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iPhone 3GS vs. Droid vs. Droid Eris -- Browser Battles!

Android Central has posted up their iPhone 3GS vs. (Motorola) Droid vs. (HTC) Droid Eris, and -- spoiler alert!!! -- the iPhone 3GS is still king of the browser hill:

Bad news for Droid lovers: the iPhone 3GS beat the heck out of the Droid in the above test. Other tests taken after the video weren't quite as dramatic as what you're seeing here, but facts is facts: the iPhone 3GS does load and render pages faster than the Droid.

(It'll also load pages over 3G while you're talking on the phone, whereas he CDMA Droids' effective render speed under those conditions is zero. Multitask that!)

And yes, we'll boast while we can, because we're sure as the weekend progresses, the Droids' will beat the pants off TiPb's flagship device in other areas...

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

48 Comments
  • Droid may get better in web page rendering, but not before a new software push is released.
    I suspect Dorid will start using some of the magic in Google Chrome browser 4.0, which was just released this week, and its awesomely fast on Linux and Windows. But this will take a while to get pushed to these phones.
    I wonder how much of this due to the network and how much is due to the render engine?
    It seems the network would have a big effect if Deiter had a good ATT connection.
  • Iphone #1
  • RON JEREMY FOR MAYOR!!!
  • @icebike Other reviewers have noted better results with iPhone 3GS on WiFi as well. No doubt as Safari/Nitro and Chrome/V8 both improve, we all win.
  • why do they even bother releasing phones that will always be secondry to the iphone? whats the point in that? thats like consistantly bring out shoes with no laces and claiming they are good.
  • Ohhh SNAP!
    Google carrying Droid add on front page of Google.com.
    You won't see it on your iphone in Mobile view, or a customized igoogle page, but on default view there it is.
  • @bobby:
    Why do even bother releasing cars that will always be secondary to the Lamborghini? Whats the point in that?
  • On the iPhone version of this site, it shows a picture of an embedded YouTube video, but no video. That's nuts.
  • It's not just the speed. Those Android browsers are a bit herky-jerky, too. And the text is way too small on the Droid, even when zoomed in. Complete usability fail. lol
  • YouTube link doesn't work :(
  • All of U sucks. Go 4 Droid. Free ur self with the dictator APPLE.
  • @bobby
    Because people are different and there's no one device for us all. For anyone that e-mails are of the utmost importance a BB is the way to go. For someone that just needs a phone to make and receive calls a lil bs flip phone is perfect. That's why other devices inferior or different from the iPhone are made and are sold.
  • the network is good enough for google not good enough for apple....
  • Iphone has on it's poker face
  • YouTube video on iPhone re-fail!
  • Sorry, it's not a video, it's a screen shot. I though the lack of controls would prevent confusion. Took another one without the big play button.
    Apologies again. Click the AC link for their video.
  • @Rene
    Don't apologize to these idiots if they couldn't figure it out
  • Ron Jeremy is the man...Tony where are you? We need the opinion of a law student.
  • Whatever you gotta tell yourself. Funny how the Guy next to me couldn't look up his fantasy football teams on his precious iPhone, oh but he used my Droid just fine.
  • Is it June yet?
  • Sorry Rene. I thought it was another one of those non working YouTube videos. I see it's only supposed to be a screenie now.
  • Stop screaming RON JEREMY!
    What's wrong with RON JEREMY? You write in all caps(screaming) as if you are a deaf-man
  • @ LIFE SUCKS RON JEREMY STILL LOVES YOU BUT RON JEREMY ASK TOU TO MIND TOUR OWN FAWKING BUSINESS ABOUT HOW RON JEREMY TYPES.
  • I work In network and can say that the iPhone might win this contests but there are many variables that affect that test. You move 3 blocks and the results could be reversed. In Northern Cali Verizon has 3g in 100 % of its sites AT&T can't say that. They have a map for that. I just pulled down a speed test on my Eris at 1.2 M/sec. Beat that.
  • Iphone wins IF it would had history manegment
  • RON JEREMY SAYS WHAT KIND OF A NAME IS BEMIAMICUO OR WHATEVER THE FAWK YOUR NAME IS YOU FAIL.
