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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, 17:24 2

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

I think that's the problem, they don't want you to have phone for a decade, they want you to buy phone every year or every 2nd year

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:08 3

17. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Try it? Go to the link below and run it. Now lower your monitor's resolution to the lowest setting and run it again and compare the score. How does it feel like looking like a dummy?


posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:42 1

25. sniper1087 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

i the sad part is I have the nexus 5 and all of the sunspider test I run comes over 900 which I am not sure what to tell you. but none were 700, so I wonder what they used to test it to make it on the 700s the Z1 does get 700s however, because I have tested it and yes in comparison it does have better performance, but the iphone has one of the best browsers around no doubt.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:22

43. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Only in case of on-screen benchmarks.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:57 3

15. zekes (Posts: 201; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)

Well android fans are depressed I must say that android are half as fast now

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:10 10

19. tech2 (Posts: 1317; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I saw no benchmark in which iPhone was twice as fast. But if you were talking about price then u r right buddy ! :)

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 12:20 1

53. noler (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

iphone 5s = 3317.1
Note 3 = 1393
S4 = 820.4

iphone 5s is 4 times faster than the S4 in this test!!

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:51 1

37. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 548; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

And prices of Nexus 5 is also half of iphones... So, Android fans are sad...!!!!!! Coz they have to pay less...!!!!!
What a shame....!!!!! (BTW iPhones are juz 0.05-0.10 secs faster than androids and in some cases Androids are faster....)

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:13 1

20. JunitoNH (Posts: 758; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

ah....that is the reason why the S4 lags and stutters so frequently.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:51 4

38. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 548; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

What did you read here??? Maybe you were reading some other article...

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:38 2

24. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Really, it doesnt actually matter that much. Does people look into benchmark and eveybody will buy iPhone because on paper it's the fastest? Nope. Just because other phones have lower benchmark scores means they're laggy ? Nope. I'm running my nexus 4 and in all honesty this phone is still screaming fast. I could change to nexus 5 but i don't find any good reason since i could practically run the same exact OS on my phone

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:44 3

27. deventure (Posts: 25; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)

Imagine the scores if the 800 only had to push an 1136x640 screen. Thats why the Iphone loses GFX Offscreen when it has to go full resolution.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:00 1

28. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


This is why the Note 3 is higher vs the other phones that has the S800 processor.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:32 5

34. Bootutu (Posts: 162; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

There is nothing like adjustment, the CPU is just doing its job and running at full speed under stress, same thing with the Apple A7 processor running full speed on benchmarks, educate yourself, just because Apple doesnt provide application to check what their system is doing, doesnt mean they are not.

"The second impact on performance is something I only noticed while digging around under the hood of the A7. It seems like the implementation in the iPad Air can, for whatever reason, hold more instructions in flight (over 20% more) than the A7 in the iPhone 5s. It’s unclear to me whether the A7 in the iPad is configured any differently via firmware/microcode or if perhaps we’re looking at a slightly different revision of the core, but the delta was repeatable in my testing.

The third, and likely biggest change impacting the iPad Air’s implementation of the A7 is the additional thermal headroom afforded by the larger chassis. I’m not going to go into details on exactly what this next test does (unfortunately we’re going to occlude some of the low level work that we do in light of all of the benchmark cheating going on), but we’re looking at a curve of performance vs. time for a particularly power heavy mix of code. We’re running the same exact code on both the iPad Air and iPhone 5s here, the only real difference is the size of the chassis:"

"You can see the 5s throttles back its CPU frequency to about 1GHz after the 2 minute mark. The crazy thing is that until that point the 5s manages to run at full frequency without so much as a hiccup for two full minutes, running an incredibly power hungry task. Given that most iOS apps aren’t this power intensive for such a sustained period of time, iPhone 5s users should almost always see the A7 running at a full 1.3GHz. Pretty crazy.

The iPad Air by comparison shows much more controlled behavior. Early on in the test we see a 7.7% performance advantage, which lines up perfectly with the iPad Air’s 7.7% CPU frequency advantage. By the end of the test the iPhone 5s has throttled to 900MHz, while the iPad Air drops to around 1.2GHz. At this point the iPad Air’s performance advantage grows to almost 40%."


posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:53 3

39. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 548; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

+1 to you sir... Nailed it...

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:11

41. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Right broski. S800 in one device gets 20%-50% higher score vs another device with the same S800 = no adjustment. Why don't you educate yourself? :) The code that is Samsung is using is not hard enough proof?..lol

Rename the benchmark name to Bootutuisadummybenchmark and the Note3's score all of a sudden matches the Nexus 5/L2 G2/etc.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:25 2

45. Bootutu (Posts: 162; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Note 3 is running at 2.3GHz, 3GB of faster RAM, LG G2 is running at 2.26GHz, what's your point?



posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:27

46. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Go on...Now educate yourself and read the ars article. Rename the benchmark app so it bypasses the boost code. What do you get after renaming with your 2.3GHz, 3GB of faster RAM?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 12:32 3

56. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4601; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

"The code that is Samsung is using is not hard enough proof?"

Do you even realize what this code does? I'm sure that you even not able to understand it!

