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Samsung GALAXY Nexus tops Apple iPhone 4S in browser benchmark tests, trails it in graphics

Samsung GALAXY Nexus tops Apple iPhone 4S in browser benchmark tests, trails it in graphics
While the U.S. is patiently waiting for the release of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus by Verizon, the new flagship Android model is already enjoying its freedom in the UK. According to results obtained by Anandtech, the first handset to be powered by Android 4.0 was able to outscore the Apple iPhone 4S in a couple of  web benchmark tests.

The Samsung GALAXY Nexus is equipped with the the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor and the Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540 GPU under the hood. The CPU's on the GALAXY Nexus are clocked "noticebly higher" than the 800MHz processors on the Apple iPhone 4S. In the actual testing, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus scored 1879 on the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark test where the lower the number means the better the score. The model managed to top the list with the new Motorola DROID RAZR coming in second with a tally of 2067. The Apple iPhone 4S was next with a score of 2250. The Apple iPhone 4 follows with a 3545 testing. Rounding out the top 5, the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch produced a score of  3634.

The Apple iPhone 4S did outperform the Samsung GALAXY Nexus when it comes to graphics, thanks to the dual-core SGX 543MP2 GPU from Imagination Technologies. Based on the results from the the GLBenchmark 2.1 Egypt and Pro tests, the Apple iPad 2 was the top device for graphics followed by the Apple iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S II with the Samsung NEXUS Galaxy in fourth place.

source: Andantech via AppleInsider

The Samsung GALAXY Nexus beat the Apple iPhone 4S in two web benchmark tests
The Samsung GALAXY Nexus beat the Apple iPhone 4S in two web benchmark tests

The Samsung GALAXY Nexus beat the Apple iPhone 4S in two web benchmark tests



The Apple iPhone 4S bested the Samsung GALAXY Nexus in a pair of graphics tests
The Apple iPhone 4S bested the Samsung GALAXY Nexus in a pair of graphics tests

The Apple iPhone 4S bested the Samsung GALAXY Nexus in a pair of graphics tests


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posted on 20 Nov 2011, 07:59 7

1. bigboss (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Our new speed browsing king.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:11 2

45. nexusISbleh (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


The nexus is a fail- like others have mention the gpu is years old only clocked up. The pentile screen s0ck balls even if it was hd. Sure the nexus can be top browser mark but what happens when the gs2 get ics or if the 4s was the clocked at the same speed as the nexus. Also for those saying they will pick up the razr... that phone is a bigger fail- have you seen the browser performance on youtube? the phone lags like crazy when scrolling, pinch zoom, and even when watching videos. Are you guys seriously telling me that the 4460 in the nexus will be THAT much better than whats running on the razr?

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:17 3

48. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I agree with you on most except for the screen. I have the Note and SGS2 and text on Note is sharper than SGS2 when you view them side by side

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:51 1

54. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


of course the Galaxy S II doesn't have nearly as much pixel density as the Note.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:49 1

52. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


no one is saying the 4460 is much better than the 4430 and fyi the SGX540 is still one of the best GPUs you can get so it really doesn't matter how old it is now.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:33

62. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


SGX543 is a rebranded SGX540, with additional MP support. 4s has it probably clocked at 200mhz, but has 2 of them, while 4430 has one clocked at 384mhz. With two, 4s has more ROPs, texture units, etc, while 1 540 has fewer only clocked higher.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 15:22

67. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i know the MP2 version used in the A5 actually makes it the most superior that's why i said it's ONE of the best, not THE best. the only difference between the 4430 and the 4460 is the GPU is clocked up from 304MHz to 384MHz which is okay but not enough to make a discernible difference in real world performance.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:00

2. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Really Pa who's gonna shoot the first flame out?

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:06

3. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


It was expectable.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:15 9

4. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


Nice one GN , but i still will not buy it
I dont understand why Google choose a processor with a GPU that is 4 years old, for me it would be better if they waited a bit more (since on the US they are launching it only on December) and released it with an OMAP 4470 that would have the PowerVR SGX 544 GPU that blows any other mobile GPU away

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:20 8

5. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Still leaning towards the RAZR because of the expandable memory....for now...

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 13:49 2

27. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Go to a Verizon store and pick up the RAZR, it's not very exciting.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 16:38 1

35. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ahhh, really? Looks like a good phone - no one phone will be the ultimate best phone ever....

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 17:02 2

40. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Not very exciting to you maybe, but then what makes your taste so impeccable hmm?

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:21 5

6. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Funny, I bought the Captivate on the first day it arrived - it was one of the best AT&T phones for a while, but now, that does not seem as important. The phone you buy today will be surpassed in quite a short time in the future.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 09:56 4

13. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


That's why I settled on a ip4 and gs2 skyrocket. In 18 months ill buy something else. Android drops a new phone twice a week.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:13 1

46. nexusISbleh (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


life of an android I suppose

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:27 3

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


And I wonder how chrome will perform if it ever becomes part of Android as rumors say. I can expect much better performance with more hardware acceleration and better GPUs coming down 2012. Good to see the device gearing up its game

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 16:39

36. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Would be nice if Chrome was the default Android browser...

