The people at Medialets decided that similarities between the way the iPhone, the G1, the Palm Pre and desktop computers browsed the web could be put to good use. The Internet veterans put the handsets to the test to reveal that Apple was more than right about its new iPhone’s speed, and more.
To test the speed of each platform, as far as web browsing was concerned, Medialets ran the SunSpider test suite in the following environments:
– Safari 4.0.1 on a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo White MacBook.
– The MacBook results were used as a baseline for relative comparisons.
– Mobile Safari on the iPhone 3G with iPhone OS v2.2.1.
– Mobile Safari on the iPhone 3G with iPhone OS v3.0.
– Mobile Safari on the iPhone 3GS with iPhone OS v3.0.
– The “Browser” app on the T-Mobile G1 with Android OS v1.5 (Cupcake).
– The “Web” app on the Palm Pre with Web OS v1.0.2.
Some of the results were surprising, while others weren’t. For instance, iPhone-based tests alone were, as Medialets said, “rather astonishing and seem to indicate that many of Apple’s claims about the performance gains of their 3.0 OS and the iPhone 3GS may hold some water.”