Apple iPhone (2.5G EDGE) vs. Nokia E61i (3G UMTS) website loading shootout (you might be surprised)

Many have criticized Apple for choosing the “much slower,” but much less power-hungry EDGE (2.5G) over the supposedly faster, but battery-draining UMTS (3G). In a test conducted by the German-language iPhone Infoblog, WLAN on both phones is deactivated.

The iPhone, thanks to a faster processor and the superior Webkit-based Safari Web browser, is in the same league with the Nokia E61i when loading websites.

For example, the Die Zeit website loaded fully in 76 seconds vs. 79 seconds for the Nokia. The Nokia loaded eBay fully in 26 seconds vs. 30 seconds for iPhone. ApplePhoneInfo tested their own site and the iPhone loaded it in 0:31 vs. the Nokia’s 0:27.

The text and voiceover is in German, but the video speaks volumes in any language:

Direct link to the video via YouTube here:

ApplePhoneInfo’s full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Markim” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: As always: iPhone users, while on EDGE, please use our RSS feed instead of our home page while we debate whether we should be redesigning our Web pages for a device that offers a full Web browser and purports to surf the real Web or until Apple releases a 3G iPhone, whichever comes first.


  1. Yeah, either way, that’s waaaaaay too slow to be usable. I see why el Jobso thinks the issue of 2.5G vs. 3G is close to moot. Either way, you’re not going to be doing much of this without using Wifi. Assuming you’re sane.

  2. I don’t think having the two phones next to each other is a good idea for testing purposes. I have seen how much interference Razr phones and iPhones give out (I don’t know about the new Nokia). I had my iPhone set on a table doing comparisons with some other PIM device (I think it was a Treo (??) or maybe a Blackberry) a few months back, and my iPhone was acting all wierd doing things “all by itself” before it struck me to separate them by a few feet. After that, the iPhone worked normally again.

    Every time my old Razr used to ring, my 5G iPod, if placed near to the phone, would start changing its own volume, skipping around songs, backlight on/off, etc.

    And of course, we’ve probably all heard nearby speakers buzzing when cell phones are checking for messages or about to ring.

    I don’t know if that would have any effect on this test from this article, but it was mainly me thinking out loud. Anyone with real knowledge out there about EMI and shielding or lack thereof?

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