Whenever we think about buying a new smartphone, we like to be sure we’re getting the best possible device and the one that best suits our needs, be it regarding features like hardware, design and ergonomics, or performance of everyday tasks.
However, some benchmark tests aren’t the most appropriate tests to assess these concerns. So, let’s check out a few quick real-world tests that determine what the performance of a smartphone on a daily basis.
TomsGuide decided to grab some top-of-the-range devices that are available on the market and began a battle through a set of tests. Here are the chosen smartphones and their respective processors:
- Samsung Galaxy S6 (Exynos 7420)
- HTC One M9 (Snapdragon 810)
- LG G4 (Snapdragon 808)
- Google Nexus 6 (Snapdragon 805)
- Asus ZenFone 2 (Intel Atom Z3580)
- iPhone 6 (Apple A8)
In almost all benchmark tests, the Galaxy S6 topped the podium, mainly due to its performance doing practical tasks such as uploading a PDF and launching the camera app. The LG G4 gets the silver medal, since in general it performs very well, except when it comes to 3D graphics. Both devices exceeded the Apple smartphone, iPhone 6, in most tests.
What’s interesting is that the Snapdragon 810 that powers the HTC One M9 didn’t do that well, only making it to 4th place, just behind the LG G4’s Snapdragon 808 and the Galaxy S6’s Exynos 7420. Although the HTC stands out in gaming performance, when it comes to launching the game apps, storage space and all the other benchmarks, it falls behind the LG. These results suggest that LG has made a great choice when choosing Qualcomm’s hexa-core processor instead of its octa-core.
There’s also another important thing worth mentioning about the Google Nexus 6. If you’re thinking about buying one of these smartphones, then you should know that the Nexus 6 is ranked last on the list, in the vast majority of these benchmark tests, thus proving to be considerably slower than its other five competitor devices. Overall, the ZenFone 2 may have been in last place but, truth be told, it still performed a little faster than the Nexus 6 in some situations.
This battle’s clear winner is the top-of-the-range Samsung. But it’s not just the processor that makes the Galaxy S6 an excellent smartphone. Samsung has invested in this device: it includes a faster LPDDR4 memory (just like the HTC One M9) and a UFS 2.0 flash storage for a higher reading and writing speed, which probably explains why it can open PDF files so quickly.
And alas, the battle is over! The verdict: Samsung Galaxy S6 seems to be the best device on the market.
However, don’t forget that the tests we did only cover the top-of-the-range smartphones. We know that not everybody can afford devices like these, but rest assured, there are still some great and cheaper devices out there that will still meet your needs.