Found A Browser That Is Possibly Faster Than Safari

DeathTheKid

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Aug 12, 2013
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I was playing around with Puffin Web Browser, which, like a lot of IOS users, use it for Flash. I decided today to run it through Sunspider, which is a Javascript benchmark. :eek:..I got 263ms. Safari for me only gets around 770ms. Most alternative browsers (w/o Nitrous) get in the 1000's. That's insane! I have screenshots, but I am at work right now, so I'll post them when I get home.

I knew it fast and stable, but I didn't realize this.

The one other thing that I like is you can pull up an onscreen mousepad, it also has an on screen game controller, and you can pull up the keyboard anytime you like.
 
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GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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Fast and Safari...now that's not how I describe Safari. :)

I'll have to try puffin.
 

Menneisyys2

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That's because Puffin uses external servers to speed up the browsing experience.
To put it more precisely: what you see on your iDevice is just a Web browser running on a remote desktop-grade server. This is why it's far faster. No local code execution is done and, in general, Puffin (and all other server-based solutions) are NOT recommended, unless you need to play back Flash / Silverlight and the like.
 

lssmit02

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To put it more precisely: what you see on your iDevice is just a Web browser running on a remote desktop-grade server. This is why it's far faster. No local code execution is done and, in general, Puffin (and all other server-based solutions) are NOT recommended, unless you need to play back Flash / Silverlight and the like.
Why not? I would guess that it has something to do with security and privacy, but I was hoping you might have a more complete answer. Thanks.
 

Menneisyys2

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Why not? I would guess that it has something to do with security and privacy, but I was hoping you might have a more complete answer. Thanks.
It's indeed better at executing scripts / running Flash. However, at scrolling / page loading speeds, it's slower. Also, it's definitely more pixelizated, particularly over slower connections when dynamic adaption is enabled.
 
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