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BlackBerry 10 obliterates iOS and Android yet again in browser showdown

Zach Epstein
February 6th, 2014 at 10:07 AM
BlackBerry 10 Browser Test

More than a year ago, tests pitting BlackBerry’s new-at-the-time BlackBerry 10 web browser against mobile offerings from Apple and Microsoft saw BlackBerry’s offering smoke mobile Safari and Internet Explorer by a fairly wide margin. Plenty has changed since then — Apple released iOS 7 alongside a major redesign and Microsoft issued some updates as well — but one thing definitely has not; results of new browser speed tests published recently by New Relic show that when it comes to loading web pages, BlackBerry 10 still obliterates the competition.

Historically, BlackBerry users have had to deal with what was undeniably the worst mobile web browser on the planet. BlackBerry sought to change that with its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and we’re not sure it could have possibly done a better job.

According to New Relic’s data, which analyzed more than 16.8 million page loads from early October through early November last year, BlackBerry 10 devices loaded web pages in 1.55 seconds on average. The second-fastest web browser, Opera Mini 4.2, wasn’t even close, with page load times that averaged 4.78 seconds.

In other words, the BlackBerry 10 browser is more than three times faster than its next-closest competitor.

Apple’s Safari browser on the iPad came in at No. 3 with an average page load time of 4.91 seconds, and no other native web browser was even included in New Relic’s top-9 rankings.

An infographic showcasing the company’s test results follows below.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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