S60 browser still provides a good user experience

My buddy Rafe posted a good page load comparison over on All About Symbian that shows the S60 browser is no slouch in the mobile browser market. He said I could add to his data with some of my own testing and I added in the iPhone 3GS and Opera Mobile 9.7 over in a ZDNet article that you might want to check out too. Almost three years ago I wrote that the S60 browser was the best available on mobile devices and even though not a ton has changed in the look and feel of the browser it stands on its own three years later. I still love the visual history found in the S60 browser and am still surprised no one else has added anything like this to their web browser.

Those of us who are Nokia smartphone fans can be proud that the S60 browser set the bar three years ago. Now, let’s encourage Nokia and the Symbian Foundation to continue to innovate and bring us even more power and functionality in the mobile browser.

I did find Rafe’s results interesting when looking at the Nokia 5800 compared to the Nokia N97. It seems to me that Nokia can further optimize the N97 for browser performance with some more firmware updates. The N86 was very impressive and with it coming soon to the US in a NAM variant that may be a device for you to consider if you want the fastest S60 browser experience.

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18 Comments to S60 browser still provides a good user experience

Matt
July 21, 2009

I just sent my N97 back, that was the biggest disappointment I’ve ever experienced with a phone. I took it to Vegas for work purposes and it more or less took a sh*t on me. I can’t believe how slow it was, bad connections, dropped calls, terrible keyboard, struggling touch screen. I really wanted it to be the phone of all phones. Too bad.

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[...] up on the “real internet” browser are our good friends Matt Miller from NokiaExperts.com and Phil Nickinson from WMExperts.com. Matt explains the concept behind Nokia’s blast from [...]

[...] up on the “real internet” browser are our good friends Matt Miller from NokiaExperts.com and Phil Nickinson from WMExperts.com. Matt explains the concept behind Nokia’s blast from [...]

papped
July 22, 2009

The 5800 browser is insanely unreliable on heavy sites. It’s very easy to cause it to crash out during browsing, or it will hang your phone for a couple minutes, then crash.

For lighter sites it works well (minus flash ads, which basically introduce insanely annoying load times). So I basically always browse with flash disabled. Problem is getting specific flash content to load by clicking on the icons is hit or miss… Sometimes it works, other times I have to click 5 times before it does anything (and of course if you double click it zooms in/out).

Still, not at all what I was hoping for on a webkit browser… Most of the time I don’t use it because I can’t trust it to not lock up my phone or crash randomly.

papped
July 22, 2009

This is on firmware v21 btw, which is far better than previous.

v20 locked up a lot, lot more.

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Jason Black
July 23, 2009

FYI – as of today, July 23, Nokia has introduced S60 Browser 7.1. This new mobile browser is based on WebKit 525, and adds features and updates contributed by Nokia and other members of the WebKit open source community. Details about the new S60 Browser 7.1 are available from the Forum Nokia website: http://www.forum.nokia.com/TechnologyTopics/WebTechnologies/Browsing/Technology.xhtml

Thanks.

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Artyom
August 24, 2009

When nokia’s browser doesn’t work, everyone should be using Opera’s mobile browsing programs.

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