I just read a blog stating that the iPhone 5 is the slowest smartphone on the market. Honestly, nothing could be further from the truth. Regardless of your preference (iOS or Android), do you honestly think that a company could get away with charging a premium price for a product that is the worse product out there? On top of that, convince millions of users to not only buy, but be a repeat buyer in the neighborhood of over 95 percent?
Of course not. Yet, I just read a blog painting the iPhone 5 at the bottom of the barrel in terms of performance.
I can personally attest to the exact opposite. When I upgraded to the iPhone 5, I was upgrading from the iPhone 4, 2 generations back. The speed difference was profound and easily noticeable. Especially when running processor intensive applications like iMovie and Garage Band. Both apps worked great on both phones, but there was a huge, noticeable lag when first executing either application on the iPhone 4, but just a few seconds on the iPhone 5. Once you got past the initial load time on the 4, both phones performed great running both applications. Again, on the 4, the final render of the output video from iMovie takes quite a bit longer on the 4.
Satisfied that my phone was quite an upgrade in terms of speed, I began to wonder how it stacks up against the usual suspects of Android devices. Galaxy S, HTC One, or whatever Android device someone else was sporting. I convinced a number of Android users, A Galaxy S 3 owner, an HTC One, and some other Android devices who’s make and model escape me to download the Passmark benchmark application from the Google Play Store, and I have same application on my iPhone 5. On every phone I came up against, the iPhone 5 scored better in all or virtually all categories that the benchmark program covers, and there’s quite a few. An entire suite of benchmarks ranging from math performance, string manipulation, encryption, compression, as well as graphical (2D and 3D) tests. The graphical tests are amazing. You don’t even need to see the numbers, you just need to look at the phones during the test. There are 2 3D tests, a simple one with some 3D spheres on a black background, and a full blown 3D environment with particle systems, terrain, jet planes, etc. This test alone tells the entire story. Every single Android device lagged heavily during this particular test.
I’m not one to be impressed by numbers. I’ve been around long enough to know that numbers only tell part of the story. How data is handled has a larger impact on the overall performance of a device regardless of CPU speed. Many years ago I had a Tandy Color Computer, which ran at a turtle’s pace of 0.78 MHz normally, and had the ability to run at 1.78 MHz as well. The internal architecture of the Color Computer was so much better than the original IBM PC running an 8088 processor at 4.77 MHz that both machines benchmarked at around the same level of performance despite a 3 MHz deficiency on the part of the Color Computer.
As much as people out there like Apple products, there’s a group out there that hates them. I don’t “hate” Android, I simply have compared the two products, and chose the better one. Yet, the haters out there continue to post garbage articles claiming what a POS the iPhone is, how it’s on it’s way out, etc. Well, all I ask is that when you read something like that, ask yourself, where is the proof. If you’re looking for proof of what I stated in this article, grab your phone, Android or iPhone, and download and run the Passmark benchmark application and run it. Compare your result to the results listed on Passmark’s website, or better yet, go up against an iPhone, or if you have an iPhone, go up against your buddies Android phone and see who scores better, and better yet, see, with your own eyes, the faster performance you’ll get with an iPhone over any Android phone.