Android browsers are more than just a necessity in today's world. They are an integral part of the internet without which smart phones would not have been as 'smart' as advertised. The phones are getting more complicated and the browsers even more. Still vast majority have to subsist on less than 1GB RAM on their phones. This makes choosing a good browser even more important. Here we look at five top browsers for the android phone. By all means they are not complete, but hey, you can't expect me to review all the 100 browsers out there. The review concentrates on the speed, ram usage and loading speeds of each browser. It does not address the look or feel of any of these browsers
The parameters tested include
1.Space utilized after install
2.Ram utilization at full load
2.Phone-MOTO E (2nd gen)
This was actually quite a stunner. Chrome needed 68mb to install, the maximum among all the browsers. Firefox came in next with 40mb. However the least was CM browser, a new entity which occupied a paltry 3.5MB, comparing that to the chrome elephant, it's like an ant.
Chrome had several simultaneous processes running. I believe its stress on security causes it to open each page in a sandbox like condition. This takes a large quantity of RAM which significantly slows down the whole phone. Even at idle it runs close to 3 background processes, totaling around 100mb, which is still quite a lot. This ram usage coupled with phones with low internal memory may struggle against the colossus that chrome is. Firefox is another giant worth mentioning. It just refuses to shut down, occupying a whopping 120mb even when not in use. Again CM and NEXT displayed quite low RAM usage even on opening multiple pages simultaneously.
PAGE LOAD SPEED
Well the brief test results are out there. CM Browser scored consistently high in all tests. Overall it was the best. Chrome was stuck in between and firefox.. well let's just say they need to improve a LOT!!The rankings are as follows
War of the browsers.. The fastest and lightest android browser
The top five browsers being utilized now were tested for speed of access and RAM utilization. Chrome did not score well in terms of app size or RAM utilization, firefox and dolphin were even worse especially in terms of page load speeds. CM browser a newer entity topped the results with very fast speeds and low RAM usage. Surprising results actually.