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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, 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, 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, 15:36 1

126. remtothemax (Posts: 210; 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, 08:06 4

57. Retro-touch (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

GSM Arena shows the GS3 beating the Iphone 5 in geekbench not to mention the results in the various GLbenchmarks were different and considerably higher, I trust them more than some idiots than unilaterally declare the Iphone 5 the fastest without disclaimers that you can't really compare effectively how fast Iphone really is unless you run Android on it, OS differences give different results

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 23 Sep 2012, 04:00

160. Retro-touch (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Even though you might not see this you really are incredibly stupid, why do custom ROMS get higher benchmarks even with stock frequencies you f**king ingrate!!!?? Even browser benchmarks fyi I get varying scores and the better optimized the ROM the higher scores I get, get your head out your ass

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:44 1

168. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

javascript, HTML5, and all the other browser benchmarks are VERY dependent on a well optimized system with free resources like memory and CPU use. In order for them to be completely "platform independent", they would have to be run without being on a platform.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 07:40 1

49. MISTER.H (banned) (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Half-Baked iOs that dosent run any apps at the back-ground along where the ios dosen't need that much cpu to push it's system, and having around 800MB of RAM left, why wouldn't this app launcher iOs get high scores...
Comparing the Half-Baked iOs to a full LINUX.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 08:27 2

58. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

SGSIII is faster even in this iOS based benchmark, PC Mag wrote wrong results:http://browser.primatelabs.com/android-benchmarks & http://browser.primatelabs.com/ios-benchmarks. Get it over, this iPhone is yet old !

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:19

79. bucky (Posts: 1295; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

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

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:38

97. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Here is more info:

"The iPhone 5 Performance Preview"

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 12:45 2

113. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

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, 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 23 Sep 2012, 08:34

164. ph00ny (Posts: 586; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Gimped version being compared against the new iphone?
Why not mix quadcore versions of the phones into the mix?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:15 9

2. iphoneWOW (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I guess with the benchmarks all these fandroids aren't gonna have much to say. It doesn't matter what android puts out as soon as a new iphone comes out... well lets just say android is like last years tech.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:33 14

4. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

Nah, now Android OEMs will strike back with the likes of SGS4 and Co. The mobile tech world is moving forward like no other, every new product has to outshine the previous one. That is called tech evolution cycle.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:58 5

16. Jphones (Posts: 233; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

ok maybe the "fastest" but thats its its like having a ferrari engine and putting it in a mini cooper. So the phones fast so what it doesn't do anything revolutionary. Oh the iphone can stream video, play games and download at high speeds? um sounds like a ipod touch to me. So stop it with the fandroid I rather have a slightly "slower" phone that does everything that has current gen and next gen technology. The iphone is just boring and it'll get a minimal update adding something the should have put in the phone this year next year when they add the S. So be happy with your blazing fast ipod touch

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 06:44 1

41. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

Quad core A15 processor should be coming soon iPhone won't stand a chance

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:21 6

3. Gaytor (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)

I thought iphone is slower to gs3 when running Jelly Bean. Dont care because no phone could be near to Note and will wait for Note2. That large screen is just great and tailormade for me. iphone is great too but Note 2 is it.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:48 5

11. iphoneWOW (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

meh if the system on the iphone was clocked as high as a android than the note 2 will just be plain embarassing

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 03:01 4

17. Jphones (Posts: 233; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

iboring would you stop lying to yourself the i5 is embarrasing. .5inch taller phone and no real innovative features. gaytor is right JB actually adds speed and features that the iphone will get when it hits 7. so please stop its one thing to lie to us but don't lie to yourself

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:01 2

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

Why are you lying to yourself? The screen size is not an e-penis metric. The iPhone can actually be used with one hand. That's why phone sizes range from 3.2" all the way up to 5.5". You are an idiot for comparing phone sizes. If you care about them so much, go get a 10" tablet and put it in your pocket.

