But not much help if you've got say one of the VERY common symbian phones, and wonders if you should try downloading an alternative browser or not.

It would have been nice with more tests on the same hardware.
And maybe same browser on different hardware.
Since this test is somewhat of comparing pears and oranges.
As you do state in the conclusion, the Nokia 5800 is not exactly a high end phone, so fast results is not to be expected. So we still are a bit in the void on how it performs on a high end Symbian phone...

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  • 2010-02-12 00:56
  • 0u3G

Gsmarena, please test the Skyfire and Fennec browsers, and add them to the article. Thank you!

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  • 2010-02-12 00:49
  • pk1{

And on my B7610..I prefer Operamini 5.2 over 10.2

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  • 2010-02-11 23:33
  • t7K%

Skyfire is still my favorite browser. Even if it shows checker board pattern a lot.

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  • 2010-02-11 23:29
  • t7K%

i'd like to see google nexus one in the list too.

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  • 2010-02-11 23:28
  • picL

Very interesting. But honestly I dnt believe all of it. I have noticed there is no sign of the nexus one, I have had the 5800, iphone 3gs, hd2, and the milestone. I have to say the iphone 3gs does load fast but my hd2 beat it on many occasions due to the snapdragon. Honestly though the fastest browse speed lies wiv the nexus one, it leaves the iphone behind

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  • 2010-02-11 23:14
  • 3Jfe

Are you guys sure the pinch to zoom worked with dolphin on x10? great news if its true!

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  • 2010-02-11 22:56
  • nvXJ

Yes skyfire is the fastest browser But scrolling is very poor it take some time to redraw the contents so it's worthless.

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  • 2010-02-11 22:21
  • TL5m

No skyfire?

Thats the best WinMo browser out there. With the best flash support and the best rendering of pages!

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  • 2010-02-11 22:11
  • 3GDb

where is skyfire

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  • 2010-02-11 22:08
  • myLA

Awesome, use to had mobile web browsing, but it is improving a great deal.

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  • 2010-02-11 21:58
  • qp45

Something wrong here. Tried once with samsung spica and it loaded test page in around 6 seconds.

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  • 2010-02-11 21:56
  • p7Yh

What version of software did you use on the i8910, there is no way the latest version of the web browser on the i8910 would perform much much better???

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  • 2010-02-11 21:53
  • pTQk

N900 winner, methinks. I wish would have capacitive multitouch.

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  • 2010-02-11 21:53
  • Cau@

I love the Maemo browser on my N900 as well as the Opera mini browser I had on my touch pro 2. I tried the safri broswer on my friends iphone but didnt care for it too much.

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  • 2010-02-11 21:25
  • j8LN

I'm curious how LG does with there browser. currently using LG BL40 and find web surfing to be functional but painful. I find myself to have to rotate the phone regularly as each task requires a specific zoom and aspect ratio to be performed.

I still really wonder why one would choose to use a 4" screen with 4% of area compared to my normal 20" monitors. why surf the interent on a mobile device.

experiences with iPhone 3G yielded similiar conclusions.

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  • 2010-02-11 21:15
  • DIx8

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