Mac Daniel's Advice

Browser Comparisons: Cold Start Speed

Dan Knight , 2005.02.14

The charts below are adapted from Browser Speed Comparisons. "Supplementary" browsers are not shown, and colors are used to differentiate operating systems. Color code:

  • Mac OS X: red
  • Mac OS 9: green
  • Linux: yellow
  • Windows XP: blue

On each of these graphs, the shorter bar represents faster performance.

The fastest-launching browser is Camino 0.8 for Mac OS X, and three of the four fastest launching browsers are OS X-only. iCab 2.9.8 for Mac OS 9 also makes the top ten. The Mac does very well in this test.

Cold Start Speed

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