Friday, 12 December 2014

Speed test pits the iPhone 6 against the Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4

The age-old question – which device is faster? – has received an answer in a video, at least when it comes to the two current ‘kings’ of Android and Apple’s finest. Someone decided to pit the iPhone 6, Motorola Nexus 6, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 against one another in a speed test of sorts.

The test itself is pretty simple. At the beginning, a timer is set on each device. Then, various apps and games are started, and the full desktop Amazon home page is loaded in the browser. Once one of the apps (or the website) has fully loaded, a tap on the Home button comes and it’s on to the next one.

There are two ‘laps’ in the test. Before it starts, all three handsets are rebooted. The two laps are identical, the same things are started up. However, as you’ll see, the second lap holds some interesting surprises, since the three smartphones each have their own way of dealing with memory management. This, of course, shouldn’t be surprising when comparing iOS to Android, but the two models which both run Google’s mobile OS handle things quite differently in this regard, despite both coming with 3GB of RAM. Perhaps the different Android versions they run might account for this.

In the end, the winner of the first lap (which is the Galaxy Note 4) interestingly doesn’t go on to win the whole test, because in the second lap it has to reload a lot of stuff that probably should have stuck around in the RAM. So the Nexus 6 manages to sneak past it to take the crown.

This obviously shouldn’t be counted as a professional test or anything like that, but it does give us an idea of how these three flagships perform in real life.

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