Android Performance Comparisons

It is impressive to see how far Android smartphones have progressed in the last 2 years.

In this video, I compare a couple of Samsung Galaxy S phones (one fully stock, and one Fully modified) along with the very first Android phone ever – the G1, and the newest version of Android, Gingerbread, on an HTC Desire.

Phone Configs in the Video:
G1 : CyanogenMod 6.1 (Froyo 2.2)
Desire: Oxygen RC 7 (Gingerbread 2.3.2)
Galaxy S: Samsung JL2 (Froyo 2.2)
Galaxy S: Darky’s ROM v9.2 (Froyo 2.2.1)

It is important to note that these benchmarking tests should not be taken as gospel. They are good ‘guidelines’ to some general performance measures (like floating point operations, or 3D rendering) and can give an idea of the difference in performance between phones.

The completely unscientific exercise shows that the Galaxy S phones have far better 3D performance than the Desire, but the Desire with Gingerbread has better floating point performance. We can also see that the custom ROM and custom kernal on our upgraded Galaxy S do not give it any additional 3D advantage. We also see what a staggering performance difference there is between an Android phone from 2 years ago versus today’s super fast 1 GHz smartphones!

Just remember though, dual core phones are already on the market, and next year this time we’ll have quad core phones everywhere and we’ll think of the dual core models as SLOW!

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