Browser Showdown: iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II vs Nokia Lumia 800 [VIDEOS]


Nokia recently took the wraps off its latest iPhone 4S competitor, the Lumia 800 while Samsung is already claiming that its Galaxy S II is more powerful than Apple’s latest iPhone. As folks at SlashGear got their hands on a Lumia 800 at Nokia World 2011 expo, they decided to pit Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 smartphone against Samsung Galaxy SII and Apple iPhone 4S to see who performs the best in terms of web browsing speeds.

Nokia Lumia 800 vs iPhone 4S

Apple was keen to point out the speed of its browser technology with the iOS 5 upgrade at the launch of the iPhone 4S, and we were seriously impressed by how quickly it rendered and loaded pages in our iPhone 4S review. Side-by-side with the Lumia 800, that optimization is clear. With the cache cleared and each on the same WiFi connection, the iPhone 4S led the way to the mobile version of the SlashGear homepage, the Nokia a few seconds behind.

Nokia Lumia 800 vs Galaxy S II

All three browsers have pinch-zoom, which worked smoothly, as well as text reflowing. Once loaded, page navigation was smooth across the board. The differences in rendering will, of course, be very much dependent on the connection you have at the time.

Still, we’d like to see Nokia and Microsoft polish up the web experience on Windows Phone some.


  • Jim23

    In practical use (ei. not on a wifi connection), the galaxy S2 is way faster than the iphone due to faster HSDPA connectivity.

  • JohnO

    That’s true on paper, but not from my experience using it in the real world. I consistently get faster download speeds than my friends with gs2’s using SpeedTest app to test….

  • Anon

    Why always with the browser load test… only maybe 10% of the time I’m using the web browser on my phone.. How about a real test? Checking email, then switching to the music application to switch to another artist and then back to text messaging to copy a message and back to email to paste the SMS text and email it off to someone, then stop playing music, and switch to a youtube video perhaps from a link then back to take a photo and add it to an MMS or email or both. Running a smart phone decathlon ..not just open a stupid webpage which will always always vary depending on the data connection rate.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re going to pull videos from Slashgear you could at least watch them. The Nokia rendered the pages fully quicker than the iPhone. Like everyone else said when this vid was first posted, it’s the rotating wheel on the top, not the blue bar that indicates load times in Safari. I can see why you would make this mistake, as the iPhone is sneaky this way, but please do some actual journalism and maybe correct slashgear’s mistake rather than regurgitating their faulty conclusions. 

    Though I think that all 3 phones were close enough that browser speed is a non-issue which ever route you go. I must say I’m impressed with the Nokia, doing this with only a single core meaning less cost and better battery life.
    Good work