In a simulation of a real world situation, opening and switching to other apps, the new iPhone 6 crushed even the fastest Android phones. While tests such as that one, as well as benchmarks, cannot give a full picture of a phone’s potential performance, they can give a generalized picture. It’s best to compare phones using the same operating system, but by looking at the immense difference between the iPhone 6 and the fastest Android phones, we can understand why iOS typically gets better apps and games.
iOS already has a lead over Android when it comes to games like the Infinity Blade series, which takes advantage of the powerful hardware in iOS devices. With iOS 8, Apple introduced “Metal”, an API that helps bring developers “closer to the metal” so they can take advantage of the powerful A7 and A8 chips more easily. Now, with the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Android devices are being left in the dust.
A small difference in benchmarks usually isn’t very meaningful, especially if the benchmark is being ran on very different devices (screen size, operating system, or architecture). However, in this case, there is a very big difference between the scores on these devices, with the new iPhones claiming a huge lead over even the newest Android phones. It’s not even clear whether or not the test took advantage of Apple’s Metal API.
iOS should be the platform of choice for gamers. The App Store gets games first, has more exclusive games, has better graphics, and now games can also be played with third party controllers. With a wide selection of excellent games and a dedication to great performance from Apple and develpers, the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus may the best option for gamers looking for the best way to game on the go.