03/25/2010, 12:47 PM
I am most impressed by the browser, and not just the initial startup time.
I ran the SunSpider at stock speeds under 1.4, and it completed the tests in 24.4 s. Pretty good relatively, but not nearly as quick as, say, the Nexus One (15.9) or iPhone 3GS (16.7).
After the 800 MHz patch, the tests completed in 13.7 s, a 78% increase in speed. The Pre's browser now loads up sites with a lot of information and scripts such as Engadget, IMDB, Facebook, Precentral, etc. in under 10 seconds ready to browse. at 500 MHz, those sites would render fairly quickly, but then stall for several seconds as it executes all the scripts.
Sunspider @ 800 MHz
Sunspider @ 500 MHz
I used Arstechnicas review just to get a rough idea of the speed of other phone browsers. The Pre @ 800 MHz is by far and away the fastest browser. The article is from January so I don't know if there have been speed enhancements for the other platforms since then, but the results are pretty telling. No placebo effect here.