Thursday, November 20, 2008
Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM
"Before 2007, using the internet on your phone would make you want to kill yourself, if you were dumb enough to believe the crap splattered across that tiny screen even was the "internet." But the combination of increased bandwidth and better mobile software means that more phones really are promising to deliver the real internet, in living color. We tested eight different browsers, and while some put smiles on our faces, others proved that rendering HTML correctly is a far cry from actually giving you an awesome web experience. And what about 3G vs. Wi-Fi? Everything the carriers have told you is a lie. This is the true state of mobile web."
The two winners, and it's absolutely no surprise, are the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1. Both run variants of WebKit. Both have excellent speed, great usability, and a rendering engine that gets pages right consistently, and that's why they won. Having used a lot of the browsers listed in the test, I can say that Gizmodo nailed this one. In many ways, the mobile web has a long way to go, but it's getting way better. Honestly, the only part that surprised me was that the BlackBerry browser, as awful and horrible as it is, did as well as it did.