Which Browser Should You Be Running On Your iPad And iPhone?

Benchmark Results: JavaScript Performance

JavaScript Composite Score

The JavaScript composite score is the geometric mean of the results from RIABench JavaScript, Google's modified version of Apple SunSpider, Mozilla Kraken, Google Octane, FutureMark Peacekeeper, and RightWare BrowserMark.

Safari absolutely wrecks the competition with its unsporting Nitro JavaScript engine advantage, nearly tripling the scores of the other iOS-based browsers. The third-party iOS browsers, which all share Safari's old JS engine, essentially tie for second place.

Drill Down

The charts below contain the individual results for each JavaScript performance benchmark.

Note: The single RIABench score that gets factored in to the JavaScript composite is derived from the geometric mean of all nine JavaScript RIABench tests.

RIABenchRIABench

SunSpiderSunSpiderKrakenKraken

OctaneOctanePeacekeeperPeacekeeperBrowserMarkBrowserMark

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  • esrever
    All of them are the same since apple doesn't give developers any freedom.
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  • LuckyDucky7
    Was this review even necessary?
    There is no choice of browsers on iOS. None. Every "browser" is just a sub-par Safari wrapper.

    It's not like people buy iOS devices for the ability to tailor the device to their liking, after all- it's not called the "reality distortion field" for nothing.
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  • esrever
    All of them are the same since apple doesn't give developers any freedom.
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  • ksampanna
    I mean, c'mon ... bt obviously
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  • LuckyDucky7
    Was this review even necessary?
    There is no choice of browsers on iOS. None. Every "browser" is just a sub-par Safari wrapper.

    It's not like people buy iOS devices for the ability to tailor the device to their liking, after all- it's not called the "reality distortion field" for nothing.
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  • victorious 3930k
    You may have forgotten the useful extra features category, where Chrome for iOS wins by MILES.
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  • murzar
    Quote:
    But Tom's Hardware, I hate Apple. What about Android?


    Such condescension! What about people who actually like Android more? Or find its features more beneficial?

    Not every Android user hates Apple.
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  • barathn
    I like the last paragraph
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  • gamecube
    I hope next week we see not only tablet review. I'm more interested in the phone part of Android.

    And Ubuntu just release 12.10. This is a good time to have another Ubuntu Web Browser Grand Prix.
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  • Anonymous
    I'm curious what the benchmarks would be like if they installed the Nitrous Cydia tweak, which allows third party apps to use the Nitro engine. Any chance we can get a follow-up?
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  • Anonymous
    no IE ?
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  • amdfangirl
    Quote:
    no IE ?


    On iOS?
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  • amigafan
    No iCab mobile and no Atomic Web Browser :(
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  • blackmagnum
    Hey Apple... This is unfair!
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  • Anonymous
    why should you buy apple products to begin with?
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  • abbadon_34
    hmm...this article seems to imply I can stomach any Apple product post-Apple II
    2
  • jaquith
    If you don't have an Apple iOS product then frankly go away, you're talking out your 'back side,' and go Troll somewhere else. Keep in mind all but two of the TH Editors have an iPhone and a slew of other Apple products - fact.

    I've tried Chrome and Dolphin and keep coming back to Safari. Most of these benchmarks are within milliseconds so ± <0.05~0.10 seconds or ± <1~2FPS in the real world is negligible, so it comes down to features. Chrome isn't bad but it still needs some improvements in it's UI and features which still aren't ready for prime time.
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  • monkeysweat
    I have noticed on iOS 6 the newer Safari is much faster than it used to be, but speed isn't everything here,, how about features? I use chrome because it is better at blocking popups, quicker to switch to 'incognito' for banking, etc, also it syncs with my desktop history and favorites --- AND in my opinion has a better way of managing the tabs,,, Safari doesn't do any of this. I get lots of popups and redirects which I don't get on Chrome.
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  • jaquith
    I like that Chrome syncs with my PC but where's the history (aside from recently closed tabs)? As far as pop-ups (even with Block Pop-up - 'on') and ad bars I've seen little differences between Safari and Chrome; try TH site. I do agree and I do like the 'incognito' but most of my e.g. banking is done on either my PC or Bank's App.

    On some sites Chrome isn't recognized as mobile friendly but it's not Chrome's fault, it's the site's fault.

    I have little doubt and look forward to later versions of Chrome that will solve many of these odd problems and fine tune their App.
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  • drip50291
    um...what about Opera? Its faster with one bar of 3G than Safari is on Wifi.
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  • blackened144
    murzarNot every Android user hates Apple.


    Maybe not but they yell the loudest.
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  • kajunchicken
    What about web browsers available through Cydia? You know... the ones that AREN'T stuck with Apple's crappy limitations.
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