While BlackBerry Cool was the first website on the Internet to bring you competent speed testing of the BlackBerry Bold and iPhone 3G web browsers, it seems as though our initial tests were not as definitive as we would have liked them to be. This past week, we have been working with Kevin from CrackBerry.com, who has been trapped in BlackBerry purgatory trying to get any sort of positive browsing experience. While we suggest you read his two long and passionate posts on the subject (which describe crackberry addiction better than anything else on the Internet), here are the problems in a nutshell:
— There has to be some sort of issue with the Bold and WiFi/HotSpot Browser that pops up under specific circumstances. I don’t know what is yet, but I’m sure there’s something up.
While we were initially surprised to hear that Kevin had been having such problems, because we had not encountered them at all in our testing. However, out of BlackBerry unity, we agreed to give him some help and adopt his testing methodology. Once we did, it became clear that we were facing (some, but not all of) the same problems as Kevin. Which means that something is going on with the BlackBerry Browser.
Browser Testing Ground Rules
— The same 10 sites to be used for each test, in the same order
— Each series of test would be preceded by a battery pull, browser cache/history wipe
— The BlackBerry Browser was set to mimic the user agent of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, so only desktop versions of the site would be accessed.
Browser Testing Results
Browser Testing Final Analysis
— Regardless of what’s happening on the BlackBerry Bold, iPhone Internet Browsing is consistently fast.
— When Simon stated during our video test that your personal results may vary, he wasn’t kidding. If you have the time, conduct your own testing and post them in the comments below. The more data we have, the better the chance we have of getting to the bottom of this.