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  • iOS 5 and iPhone 4S Show Huge Performance Leap According To BrowserMark Scores


    According to new benchmark tests performed on the iPhone 4S, the new device shows a significant increase in performance over the existing iPhone 4. Furthermore, iOS 5 shows a huge improvement in Apple’s devices as well. The test goes to show that software plays a big role in performance and Apple seems to be headed in the right direction in terms of efficiency.

    If you look at the table, you’ll notice the that an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1 achieved a score of 31,375 in Rightware’s BrowserMark suite of tests (which profiles the web browser proficiency of the system). In this specific table, you’ll see that a number of smartphones beat out the iPhone 4 including: Motorola’s Atrix 4G, LG’s Optimus 2X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Each of these phones seem to have better processors though, but it should be noted that when upgraded to iOS 5, my iPhone 4 achieves a score much similar to these phones, with a score of 53,609. This information can conclude that Apple did quite a bit of tweaking in iOS 5 to enhance performance (at least on the browser front and we imagine the increase in performance isn’t limited to just the browser).



    A quick note for everyone, you yourself can run the test on your own devices by heading to the following link: BrowserMark™ - The Browser Benchmark from Rightware

    (State your firmware and post your results below as a quick comparison to test accuracy)

    According to the folks over at AppVV (who have somehow managed to get their hands on the iPhone 4S early), the new iPhone 4S hardware received a score of 89,567 when running the same test. This goes to show that the iPhone 4S is packing some mean hardware improvements over its predecessors – worthy of an update, especially for those who were or still are arguing against the improvements the iPhone 4S brings to the table.

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    After being announced, the iPhone 4S disappointed many, as the rumors caused many to raise the bar on what to expect out of the newest iteration of the iPhone. Since then, people have started to slowly change their minds and with more information being revealed, the 4S is now seen in a new light. Furthermore, preorder sales have been the highest this year for the iPhone 4S than any other iPhone in the past as the Apple continues to broaden their audience not only by releasing the flagship device in more countries at launch but also by releasing the device on AT&T, Verizon, AND Sprint simultaneously for the first time.

    The iPhone 4S is expected to be released on October 14 and hopefully many of you will be receiving your shipments that day and/or getting your hands on the device one way or another (even if it means waiting on a long line). The newest software update (iOS 5) will be available to the public on October 12, and for those of you who are too anxious and haven’t already, you should be able to get your hands on iOS 5 GM if you look around hard enough.

    For those who decided to go out and buy Android devices such as the Galaxy S II, are you regretting making the purchase? I bet those of you who are waiting on your iPhone 4S are more excited than ever as more information like this pours in. Share any thoughts and comments you have below!

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 5 and iPhone 4S Show Huge Performance Leap According To BrowserMark Scores started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      SGS2 60K test 1, 58.5K test 2 browser tests are garbage though because of how limited the resources are in the browser... now if you could run quadrant on a 4S, now that would be interesting
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      Don't forget what the benchmark is testing.

      "Rightware BrowserMark" - is testing web browser rendering performance, and not anything else. If you've been paying any attention, Apple's been constantly optimizing MobileSafari with each new version of iOS, largely to offset the fact that each new FW version runs slower on older hardware than the last one did.

      It wouldn't be the first time Rightware has (allegedly) skewed their tests in Apple's favor.

