Mobile browser testing
Friday, December 25, 2009 1:44:07 PM
Im using my Nokia N79 to test these browsers. Candy bar design, symbian v3, high tech.
Opera mini 4.2 stored in memory 9kb, browser score 5/5, Opera mini 5 beta stored in memory 250kb, browser score 4.5/5
Skyfire version 1.1
Skyfire features: very fast scrolling, nice homepage good design, games, videos, flash support, change connection function, menu bar, bookmarks, zoom is 3 on keypad, very high data transfer.
Skyfire problems: big application, download page lacks information, slow download, hardly any settings, when switching tasks it reverts to homepage.
Skyfire summary: right from the start I did notice problems, I don't like the fact its a big application 755kb. Overall however its quite good, brilliant bookmark section, nice layout and design, fast scrolling, has alot of games and video already on it, seems more like a game or video application than a web browser. I feel it is let down by the skyfire designers on the download page. Zoom is very blurry. Its 3 times a bigger download than Opera mini 5 beta and doesn't offer that much. Fast and then slow browsing annoying.
Its data transfer speed is incredible 21,000kbs on 7000kb on the mobile speed test.
Skyfire score 3/5
Bolt version 1.6
Bolt features: small download 228kb, download page informative, user interface and design very similar to Operas, favourite websites page, web history, massive page zoom feature, uses socket or http connection, inline editing, preferences page similar to Operas settings page, time and menu bar.
Bolt problems: scrolling speed could be better, pauses when exiting box editing
, crashes when using the stop button, crashes at 20% sometimes.
Bolt data transfer 50,000kbs and upwards on 7,000kb on the mobile speed test I am literally shocked to the core.
Bolt summary quite a good browser, works well, reasonably fast speed. I dislike the fact that its interface and general design is so much like Operas. No error messages though when loading or browsing, shows correct time and has menu bar.
Bolt score 3.5/5.
Mobile browser speed test on 1mb test on T-mobile 3/3.5G speed.
Opera mini 4.2 4,500kbs
Opera mini 5 beta 4,500kbs
Nokia N79 web 2,900kbs
As you can see Bolt is miles ahead of the rest with Skyfire in second I am surprised at the results.
Mobile speed test results aside for the moment.
Conclusion Opera mini 4.2 wins hands down it is a very small download and is crammed full of features and its browsing speed is insanely fast. Skyfire is good for youtube browsers, Bolt has good all round capabilities.
Skyfire and Bolt have incredibly fast data transfer speeds especially Bolt but both lack in the actual browsing.