Windows Phone getting new benchmarking app for Mango
The original version of WP Bench is currently available in the Windows Marketplace. The second-generation of this application is designed for devices running on Mango. It features a user profile, online charts and some very comprehensive statistics for those who love benchmarking.
The original version is free and it is expected that the next version will be free as well. Check out the video and tell us what you think in the comments below.
1. cyborg (unregistered)
What's the use of this app? ALL WP7 or Mango devices are the exact copy of each other sans the exterior/manifacturer. Or am I wrong? This would be an equivalent of a benchmarking app for IOS if there is such.
2. Dr.Phil (Posts: 865; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
They have the same OS, yes, but not the same design or specifications. Yes, there are some that share similar specifications, but that is just like Android. And with a Samsung Galaxy SII WP7 variant coming out, you will likely see a difference in the performance aspect of WP7 phones.
3. ngo2dd (Posts: 779; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
it is not going to that much of a different tho. That all have a lower specification that they have to meet.
4. osu992 (unregistered)
...exactly...it's for "those who love benchmarking."
The info isn't that critical...but some people love their stats. There is a strong emotional component to gadget-love. You'll think you'll device is amazing right until you hear there is something slightly better...then your device is junk. Some people get fleeting satisfaction from the stats.
5. cyborg (unregistered)
@ Dr.Phil, every current WP7 device has 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset. Clearly now, that is NOT like Android. I've said earlier sans the exterior/manifacturer, meaning they have different exteriors but more or less they act very similar because of their CPU. The 2nd generation WP7 devices is expected to have an improved performance over the 1st gen. Then again, every 2nd gen WP7 devices might probably act/perform the same as other 2nd gen including benchmarks. Or I might be wrong?
6. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Actually, it seems as though with Mango in tow, there may be quite a swing in device specs. If the Samsung GS2 W7 device is really going to happen, than dual-core tech is coming. There will be next gen single core tech as well (maybe from 1.0 to 1.5). I think by the end of 2012, there will be multiple spec options for W7 powered equipment. Now, it will not have the 800 mhz single core to the quad core options that Android powered devices may have by the end of 2012. Microsoft doesn't want that large of a swing. They still want to ensure future updates to as many legacy devices as they can as well as a unified, smooth operating experience. But UI's will start to show up to allow Manufacturers to set themselves apart a little (Nokia will want to have a way to stand out from a HTC, Samsung will want to add something over Nokia, ect) and benchmarking may be a little different from one handset maker to another.
7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 865; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Okay once again, the Samsung Galaxy SII WP7 variant is coming out so that will most likely have Samsung's dual core chipset or some kind of dual-core chipset in it. You have to remember that this benchmarking app is for MANGO, which means it is for FUTURE devices. You are just speaking of phones in the present. The HTC Eternity, another rumored Mango headset, is rumored to have a 1.5 GHZ processor in it. The app isn't just about how fast your phone is, but also about other things such as battery life.
Also, if I were to be honest I wouldn't really want this app to exist on WP7. I remember having an Android phone and doing the benchmark tests on that phone every week and then realizing "What does it matter what my score is?" I mean "Oh wow I can brag to my friends that my score is higher than theirs." But does that really matter? I like that WP7 isn't about all that, because it's less about people bragging about some dumb score that ends up being beaten by a phone that comes out the next month or the next. Also, it means that its very unlikely that you will come across an application that requires a certain CPU or a certain phone. There is still personalization across manufacturers when it comes to design, screen, the mechanics of the device (such as camera, bluetooth, headjack, etc). I don't mean to make fun of Android users, because I was one and still think its a great platform. But, I will say that I despise Android users that have to have the "best score". I mean really CONGRATULATIONS! You spent $200 to have the fastest phone, while with WP7 even if you don't have the money for that $200 phone you can get a $50 one and not be left out.
9. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Can't argue. Everything, including it being fairly dumb to get wrapped up in benchmark scores, is very true. W7 appeal is no device or owner gets left out. I do not think that changes with Mango or with upcoming handsets.
10. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Why the heck not? Wont hurt the OS for having an app many will find cool... If tis not your cup of tea, don't download it.
12. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Semper, buddy, my bad!! Wanted to "thumbs up", and my Mouse disobeyed me!!! It wasn't my fault!!
11. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I wish android didn't have these. It makes people go crazy about specs. I have a 1ghz Samsung fascinate that scores a 900 but works flawlessly and 100% lag free. Its real world use what matters people!