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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. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      I'm sorry but I think Microsoft is way too late getting into the smartphone OS business. Between Apple and Google we have everything we need. I completely encourage them for trying, competition is always good for the consumer BUT it's going to be hard for them to be competitive when 2 other giants have such a head start.

      We'll have to wait and see come official release.

      Quote Originally Posted by Agudan View Post
      so how's the jailbreak coming along?

      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      In today's mobile world, it's iOS, Android, or grandmother-compatible flip phone.
      I couldn't have said it better myself
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastSonOfKrypton View Post
      I'm sorry but I think Microsoft is way too late getting into the smartphone OS business.
      While I'm gonna agree with you that Microsoft hasn't a chance in the mobile world anymore, they've been in the smartphone OS for far longer than Apple has. I mean, they're on the 7th revision of their mobile OS and they don't even update it every year; Apple's on their 4th. Apple just "does it right," as Steve would say.
    1. BIMPtacular's Avatar
      BIMPtacular -
      I'm going to say that the only part of the world that the Windows phone doesn't have a chance in is the forums filled with apple fanboys, lol. At some point its not about the OS the phone runs, but more about the experience the consumer wants. If you prefer Zune over iTunes, well there you go, Or if you want to always stay connected with Xbox Live and possibly run some pretty amazing 3D games. We still haven't seen everything that the Win Phone has to offer and people already discount it, seems like someone already has their minds made up. Fanboy much?
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      I wonder if they cut out the part, where you get the blue screen of death !!!!
    1. Flybeast0408's Avatar
      Flybeast0408 -
      Does it has a front facing Camera?... NO! I'll Stick With the iPhone 4
    1. MBCMDR's Avatar
      MBCMDR -
      I wonder how much was in the history for loading speeds? As history allows load afster and some pages came up very more than normal even with iphone 4
    1. z6joker9's Avatar
      z6joker9 -
      I'm really excited about windows mobile 7. The demo videos look pretty nice. I would be happy to switch away from apple if I could find something with a better UI. (my 2.2 N1 just doesn't feel as smooth as iOS4)

      Edit: looking at some of the other comments, I can assure you that MS is late, but not out. Business users will flock to it if the interface is good just because of how seemless it can be with MS's OS and other software. XBox Live integration has a TON of possibilities, and an unlimited download Zune account could make it killer for music lovers. Apps could be better and release faster, since you dont need a Mac just to write an App. MS is doing some really innovative things as well, heavily integrating social networking and streamlining the experience so it's not a bunch of opening and closing apps, but rather flowing seamlessly between different functions that are tied together. Just like MS was tied to their old OS, Apple now is stuck with how they designed theirs. Android just replicated it (with widgets). MS started from scratch with this UI after seeing what worked and what could be improved. I wouldn't be so quick to count them out.
    1. cmay227's Avatar
      cmay227 -
      Lets wait till the actual phone 7 series roll out before judging, this is still in beta and not even on a phone 7 series which require 1 gig processor. also it's not a update. no phone will be getting this unless it's a phone 7 series. no current phones will be eligible for a upgrade. the htc hd2 is the only current phone that could get the upgrade but M$ said no it doesn't meet specs. to many buttons.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      I agree with others. You can't tell a thing based on a test pitting an already released piece of hardware (and software) against a still yet fully baked software (running on minimal hardware that will never be released).

      I would like to see WinPhone7 do well. Xbox 360, Office and Zune are nice additions and will give them a tiny bit of traction with those users. But a lot of the comments I keep seeing on other sites are based on how different the UI looks. Saying something is great simply because it is a totally different take on a mobile phone UI than most everything else that is out there is a little close minded. We still don't know how well this is going to work (or run) until it finally ships with a final version of the software running on up to par hardware based off of what is being sold by the competition.

      I will wait until the end of the year before I decide for myself if this is a leap forward or the final death blow for Microsoft in the mobile phone industry.
    1. Agudan's Avatar
      Agudan -
      Quote Originally Posted by skj8100 View Post
      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.
      I know exactly what goes on in the board. I put that because there's been some really lame topics lately. I also put that because most of us here have been waiting patiently and just thought I would change the subject or piss someone off...... I guess it worked! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK DEV-TEAM! we will continue to wait patiently
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Hmmm....... Let's see. Prerelease software on hardware no one has running this software months before it's available versus a four year mature platform running hardware that's already been out in another product........Which one do you think will be faster? I'm excited for WP7, competition only breeds better products.
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      this kinda empty, misleading information. you can't compare different phones even if their specs appear kinda the same, because they use different processors and different hardware, especially if you're doing this over 3G. in my personal belief, samsung should stick with making their flashy LED TVs and stay away from computers and smartphones.

      why don't they try a speedtest with the iphone 3G and the windows 7 phone or the original iphone and the windows 7 phone? or why don't you try two windows 7 phones that appear to have the same specs? I'm sure you'll get different results for every phone. All this says is that the iphone 3Gs with iOS4 is better than that samsung phone with windows 7 with respect to the browser
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      This article should not be given any credence what so ever. Come back around the holiday season when the OS is complete and then we will continue this discussion.
    1. JonnyBoy123's Avatar
      JonnyBoy123 -
      Hahaha! This proves it! Microsoft just plain sucks in general! Microsoft never makes anything correctly! Apple wins again! I'll always be a Mac guy!
    1. Levirules's Avatar
      Levirules -
      " 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"

      Perhaps you meant "since the beginning of the iPhone era?" Since they were a major competitor to BB and Palm? Or did you guys forget about that?
    1. skolpo's Avatar
      skolpo -
      That's a pretty poorly written article...

      The test is done over 3G. That already throws the comparison out the window. THEN we can talk about the WP7 OS being in its beginning stages going against an OS with 4 years of progression.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      iphone looks way better and snappier
    1. 461am's Avatar
      461am -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      iphone looks way better and snappier
    1. fightinillini94's Avatar
      fightinillini94 -
      I agree that apple has a better mobile os but i would rather use windows than snow leopard if i had to choose a computer os
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBoy123 View Post
      Hahaha! This proves it! Microsoft just plain sucks in general! Microsoft never makes anything correctly! Apple wins again! I'll always be a Mac guy!
      What a great advert for Apple