IOS Completely Embarrasses Android In HTML5 Speed Tests


Given the numbers, LG might be better sticking to physical displays of 3-D like this one at the Mobile World Congress last week. Photos Charlie Sorrel (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
Given the numbers, LG might be better sticking to physical displays of 3-D like this one at the Mobile World Congress last week. Photos Charlie Sorrel (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

IOS runs HTML5 games a crazy three times faster than Android, according to a study by The tests were run on various hardware and software combinations, both for Android and iOS, and the results are pretty startling. And there’s an even more amusing data point: The Blackberry Playbook beat every Android device.

Hardware included the Samsung Droid Charge, Sony Xperia Play, Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Blackberry Playbook, amongst others. Software was Android versions 2-4, the Kindle Fire’s own Android fork and the Blackberry Playbook OS. On the iOS side were the iPhone 4/S and 3G, the iPod Touch 4G and both iPads, running a mix of iOS4 and iOS5.

The test: “How many images can be moved around a screen at one time, while maintaining a 30 frames per second (FPS) frame-rate?”

The iPad running iOS 5 smoked the competition. The iPad 2’s worst result was still better than the an Android tablet’s best result. Even the best of all Android results was only 50% better than the iPad’s worst score. Scathing.

What was the worst Android device? Motorola’s Droid 2, which “was not even able to maintain 30 FPS with a single moving object on the screen.” Compare this to the iPhone 3GS, a phone released almost three years ago, managed “50 moving objects at 30 FPS.” Suck that, Moto. is a company whose service takes fames written in Flash, Javascript and the like and translates them to run on various OS platforms. It also has something of a sense of humor. Normally these studies make for dry reading, but this one is pretty entertaining (download the PDF if you want to read it), with lines like “Android does not look terrible in this summary,” and “The Android tablet results are kind of suspect.” This last refers to an artificial increase in the Android tablet’s score as it wasn’t actually rendering all of the on-screen objects.

The bottom line — which we knew already– is that if you want to do anything on the mobile web other than search Google, you should be using Mobile Safari on any old iOS device.

[Via Venture Beat]

  • ClickMe

    The Droid 2? Seriously? That phone is ancient. Not a fair comparison to say the least.

    “Suck that, Moto”. Seriously? I’ve been reading this site for years and this is what it has come to?

  • GeekJenJen

    Droid 2 released August 12th, 2010
    iPhone 3GS released June 8th, 2009

    Could you please repeat that part in the middle… about being ancient and being fair?

  • ClickMe

    Who cares if it’s an 18 month old device is all I’m saying.

    HTML5 has zero relevance on mobile phones anyway. And most of the work is done inside the browser, not relevant to the hardware running it. So I’m sure the Droid 2 wasn’t even running Android that was 2 versions ago, prob 3 or more.

  • Solowalker

    Spot on. While, “Suck that, Moto,” is a bit childish and could have replaced with something more professional, the point still stands. did a fairly good job at testing a wide range of devices so some decent comparisons could be drawn. It reinforces the idea that specs don’t really matter to the end user, only results do. Apple doesn’t need to tout its devices’ processor speeds like Android handset manufacturers do, especially if a device with 1/2 the power on paper smokes its newer competitors.

    I’ve got an iPhone 4 that I’ve had for over a year and a half. The only Android phone that can compete with it? This year’s flagship Nexus from Samsung. My single core 800-some MHz bests a dual core 1.2 GHz. How do a I feel about that? Quite awesome. Quite awesome, indeed.

    And this kind of thing underscores how Apple can still keep a nearly 3 year old phone (3GS) on the shelf and have it sell itself. They’ve got some voodoo magic under the hood.

  • Matt107

    If you did any research and read the document of the test, you would have seen it was running Gingerbread, is only one generation old, and most phones still ship with it. And as Kr00 already commented, HTML5 is very relevant, most mobile videos are HTML5 now, especially since mobile flash is dead.

  • Jeff Carnahan

    It should say “BlackBerry Playbook Completely embarrasses iOS and Andriod” Playbook OS2 apparently smokes them all.

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  • jeffray

    If they were testing on the devices’ stock browsers these results mean very little.  Hardly a “suck that, Moto” moment.  I’m not sure the author here realizes that performance results are primarily affected by software.

  • asdf asdf

    Thank you for the thoughtful review. The main advantage of html5 player seems to be for embedding rich media such as audio and video in modern browsers. Although, the structure elements seem to be useful. CSS3 seems to be headed in the right direction, leaving many possibilities for implementation and creativity,