Speed Test

Google Chrome vs Safari speed test on iPhone

It's funny to hear so many reports about how much slower than Safari Google Chrome will inevitably be, due to its lack of access to the Nitro Javascript engine. While that may be true from a technical standpoint, and no doubt data heads will be able to show me numbers that back that fact up, in real world usage, such stats tend to be tossed to the sidelines.

I'm not going to claim that the following speed test is anything close to scientific, but it will give you a decent idea as to what to expect from Google Chrome.

So, who won our speed test? Check inside for the details...

iPad 2 vs the new iPad boot up speed test

Which one boots up faster? The answer to this question is pretty obvious if you take into consideration that the new iPad has more technical resources at its disposal than its predecessor.

While the iPad 2 is certainly no slouch in the performance department, the new iPad — as expected — defeated it on boot up tests every time.

Check out our hands-on comparison inside....

Sprint Rolls Out Network Improvements to Fix iPhone Slow Data Issues

Since the iPhone 4S debuted in October, Sprint subscribers have been complaining about slow data speeds on the new handset. Several owners have been reporting dismal 3G download speeds of less than 1mbps on America's third largest wireless network.

Sprint commented on the situation earlier this month, stating that it was taking the issue seriously. And it seems to have made good on its word, as CNET is reporting that the carrier has started rolling out network enhancements to fix the problem...

Kindle Fire vs iPad 2: Bootup Times, Web Browsing, and Netflix Streaming

I finally acquired my highly anticipated Kindle Fire this morning, and I've been putting it through its paces all day long.

It's a decent first attempt by Amazon, and it has tons of potential, but it still suffers from the fact that it's a first generation device.

Even still, we thought it only appropriate to compare Apple's latest tablet to Kindle Fire. How does the iPad 2 stack up to Amazon's debut entry into the tablet race? Check out the interesting — yet ultimately unscientific — video comparison inside...

Sprint Comments On iPhone 4S Data Speed Complaints

This weekend marked the first time that Sprint was ever able to offer Apple's popular smartphone to its customers. The carrier's been waiting for 4 years now to gain access to the coveted handset.

But even though the new iPhone helped the company set a single-day sales record, the weekend launch didn't go as smoothly as planned. Several Sprint subscribers have been complaining about the device's 3G browsing speeds...

Sprint iPhone Owners Complaining About Slow 3G Data Speeds

You have to feel for Sprint customers, don't you? First they had to wait four years to get their hands on an iPhone, and now that they have it, their data network doesn't appear to be coping too well.

As Macrumors is now reporting, there is now a fairly long thread developing over at the Sprint support forums, where iPhone owners are reporting issues, mainly of the "my iPhone's 3G data connection is soo slow" variety...

iPhone 4S Showdown: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint Speed Test!

AT&T has not one, but two worthy competitors ready to battle it out for iPhone 4S supremacy, and this time the playing field is far more level than it's ever been.

No longer is Verizon relegated to playing catchup, and did you hear? There's a new kid in town named Sprint.

How does the iPhone 4S match up on America's three biggest mobile providers in terms of sheer network speed? We'd thought you'd never ask. Tune in as we go head to head...to head.

Yep, we've got three iPhone 4S', running on three different networks, exposed on video...

iPhone 5 Will Likely Take Samsung Galaxy S II’s Fastest GPU Trophy

In the ever-changing world of Android handsets, there has been one device that has consistently stood out among the crowd — The Samsung Galaxy S II. The phone has been dominating European sales charts for several months, and has recently landed stateside.

Nearly 4 times as fast as the iPhone 4, the Galaxy S II's processor/GPU combo is the fastest in the industry according to Anandtech. But how will the speediest smartphone in the business stack up against Apple's yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5?

HTML5 Tests Show Mobile Safari Much Faster in iOS 5

Mobile Safari has received some major updates in iOS 5. We've seen new features added like private browsing and Reading List. On top of that, the mobile browser now allows web apps to utilize the Nitro engine, which greatly improves the web app experience.

Multiple sites are reporting that Apple has also improved Mobile Safari's overall performance in the new firmware. We confirm the speculation by running an HTML5 speed test with an iPad on iOS 5. Just how fast is Apple's mobile browser?

Web App Performance in iOS 5 Greatly Improved

Web app performance in iOS 4 has been disappointing. It's been speculated that Apple has been intentionally handicapping web app performance in iOS 4. When websites are launched from the iPhone's homescreen, loading times become much longer than when a site is opened straight from the Mobile Safari app.

In iOS 5, it's been discovered that fullscreen web apps from the homescreen can access the Nitro Javascript engine that sped up Mobile Safari in iOS 4.3. These "dynamic-codesigning" privileges allow for a much faster web app experience in iOS 5.

Speed Test: iOS 5 vs iOS 4.3.3

So I've been playing with iOS 5 beta 1 on my iPhone 3GS for a couple of days now and my first impression is that it looks really good. Good enough to make me consider giving up my jailbreak and unlock to install iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 - don't worry, I won't.

One thing I've noticed about Apple's latest beta is that it is a little sluggish. I know an iPhone 3GS isn't the ideal device to test a new OS on, so I thought I'd put it to the test against the same device, but on the current iOS 4.3.3...

AT&T Shows off LTE Speeds Expected to Appear in iPhones Next Year

Stacey Higginbotham got a tour of AT&T's Foundry space in Plano, Texas on Wednesday. Not only did the GigaOM author get to rub elbows with the carrier's SVP of application and service infrastructure John Summers, she also got to witness their LTE in action.

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and has been a popular choice for 4th generation technology among wireless carriers. Verizon deployed their LTE service late last year, and other than a few hiccups, the service has been widely popular. So how will AT&T stack up?