Browser Beatdown!

One of the most used apps on our handsets is the mobile browser. Whether we are searching for products and information, clicking on links in emails or messages, or just general surfing, our browser of choice is the killer app.

Come with me now as we do some tests on some popular Android browsers on the Dtek60 along with the built-in BlackBerry 10 browser on the Passport.

Check out the browser beatdown below!

 

The popular browsers on the Dtek60  that we’re testing are (in no particular order) Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Yandex up against the stock BB10 browser.

The tests we’re running are Ringmark, HTML5 test, Acid3, and Speed Battle. Let’s dive in.

Ringmark was developed by Facebook in order to help mobile browser devs keep their apps up to date with the latest trends. The test (as its name suggests) is rendered in three rings. The easiest to comply with is R0, and all browsers pass this test. R1 introduces access to applications such as microphone access (hmmm… ), music playing etc. and there are variations in success here. R2 tests even more extensions and nobody aces this ring either.

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As stated, all browsers aced the inner ring R0 with zero failures out of 101 features tested.

Yandex failed 2 tests in R1, and 13 in R2

Opera and Chrome tied with 3 in R1, and 13 in R2

Firefox came in third with 7 failures in R1, and 14 in R2

BB10 did best in R1 with 1 failure but had 18 failures in R2

Next up is the standard HTML5 test you may have seen before.

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As you can see, Yandex wins here too with a score of 497. Chrome comes close with 495, Opera at 481, Firefox with 469, and BB10 (who used to hold the crown) at 397.

But wait… there’s more!

Lets move on to Acid3. This test is explained as:

The Acid3 test is a web test page from the Web Standards Project that checks a web browser‘s compliance with elements of various web standards, particularly the Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript.

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A sharp eye will note that in the top left corner of the Acid3 test on Firefox you’ll see a note in red stating “YOU SHOULD NOT SEE THIS AT ALL”. Although the picture is truncated, Yandex displays this as well. Firefox however is the only browser that lost a single point (99/100) and you’ll notice that the 5th square rendered is the wrong colour (not blue). BB10 aced this test along with Opera and Chrome.

The last test comes from Speed battle. This measures the speed of how javascript runs in various browsers.

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Firefox is the surprise winner here with an overall score of 516.91. Opera comes in second with 305.82. Chrome shows 285.71 with Yandex and BB10 resulting in 277.6 and 161.05 respectively.

So there you have it. There are only 5 browsers in this test and there are many many more out there. I think I might try Yandex for my main browser for a while. It’s fast! Oh… and the URL bar is on the bottom just like BB10… I like that!

What browser are you using? Tell us what scores you get in the comments! Here are the links to try:

Ringmark

HTML5test

Acid3

Speed Battle

Dave out!

Canuckvoip

Dave Matthews here. I'm a phone guy by trade supplying VOIP systems for business and industry. BlackBerry devices, playing PRS guitars in my band, golf, and RC flight are my current passions.

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