Palm Pre browser '4x faster' than iPhone
Palm's webcast showed the Palm Pre loading a big, chunky site in 7 seconds -- about 4x faster than our iPhone test. Is it a coup, a cache or a crock?
There is such a thing as time travel -- just try surfing the Web on most mobiles, and you'll be transported back to 1997. Slow and buggy rendering can make riding the Infobahn more like being stuck behind a tractor on a country lane.
So far, Safari on the iPhone and have been the best choices for ramping up the browsing mojo, but a video shown during last week's has us all a-flutter. The Pre already has our spider senses tingling with its sexy user interface and wireless charger, but now we smell its browser may also be something special.
There's no way to know if the Pre browser was loading the site from a cache, but even that would be news -- the iPhone doesn't do caching. The Pre browser is based on WebKit, so it's a cousin to the iPhone and Mac OS X versions of Safari. Here's hoping it's slick enough to make them look like inbred Cornish cousins.