I’ve always enjoyed riding the Firefox-bandwagon and that hasn’t changed, even though Google Chrome seems to be the browser of choice amongst the cool kids nowadays. And if only because I’m a faithful guy, I’ve been running Firefox Mobile ever since I bought a Samsung Galaxy SII as well. Sure it doesn’t do Flash, but I’m not that Flash-inclined anyway.
Now, I haven’t met too many people that use Firefox Mobile and indeed when reading about mobile browsers, Firefox is rarely if ever mentioned. But what if I told you that Firefox Mobile is by far the best browser on mobile when taking performance, features and security into consideration?
I won’t beat around the bush, here’s the pretty objective data.
|browser||hardware||Sunspider||v8 benchm.||html5test score|
|Firefox Mobile 9b||Samsung Galaxy SII||1421.9ms||832||314|
|Android 2.3 browser||Samsung Galaxy SII||3454.4ms||369||177|
|Android 4 browser||Google Galaxy Nexus||1983ms||1387||230|
|Mobile Safari||iPhone 4s||2260.9ms||368||296|
|Opera Mobile 11.5||Samsung Galaxy SII||1699.9ms||461||285|
|Dolphin HD 7.2||Samsung Galaxy sII||3593.4ms||318||177|
- the hardware is pretty comparable; all dual-core CPU’s and plenty of RAM.
- higher is better, except for Sunspider which measures time (in microseconds).
- I’ve got no screenshot or URL of the google v8 test results on my phone, but I’ll be glad to reproduce.
- html5test is an indication for support of “modern” browser features (html5, css3 and much more).
- the features of the browser GUI arent’t measured byhtml5test, but I’m pretty pleased with Firefox Mobile in that respect as well; great tabbed browsing, plugins (including noscript!), sync-ing of all relevant data between desktops & mobile, …
- I added Opera Mobile and Dolphin HD to the list. Opera’s not too shabby but not a winner either?
And last but not least; as Firefox Mobile isn’t native and since it’s on the same (crazy) rapid release cycle as the desktop-version, I consider it to be a lot more secure when compared to the slow evolving, rarely updated native browsers in Android and iOS.
My advice; if you’re an Android-user and you’ve got a recent handset or tablet, you really should consider switching to Firefox Mobile. It’s the best mobile browser no-one is using! Except for you?