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PC Mag says Apple iPhone 5 is the fastest smartphone in the land

0. phoneArena 22 Sep 2012, 02:10 posted on

PC Magazine put the Apple iPhone 5 through as number of benchmark tests that measure things like processor speed and browser speed, RAM, JavaScript and other important functions and has come to the conclusion that the Apple iPhone 5 is the fastest smartphone in the world...

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posted on 22 Sep 2012, 08:41 6

63. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Anandtech compared it to the Optimus G...and it still won.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 08:51 1

67. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

The tests are the same. Especially the browser benchmarks and javascript which are platform independent.The graphics rendered are the same. You are an idiot.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:04 2

71. satanrules (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

That's another reason why people prefer iOS over Android.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:19

79. bucky (Posts: 3040; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I will take anandtechs word for it thx.....

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:26 1

83. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Not true. While I have had issues with various Android builds, and certainly various Android handsets, they are not all pathetic. The One S is speedy, thin, and a great little handset. The GNex is almost a year old, and Jelly Bean turned it into a new phone. The HTC One X is nice, gorgeous screen, and with an AOSP-based ROM, pretty quick. I hated the build quality on my i9300, but the phone is plenty fast, especially with TouchWiz.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:31 1

85. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

The clock speed doesn't matter. The design and architecture of the chip (including benchmarks) are what count.
The S3 with Jelly Bean and the Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 230 may beat it by a long shot, but you know that the architecture of the A6 is good when it's only clocked at 1 GHz.
Kudos, Apple.
I do agree with you though, on how people just buy a similar phone over and over again, when it comes to iOS. iOS isn't good and iOS 6 is like a downgrade. They need to revamp iOS a LOT.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:11 1

93. intos (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

thats why apple dont dare to put widgets to the iphone and they keep same this s**tty os in so many years... this company moves like a turtle...

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:38

97. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Here is more info:

"The iPhone 5 Performance Preview"

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:48 2

98. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Anandtech's benchmarks always favor Apple.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 11:34

101. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

Reading this seriously made me think I was back in combat prepping for a mission. Good words man.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 11:36 1

102. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

I just got an iPhone 4S for like 30 bucks. I couldn't justify spending $199 for very little upgrades. Plus I don't ever believe benchmarks, I hacked and overclocked my HTC Sensation and it benchmarked higher than the GS3.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 11:43 2

104. Hemlocke (unregistered)

They aren't the only ones proclaiming it, and some of the assertions are just fact, like the massive gap between the SGX543MP3 and the GeForce and Mali 400 GPUs. The fact that it does this at much lower clock speeds is even more impressive.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 11:45

105. Hemlocke (unregistered)

The S4 Pro with Adreno 320 lost to the iPhone 5, so it is going to be tough to dethrone in 2012.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 12:26 3

109. tedkord (Posts: 13249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Absolutely its a fair comparison. The SGS3 is its biggest competitor. I could see if they were benching the SGS2 against it, but the 3 is current.

The iPhone 5 has impressive numbers, and who didn't believe it would? Its still not the best phone for me, but its right for many.

Where the comparison falls apart is in the capability differences. The Samsung, by virtue of being an android device, does things differently. Benchmarks based on multitasking would be dominated by the SGS3.

Its like comparing a race car to a Honda Accord. The Accord is solid, gets you where you need to go with much better mileage. But if you need to hit 150 or 200mph, you're in trouble.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 12:33

111. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Very true aoikemono27.

My original point was rather vague.
PCworld's article is current as of today. Unfortunately, the iPhone will not change for another year. Tomorrow, an Android manufacturer could release twice the speed and then something faster months from now. It is important that consumers realize this difference. That is why when tests of this nature are conducted, the use of more information should be implemented in helping consumers with choice.

Personal question. When setting an iphone5 with its specs next to the iPhone4s, which one would you choose to carry you through the next 2years? Same with the Galaxy S3 vs the S2? Whether an Apple supporter or Android, consumers need to recognize this.

Apple has one iphone launch annually. Their consumer contracts tend to expire around this time due to previous purchases. So yes, predictability in this case is good. However, Android launches throughout the year and their consumers contracts do too although not consistant with launches. This means while Apple is it today at this moment, the consumer has a great choice. Tomorrow could be a different story.

John B.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 12:45 2

113. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

my problem is i remember when the Xperia TX and V out scored every phone, including the galaxy S3, nobody was proclaiming them to be the "fastest phone in the world" ....Now where they?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 14:48 2

121. tedkord (Posts: 13249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Its not just the architecture of the A6, its also the fact that iOS is designed very simplistically. Its trying to do less at all times. That's why Apple won't implement things like widgets and multitasking.

IOS is designed to be a smartphone experience with built in limitations, while Android is designed to be a mini PC experience with few to no limits.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 15:25

124. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

Note II is just a clock speed increase over GS3, it won't beat an A6 that way, not without special benchmarks. The Optimus G, assuming their engineers did it right, will be fine.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 15:32 1

125. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

well...statistically speaking this isn't true
you don't need to look far to find the stats about android having somewhere around 50% of the american/world market
not that it really matters
buy the phone you love
it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks about the need for fashion and trend or super processors and customizability

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 15:36 1

126. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

the android market just moves differently
it doesn't make it inferior to the iphone upgrade cycle
your comment doesn't say anything of value
you are wasting everyone's time

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 16:30

129. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

These benchmark really offer nothing to the real world day to day use. Right now it's called passification the need to make apple feel they have the best device on the market. People with Galaxy S3 devices already know our device has been the top device on the market since June 21st 2012 here in the States and since May abroad. This device is the ONLY DEVICE on the market with 2gb of ram nothing else compares GPU wise. Nice try to pander to apple heads that's just like saying whatever needs to be said while runnign a campaign simular to our friend Mr. Mitt Romney.. Pandering my satisfy apple heads but we on android already know what the best device is because we brought it in June and will be buying it again come November when the Galaxy Note 2 comes out. Apple products are and always will be an after thought..