And are you actually claiming that JB will have "innovative" features? The two major features in JB are literally just Google's attempt to try and catch up with iOS. The speed gain you boast is just project Butter, hardware acceleration for the UI that iOS has had since day one and Android is still struggling to do right. The other is the Siri competitor. Copycat much?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 03:51

159. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

please bear in mind that the latest i.o.s version is 6 now, whereas the Android one is 4.1, i don't care about the version, what i want to express is that Android is still young, but as you confessed by yourself, it easily catch up with I.o.s (or surpass it in many ways : Google maps for instance)
So, in the years which are coming, as it has been estimated by many Experts, Android with the power of Gigantic Google rules the world. consider what Android 6 will be alike in 2015? or a day which every Android phone will be emerged with a pre-installed Google Maps Application, but other platforms have to pay for it. it will happen, be sure.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:33 7

5. hateftotti (Posts: 134; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Where is the maps benchmarks??? :)))
Try to do your best for showing how iphone is good but everyone knows about this crap.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:43 5

7. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

it's like a joke, playing well with the numbers and benchmark softwares, PC mag has always has been a fan of apple (i don't know why?, maybe due to the fact that they are American too!)
the fastest Smart phone in the world is currently "LG optimus G". that's why they had frightened to put this Gadget face to face with iphone5. i don't care about Numbers, a geek knows this Rule very well : always Hardware Talks.
So still (and always) Android rules.
you can check the results inwww.glbenchmark.com

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 05:31 2

35. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

lol chinese phone beat the crap of apple

Xiaomi MI 2 3445
Apple iPhone 5 3235

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:03 2

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

How about comparing phones you can actually buy right now instead of mythical unicorn ones?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 03:27

158. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

So i'm going to buy a Xiaomi MI 2 !
The fastest phone in terms of Benchmarks and selling records.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:16 2

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

Hardware isn't the only thing that matters. Is it that hard to accept that iPhone can be in some ways better than Android phones for some people?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:44 6

8. Android1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

S3.. note 2.. HTC ONE X .. and upcoming HTC DIx... Are monsters.. no maps no flash no new design no hdmi and u people called it a new phone ? Go to gsm arena and u will find that i5 having less features then 4@s lolxx is that ur New iPhone ? Apple is just overrated but can not compete with android globally... Enjoy ur old expensive device with no features lolxx

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:05 2

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

PSA for dumbasses. Flash isn't supported on Android anymore. It's not even in the store.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:46 7

9. prakesh (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

huwhat.? fastest battery drain..

lg optimus g is fastest still in ICS wait for JB

also s3 is fastest than ip5 wait till it upgrade to JB

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:48 6

10. Android1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

And I think this web should named as apple-arena

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:51 1

14. Mercenary (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

Can you please STFU?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:23 1

82. bucky (Posts: 1295; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Are you actually being serious. This place is filled with nothing but insecure androids fighting over everything (i actually picture the seagulls in "finding nemo") and there a s**t ton more articles for android as well.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:49 3

12. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Well, this won't last long.

Besides, it's disingenuous to compare the iPhone 5 to a mid range phone (Razr M). PC Mag can't be this goddamn stupid.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:08 1

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

Sadly you are though. The Razr M is the latest release from Motorola with the 1.5Ghz S4 dual-core processor. They have a Razr HD incoming, but it uses the exact same processor. Same with the Galaxy S III. They bench higher than the quad-core Tegra or Exynos processors. They are at the top right now. That's why PCMag is comparing to those two. This is what happens when people talk out of their asses.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 03:34 1

19. Daniel.95 (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

I surprised

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 03:54 1

21. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 345; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

The only thing where Apple is strong is it's ecosystem...i mean all games and apps are optimized for one Hero device or else its a Expensive piece of Glass.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:09

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

That's true for every other phone.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 03:55 5

22. ilia1986 (unregistered)

A train is faster than a car. Most people still use cars. Why? Because cars aren't limited - unlike trains.

When we will have a railroad connecting every single POI on earth - most people will stop using cars. But until then - they won't.

