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Faster Mobile Browsing

If you're serious about browsing the web on your Treo then you'll have to ditch your bundled Blazer browser and switch to the Xiino browser instead.

I had been meaning to run a small test for a while to compare the browsing speeds of Blazer and Xiino to determine if it was really worth paying to upgrade to a new browser.  My findings yielded a categorical 'Yes' to that question.

I put both browsers to the test by performing the following 'tasks' (at each step the page had to have fully downloaded before proceeding to the next task and both browsers were set to display 'text only'):

  1. Launch URL news.yahoo.com
  2. Search 'Treo 650'
  3. Click result article #1
  4. Go back to search results
  5. Click result article #2
  6. Launch URL amazon.com
  7. Search 'Treo 650'
  8. Go back to search results
  9. Search 'Spiderman' in DVD category
  10. Launch URL finance.yahoo.com
  11. Search stock symbol 'PLMO'

The results were 'astounding' to say the least.  Blazer performed the tasks at a sluggish 14min 09sec while Xiino came in at 6min 27sec - a staggering improvement of over 50%.

Aside from its speed there are a few more things that Xiino does extremely well.  For one, it has an extraordinary cache which allows you to move back and forth between your viewed pages almost instantaneously.  Furthermore, you can save the cache of any of your visited pages to your SD card for later offline viewing or to speed access to search pages in the future.  You also have easy access to your 'history' and can revisit any website within one click.

Xiino Mobile Browser ($27.30)

Treonauts always seek to improve their mobile experiences...


Posted by Andrew on February 7, 2005 at 02:45 PM

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Comments

1
by Iceman | Feb 7, 2005 3:46:54 PM

Thanks for the interesting comparison!

2
by Jon Urrutia | Feb 7, 2005 4:44:13 PM

Is Xiino Mobil Browser compatible with (160x160) treo 600 screen

3
by J. | Feb 7, 2005 5:34:54 PM

Did you use a CDMA or GSM (Cingular, obviously) phone?

4
by b0tes | Feb 7, 2005 6:45:58 PM

iceman: i have been using xiino on my 600 for a while now. best $30 i've ever spent. blazer is a joke.

5
by b0tes | Feb 7, 2005 7:01:49 PM

other xiino pros:

1) page rendering is better. especially text-based sites such as http://mobile.treocentral.com

B) the ability to scroll a page as it's loading, rather than after it's fully loaded.

and of course the cons:

a) no full 5-way support??

2. can't install prc's or other attachments directly from the download link

6
by dan | Feb 7, 2005 7:19:57 PM

does gmail work on xiino? can anybody try?

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by b0tes | Feb 7, 2005 8:22:12 PM

nope can't access it with xiino on my 600. why not just use the gmail pop and the built-in email app?

8
by mike s. | Feb 8, 2005 12:51:53 AM

can't access many encripted sites like my bank of america page among other things. Doesn't render completely properly...disappointing

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by dan | Feb 8, 2005 4:08:23 AM

any other browser highly recommended? any experiences?

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by bcoutlander | Feb 8, 2005 9:42:35 AM

I would guess his tests were run on a gsm Treo. I ran these on my SPCS (cdma) Treo and got the following results:
Blazer: 6:27
Xiino: 3:47

So, there is a big difference in speed but I have also ran into issues on being able to log onto my bank's site and some other encrypted sites with Xiino.

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by Andrew | Feb 8, 2005 9:51:05 AM

Yes, I did use an unlocked GSM Treo connecting via a GPRS network (30-70Kbps) so obviously browsing on an EDGE (Cingular 100-200Kbps), 1xRTT (Sprint 70-140Kbps) or EV-DO (Verizon 300-500Kbps) network will be significantly faster than my tests.

I also agree that for encrypted websites Xiino may not always be ideal but on those occasions it is simply a matter of using Blazer instead.

Cheers, A.

12
by skfny | Feb 8, 2005 1:22:58 PM

A little over 4 minutes with SPCS in NYC.

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by skfny | Feb 8, 2005 1:45:24 PM

Just to clarify:

Xiino runs the test in 4 minutes on Sprint PCS in NYC on a Treo 650. Also, it should be mentioned that the Treo 650's Blazer is much much better than the version on the 600. (Although still not nearly as fast as Xiino or WebViewer.)

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by Bryan T. | Feb 8, 2005 4:59:39 PM

I tried Xiino in the past, and it's fatal flaw is its inability to log in to secure sites. Try Reqwireless Webviewer. I've been able to access my bank of america account, and a number of secured sites that Xiino balked at.

15
by uinclejung | Feb 8, 2005 6:32:36 PM

I like Xiino so far. It's much faster than Blazer and it handles tables better as well. Try looking up flight info from southwest.com with both Blazer and Xiino.

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by b0tes | Feb 8, 2005 7:04:30 PM

i just can't stomach the idea of having to install java virtual machine just to run webviewer.

each his own..

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by s.elements | May 3, 2006 1:24:33 PM

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