Sep 23, 2012
The iPhone 5 maybe not the best smartphone released up to this day because of several ‘must-have’ features that should have been incorporated. No NFC, wireless inductive charging, lesser apps compared to Android phones, no this, no that, should have this, should have that etc. I’m really tired hearing all these things that is why I looked back and re-examined iPhone 5’s features and enhancements. I’m not one of those Apple or Android fan boys though I owned an iPad 2 and my wife a Samsung Galaxy Y.
I believe that ‘beauty’ is in the eyes of the beholder. Having said this, I think that NFC (near field communications), wireless inductive charging and PureView technology are just one of the things that I considered as ‘nice-to-have’ features that you can survive and live happily even these features were omitted. And if you will think again, do you really need all of these ‘nice-to-have’ features? If you will be asking me, what I need is a smartphone that can deliver results for daily use. This could be in terms of faster video streaming, web surfing, image & video processing and HD gaming.
For this reason I believe that processing speed and powerful graphics crunching engine is a necessity. Operating system and other software productivity tool only comes next as the second most important factor to be considered. In the release of the iPhone 5 equipped with Apple’s own designed A6 ARM-based processor, the processing speed was dramatically improved. Based on the many benchmarking results, the iPhone 5 could be considered as the fastest smartphone in the world as of this date. If you have the most powerful smartphone, I think you’ll also have the best smartphone.
Let’s have a list of the reasons why (I think) iPhone 5 is the fastest smartphone.
- Having designed by Apple itself, the dual-core 1.02 GHz A6 SoC (system-on-chip) can be tweaked by Apple engineers to match and perform well with Apple’s mobile operating system – the iOS 6. This could mean complete control and efficient use of the SoC by the OS to deliver the best results possible.
- The A6 SoC is powered by not just one but three GPU cores (graphics processing unit) running at 266MHz sitting on top of two 32-bit LPDDR2 memory channels running at 1GB of RAM. This will surely improve the graphics performance on its Retina Display touchscreen specially when playing games or capturing panorama on your iPhone 5.
- Normally processing speed is indirectly proportional to battery life. But with the A6 SoC found on the iPhone 5, Apple engineers makes some dramatic speed improvements without sacrificing the size or the battery life. According to a battery test results, the iPhone 5 could last 11 hours of continuous use.
- The iPhone 5 tops the Geekbench score at 1601 leaving behind Asus Nexus 7 (1591), Samsung Galaxy S III (1560), ASUS Transformer Prime TF201 (1497), ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T (1464), HTC One S (1258), Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 (1250) and HTC One X (1085). Again, this is to consider the fact that some of these devices are powered by quad-core CPU.
Are you convinced by the facts presented above? What do you think of the iPhone 5 as the fastest smartphone? Can you please share with us your criteria of the best smartphone? Tell us what you think by posting your comments below.
Update: Sept. 25 2012 In a benchmarking done at GSMArena in their hands-on of the Sony Xperia T, iPhone 5 is not the fastest smartphone. Though the benchmarking tool (Geekbench 2) used is somewhat different in version, there shouldn’t be much difference. As you can see, Samsung Galaxy S3 still tops as the fastest smartphone based on the test done by GSMArena.