iPad beats smartphones in browsing speed test [CNET News]
When it comes to loading web pages, the iPad is beating all other mobile devices in terms of speed. Compuware conducted a study that evaluated the load times of several major mobile devices, including several of the top Android smartphones from HTC Samsung and Motorola, the Blackberry Torch, the iPhone, and the iPod Touch.
Compuware's test was originally designed to compare smartphones, and the iPad was simply used as a reference point. However, the iPad proved to be the quickest of the bunch.
Specifically, the study looked at "load time," which refers to how long it takes a Web page to load, and "perceived render time," which describes how long it takes for just the visible portion of a page to load. The speeds were tested on over 200 million pages downloaded by actual U.S. users and included both Wi-Fi and cellular connections.
The iPad had a load time of 6.8 seconds and a perceived render time of 5.09 seconds. The iPhone was in the middle of the pack with a 10.81 second load time and 8.08 seconds perceived. Last place belonged to the Motorola Droid with a 15.35 second load time and an 11.92 second perceived render time – more than double the speed of the iPad.
The fastest smartphone was the HTC Desire which was only milliseconds slower than the iPad.