Remember the above video from a Microsoft Phone 7 Mango demo in April? The then-current Apple browser (remember, that was pre-Nitro) didn’t fare so well against Android and Windows Mobile in a browser test that Microsoft set up. It registered a 2 frames per second vs. Microsoft’s Mobile IE score of 26. Apple was originally handicapped because the iPhone has more pixels to render: 640×960 vs. 480×800.
The Nitro update certainly helped out a bit bumping Apple’s score mildly.
However, running that same test on a iOS 5 iPhone 4 with the latest version of Safari is a totally different story….
Winrumors ran (and we confirmed – below) that the iOS 5 Beta’s Safari actually blows by the experimental IE 9 in Mango and scores a 31.
iOS 5 will probably ship before Mango and it just beat it on Microsoft’s own unfair to begin with test. test.