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Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing 276

Posted by timothy
from the competition-is-grand dept.
redkemper writes with an excerpt from BGR.com of interest to anyone in the market for a new phone: "Samsung's Galaxy S 4 might not offer much in the way of an exciting new exterior design, but inside, it's a completely different story. The retooled internals on the U.S. version of the Galaxy S 4 were put to the test by benchmark specialists Primate Labs and the results are impressive, to say the least. The Galaxy S 4 scored a 3,163 on the standard Geekbench 2 speed test, just shy of twice the iPhone 5's score of 1,596. That score was also good enough to top the upcoming HTC One, the Nexus 4 and the previous-generation Galaxy S III."
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Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing

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  • funny thing is (Score:4, Insightful)

    by etash (1907284) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:29AM (#43212989)
    sgs 3 is better than iphone5 in that chart
  • by TWX (665546) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:31AM (#43213011)
    I've had two smartphones now, the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream, and the Samsung Galaxy SII. It's not about the phone speed, it's about the applications and the connectivity. If my wife's Palm T|X was a phone and had the ability to synch to a server automagically like Android does with Google's applications, she'd probably still be using it. Having the web is nice, but having the e-mail, calendar, contact list, music player, e-book reader, camera, picture viewer, and calculator are what make the device so useful. For me, it's a tool first and foremost, and the toy gadgets aren't what make it why I carry it.
  • oh that's right (Score:5, Insightful)

    by slashmydots (2189826) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:46AM (#43213159)
    Wow, now it's fast enough to run Crysis 3! Oh wait...that's right, it's a phone. Apps are written for the slowest Android devices for the biggest marketability so that speed means nothing and does nothing but waste battery life. Maybe it can process photos faster with a built-in app or something faster but who cares? Most people run 3rd party apps the vast majority of the time. I would much, much, much rather see a doubling of the battery life than a doubling of the processor speed.
  • by alen (225700) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:49AM (#43213195)

    if i was to leave iphone for android it would be the S4 or the Note

    couldn't care less about rooting and tooting. its like the shade tree mechanics of 30 years ago. people have nothing better to do with their devices.

  • by dc29A (636871) * on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:49AM (#43213199)

    http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-s4-not-cyanogenmod-support-174322/ [androidauthority.com]

    Reports are coming in that Cyanogenmod will not be spending any resources on Galaxy S4. None. They've complained that the Galaxy models are too hard to keep working. The strange thing about it, Cyanogen works for Samsung on their Android Team.

    Question is, will that affect your decision to buy or not buy the Galaxy S4.

    The only reason I picked up a Galaxy S3 is because it was CM10 supported. 2 hours after purchase, warranty was voided and CM was running on it. So no CM, no sale.

  • Re:funny thing is (Score:5, Insightful)

    by GNious (953874) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:50AM (#43213205)

    I'm more surprised that they were so close.... That's actually a vote in favour of the Apple offering, because Apple's slower processor with half the processing cores will use less battery....

    Is not quite that simple - the quad-core 1.4GHz might be able to finish some intensive operations significantly faster than the dual-core 1.3GHz, allowing it to go back to a low-power state earlier and save more battery.

  • by goombah99 (560566) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:51AM (#43213209)

    what's the killer app for increased CPU?

    why do I need such a powerful computation engine in my pocket? the main use I see is if it gets to be good enough to be a desktop replacement and I can just dock it to a big screen. But until then having more cpu or GPU isn't going to let be surf the internet faster or type e-mail faster or even give me longer battery life. THe existing ones already play HD movies so the frame rate threshold has been reached for highly satisfactory video.

    SO what's the killer app for increased CPU? playing halo? Nice but not a killer app for a cell phone I think. I just can't think of anything in terms of compuational horsepower that I would like my cell phone to do that it doesn't do now and for which the cell platform is the right place to do it. I need help with my imagination I guess.

    For me the thing I need on my cell phone is vastly more battery. Why? Well aside from the obvious of longer charge time, you could probably vastly increase the communication rate and reliability by broadcasting more power. You could certainly increase the amount of time you would be tempted to use video (battery consumers).

  • Re:funny thing is (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cristiroma (606375) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @01:37PM (#43215071)
    Huh!? Your first assumption is incorrect!
    Listening to music while system is checking the email in background and you browse a site IS taking advantage of multicore systems on desktop OR a phone, as long as the OS scheduler is multi-core aware. Phones are multicore to accomplish such parallel tasks.
    Applications don't need to be aware of multicore. OS scheduler will take care of that. [linux.no]

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