Experiment on Impact on Browsing Speed of Smartphones Due to Change of Browser


Impact on the browsing speed of smartphones due to change of browser

Introduction

The experiment on hand is related to the performance of a smart-phone. There have been various attempts on the user-side to enhance the performance of a smart-phone. This experiment specifically focuses on the internet browsing speed of the smartphones iPhone 5S and Samsung Note. The complexity of the situation is that not only do both the phones have different hardware but also that they both run different operating systems and each of them has a wide variety of onboard and third party browsers. (Montejo, 2014)There is also an internal speed difference among the browser speed of smartphones but this experiment will focus on the comparison between the browsing speeds of both the smart phones by changing browsers. (Ionescu, 2009) This process is to reach a conclusion that changing the browsing speeds fluctuate according to the browsers in both the phones and the findings will be useful in determining which browser is the best for speedy internet browsing in smartphones. (Zafar, 2014)
Relevant Thoughts

This experiment can be extended further in the future by including more browsers in the comparison which are available for both the phones. There is also a possible extension visible in the inclusion of sister models of both the phones (i.e. iPhone 6 and Samsung Note 2) and further. There is also a need to explore other cross-platform software-related options which need to be explored to improve smart-phone performance.
Hypothesis

If I browse the internet using different browsers from the phones iPhone 5s and Samsung Note then I will notice a difference in the browsing speed of both the phones.
Peer Review

I shared the idea of my experiment with couple of my friends whom I found very keen about the idea as they all used smart-phones and browsed the internet on their phones. One of my cousins who is an app developer commented about the experiment saying that it has been conducted before but not on the smartphones I have included in my research and also that it is highly practical.
Experimental Methodology

The first step of the experiment is to procure two smart phones which are the iPhone 5s and Samsung Note. There is also a need to procure a timer but as many phones have an integrated timer, the results from such a source will also suffice. The next activity will be to install the browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera in both the phones and as all of them are free, it will be convenient. After that, keeping the timer ready, the websites www.youtube.com, www.facebook.com and www.bbc.com are to be opened from both of the phone successively from different browsers and the time taken for each of the websites to fully load in both the phones by using all of the browsers one by one should be noted down in a tabular form.
Independent and Dependent Variables

The independent variables in this experiment are the battery of the phone, the strength of the internet connection, and the overall usage of the phone. The dependent variables in this particular experiment are the browser and the sim-card company holder.
Control Group

There is no threat to the devices in performing the experiment which is the reason why there is no control group of devices.
Fixed Variables
The fixed variables in this equation are the hardware specification and the storage capacity of both the devices.
Data Collection
For the process of data collection, formation of a table in excel will suffice.
Possible Outcomes
1) There will be no change in the browsing speed in either of the phones.
2) The fluctuation will only be noticed in just one device.
3) There will be a noticeable change in the browsing speeds according to different web browsers used.
Data Representation

Apple iPhone 5S
Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Opera
m.youtube.com
6.34 7.60 6.80
m.facebook.com
7.46 8.80 7.70
m.bbc.com 4.33 5.75 6.21

Samsung Note
Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Opera
m.youtube.com
5.67 6.90 8.40
m.facebook.com
6.54 5.60 7.25
m.bbc.com 3.30 2.70 4.10

Data Analysis

It can been derived from the results that there is a vast difference in the browsing speed of the phone while using different set of browsers.
This can help an individual try different browsers to check for the fastest one. Results indicate clearly that there is difference between the browsing speed that varies not only from phone to phone but browser to browser.
Based on the obtained data, the hypothesis is firmly supported and proven.
Conclusion

There is a moderate difference between the browsing speeds in both the phones which differs also according to different browsers. The surprising thing which can be noticed is that while one browser might be the fastest for one phone, it might not be the same thing for another phone.
Reflection

The strength of this project was that there was minimal requirement of any apparatus and the experiment took very little time to conclude. There were no difficulties faced as the mobile handsets were procured from friends. To improve the research fresh phones could have been used to know the accurate time taken.
Bibliography
Ionescu, D. (2009, 9 13). Which Smartphone Has the Best Browser? Retrieved from www.techhive.com: http://www.techhive.com/article/171775/mobile_web_browsers.html
Montejo, E. (2014, 1 24). Need for speed – What’s the fastest Android browser? Retrieved from www.androidauthority.com: http://www.androidauthority.com/best-fastest-android-browsers-337802/
Zafar, R. (2014, 10). Apple iPhone 6 Vs Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 -Which Device Has The Clear Lead? Retrieved from wccftech.com: http://wccftech.com/iphone-6-samsungs-galaxy-note-4-galaxy-note-edge-ultimate-showdown/

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March 7, 2018

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