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:28 7

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


makes sense. FINALLY we have a stock Android Browser that takes advantage of hardware acceleration. (:

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:29

9. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


eventually it will stabilize. past quad core there\'s really no need for a mobile phone. it will come down to other tech. battery life, build, sound, screen, and some new technology.

im awaiting flexible phone\'s with flexible battery to come out.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:50

10. bigboss (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


What was our point of discussion?

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 08:58 6

11. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


not too shabby. the 3d performance isnt surprising. The i4s's A5 chip's strongest point is its GPU which is the best on the market. I was surprised to see it still taking 2nd place against the SGS2 in that category. Guess the hardware accelleration doesnt give it too much of a boost in 3d games, but it obviously does in non gaming applications by the looks of it.

cool beans. Now, we need to have the T3 benched and compared.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 12:24 1

22. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Hey remix. I just wanted to let u know that I'm thinking of changing my username on this site to 'remix fanboy.' Just so u know :-)

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 16:09 3

31. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol. do i get royalty payments for the use of the name?? :) :)

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 16:42 2

38. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


my brother , just wait for SGS III and its gonna beat s**t outta everybody out there.
P.S. - so for most of the people 4s is the 5th best phone lol

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 21:00 1

56. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Why don't you wait for the next Nexus then, or SGS4?

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 09:19 2

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


We need to see if they picked such old gpu to provide stability, from benchmark it seems that they knew what they were doing. To be honest, smartphone's most important thing is connectivity and browser experience, not gaming. Even for gaming, we all know that we can plug xbox or ps3 controllers on our android powered devices: not bad at all, indeed.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 10:15 6

14. abdane (Posts: 476; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


IMO these are the top 5 mobiles:

5- Apple Iphone 4s
4- Motorola RAZR
3- HTC Sensation
2- Samsung Galaxy S2
1- Samsung & Google Galaxy Nexus

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 13:43 1

26. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I want to play :)
5. Razr
4. Sgs2(sprint)
3. Bionic
2. Ip4s(at&t verison)
1. Nexus

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 16:12 2

32. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


can i play? :)

1 - SGS2 original
2 - Galaxy Nexus
3 - Razr
4 - Note (would be #2 but i dont think i could hold it.. lol)
5 - LG Thrill 3D (hey, im a hardware guy, and this thing is loaded)

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 17:38

43. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I a more of a software guy hence me putting the nexus over the sgs2. That being said I would rather have the htc evo 3d over the thrill. It being a lg handset really turns me off and the note is just to big lol. And I didn't know we were considering phones not sold in america or phones that are unreleased and no announcement being made that they will be released ever. LOL

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 08:04

63. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the Note? Its already passed the FCC with ATT bands on board.

The LG part of the thrill makes me nervous but the reviews seem pretty good.. besides, XDA can fix all of that :)

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 17:42

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Droid 3 > LG Thrill :P
same specs, the Droid 3 has better functionality and a better display.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 13:52 4

28. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Let me play too:

4- Everything else
3- iPhone4S
2- SGS2
1- Galaxy Nexus

As much as Verizon and everyone rave at the RAZR and Rezound, going to the store will set you off from them.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 16:41

37. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


What is there to dislike about the RAZR - the display resolution/pixels....lack of removable battery?

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 17:02 2

41. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Don't forget locked bootloader.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:17

47. nexusISbleh (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


how about the inability to scroll and pinch to zoom smoothly when browsing? razr s0cks

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:50

53. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


um didn't you read the article? xD

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 22:40

57. abdane (Posts: 476; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


battery is li-pol not li-ion , which is worst for an HD phone... the camera is s**tty !

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 10:25 1

15. beruit17 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


It's funny how the Nexus 1 keeps showing up in these tests.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 10:44 8

16. IsThereOnePhoneWOaFatalFlaw (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)


I'm very annoyed that the GSII is beating the Nexus in ANY categories. I've been waiting FOREVER to get a phone because every phone that comes out has a major flaw... Anything by Motorola has a crap camera and mediocre video. I wanted an Evo forever ago when it was the most polished phone... Except in my mind Sprint, and their network, sucks and will ALWAYS suck. Most other phones were too bulky or had something major wrong with them. (crap call quality, tons of bloatware, major lag) The SGII was the first phone in forever that, when doing my research seemed to be what I was looking for and didnt lack in any major area... Until those #$%#@$%(*#$%'s at Verizon decided they were too good for it and needed their own "better" version. Couldn't just do the GSII AND the Nexus now could they?? Now all this Nexus GARBAGE. Its looking like the Nexus isnt superior to the GSII and is predictably inferior in a couple areas. And don't give me ICS since the GSII will end up with it anyways. So didnt release the GSII and is making us wait around... for WHAT?! Grrrr.....

