Website load times compared: Archos 5 vs. iPhone 3G vs. Nokia N810


In my Archos 5 first impressions piece, I said that the Internet Media Tablet’s ARM Cortex A8 processor and Opera 9 browser create “the best ARM-based browsing experience around right now and [is] definitely the one to beat.” To qualify that statement, I’ve put the Archos 5 against the iPhone 3G and Nokia N810 (both commonly regarded as the best ARM-powered devices on the market) in a round of website load time tests.

Though page load time is just one of many ways to evaluate a web browsing experience, it is often the most important. Full Web 2.0 support is key, too, but most consumers tend to value faster over fuller, especially when it comes to mobile internet devices.


I’ve done load time comparisons before (here, here, and here), so my standard disclaimer and testing parameters apply:

  • This was not a scientific study or professional lab test.
  • Each browser’s cache was cleared before each set of tests.
  • Load times were measured from the same location (about 12 feet from a 802.11g wireless router) in a one-hour period from the click of the enter key or “Go” button in the browser’s address bar to the complete page load according to the progress bar.
  • Load times vary by location, time of day, ad servers, content, etc., so your results may not be identical to mine.


Before we get into the results, let’s take a quick look at the gadgets.




  • Archos 5: 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 (additional processor: 32-bit DSP @ 430MHz)
  • iPhone 3G: 620MHz Samsung S5L8900 (ARM1176JZF) underclocked to 412MHz
  • Nokia N810: 400MHz Texas Instruments OMAP2420

Load Times

Archos 5
Opera 9 browser
iPhone 3G
Safari browser
Nokia N810
MicroB browser
Amazon 10 seconds 26 seconds 26 seconds
CNET 24 seconds 21 seconds 32 seconds
Digg 18 seconds 29 seconds 36 seconds
Engadget 25 seconds 27 seconds 44 seconds
Google News 4 seconds 8 seconds 11 seconds
Micro PC Talk 13 seconds 14 seconds 20 seconds
MySpace 11 seconds 13 seconds 16 seconds
NY Times 19 seconds 29 seconds 36 seconds
Pocketables 16 seconds 31 seconds 39 seconds
YouTube 15 seconds 22 seconds 18 seconds

Note: Nokia N810’s power-saving mode was enabled for these tests because it is the default setting.


Though the results aren’t consistent across the board, I think they speak for themselves. I’ll take a comprehensive look at web browsing on the Archos 5 soon, as there are definite shortcomings, but you can already see that the player is pretty close to the top of its game.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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