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Nexus 5 performance review: the tale of benchmarks

0. phoneArena 05 Nov 2013, 08:19 posted on

The Nexus 5 has arrived and it is a powerhouse sold for nearly half the price of its rivals. Just how good it is? It’s time to push its limits with benchmarks and see whether it can hold…

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posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:35 15

1. zekes (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


Damn the iPhone is the big lilltle beast

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:40 6

35. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


I think a lot of crying will be here.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 14:55 2

61. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Except is not.. Those CPU "benchs" (not sure you can call them that since they are sh*t) are single core , the iPhone beeing a dual core has a huge advantage...

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posted on 05 Nov 2013, 15:00 3

63. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Geekbench Multicore:

Apple A7 (ipad Air) - 2,782
S800 (Note 3) - ~ 3000
S800 (Note 3) - ~ 2800

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 16:53 2

66. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


+1

PA like all other so-called reviewers are simply ignorant to use Javascripts benchmarks as CU benchmarks. Most of these are largely single-threaded benchs and highly dependent on software instead of actual CPU performance.
Just look at recent Android phones - Note 3, G2, XZ1 and N5. All these have different SunSpider scores even though they use the exact same CPU. All it means who optimizes best for Javascript wins the race.

Moral of the story: All PA editors (and most so-called reviewers) are bunch of idiots.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 18:19

73. darkkjedii (Posts: 22121; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You mad bro? Here I'll let you play with my 5S, that'll make you feel better.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 19:04 1

77. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


"argumentum ad hominem, is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument"

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:54 1

93. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


LOL the resolution is only half of Note 3 and the gang lol. It's not even HD

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 13:45

96. kmaheynoway (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


Unless I am misunderstanding you, I must conclude you're an under-informed iphone/samsung lover. The nexus five has a 1920x1080 display (441ppi,) HD is considered 1080x720.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 19:51

100. Paximos (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


He's been smokin...

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 05:28

103. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


i'm talkin bout the iphone.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:35 3

2. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Apple in GFXBench :o

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 14:57 3

62. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


do you even know what the "FILL RATE" means ? it won't translate to actual performance,..

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 16:49 3

65. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


On-screen? do you understand the difference between on-screen and off-screen?
Fill-rate? It's a low level test and everyone knows the PowerVR uses tile-based rendering and has massive fill rates compared to other architectures. That doesn't mean sh!t in actual performance.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:36 7

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'll get one the day Google treats every country equal (on pricing).

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 17:22

67. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


Wow very nicely said!

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:37 4

4. Qbancelli (Posts: 75; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


I'm convinced the main reason for this article was to show the iphone's superiority.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:49 4

9. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


The article reads:"Nexus 5 performance review"
iPhone release date:September 2013
Nexus 5 release date:November 2013

Its logical to spotlight the newer Nexus 5's performance compared to the phones already in market.
You want the iPhone 5s to be left out of the benchmarks since it beats Nexus 5 and every other phone except on one test?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:52 1

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Why not include 5C also ?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:18 6

21. Ninetysix (Posts: 2461; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You can if you're smart enough to do it. Hopefully you can figure it out.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:29 1

22. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I didn't write this article, but if you would like to see it, theres a dropdown, below each benchmark. You can include the 5 (5C) from there.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:51

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Ancel Keys did the same thing when he proved FAT is bad for heart ... this is called "Cherry Picking"

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:18 2

42. jove39 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


A7 soc in iPhone5s is undoubtedly most powerful arm soc with v8 instruction-set...except exynos 5420...And I have ordered N5...can't wait for it...but I respect work apple engineers have done for A7.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 13:48

97. kmaheynoway (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


What gives the leg up to the iPhone processor is that everything is highly optimized, and it has a 64 bit processor. With android, nothing is optimized really, because not a single manufacturer makes the phones. iPhones are only made by apple and only run their os giving them the ability to optimize the phone to it's max potential, unlike with android. I am an android fanboy, don't get me wrong, but apple definitely has it's strings together.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 12:27

102. conix67 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Each Android phone manufacturer has a chance to optimize theirs as well, that itself isn't the limiting factor. Let alone optimization, they are struggling to provide OS updates. These companies want to make money, while spending the least possible, that's all.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:42 2

5. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Thats a nice showing by Apple in all except one of the benchmarks.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:08 12

18. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


True. But Nexus 5 is almost equivalent's to iPhone5s' performance at half the price..............so no complains here !

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:33 4

23. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Some of the benchmarks show the iPhone 5S to be considerably faster than the rest.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:43 5

26. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I see no benchmark in which Iphone scores significantly higher score apart from the screen benchmarks......and we both know why iphones performs better in them

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:17 1

33. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Sunspider and GFXBench fillrate offscreen.

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