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 12:24 1

20. k1ng617 (Posts: 257; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I agree completely! I have yet to find a phone worth upgrading from my original Droid X. I was very excited about the GS2 and was left disappointed. I would love a Galaxy Note, but that is no where to be found except eBay for $900 and I would be stuck using ATT 3.5G or T-Mobile edge.

The Galaxy Nexus seemed like a sure bet when it was announced, but with performance like this I will have to wait for the first round of Nvidia T3 phones. I'm tired of waiting, but the longer I wait the less I want a mediocre phone.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 22:42

58. abdane (Posts: 476; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


the galaxy not is on amazon for $770 btw...

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 12:31 3

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


Understandable, sadly the perfect phone still doesn't exist =/ For example I've put an aluminium casing to the sgsII, just need to wait ICS for it and I'll have something interesting. Hopefully they remove the software buttons during the porting as sgsII doesn't need them (google said that can be removed).

As for the iphone, it's the usual story...it's like a factory set car that works nicely but remains the same until its death. Android it's like a gran turismo tweaked car that needs some experience in order to get it working: if you know how to set it up will run smoothly otherwise you'll crash.

Basically with android you're the pilot, with iOS the co-pilot or even just a passenger. Someone likes to be active, someone else passive - matter of choice, two different worlds - take your pick. I prefer to be "active" :p

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:23

49. nexusISbleh (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


yeah I had the OG droid and switch to the gs2 on sprint. Luckily sprint is really good around my area better than verizon's actually... but yeah I switch and never regret it. Nexus is going to have only 1 thing over the gs2 and that's the updates other than that I can't see any major ups. Had apple come up with the actual iphone 5 I might have thought about it but since they did the epic fail move of the year I just didn't bother. But you can't just keep waiting, better tech will always be around the corner like the gs3, ip5, etc...

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:53 1

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Sprint can't ever beat Verizon even at their best. what you mean is Sprint works more reliably in your area than Verizon which i find that hard to believe because Sprint has been having some major data issues.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 11:31 7

17. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Well, what can I say...4S rocks again with ONLY 800MHz! Best camera, best display, best battery, best OS, best design and soon again best browser with the release of HTML iOS 5.02.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 11:44 6

18. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


And best fanboy goes to you :-)

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 14:59 1

29. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


@striker that's funny ! Best camera, best display, best battery Jajjaja. Don't you mean worst I think you ate to many apples it's gone into your head

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 00:17 2

61. Sniggly (Posts: 7114; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Best battery? In theory. I can introduce you to a few customers of mine who would disagree heartily. Best display? Anything's crisper if you make it small enough. People are constantly wowed by the gigantic yet brilliant displays on the Galaxy S2 variants. Best camera? I'll grant that. Best OS? If you consider an app list an OS, then sure. I mean, Apple f**ked up at least a couple of the improvements iOS 5 and the 4S were supposed to bring. For instance, the notification tray on iOS 5 doesn't display any icons to let you know there are notifications to begin with until you expand it. See also battery life issues.

Best design? Depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for the only phone in the industry that has complete glass front and back, sure. If you're looking for a phone that will actually survive more than a five foot drop without the face and/or back looking like it acquired a Spiderman theme, then not on your life. It's not the thinnest, strongest, most ergonomically comfortable, prettiest or most unique design out there.

Did I miss anything?

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 08:06 1

64. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


not even in theory. The SGS2 is rated higher out of the box and destroys it in real world usage. :)

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 11:06

65. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


yo forgot to drink your hater juice

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 11:49

19. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


The only thing that seems important these days are Benchmarks.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:24

50. nexusISbleh (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


r u saying that because you still don't have a smartphone to run benchmarks??

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 12:24

21. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Not bad at all.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 12:33 3

24. bossmt_2 (Posts: 436; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


It's not even the Galaxy Nexus that much though. It's ICS. Just like when you went from Froyo to Gingerbread all the phones benchmarks improved massively. When the GSII, Rezound, and Razr all get ICS they'll beat the i4s as well.

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 13:02

25. HTCOE (Posts: 486; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


i rather wait for the next gen galaxy nexus s to come out tho

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 18:25

51. nexusISbleh (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


by than you could say the same thing over again until the end of time

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 15:25 2

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


what's disappointing about the Nexus? it's everything i've hoped for and more.

5. Rezound
4. iPhone 4S
3. Galaxy S II (Exynos Variants)
2. Droid Razr
1. Galaxy Nexus

really the only 2 phones that i'd probably take over my Droid 3 is the Droid Razr and the Galaxy Nexus so i guess that really makes it number 3 for me but that's just personal preference.

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