The Web page load times were about a second apart for the two devices in a study that amassed 45,000 load tests in all. For Android 2.3 on the Google Nexus S smartphone using a version of Chrome, the median load time was 2.144 seconds, compared to 3.254 seconds for iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3 running a version of Safari, according to the study.
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Blaze used Fortune 1,000 websites for the tests, running the Web page loading tests repeatedly [in its own app, not in the Safari browser --Ed.] over Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connections with nothing else running on the phones at the time. The Android phone was faster than the iPhone in loading 84 percent of the tested websites. "Android wasn't just faster overall, but rather provided a faster browsing experience four times out of five," the study said.
Blaze sought to describe its tests as objective, adding it has no association with Google or Apple "in any form," David Horne, marketing programs manager for Blaze, said in an email. Blaze writes software to automatically accelerate website speeds and created a mobile testing tool used in the Android-iPhone study to be able to analyze mobile Web performance and to "discover new optimization to add to our core product," Horne explained.
The study's authors said they were surprised by the results.