The iPhone is still the king when it comes to raw performance. Apple’s custom A-series processors alongside the efficiency of iOS come together to defeat anything Google, Samsung, HTC, OnePlus, LG, and Snapdragon have pieced together. Not only does it usually perform much better in standard benchmarks, which measure raw computing power, but also in real-world tests like the one embedded in this post below. The gist of a test like this is to open and close apps, seeing how quickly they can open, how quickly you can switch to another app, and how quickly you can re-open apps. This measures not only the processor performance, but also the efficiency of the OS, and how quick the device will feel in everyday use. Will you have to re-load apps constantly, or will everything be there when you need it? Google’s new smartphone outperformed other Android devices in this test, including the explosively fast Samsung Note7, but could it close the gap enough to beat Apple?
Of course not.
We already saw the 1 year old iPhone 6s crush the brand new (and explosive) Samsung Galaxy Note7 in a real world speed test, where, instead of merely comparing benchmarks (where the iPhone 7 not only crushes the Android competition, but even the base model MacBook Air), we take a look at how quickly the phones can open and switch apps. This tests processor speed and memory efficiency: how quickly it can load apps, and how well it can store those apps in memory for multitasking. Basically, it tests how quick the phone will actually be in daily use. The iPhone 6s already proved itself to be far faster than Samsung’s sluggish Note7 (which is their fastest device), so it was obvious that the iPhone 7 would be much faster than the Note7. How much faster? The iPhone 7 lapped the Note7 during the test, completely finishing the race before Samsung’s Note7 could even complete the first lap. Not only that, but the iPhone finished its second and final lap just shy of 24 seconds before the Samsung phone could finish the first lap. Samsung’s second lap, which should have the benefit of storing apps in memory, therefore not needing to load them (it didn’t for Samsung) was nearly as long as Apple’s first and slowest lap.
You can see the two phones race in the video embedded below.
The brand new Samsung Galaxy Note7 is out, and it’s been quite popular with reviewers. Part of this is due to it’s super fast Snapdragon 820 quad core processor and 4GB of memory. Up against Apple’s year-old dual core A9 with only 2GB of memory, it seems obvious that the Note7 would crush Apple’s phone. But that wasn’t the case, as you can see in the video below. Samsung’s version of Android, TouchWiz, has improved a lot over the years, but still adds considerable bloat, causing the system to lag less than it would with stock Android. On top of that, the Samsung device comes with a beautiful quad HD screen. The Note7’s larger screen, which has more far more pixels per inch than the iPhone’s, uses more memory and slows the phone down. That screen comes at a huge cost to performance. But is Apple also sacrificing too much in the name of performance?
The closest estimation of real world performance comes from a test that involves not only launching and loading apps, but also re-loading them, testing the ability of the memory to store recently used apps. This is what you can expect from normal usage. Somehow, the brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 isn’t able to keep up with the iPhone 6s, even though the iPhone 6s is half a generation older, and a new version will be out in a few months. Samsung’s playing catchup to where Apple has been, and other manufacturers aren’t doing much better. Check out the video of the speed test below.