Much like its contemporaries, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is packing a dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM – in fact, it’s a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 CPU. Needless to say, that’s probably more than equipped to handle most operations. With a static wallpaper, the handset exhibits very slick and fluid movements while navigating across the homescreen. Moreover, it’s very tight in tracking the placement of our finger. As for other basic tasks, like opening apps, it’s fairly instantaneous with its operation – so it’s easily admirable in our books. However, switching over to a graphically intensive live wallpaper, we do notice some noticeable bouts of choppiness, which does soften its aura. Nonetheless, it doesn’t appear to be terrible at all, but it does make you question the handset.
Right away after completing the first pass with the Quadrant benchmark, it’s apparent that the app isn’t entirely fine-tuned to work with Ice Cream Sandwich – and of course, the scores we obtain aren’t indicative to its true potential. Specifically, it crawls in completing most of the graphical components of the test, but even worse, there’s a substantial drop in overall frames per second with most of them. All in all, it’s able to obtain scores ranging from 1,368 and 1,714. Hardly applaud worthy in this day and age, we have to reiterate that Quadrant doesn’t seem to be specifically aimed to work with ICS, yet. Meanwhile, the AnTutu benchmark test is a bit more telling, as we’re given a total score of 6,046, which meets the mark of the GSM version of the handset.
As usual, you can take all the worth that benchmark tests offer, but above all, it’s ultimately the real-world performance that’s going to matter. Out of the box, it’s undeniably swift, well, with static wallpapers anyways. Of course, we’ll be putting it through further testing to see how it all shapes up in the end.