Speed test: WP7 Mango vs iPhone vs Android [MIX11]

During today's Microsoft keynote at MIX11, a phone browser speed test was given and for once, Windows Phone (Mango + IE9) trounced the competition. The competition here was the iPhone 4 and Nexus S. 

Is it us or has Microsoft really thrown their weight behind browsers lately? IE9 on Windows Phone 7.5 looks pretty incredible and to put this persepctive, Android Central's Phil Nickinson says he doesn't know how that got the Nexus S to be that fast in the above video--which means MS wasn't playing trickery here. 

Of course we're interested in seeing more than one site load and the devil's in the details. But hey, we like what we see.

via: GeekWire

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.

  • A unreleased browser up against one that's been out for months. Seems fair to me. /s
  • So what would you compare it to then? Honestly. If you made a new browser and wanted to show it off, what would you compare it to? Magic?
  • How about comparing it against the current IE that's on WP7.
  • Okay, but I'm pretty sure it'd be faster and I'm quite sure we'll see that when we get closer to release. I'm not sure how not showing it against the current IE negates *this* test or makes it less interesting. Explain?
  • It's a pissing contest that no one will win. When Apple updates their OS [at a much faster rate than MS] I'm sure they'll release a "speed" test that shows Safari is faster than XYZ browser. And who knows what type of BS MS is doing behind the scene. I guess they have to have something to get the WP7 people hype about.
  • Umm, did you just complain about putting an unreleased browser against one that's been out for months and then suggest that the better thing to do would be to put it up against one that's been out for months?
  • The current WP7 browser doesn't support HTML5, so how would you compare it?
  • its an ie9 test there is no ie9 on current wp7 duh
  • I'd take these demos with a grain of salt. I bet if apple or google were to run the same demo with the same "setup", we would have 3 different winners. Let's wait for an unbiased source to actually compare these browsers.Whenenver Mango gets released
  • I agree 100%
  • Phil says his Android Nexus S runs much *slower* than the demo FWIW.
  • I sure it does. For some reason, the browser on Android blows.
  • If you go to Android central. You can see that he's implying that MS is doing some type of trickery.
  • MANGO means nothing because we won't see it before our phones die...or maybe we die. It's just another bunch of promises that Microsoft won't be able to push to us. It's sad because I love the platform. I just with Microsoft loved it as much as we do.
  • That's nonsense. Microsoft is not doing all they are doing so no one gets their work. Sure they have those update issues, but they are working on it. Don't dismiss Microsoft. People did that years ago when the released (for years) awful hardware and entered a market that they couldn't compete in: Xbox. Also, Bing is doing very well.
  • The browser looks great. All of the announced features look great. The pessimism will remain until it's proven that Microsoft can release an update in a timely fashion. As there are no updates planned between now and 'late fall', one can assume that the misery will continue until this time next year.
  • Hmmmmm.... So Speed Reading is a Microsoft HTML5 app. Interesting.
  • GEEZ!! A lot of trolls today! This is a Windows news source, what's up with all the hate??!?!!!? If you want to hate go to engadget or gizmodo!
  • It's not hate. It's why is MS teasing us with Mango and all these other features and updates that we might not see for another 6-8 months if ever. I'm on ATT and still waiting for NoDo. (And no, I'm not hacking/debranding/reg-editing either to get it. I'll wait for official ATT release-but not forever!)
  • Stop your whining. This is a developer preview at a developer conference. It has nothing to do with you the end user/consumer. The development tools for Mango will be out next month, us developers need to see this stuff so we can develop for it before the updates are pushed to you, the consumer, later this year.
  • Ah I'm not whining-actually I prefer beer. Need an honest opinion-you think we'll see mango by the end the year?
  • you know your gonna get to see them, inspite of you. Mango is needed for nokia so it'll be out soon, apple can get it out faster cause it was with one carrier on one phone, as ios adds more carriers and more devices, it will take more testing to. heck there's images of mango on a hd2 floating around the net. Thats why they say hating cause you know it's not true, but you say it anyway.
  • man i thought i was the only one that thought this, the only place i can go to get the latest beside this spot is pocketnow.com, on engadget and giz I have to digg through it with a fine toothed comb to find wp7 info.