Qualcomm Benchmarks Show Snapdragon Powered Nexus One Beating the ARM Powered iPhone 3GS and Droid. Hmm

Interesting browser speed comparison article in the official Qualcomm blog…

Benchmarking Mobile Browsers – 90% Half Mental

Keep in mind that Qualcomm provides the Snapdragon processor used in the Google/HTC Nexus One. The Apple iPhone 3GS and Motorola Droid both use ARM processors.

I was not too surprised that the Nexus One, with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor, performed significantly better than the iPhone 3GS and Droid in two browsing benchmarks (i-Bench & SunSpider). I was surprised, however, that the iPhone 3GS beat the Droid in both benchmarks.

The main point of the article is to refute Engadget’s Nexus One review which showed the iPhone 3GS rendering Engadget’s home page faster than than the Nexus One.

I use the older (and slower) iPhone 3G. And, my impression is that the Droid’s browser is far faster than the 3G’s and just slightly slower than the Nexus One’s. During my week long trip to Seattle last week, I found myself using the Droid (I didn’t take the Nexus One) for web browsing and email much more often than the iPhone 3G or Touch Pro2 (Windows Mobile).