Last year, we saw most high end Windows Phones featuring a 1 GHz processor. Now, we’re seeing more and more 1.4 to 1.5 GHz processors on high end (and some low end) Windows Phones such as the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Samsung Focus S. But the question is, how big of a difference does this 400-500 MHz really make on performance? We pit a Windows Phone with a 1.0 GHz processor against one with a 1.4 GHz processor to find out:
As you can see, there isn’t a blatantly noticeable difference between a 1.0 vs 1.4 GHz processor when it comes to navigating throughout the Windows Phone OS. In our tests, opening up apps and going through the settings only took a a second (at most) longer to load on the 1.0 GHz processor compared to the more powerful 1.4 GHz processor.
So does this mean it isn’t worth it to pay more for a Windows Phone with a faster processor? Not necessarily. While the difference in app and general OS speed is negligible, there is a big difference when it comes to browsing the web. From our tests, it appeared as if the web browsing was around 40% faster on the 1.4 GHz processor, just like you’d expect by looking at the spec sheet.
So ultimately, if you care about web browsing (which most smartphone users do), we’d recommend handing over a few extra bucks to get that extra horsepower under the hood. Not only will it make your Windows Phone experience a little better, it will extend the longevity of your device as well.