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 12:37

58. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Please broseph. Don't even compare my intelligence to yours.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 19:38

79. darkkjedii (Posts: 9280; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

"I'm sure that you even not able to understand it!" I'm sure I didn't understand THAT.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:01 3

29. Tuxedo (Posts: 100; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

iPhone 5S is mighty impressive.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:01 1

30. machello (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 May 2013)

So, Iphone 5S is the best? I actualy do own one, but I still love my Htc One...... Whats good for you is the only thing that realy matters.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:07

31. ahhxd717 (Posts: 300; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Damn, that A7 processor is freaking fast. I'm excited to see what the other soc manufacturers bring to the table to compete with it. I wish we could see Apple chip in an Android phone, I just prefer the platform. But that will NEVER happen haha

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:35

48. Taters (Posts: 2375; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

A7 with android would have much poorer benchmarks.......

iOS 7 is what makes those benchmarks soar.

A perfect example is stick figures will animate much more smoothly than anything graphically intensive. iOS 7 basically runs in stick figure mode at all times except for gaming.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 16:23

64. ahhxd717 (Posts: 300; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Yeah, I understand that point, but it would still be cool to see how this chip would perform with Android since there aren't similarly architectures chips on the androidsphere yet. But I'm sure Samsung and Qualcomm have some tricks up their sleeves

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 18:14 1

72. darkkjedii (Posts: 9280; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Awww the sweet smell of hate. Sssssssniiiiiiiiiiiiiiffffff

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:16 2

32. Bootutu (Posts: 162; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Wow PA, nitpicking the benchmarks still are we, WTH is fill rate? its just part of the benchmark in GF, why don't you just give the overall T-REX 2.7 and GF 2.5, where is geekbench? etc where the iphone 5s is smoked, and what's the point of showing on-screen performance, jeeze this place....

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 10:54 6

40. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 548; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Nexus 5 is a Winner... Great performance at such low price... Thumbs up...

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:24 4

44. Taters (Posts: 2375; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Lol saying Apple doesn't cheat benchmarks is hilarious. They spin everything they do basically....

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:36 1

49. mcshank (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)

Congrats to the Iphone for winning with its 4'in screen and below 720 quality. And Congrats to the 1080p Note 3 that was second at 5.7'in.

Nexus 5 is pretty cool but sadly verizon likes to mess stuff up so we wont see it :(

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 11:54 1

50. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

they're just numbers to me. The fact that some are a fraction of a second faster than others just doesnt bother me. You can very rarely notice any difference

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 12:36 1

57. robinlim85 (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2013)

its just me or what,the comment for iphone performance being "the different is not huge, but its there"

i find it offending when it crushes its competitor in ALL benchmark, with margin of 2 fold in some benchmarks,thats just weird saying "the different is not huge"

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 14:37 1

60. Naepxpulse (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Even though apple looks to be dominating most of these benchmarks, top shelf phones are so fast these days that it really comes down to preference. I have switched back and forth between android and IOS and I am convinced they are both great. It just depends on what you prefer. It's awesome that the Nexus 5 preforms so well considering its price point, though.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 17:22 1

68. Lakuta1978 (Posts: 52; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

iP5s is the king....^^

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 17:47

70. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 724; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

IPhone 5S smokes them all

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 18:13 1

71. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Real life test on youtube shows us that n5 and ip5s are similar while opening apps and games with ip5s 1/2 second faster on Temple Run and n5 booting faster and browsing faster with a bigger screen with bigger resolution.

So basically we consider faster a phone because it had a good benchmark and not because it seemed faster compared to another in real usage.

Soon we will say an icecream is good because it is called "Good icecream".
Check the performance comparison on yt. Where is this incredible advantage?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 18:25 1

75. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Here you go

N5 vs ip5s neck to neck video in real life usage: boot, browser (n5 with chrome that sucks but still there) apps, game. 350$ vs 800$ and 1080p vs 720p


Please PA do a side by side comparison when possible, benchmarks are becoming silly.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 18:38

76. skyuppercut (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)

It seems that chrome on windows 8.1 scores 1232 on sunspider where as on IE 11 it scores 588 ms

What does it even mean.?
Is my lappy's browser faster than galaxy note 3.? or IE is faster than chrome.?

lappy config : (2nd gen i5, 2.3 gigs , 6gb ram)

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 22:43 1

80. cj100570 (Posts: 198; Member since: 12 May 2009)

Awesome, a bunch of synthetic benchmarks that tell me absolutely nothing about how this phone will perform in everyday use.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:30

94. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

What about this?http://www.phonearena.com/news/Basemark-X-benchmark-now-listing-the-Nexus-5-as-the-2nd-best-gaming-phone_id48870


And I saw another thread where they both scored 23? Anyway, these benchmarks mean nothing. PhoneArena, please do a side-by-side comparison. I predict Apple wins for browser (Safari) and N5 wins for apps and draw for gaming.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 00:28

95. poncan (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)

I lol'd! at this one, first sunspider and Mozilla are sorftware based performance bench, most of these are largely single-threaded benchs which are highly dependent on software instead of actual CPU performance. In terms of GPU bench Basemark and GFXbench guess what? the reason "resolution" droidz be like "we on HD!" and most on the main list uses FHD i bet 5s would crawl on that off screen or on screen, no explanation needed... Apple is great at software optimization especially for the A7 at 5s/5c but hardware comparison in most parts, android phones are much to be compared to 5s/5c even with top tier China droidz. Anyways these competitions are good for end users/customers :)

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 00:33

101. Eycewind (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)

People who develop these tests need to make them more meaningful. There should be a threshold against each test (a vertical line for each bar graph). All devices that pass that line should be considered eqully good. This threshold could be a represntation of limits of our abilities or based on some other rocket science.This will help end user pay more attention to factors like UI, build quality, cost etc. that play significant role in everyday experience than just these numbers.

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