iPhone 5 is twice as slow as the Samsung Galaxy S4

iPhone 5 is twice as slow as the Samsung Galaxy S4

If you own the iPhone5 and feel that the phone is slow compared to your friend’s Samsung Galaxy S4 – you are not wrong. In fact the iPhone5 is twice as slow as the Galaxy S4 according to a recent “speed test” conducted by a Which?, a UK Research company.

The phone’s speed is usually something visual that we experience. How long it takes for applications to open or how long it takes the phone to respond when you push a button. However this can be very subjective. So in order to test the overall performance of the phone, techies need to look under the hood and ignore all the fuzzy stuff such as preference for a brand or software features that the device has vs. another or the size of the phone etc. The only way to test a phone compared to another phone is by using a benchmarking software.

Benchmarking software conducts very specific battery of tests on the phone. Each test looks at specific element of the device and gives it a score. The scores are totalled and the device is ranked compared to other devices that have had the exact same set of tests using the same testing software. This is creates a leaderboard. The benchmarking software is a scientific test and has no biased for or against the device and no user input is required that can skew the results. Each device is tested in the identical manor and for the same elements.

Which? used Geekbench 2 which is a similar benchmarking software and here are their results when they looked at the top brands of phones:

Benchmarking software

Rank Device Score
1 Samsung Galaxy S4 3188
2 HTC One 2798
3 Sony Xperia Z 2173
4 Google Nexus 4 2134
5 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 1950
6 BlackBerry Z10 1698
7 Apple iPhone 5 16GB 1664

So what does this mean ?

Before you shoot the messenger – Benchmarking is a technical test of the device hardware and software. It does not mean that one phone is better or worse as this test does not take into account ease of use, device size, features the phone has or doesn’t have.

In the mobile race of companies trying to outdo each other, the phone performances are continuously improving. Whilst the iPhone5 came out in last place here, I am sure that the next iPhone device will come out with an even better processor and then the ranking will change again.

We are used to “instant gratifications” and we are expecting our phones to do more than they ever before an so we now need to ask about the phone’s performance as part of our growing list of questions when we evaluate which phone to buy.

As if it wasn’t hard enough already….

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