Whenever I look at a phone’s specifications, one of the first things I look at is the processor. Why? Because ultimately, it’s the processor that determines how well the phone performs (everything else being equal). In this review, we’ll compare three of the most popular dual core processors and GPUs found on the top Android handsets today.
Namely, the 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 with its Adreno 220 GPU, the 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos 4210 with its Mali-400 GPU, and the 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 with its SGX540 GPU. We tested these processors on the HTC Amaze 4G, the Samsung Galaxy S2, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus respectively.
You’ll also find these processors in many other Android handsets (though clock speeds may vary), like the HTC Rezound and LG Nitro (Snapdragon), the Samsung Galaxy Note (Exynos), and the Huawei P1 S (OMAP). We tested the processors on Google Earth with 3D buildings enabled while zooming in and out of the Las Vegas strip. So which processor performed the best? Watch the video below to find out:
1st place: Not only did the Samsung Exynos 4210 load Google Earth up the fastest, it was the smoothest when zooming in and out of Las Vegas’ 3D buildings.
2nd place: Even though it crashed on us in the video above, the actual performance of the TI OMAP 4460 was much smoother than the Snapdragon while being only a little choppier than the Exynos.
3rd place: While Google Earth crashed on us in the video above on the OMAP processor, in separate tests its crashed on the Snapdragon as well. Therefore, with it being the choppiest out of the three the Snapdragon S3 comes in last.
These results may be somewhat surprising to a lot of you out there because when you look at the clock speeds, the Snapdragon is the fastest at 1.5 GHz. But as this test shows, the clock speed isn’t everything when looking at a processor’s and/or GPU’s overall performance.