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:52

134. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Ah, I never thought of it that way. Thanks!
Jelly Bean is still beastly and feature packed as well as smooth, and iOS is really smooth (with limitations).
Still rather have Android, but Apple has done pretty well this round.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:04

136. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1733; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

NO they prefer Apple because of it's marketing and popularity. Ask any average user they don't even know wtf iOS is

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:08

137. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1539; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I think you should've mentioned that the LG Optimus G was running Android 4.0.4 while running those tests. I think you will see some of those benchmarks improve once it upgrades to the latest Android build.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:16

138. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1539; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

"BrowserMark doesn't look great and the Optimus G's performance is almost certainly due to LG's own browser code. Qualcomm's reference software stack can provide great performance, but it's up to the individual OEM to take advantage of it."

Not to mention that the LG Optimus G actually beat the iPhone 5 in the Egpyt HD offscreen 1080p test. I theorize that the reason the LG Optimus G was behind the iPhone 5 in the Egypt HD (using the device's native resolution) was partly because the resolution that the Optimus G was pumping out was higher than that of the iPhone 5 (1280 x 720 compared to 1136 x 640). While the resolution differences may be small, they can make a difference in performance scores.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 21:34

139. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1539; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

"I can't believe you really think that the iPhone 5 shouldn't be compared to the SIII."

Please re-read my comment and I dare you to find any sentence that states I didn't think the iPhone 5 should be compared to the GSIII. Just to save you some time here is exactly what I said:

"So, wouldn't it be better to compare it to phones that have been announced recently that are more up to date on technology"

Wouldn't it be BETTER to compare it to...

I didn't say that they shouldn't compare it, but rather suggesting that it would have been BETTER to compare it to phones that are about to come out. So, I suggest in the future that you read the comment in a cool manner before jumping to conclusions and reading too much into it. The point of my comment was simply pointing out this, almost, ploy of PC World to announce the iPhone 5 as the fastest smartphone when they know it will be short-lived. They know what smartphones are going to be released in the short amount of time after this article was written because they have written news articles on said smartphones. I don't remember PC World announcing any Android phone as the fastest smartphone in any articles, do you? If you do, please post it because I just did a search and could not find one.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:34

140. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

You never said it, but you were suggesting that it shouldn't be compared to the SGIII.

First you say, it shouldn't be compared at all because of technology, then you go on to say that it should be compared to the Note II. Sounds like you're desperate to see the iPhone beaten.

"Performance was excellent in my tests. The Qualcomm S4 chip running at 1.5GHz is the fastest one we've seen in smartphones so far, and it's able to take on any app challenge you throw at it, including games on the HD screen."
- PC Mag on the Samsung Galaxy S III. You're welcome.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:53

141. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Maybe I'm just crazy but I do remember you referring to the comparison as "a problem." You suggest waiting 2 months before doing a comparison (which is pretty stupid by the way), but for some reason comparing to the SIII is a "problem" even though it was released a little over 3 months ago. You're just desperate to see an android phone beat the iphone, and that's pretty much the depth of it.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:56 1

142. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Wrong. The A6 is completely in-house design, and it is a custom design. Samsung may not even have fabbed these, since TSMC was known to be doing a run of them earlier this year. As a matter of fact, the A6 is the only potentially Samsung-sourced component on the iPhone 5. The mobile division is going to have to do some explaining to the manufacturing division about the lost revenue streams.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 02:13 1

149. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1539; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I was suggesting that they compare the iPhone 5 to something more current. I NEVER in my comment wrote that they shouldn't be compared at all. Once again, I am going to suggest you go back and re-read my comment. I said it would have been BETTER to have compared it to the smartphones that HAVE ALREADY BEEN ANNOUNCED and are going to be released within the next month. I'm not suggesting that either of those phones are faster because they may still lose in the benchmark tests, but the point is that if you are going to be a credible source you shouldn't announce something is the "fastest smartphone in the land" a month or two before something WE ALREADY KNOW ABOUT has the possibility of beating it. If this situation was different, and the Optimus G and the Note II were not even announced until two months from now, then it would be a different story. However, both of these devices were announced about two weeks before the iPhone 5. I think they should get some kind of recognition, but hopefully that time will come later on.

Also, there is a difference between having the title that everyone will see that says "iPhone 5 Benchmarked: The Fastest Smartphone in the Land" and two sentences within a review of the GSIII. Everyone will see the title, not as many people will read those two sentences. It still proves my point that PC Mag (excuse my earlier comment's typo of "PC World") is being more biased towards the iPhone 5 than other smartphones.

Finally, you said in your first comment how people weren't up in arms when the GSIII was compared to the iPhone 4S, but really that is trying to compare apples to oranges. In this case, we have two devices that were announced about two weeks prior to the iPhone 5. Both of the specifications of said devices were known about as well. If, in your case, the iPhone 5 was announced two weeks prior to the SIII but not yet released while the SIII was, and people were saying that the SIII was the fastest smartphone in the world then that would be wrong. We both know if that was the case, then you would be up in arms as well as myself. However, in this situation, you instead are trying to say that I'm just trying to see the iPhone 5 beaten. In actuality, I just want to see how this phone really stacks up against the latest hardware AND software (Jelly Bean does make a considerable difference in benchmarks) from the Android side. I could say that you just want the iPhone 5 to be compared to older smartphones and seen as winning, but I am not going to assume that. It would be petty and naive to make such assumptions.

Just for your information, I would have just preferred them to have titled the article "iPhone 5: Benchmarked" instead of just throwing out the "fastest smartphone in the land" in the title.

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