Question: Is it practical to have a railroad connecting every POI on earth? No.

Question: Is it practical for Apple to address the need and whim of every consumer out there with their current business model (closed OS)? No.

That's why Apple will never truly dominate the market. Because there are still a huge number of things Apple's devices will never be capable of doing, because of the nature of their products (closed OS, walled garden).

That's why open source platforms (or platforms which are less closed) - which can do anything - be it Android now, webOS perhaps later, and so on - will ALWAYS dominate the market.

This is also the reason the Mac never even came close in beating Windows in terms of market share.

In short - some people may say that trains are better. For them. And they would probably be right. However they are - and will remain - the minority.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:12

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

Your analogy is dumb as hell. With your logic, Linux should be the number one desktop OS. And iOS has already dominated the market, so its really just fact versus your made up fiction.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:19 1

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

There's this thing with metaphors, they aren't meant to be taken literally.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 12:15 1

107. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Linux isn't consumer friendly dumb@$$, it's a developer tool. Linux in this analogy would be a tow truck or a lorry, it does more than a car, but is it for the average user? No

And how is 30+% dominating the market?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 02:30

154. tedkord (Posts: 4282; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

IOS dominating with less than 30% market share compared to Android's over 60%? Delusional much?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 04:01 3

23. dragonkong (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

What are you going to do with the fastest phone with no features.. :D

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 04:03 1

24. shashi.map (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)

the LG Optimus G is the fastest smartphone......and the SGS3 with JB beats the Ip5...Razr M is a mid range device....PCmag are huge apple fanboys.they should change their name to AppleMag ..........

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:17

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

You need to go back to 3rd grade and learn how to read. It's only for phones currently on the market. The Optimus G definitely ain't out yet. The JB Galaxy S III is still in testing. The Razr M uses the fastest processor available right now, the 1.5Ghz S4. This is why there should be a law banning people with IQs lower than 70 from using the internet.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 02:31

155. tedkord (Posts: 4282; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

What would you do with all your new free time?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 04:04 3

25. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)

Good job apple but I'm still getting the note2

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 04:25 3

26. kombinatonz (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

Most of these review sites are in bed with apple. They support apple prodcucts. All you can do as a consumer is go to a store and do a hands on review for yourself.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:18

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

Kind of like the liberal media always supporting the left. Damn them and their facts and evidence!

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 04:30

27. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

This is like saying a 1l 4 cylinder is faster that a 6l v8, the iphone is an obsolete piece of Shyte and no pc mag can change that. i mean cmon, a dual core 1ghz?? this was cutting edge when... 3 years ago?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:13 1

76. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Dual-core custom A15 > A9. There are a lot of factors that go into why the iPhone 5 has the best SoC.

Optimized and increased memory architecture, die shrink, better performance on demand and scaling to accomplish that, a class-leading GPU, and a chipset that is tailored to the OS.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 10:10 1

92. ojdidit84 (Posts: 252; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

It is fast paired with the light resources that iOS uses. I won't deny that. But it's not an A15 core, it's a custom A7 core. There hasn't been an A15 SoC released yet.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 11:37

103. Hemlocke (unregistered)

ARMv7 is the instruction set. The A6 isn't really Cortex A9 or A15, since it is completely custom, but it does implement VFPv4 and other A15-based features, which makes it most comparable to an A15.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 09:22

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

Are you really that stupid that you are comparing processors with gas engines? That's like saying the Pentium 4 running at 4Ghz that top end PCs use to have back in 2005 is faster than the an i3 running at 2.1Ghz on a modern PC. When stupid people make convictions about something and don't listen to reason, it can be quite scary. For the human race.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 05:12 1

31. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Benchmarks doesn't really matter..

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 05:30 4

33. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

I don't care.
because the fastest phone, not the best phone :)

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 05:57

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

considering the time difference between sgs3 & iPhone 4S, it's pretty normal to see the phone faster. however arm a15 processor will surely beat the crap out of this a6 processor

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