Browser wars: iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android 2.2


The last time there was a 'browser war' with Internet Explorer/WP7 (vs the iPhone 3Gs), WP7 didn't fair too well. Of course, the comparison was not as ideal as one would have liked, but when given lemons...

Luckily, the fine folks over at Pocketnow have done a more proper comparison between the iPhone, LG GW910 (unfinished build of WP7) and Android 2.2 ('Froyo'), loading a few different websites in the process.

Conclusion? Well, for being "unfinished" and a near v1.0, Mobile Internet Explorer actually holds it own. One could only imagine it will get better with the final release and then hopefully some occasional updates. But overall, it looks quite usable and even smoother than Android.

Watch the full 10-minute video after the break!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Nice Mal. I remember the sh*t video you post a while back from some douche bag. I told you that was crap. Now all we need to do is bitch about Flash and HTML5 support till they add it.
  • lol and I kept my promise if a better vid shows up, we'll cover it ;-) At this point, I'm okay without Flash and HTML5. The latter will grow in importance in the next 2 years, but for now is not absolutely needed. Flash really divides people. Having it on my EVO, I'm in the *meh* category. Perhaps if it runs better on WP7 (and it could), I may be more excited.
  • I fully expect IE in WP7 will get it's HTML5 update a few months after IE9 on the desktop ships, that is if the Mobile team wants to wait for their big brother to go final, they could start work on it once we get to RC stage and the engine is locked down. Either way it'll happen some time in mid 2011 I'd say. As for flash, that's all up to Adobe, it's not like MS has locked them out like Apple has.
  • I have Android, but I'm a Windows boy at heart. I want to see WP7 beat everyone! Glad to hear IE Mobile is promising.
  • Looks good. I realize it's still in the works, but I think the final release needs to improve selection of the URL bar... And maybe it's me, but I didn't see any progress notification of the website loading...?
  • It's there, at the top of the address bar there's a line going accross, it's the color of whatever you have your tiles set to, so in this vid it's orange. The default is blue ofc.
  • I actually think the IE in the late 6.1 builds and 6.5 is pretty good. performing better than opera in some cases
  • Mobile Internet Explorer is as finished as it gets. It's only weeks away from being released in a handset. There's nothing Microsoft can do to improve it before release.
  • I'm not positive about that...all of these devices have beta builds of the OS, so what they are running is "old". MS clearly has a near-finalized build of the OS but we haven't seen that yet, so we can't presume that Mobile IE is "finished".
  • This build 6414 was released with the beta tools, which was when? May/June? It's been months since then, that's nowhere near final builds imo. I'm sure they're probably close to the 7000 mark. Heck I bet MS will probably end up rounding it up to be something like 7.0.7000, it wouldn't surprise me. When the final dev tools are out and we get the final emulator build then we'll have a even better idea of what to expect in Oct. That is if they don't keep updating it even till then, who knows? It wouldn't surprise me if they have updates ready and waiting for post RTM.
  • The winpho browser needs to be good enough that the reviewing journalists in mainstream pubs and trend setting bloggers say in print that it's good enough. being better than the competiton has to be the goal, but leveling the playing field is table stakes nowadays.
  • Remember, all these devices running with a 650 MHz Processor...with the final divices we will have 1GHz.
  • It may not be the fastest, but there was a feature that I'd take over a few seconds or fractions thereof: multipage loading. When I go read new articles or message boards, I usually want to read multiple pages and, rather than have to go through a read-then-wait-to-load cycle for all of those pages, it's definitely a time-saver to have other pages load while I'm reading the first thing. Additionally, IE mobile seemed to be loading more content than the iPhone, which seemed to checkerboard a lot, so maybe that's why it took longer than that one. Against Android, it has the smoothness going for it, which is definitely easier on the eyes, I think. Lastly, considering how some people are treating WebKit like it's the second-coming of Jesus, IE didn't do shabby at all in comparison.