Samsung Galaxy S3 Not So Hot After All, Outdone By String Of Androids [PCW Test]

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Today’s devices are all battling to have the fastest processor, the best graphics card and the most number of cores. PCWorld have put some of the top dogs through their paces with a battery of benchmark tests to see if they are, in fact, all that.

Fastest Android phones: Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC EVO 4G LTE, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Optimus 4X HD

The Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon and Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE both have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz MSM8960 chip. The Galaxy Nexus has the older TI OMAP dual core 1.2GHz chip with Jelly Bean, the latest OS. The best bits of this OS are the better graphics and the performance increase thanks to Project Butter. The LG Optimus 4X HD is the only quad core in the test and it comes with the Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia. Two older handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Note on T-Mobile and the Motorola Droid 4 on Verizon were also tested. The Galaxy Note has the 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and the Motorola Droid 4 the 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP.

The tests included AndEBench, which is a third party app that looks at the CPU, the performance and the Dalvik interpreter (Android’s virtual machine that performs a lot of the OS’ main functions). Geekbench was used as well, to measure the performance of the memory and the processor. Javascript was examined by Sunspider, while GL Benchmark was used to look at the performance of graphics in OpenGL ES environments.

According to the Geekbench test, the LG Optimus 4X HD came first, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Galaxy Nexus, the Droid 4, the Galaxy Note and then the HTC EVO 4G LTE. The AndEBench Native test also placed the Optimus at the top, followed by the HTC EVO 4G LTE, then the Samsung Galaxy S3, then the Nexus, the Note and then the Droid 4 last.

The Droid 4 came first in the PCW page load test, followed by the Note, the Nexus, the Optimus, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and then finally the EVO 4G LTE.

Sunspider’s Javascript test placed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus first, followed by the EVO 4G LTE, the S3, the Optimus, the Droid 4 and lastly the Note. The GLBenchmark 2.1.4. Pro Offscreen test, the S3 was first, followed by the EVO, the Optimus, the Note and then the Nexus and the Droid in joint last place.

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