iPhone 4 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9900 (and Nexus S) browser battle!

You knew it was coming, right? The moment Chris got his hands on the new touch screen, front-facing QWERTY BlackBerry Bold 9900, he just couldn't wait to put it head to head against the other best mobile browsers in the business, Apple's iPhone 4 Safari and Google's Android browser as instantiated on the Samsung Nexus S.

This time around, as seen in the video above the BlackBerry Bold 9900 browser kept pace with the iPhone 4 and Samsung Nexus S we pitted it against and now, BlackBerry is enjoying the richer browsing experience it should have had all along.

It's interesting to note that all three (and HP webOS) are now using WebKit, the Apple-driven open source web rendering engine, but each have their own JavaScript engine and their own unique implementations. Most importantly, they're all pushing each other for better, faster, more powerful web support, and that's good for us.

Of course, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 has a much smaller screen (in order to leave room for that keyboard), but we're sure the good folks at CrackBerry will repeat this battle with the full screen BlackBerry Torch 9850 when they get their geeky little hands on it.


iPhone 4 vs. BlackBerry Bold 9900 (and Nexus S) browser battle!

Rene Ritchie

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Guest says:

Just as an aside...Google has been contributing more back to WebKit than Apple for about 2 years now... http://neugierig.org/software/chromium/notes/2010/02/webkit-commits.html
If you are familiar enough to use python on your Mac, you can grab the code on Github and run it against more recent time periods, too: https://github.com/martine/webkit-who

TheAndroid1 says:

Wow, the blackberry scrolling is incredibly smooth. It looks smoother than my iPhone 4.

Susilu Bambang says:

Having half screen and 1.2GHz cpu sure it runs smoother like butter. BB9900 looks nice and all, but QNX is the future.

eahinrichsen says:

Yeah, they've been pretty open about saying that they plan to bring QNX to phones in the future. The question is at what point the phones they have on the market will be upgradable once they make the move.

johncblandii says:

Wow, I didn't expect the Nexus S to beat/match the iPhone. Good stuff.
The 9900 could have won the battle here but it is still going to lose the war. :-D

Guest says:

lol really? Have you seen the Galaxy S II, it wipes the floor with the iPhone even running flash. It's as smooth as butter, something other Android phones can't do without using a browser like Opera Mobile. Heck, the stock browser on the Galaxy S II is smoother than the one on the iPhone 4. That's why I'm exited about the iPhone 5, it'll have a similar chip to the Galaxy S II. It is pretty disappointing that apple is taking this long though, seeing how Samsung released their phone over 4 months ago.

johncblandii says:

No, I haven't.
Apple's decision to wait is a good biz move. Sucks if you're pining for one but I like their decision.

Eliecer-12 says:

Stupid apple fan boy! Just take it man BOLD 9900 (4) rules and rocks!!!

johncblandii says:

Read my blog then reconsider the fanboy remark. ;-)

9900 BOY!!! says:

YEP I have a 9900 I'm using the browser right now. Nothing beats my phone I don't give what other ppl say. This phone is incredible, my bro has a torch and he's thinking of getting one of these. My mom has the iphone 4 and I am not impressed at all. You can't even send pictures via text messaging. Biggest fail

Poorchards says:

The Samsung scrolls around so poorly, it doesn't look as smooth--based on the video. I;ve never used one before.

Oxirane says:

Quite sure it does not. Stock Android Browser is a Chrome lite...
Surprisingly, though, my Vibrant loads up all these pages faster while on 3G (rooted, running MIUI and xScope browser with build.prop tweaks if anyone's interesting)

Mikhail Ratchkovski says:

would anyone realy use the browser that much on the Bold? That is not where the strength of this device is

johncblandii says:

If it was your device and you wanted to go to a site? Yep.

Dipak Raghuwansi says:

Hey guys I was planning to buy a blackberry bold 9900 aka bold 4 and iPod touch 4g to satisfy my apple product craving ! What i am confused with is should I be goin with this option or should I just buy an iPhone 4 ????

Dj_dpac says:

Hey guys I was planning to buy a blackberry bold 9900 aka bold 4 and iPod touch 4g to satisfy my apple product craving ! What i am confused with is should I be goin with this option or should I just buy an iPhone 4 ????

johncblandii says:

Wait just a bit longer and get an iPhone 5.

Mankiratjhajj says:

Blackberry rocks
I am using 9900 and iPhone 4 both but bb9900 rocks

Blockcolski says:

You have 2 phones? Business and personal?

Pauljason90 says:

The Blackberry has long been the king of the smartphone space - especially for businesses, where it has become an indispensable tool for many companies. But the iPhone - and especially the iPhone 4 - had the Blackberry playing catch up thanks to the iPhone's splashy media features, multi-touch screen, and sensors that allow apps to be controlled by moving the phone.
For more information: http://www.techyv.com/questions/comparing-iphone-and-blackberry-features

Saeed Khan says:

Though in fruits Blackberry is expensive then Apple but in mobile it's other way round but in terms of performance ,I think BB9900 looks ahead of iPhnone 4S

BradBouquio says:

Great post. Sell used phones and other electronics and http://www.bbtronics.com