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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, 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: 86; 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: 4; 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: 64; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


iP5s is the king....^^

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 17:47

70. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


IPhone 5S smokes them all

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 18:13 1

71. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; 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: 259; 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAqJty3eGhE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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: 204; 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

This?http://www.phonearena.com/news/New-Nexus-5-benchmarks-leak-reveal-stunning-graphics-prowess_id47749

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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