  • The iphone is all about people wanting to be part of a crappy little community. The functionality of the droid and its business application far outweigh and out perform the iphone. SO, iphone = college kids and 40y/o trying to keep young, the new Droid and pretty much any Blackberry are much more practical, and reliable for that matter (Droid to still be seen on that one)
  • RON JEREMY LIKES PENIS TO!
  • Tommy want Wingie!!!!
  • iPhones are terrible.... not to mention that AT&T sucks also. If anything the droid is worth getting just for verizon.
    P.S. iPhones blow
  • I agree with that Harrison. I messed around with the droid and droid eris, and they were pretty impressive. and the fact that they have the support of verizon's 3G network and you officially have the phone to beat. iPhone's, and pretty much everything i, are so overrated it makes me sick.
  • I just jumped from the iPhone 3GS to the Droid Eris...my reasoning? The iPhone on ATT around here (WNC) is nothing but a toy. As a phone, messaging and or business device it reaks.This may be different where you live. With the Eris (which by the way is a planet in outer space too) I am connected everywhere and while it has a few bumps here and there...it works consistently and flawlessly for staying in touch! The apps in The Market are quite sufficient. It can only get better with a few pushes too. For now I need this phone and this network...Sorry the iPhone will loose out everytime in my neck of the woods!
  • The iPhart is too expensive. The phone and the plan are off the charts. The phone, second-hand, goes for over $680. That's whack. The AT&T service sucks and it's also way too expensive. My friend (Actually quite wealthy) had the iPhone for 3 months and it was too much for him to handle. You apple-suckers don't know how brainwashed you are.
  • Oh yeah, i forgot to mention that on AT&T my friend only got minimal service at his house in AZ. The only place in our state that I remember him having service was in the middle of downtown Phoenix. My father has the Eris- it gets service everywhere, even when we go camping up in flagstaff. In the middle of the woods. With no towns/cities/populated areas for miles. AT&T service.... No.
  • The iPhart would win IF: AT&T got more coverage. Like, 1000% more coverage (Yes 1000 not 100). IF the service was cheaper (Omfg, so expensive for so little service). IF the iPhone ran Android. IF the iPhone wasn't the iPhone.
  • AND if the iPhone ran on verizon. (Which basically is a combination of all if's previously stated.)
  • that waht i was thinking. too expensiv ur rite the iphone need better service
  • I didn't expect someone else to be on these forums... It's a pretty desolate place considering that it reviews the iPhone.
  • 99% of you on here are a bunch of iPhone fanboys. Your comments are as weak as the article. Oh and I do use an iPhone 3G.
  • of course new phones coming out after iphone 3gs will have better hardware than iphone or no one would even consider buying it. don't forget what's most attractive about iphone to me(and many other people) is its app store, and after jailbreaking it it's even better. No current smartphone on the market can beat that.
  • for the is better than the crappy iphone 3gs
  • THE DROID IS #1
  • You have to remember that the iPhone changed the way we think about smart phones, with that said I'm really looking forward to seeing the Droid progress. Competition is great for the consumer isn't it?
    Also to Gadgetinfo don't forget that Google could very easily turn into a dictator as well...
  • Apple lovers are just trying to be like everyone else! And the COLTS SUCK
  • In case you have not seen this.......HTC Droid Eris on Android 2.1 Video
    http://www.droid-eris.com/updates-and-cupcakes/2-1-video/
  • This article is a joke. The droid is a phone that runs around the iphone so bad it makes me cry to see all you fools bow down to steve jobs' market brainwashing and paying for his mansions while you're at it.
  • I have had my droid since december however needed to get a alternative because the software program ruined my telephone when it updated itself. So evidently having troubles & found this wonderful web site lol i do have a questio tho...my ram storage is gettin smaller & smaller..is there nethin i can do to assist get sum again?
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