A little over a week ago I took a look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 4 and I benchmarked this latest release against the current browser lineup.
Yesterday Apple released Safari 3.1 so the browser landscape has now changed. It’s time to see how Apple’s latest browser fits into the big picture.
Apple makes some bold claims relating to Safari. Have a read of this:
The fastest web browser on any platform, Safari loads pages up to 1.9 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.7 times faster than Firefox 2.
To put these results into context you have to also read the small print:
There are dozens of tests out there that look at page loading times and page rendering speeds, but I don’t feel happy using any of them, and as a result I’ll leave out any discussion of page loading and rendering.
I’m going to confine testing to two tests:
* ACID 3
Testing will be carried out on the same hardware and software platform as previous tests were carried out on.