The way we use our phones has been steadily changing for the past few years. Gone are the days where the sole, or even prominent feature of a phone, was the phone itself. Smartphones are now expected to have built-in Bluetooth, GPS, cameras and so much more. With all of this being said, the one thing that stands out from all the others is Internet access. We want, we need, more than anything for our mobile devices to have constant connectivity to our online activity. We want to be constantly updated with news, tips and anything else our like-minded friends may have shared with us online.
Mobile has shifted the way the Web is being built. For this reason, new releases into the smartphone space pose the question: are browsers and Internet speeds going to keep on improving? The most recent release of the iPhone 5s posed many questions around this topic, so we put the Galaxy S4, one of 2013’s hottest Android phones, to the test against the newest addition to Apple’s iPhone lineup of device, and put their Internet speed and browser capabilities to the test using the native web browser on each of these devices:
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But even though the Galaxy S4 lagged behind in the benchmarks (the HTML5 test was particularly shocking), it does well in real world usage tests. Whilst loading up a collection of websites, the S4 either slightly beat out the iPhone 5s, or was slightly behind in our test, as you can see in the video demonstration above.
We seem to have come to a block in how fast a smartphone can get – at least when you’re purely talking about Web-based performance – and I’m extremely excited to see what the next big thing will be.
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