      Shame on BrowserMark/Rightware and/or Apple? - maemo.org - Talk

      I'm curious if playing with the "user-agent" string would have any impact on the numbers...
      Yeah, if you read the entire thread that you linked to the OP's test is shown to be completely invalid. Even the people on that forum tell him he is wrong, and he even admits he is wrong. So no, faking the user agent will not have any effect, and rightware has never "allegedly" skewed any tests. To suggest that they have is pure stupidity and drivel.
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      The entire benchmark is invalid, they are benching against very old versions of Android OS. Try to be impartial next time.
    1. rainmaker714's Avatar
      rainmaker714 -
      The homie Tex just racked up 56,440 with only median signal. 3 bars. ....on his Galaxy S II
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by blwallace5 View Post
      Yeah, if you read the entire thread that you linked to the OP's test is shown to be completely invalid. Even the people on that forum tell him he is wrong, and he even admits he is wrong. So no, faking the user agent will not have any effect, and rightware has never "allegedly" skewed any tests. To suggest that they have is pure stupidity and drivel.
      Shrug.
      Yeah. It appears that these particular allegations proved unfounded; but from the thread anyway, it's not altogether certain that the benchmark itself wasn't skewed towards WebKit. Even this theory could be wrong. It's possible the benchmark is a fair and reasonable measure of real performance, but I'd prefer to be called stupid and drivelous, than deny that adverse reports exist.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Ha iPhone 4 is faster than the Galaxy S2, I knew the Galaxy S2 was a P.O.S as Samsung can not make software to go with their hardware whatsoever.
    1. renegade4x479's Avatar
      renegade4x479 -
      The Samsung Galaxy S2 they tested was on 2.3.1. Mine is on 2.3.4 and my score is 61281 far better than the Iphone 4 on iOS5.
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      Quote Originally Posted by renegade4x479 View Post
      The Samsung Galaxy S2 they tested was on 2.3.1. Mine is on 2.3.4 and my score is 61281 far better than the Iphone 4 on iOS5.
      Still significantly lower than the iPhone 4S. Many people mentioned how the S II was a far superior phone than the 4S when Apple first announced their new iPhone. Apparently that isn't the case, at least not in this aspect.
    1. golf4life80's Avatar
      golf4life80 -
      Wow, I'm impressed by the increase in iOS5 for the iPhone 4.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Isn't this just a browser test though? Not that I don't want the iPhone to blow the GS2 out of the water but it doesn't seem like a fair test as far as how fast the actual phone really is, just how fast the browser is.
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Isn't this just a browser test though? Not that I don't want the iPhone to blow the GS2 out of the water but it doesn't seem like a fair test as far as how fast the actual phone really is, just how fast the browser is.
      You are right regarding this benchmark butttttttttt hold on just a bit, I have some more benchmark test results

      Let's just say the browser isn't the only place the 4S beats the GS2 out on....
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      You are right regarding this benchmark butttttttttt hold on just a bit, I have some more benchmark test results

      Let's just say the browser isn't the only place the 4S beats the GS2 out on....
      I guess that is the next story huh
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      I guess that is the next story huh
      Covered by Anthony!

      Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - iPhone 4S Processor is Throttled
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      Galaxy S2, ~94000 - not mine... the bechmarks are invalidhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld0KMsxax2I
    1. rickinsav's Avatar
      rickinsav -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Ha iPhone 4 is faster than the Galaxy S2, I knew the Galaxy S2 was a P.O.S as Samsung can not make software to go with their hardware whatsoever.
      Sorry dude... Ran this on my SGS 2 (gb 2.3.4) on AT&T last night and got 72300. Compared to my 4, it is faster and smoother but still not an iPhone. Getting my 4s hopefully Friday
      Anyone know of the Benchmark site is down? Wanted to test my 4 on iOS 5 GM...
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      It is down I believe. I wanted to test my gs2 as well.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      54810 on my Samsung Galaxy S2 on 2.3.3.
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by Broomhead View Post
      iPhone 4 on 4.3.1 - 35616
      I will test again on Friday with my io4(s)
      iPhone 4(s) 5.0
      86031
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Broomhead View Post
      iPhone 4(s) 5.0
      86031
      How're you enjoying your 4S? Is the speed a noticeable difference to you?
    1. kadernal's Avatar
      kadernal -
      Just scored a 66357 on my galaxy s2.... running a ton of other stuff while doing this... I will have to run on the 4s later.


      people who are putting down the s2 need to get a grip. How about testing in person before spewing nonsense. Both are great phones. galaxy s2 is better IMO.

      sgs2 screen is better for movies/pictues. It takes better pictures. ip4s is faster to take photos, but not as fast as apple would like you to believe.

      iMessages is neat, but I dont really see why its so great.

      regular everyday stuff you do on the phone is identical. Both phones open webpages and browse at the same speed. opening and switching apps is very close in speed. I am very new to android, but I think with some tweaking, the right rom, and possible OC this thing could blow the 4s out of the water. One thing I have noticed that is glaring, is the fact that when connected to the same wifi network, the sgs2 gets 1mbps faster download and 2-3mbps upload faster than the ip4s EVERY TIME. I dont know what this is, but I haven't tested both on att at the same time since I only have 1 sim.

      the only thing that the 4s wins at is voice recognition. While the s2 isn't bad, it just doesn't have the abilities siri does. I have to say that while I enjoyed playing with siri I still dont see myself using it on a regular basis. Maybe when driving, but for the most part if I am texting someone or searching something I would prefer not to announce what that is to the entire world around me.

      I can't believe so many around here hate on android. Most of the stuff that JB accomplishes or allows is stuff that is built right into android. And a lot of these features have now finally made their way into ios5.

      I think if you haven't used both you really have no reason to comment.




      thats the defender iphone 4 case. had to mess with it a bit to get it to work with the new mute switch placement. button isn't really useable in case.