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  • First iOS 4 vs. Windows 7 Browser Speed Test
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffsMteF6Ktk]YouTube - iPhone 3GS vs Windows Phone 7 - Browser Speed test[/ame]

    An Israeli site did the first side-by-side test (Google Translate) of web browsing, using Mobile Safari on an iPhone running iOS 4 and Mobile IE on a Samsung phone running the new Windows Phone 7. The result, somewhat surprisingly, is that the older iPhone absolutely mops the floor with the new WinMo device, though there's lots we don't know about how the test was set up. In any case, it's not the best news for Microsoft, which has been a day late and a dollar short since the beginning of the smartphone era.

    Windows Phone 7 is the update - due before the holiday season this year - to Microsoft's Windows Mobile series of operating systems. Like the Zune HD, it's based on the Windows CE 6.0 operating system. The currently-shipping version of Windows Mobile, on the other hand, is based on Windows CE 5. The Windows Mobile series has been slow to adopt many smartphone features - such as touch, which was only fully supported in the stopgap WinMo 6.5 released last year - and the company has been playing catch-up. Microsoft has been handing out a bunch of Samsung "Taylor" phones to media outlets to try and generate some pre-release buzz for their new mobile OS. The phone is supposedly built on the same hardware platform as the Samsung i8910HD and so - with an ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz CPU, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and 256MB RAM - it's about feature-equivalent with the iPhone 3GS. However, iOS 4 was designed for the more powerful iPhone 4 and iPad, so it was probably thought that it gave the Windows Mobile phone a bit of an advantage.

    Well, no.

    Pageloads on the Samsung were notably - painfully - slower than on the iPhone. Some pages take ten seconds longer to load on the WinMo phone, which is like watching paint dry on the video. The test - which was done using 3G rather than WiFi networking, was presumably done over the same network, otherwise it was hardly fair. However, there's no information in the article to explain those details (though the translation is exceptionally bad). It's important to note that Engadget's test of the same phone and OS showed results "just a hair slower than an iPhone 4," so there may well be some inconsistency in the way the tests were set up.

    WinMo will doubtless be able to run on faster hardware upon release, and there's probably some speedups that they'll be able to do between now and the final version. So there's no way to call the fight over, with production devices not expected until the end of this year. As for now, though, the first round apparently goes to the iPhone.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: First iOS 4 vs. Windows 7 Browser Speed Test started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      i'll stick with the iPhone 4
    1. jvoytko1992's Avatar
      jvoytko1992 -
      Were they on the same network? Meaning same phone provider network? Same wifi? Or each on a different network?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I'd go with the iPhone over Windows phone.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      iPhone ftw
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Quote Originally Posted by jvoytko1992 View Post
      Were they on the same network? Meaning same phone provider network? Same wifi? Or each on a different network?

      Sounds like you didn't bother reading the article before posting
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Yeah I use to have an htc. Liked the phone but hated the blue screen of death during phone calls. Lol. I'll take the death grip any day over a wimo device. It would be interesting if one could use a "bootcamp" for the iPhone to see how well or bad the windows O's runs on the idevice. I know my MacBook pro runs windows faster than my regulay Sony does. The only thing is the windows running on my Mac sucks the battery life faster than a pool of water evaporating on the sun.
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      Y not test on wifi
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Iphone all the way
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      So they took a prerelease version of an OS that still has 4 months of bug-testing to go through and had it face off against a nice and polished one, Yeah I'm sure it wasn't inaccurate of what to expect when Winmo 7 is released at all.....
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Tend to agree with Luppin on that one.
      having said that, with all the fuss about Apple not having cut and paste until last year it seems strange that MS decided to drop it from Windows Phone 7
      As some of you know, I was active in the WinMo community both on Modaco and A-developers for a long time before I got an iPhone and I'd like to see WinPhone 7 succeed, but I can't help feeling it's too little, too late.
    1. kbcox0327's Avatar
      kbcox0327 -
      Why even comment if you don't read the article?
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      I have an iPhone, but it's funny how it says we don't know how the test were done. People read the article before you comment.
    1. cocoabean772's Avatar
      cocoabean772 -
      I think I will get a windows 7 phone this year apple having to 2 many problems and the spec on the iPhone suck and I love my iPhone only when it's jailbroken other then that it's not really worth it
    1. Agudan's Avatar
      Agudan -
      so how's the jailbreak coming along?
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Agudan View Post
      so how's the jailbreak coming along?
      what kind of response do you think you will get asking that? I'm guessing not the one you're looking for....There are literally a hundred ways you could find out about jailbreak release info. This is not one of those hundred either.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      It ain't easy being cheesy
    1. BIMPtacular's Avatar
      BIMPtacular -
      I am personally very excited about the Windows phone for its development potential. Being able to develop for this thing using Visual Studio and XNA instead of Xcode is like a dream come true. I'm not trying to bash apple but I am not a fan of their IDE of choice, I find it to be clumsy and unorganized. Enough of that though....... Bring on my Win Phone, and I will give my iPhone to someone who can enjoy it!
    1. alexchaynz's Avatar
      alexchaynz -
      I've often found that anytime you have an MS OS on any mobile phone, the first thing you should do, is drop it in the closest garbage can. I don't have anything against Windows at all, just stay off my phone.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Hate to sound like a fanboy (I'm more of an enthusiast), but I don't know ANYONE who is going to want one of these. Microsoft and RIM might as well beg and plead with HTC and Apple for a cell phone branch merger, cause despite the popularity of the BlackBerry back in the day, those too haven't a chance. In today's mobile world, it's iOS, Android, or grandmother-compatible flip phone.