So what I’m going to do in this post is try to bring some actual
evidence to bear on the problem, instead of just doing the
shouting match thing. You’ll see benchmarks, you’ll hear from
experts, you’ll even read honest-to-God journal papers on point.
There are — and this is not a joke — over 100 citations in this blog
post. I’m not going to guarantee that this article will convince
you, nor even that absolutely everything in here is totally
correct — it’s impossible to do in an article this size — but I can
guarantee this is the most complete and comprehensive treatment of
the idea that many iOS developers have — that mobile web apps are
slow and will continue to be slow for the foreseeable future.
Remarkably detailed analysis. Must-read piece. The comments are rather fascinating as well — denial runs strong among the web app true believers.