Seeing as I’ve just declared the Archos Android Tablet as (possibly) the fastest ARM-based browsing device ever, it makes sense to show you someone else’s test on a similar platform. Engadget did a single Engadget page load test on the Motorola Droid which is running Android 2.0 on the Ti OMAP 3430 platform. (@533Mhz I understand.) The single-shot test is obviously not conclusive but it’s actually quite an accurate result in my opinion.
As you can see, the iPhone 3GS beats the Droid. 12s for the iPhone 3GS and 20 seconds for the Droid.
For the record, three cleared-cache attempts here with the Archos Android tablet resulted in a 14s average. Pocketables tested the same site and got 10.9 seconds (with 12.4 for the iPhone 3GS.) Clearly location will make a difference (Bonn to San Jose is a long way!)Â but why is the Droid slower than both the iPhone 3GS and Archos Android Tablet?
The Archos Android Tablet uses the Ti OMAP 3440 which can run up to 800Mhz. 50% faster than the iPhone and Droid. That explains why the Archos device is faster. At like-for like CPU speeds though, theÂ iPhone browser is simply a faster browser; probably as a result of its single-tasking OS.
Here are the non-cached figures from Firefox3.5 on XP, on Intel: (Tests done today from Bonn over Wifi)
- Menlow at 800Mhz (Flash disabled. Using Viliv S5 SSD): 12s, 9s, 10s (10.3 average)
- Menlow at 1.3Ghz: 10s, 7s, 8s (8.3 average)
- Netbook at 1.6Ghz (no Flash, SSD): 5s, 6s, 6s (5.6s average)
In this case, the Viliv at 800Mhz is slightly faster than the best test results from the iPhone 3GS and Archos Android Tablet but at the end of the day we’re looking at excellent browsing speeds across the board here that really should keep most people very happy indeed. I’m looking forward to re-visiting this subject with Moorestown and ARM multi-core Cortex A9 in 2010 though.