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Android 2.2 Beats Apple iOS 4 in Benchmark Tests

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 57 comments

The Nexus One pulls ahead of Apple's latest wonder phone.

Now that the two latest generation of smartphone OSes are on the market, which one is superior? Google claims that Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, is many times faster than 2.1 – but is it faster than Apple's iOS 4, running on the fastest iPhone yet? If benchmarks are the authority, then yes, it is.

Ars Technica ran JavaScript benchmarks on the iOS 4 on the iPhone 4 against Android 2.2 on the Nexus One. It was a showdown of the best in class, and the software from Google took the commanding lead.

Check out the comparison chart below from Ars:

The benchmark score disparity doesn't fully reflect real world use, however. Engadget put the two mobile browsers against each other and, while the Android 2.2 Nexus One was still faster in almost all cases, the iPhone 4 wasn't far behind at all. Then again, the Nexus One was running Flash. With Flash disabled on the Android browser, the Nexus One was even faster.

Those running Android phones that will be getting 2.2 soon should look forward to some free performance gains.

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    back_by_demand , July 8, 2010 11:19 AM
    In the red corner!!!
    Apple fanbois leaping to the defence of their crappy iPhone!!!
    In the blue corner!!!
    Android owners laughing their asses off!!!

    Let's get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Phoenixkatera , July 8, 2010 12:03 PM
    Cool! I'm ready to dump AT&T for Verizon when the Droid X comes out. I wonder how "new hardware" with Android 2.2 would perform in comparison to Apples' iPhone 4

    Quote:
    There's a surprise, another story taken from engadget.com
    Don't Toms staff have any other sources?


    If it's old news to you then why click on the article? I happen to not explore every tech site on the web and like to see the news even if someone else's post I'll never see got it out first.

    Thanks Toms!
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    awood28211 , July 8, 2010 11:20 AM
    Proven time and time again. Toms benches hardware everyday... Showing 6 cores mean nothing with software that doesn't utilize it.
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    house70 , July 8, 2010 11:10 AM
    That means the latest and greatest hardware is nothing without the software to match it.
    Duh!...
  • 31 Hide
    back_by_demand , July 8, 2010 11:19 AM
    In the red corner!!!
    Apple fanbois leaping to the defence of their crappy iPhone!!!
    In the blue corner!!!
    Android owners laughing their asses off!!!

    Let's get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 17 Hide
    awood28211 , July 8, 2010 11:20 AM
    Proven time and time again. Toms benches hardware everyday... Showing 6 cores mean nothing with software that doesn't utilize it.
  • 22 Hide
    Phoenixkatera , July 8, 2010 12:03 PM
    Cool! I'm ready to dump AT&T for Verizon when the Droid X comes out. I wonder how "new hardware" with Android 2.2 would perform in comparison to Apples' iPhone 4

    Quote:
    There's a surprise, another story taken from engadget.com
    Don't Toms staff have any other sources?


    If it's old news to you then why click on the article? I happen to not explore every tech site on the web and like to see the news even if someone else's post I'll never see got it out first.

    Thanks Toms!
  • 12 Hide
    Regulas , July 8, 2010 12:23 PM
    I would like to see battery life comparisons, something that is important to a cell phone. I know both platforms have had problems in this area.
  • 6 Hide
    burnley14 , July 8, 2010 1:07 PM
    Ha ha, suck it iPhone
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    bourgeoisdude , July 8, 2010 1:10 PM
    Phoenixkatera...If it's old news to you then why click on the article? I happen to not explore every tech site on the web and like to see the news even if someone else's post I'll never see got it out first.Thanks Toms!


    Same. I don't have to check 400 tech sites a day because Tom's usually gets it all.
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    fixxxer07 , July 8, 2010 1:36 PM
    dargon_supremeIt doesn´t need to be the fastest one. It only needs to be fast enough. So the questions is: Are iPhone OS4 and Android fast enough?. If the answer is 'yes', it is useless to compare them.

    Fast enough today... but I'd like to be sure I get a phone with enough headroom to run whatever apps are gonna be rolling out 1.5 years from now, if I'm gonna be locked into a phone for two years.
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    Godfail , July 8, 2010 1:46 PM
    fixxxer07Fast enough today... but I'd like to be sure I get a phone with enough headroom to run whatever apps are gonna be rolling out 1.5 years from now, if I'm gonna be locked into a phone for two years.


    That's fine and all, but if the investment was already made into apps for a certain platform, it's going to take more than a faster browser test to get someone to leave that platform and buy all new ones.

    I think it's interesting but I use the Chrome browser and am not really surprised by this. It doesn't really reflect which hardware is really more powerful either, so what you're saying doesn't really add up.
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    back_by_demand , July 8, 2010 1:52 PM
    Euphoria_MKWhat they fail to realize is that iOS still feels snappier

    Is that another way of saying you think it is faster, despite numbers proving it
    err
    isn't?
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    insider3 , July 8, 2010 2:02 PM
    back_by_demandIn the red corner!!!Apple fanbois leaping to the defence of their crappy iPhone!!!In the blue corner!!!Android owners laughing their asses off!!!Let's get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    I'm in the blue corner laughing with my EVO.
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    Pei-chen , July 8, 2010 2:15 PM
    That is if HTC and the carriers decided to release 2.2 update for their phone without Sense or other custom UI attached. Fat chance.
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    kartu , July 8, 2010 2:19 PM
    PhoenixkateraCool! I'm ready to dump AT&T for Verizon when the Droid X comes out.

    I recall Anand's "Total cost of ownership" calculation, about 2.5-3k $ over 2 years for a phone. I wonder, why are you guys paying so much for it? Can't you buy a "standalone' phone, whithout signing draconian contract?

    PS
    Sorry for offtopic.
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    Euphoria_MK , July 8, 2010 2:24 PM
    back_by_demandIs that another way of saying you think it is faster, despite numbers proving iterrisn't?

    Javascript benchmark has nothing to do with how fast a phone iOS is.
    You fail to realize that Android has a custom Java engine and this handles Java scripts more efficiently. The other thing is that not too many apps use Java, and the overall Phone OS is not running on Java, thus this benchmark has very little to do with overall performance and feel of the Phone OS.
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    jellico , July 8, 2010 2:32 PM
    So f**king owned! I'm definitely getting an Android phones once the new ones (3.0 capable) come out later this year.
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    ericburnby , July 8, 2010 2:35 PM
    Hahahhahahhahhaaa

    One single benchmark and people are ready to claim victory?

    Is this what other smartphone companies are now going to do? Run meaningless tests so they can come up with a numerical figure claiming their phones superiority to the iPhone?

    Why don't we talk about sales numbers? I know you Appple haters (and Apple smartphone competititors) must HATE the fact Apple is selling iPhones in quantities you could only dream of.

    The smartphone market is only so big, and every iPhone sold is another lost potential sale for everyone else. How soon before Apple completely dominates the smartphone market?
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