Chrome vs. Internet Explorer vs. Safari – Mobile Browser Benchmarks

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There are three major mobile platforms right now, two of which that are very popular (Android and iOS), and one that has a fighting chance (Windows Phone). All three platforms will offer up a great web browsing experience, whether you’re using Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari. But which one is the best? Well, before we can answer that, we have to define what being the best is: the fastest and most compatible browser. Okay, so here are the benchmarks:

BrowserMark Benchmark Scores (higher is better):

  • Chrome (Android): 114,263
  • Safari (iOS): 86,929
  • IE9 (Windows Phone): 32050

Sunspider Benchmark Scores (lower is better):

  • Chrome: 1624
  • IE9: 6671
  • Safari: 2233

HTML5 Test Scores:

  • Chrome: 371
  • IE9: 138
  • Safari: 324

As you can see from the benchmark scores, Chrome outperformed both Internet Explorer and Safari on all three tests. Safari was closely following, coming in second on the benchmark tests. And Internet Explorer, just like its respective platform, lagged behind coming in last place on every benchmark. So, what do these benchmarks tell us? That right now Chrome on Android offers you the best web browsing experience available on a mobile phone!

Note: The three phones used in these benchmarks were the Galaxy Nexus (for Android), the iPhone 4S (for iOS), and the Nokia Lumia 900 (for Windows Phone).

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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.

  • user

    what are the OS versions of each device? did you check WP8 and android 4.1 and IOS6 ?

    • David Rahimi

      When I ran this test, the devices were using Android 4.0, Windows Phone 7.5, and iOS 5.1. Of course, things will change as the operating systems get updated but for now the results are still valid as only Android has updated to the next version (4.1) and since it was the winner it is unaffected.