Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 5 – Boot Up, App Speed, and Browser Test

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I know what you’re thinking. Why in the world would I test a smartphone that is almost a year old in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to a smartphone that is brand spanking new in the Apple iPhone 5? I mean, in the world of technology one year is almost an eternity. I hear you. But let me explain. First off, the Galaxy Nexus is still the current flagship Nexus smartphone from Google. And second, the Galaxy Nexus is running the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean 4.1)which has a host of new speed improvements. With that said, lets get right into it:

I don’t know about you, but I am probably more impressed by the Galaxy Nexus than I am by the iPhone 5. I mean, obviously the iPhone 5 is a fast smartphone. It’s using Apple’s brand new dual-core A6 processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM. So I think everyone expects it to be fast. But the Galaxy Nexus is using the old OMAP 4460 processor, making the fact that it is only a second or so slower than the iPhone 5 so darn impressive. This is the same phone that lost to the iPhone 4S almost a year ago when it was running Android 4.0 ICS. A software update later, and its hanging with the iPhone 5. I can’t wait to pit the new Nexus against the iPhone 5. Now that will be interesting.

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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.

  • Justin

    How did the phones perform when you closed an app and brought it back up?