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Fastest smartphone? It’s the iPhone 5

17 September 2012 2,605 views One Comment

Speeds and feeds are just so much doo-doo. Nevertheless, the A6 processor inside the iPhone 5 make it the fastest smartphone available…

Speeds and feeds — Steve Jobs often derided the notion that a device’s spec sheet could tell you much about what it could do. So, who can claim the fastest smartphone? New benchmarks show the dual-core 1GHz A6 processor inside iPhone 5 performs better than anything inside an Android.

There is raw performance and what a smartphone actually does in users’ hands. For example, those who have used an iPhone 4S know it is no slouch in the performance department, despite the fact that the dual-core 800MHz A5 processor inside it is, at least superficially, a lot slower than the competition.

In fact, Apple’s last-gen smartphone is very responsive and fluid in just about every respect — engineering and hardware/software integration matter.

In benchmark testing (shown above), the dual-core 1GHz A6 in the iPhone 5 not only bests the iPhone 4S, but also outperforms the quad-core Tegra processors running at up to 1.5GHz inside various Android devices, all of which are bigger and, frankly, less useable. So, in the real world, how much faster, smoother and battery efficient is the iPhone 5 than any other smartphone?

Yes, at this particular moment in time, the iPhone 5 is tops in the speeds and feeds department. Nevertheless, some day soon, an Android whatever will offer a processor with “better” performance, making it the fastest smartphone.

The rest of us, however, will know better…

What’s your take?

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