Performance Testing - Web Browsing
Browsing the Web is certainly a key feature of any smartphone, so we also conducted some formal speed tests to see how well the Nexus S compares to some of today's hottest smartphones.
The BA.net test shows the Nexus S outperformed all other smartphones in our reference chart. In comparison to smartphones using other 3G networks, the Nexus S also fared well in the Speedtest.net tests.
The Nexus S produced some interesting numbers in the Xtremelabs test, particularly in the upload category of the test. Here, you'll see the Nexus S delivered faster upload speeds than download speeds. All of our other devices used for comparison delivered the opposite—faster download speeds than upload speeds. We ran the test multiple times on the Nexus S and obtained similar results. When we ran the test in Wi-Fi mode, the Nexus S delivered more typical results with a download speed of 6,246.8Kbps and upload speed of 2,711.6Kbps. Still, these numbers are atypical since they show a significantly faster upload speed than we've seen with other smartphones via Wi-Fi.
While these numbers can help us compare phones, it's important to keep in mind that Wi-Fi and network speeds are likely to vary depending on the type of connection, strength of signal, and other factors. During our real-world tests, we were pleased with the browsing speeds of the Nexus S.