Geeks really like benchmarks — they’re one of the best ways to compare hardware speeds, and things are no different in the world of smartphones.

With the aim of comparing the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and Nokia’s Windows Phone 7-powered Lumia 800, YouTube user 359gsm set about running a selection of web-based benchmarks to see just which of the three phones is the quickest when it comes to rendering web pages.

The iPhone 4S did particularly well in the tests, with the older iPhone 4 more than holding its own, too…

Comparing the iPhone’s Mobile Safari with Windows Phone 7’s Internet Explorer Mobile will always raise a few eyebrows, especially with Microsoft making so much noise about its own offering. Interestingly, when the video shows all three devices running Microsoft’s own “speed reading” test, the iPhone 4S is the clear winner.

The reason this is so interesting is that Microsoft used the iPhone 4 as a comparison to Windows Phone 7 not that long ago, showing how much faster Internet Explorer was than Safari. It seems that someone at Apple saw the comparison, and the iPhone 4S more than makes up for the iPhone 4’s lackluster performance!

Check out the full results below, and remember that the iPhone 4 is running iOS 4.3 while the iPhone 4S is using the 5.0 version of iOS. No, we’ve no idea why they decided not to upgrade the iPhone 4, either!

“Browsermark Test: Higher is better
iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 37 503
Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 30 452
iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 86 702

Speed Reading Test:
iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 2 fps (iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0 – around 37 fps)
Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 40 fps
iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 60 fps

Sunspider Test: Lower is better
iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 4018.2 ms
Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 7188.7 ms
iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 2266 ms

Acid3 Test:
iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 100/100
Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 100/100
iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 100/100

HTML5 Test:
iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 210
Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 141
iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 296”

There’s still plenty of life in the iPhone 4!

[MyNokiaBlog]

  • jose castro

    who would of known 🙂

  • It should be iPhone 4 in iOS 5. Safari speed is improved in iOS 5.

  • iPhones are for kids androids are for adults

    • dickdroids i mean gaydroids are for the ones that are gay iphones are for the ones that get laid

    • Styx Atazoth

      iPhones can kiss my frosty nasty ass while i can get laid with androids. .l.

    • Anonymous

      It’s the other way round.

    • @Nomi, nice Twitter page you got going on :/. I bet you got lots of Android friends.

    • It’s the other way round dude. Adults are all using iPhones and kids are using androids because kids have more time to “play” with those fancy features androids have to offer. While adult just need a fast phone with higher security for their work.
      Get your facts right -.-“

  • yes iPhone 4 on iOS 5 is way better, im getting 52601 on browsermark for example..

  • i like the nokia, is an amazing phone

    • Thank you for sharing with us that you have no class and enjoy walking around with a cheap piece of plastic as a communications device.

      • Anonymous

        its better that rubber the iphone users have to use
        google “polycarbonate”, pedobear
        cheers

  • Anonymous

    40460, 1 fps, 4689.7ms and 100/100 – that’s how awesome my faithful old 3gs is 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Which iOS Version do you have installed? I checked it with my 3GS running 5.0.1 and got better results in speed reading: 41667, 26FPS, 4702.2ms, 100/100. Unfortunately the result field of the html5 test was empty.
      Why would anyone want to pay for a phone that is pushed with benchmarks and fancy specs if it doesn’t outperform a phone that is available for free?

      • Anonymous

        i was on 5.0 but just updated now after seeing iDB’s headline article to 5.0.1. will do another bench shortly because that fps figure you have is highly impressive!! 🙂

  • Off topic… Why would IPhone haters bother coming to this site… It’s clear that this site is dedicated to IOS stuff, good or bad… but why do they care?! If you don’t like it, find ur own friend…

  • It’s the other way round dude. Adults are all using iPhones and kids are using androids because kids have more time to “play” with those fancy features androids have to offer. While adult just need a fast phone with higher security for their work.
    Get your facts right -.-“