I have been a champion of resource-efficiency on smartphones since forever. This has made it sound like I am a die-hard Symbian fan. Just yesterday, an acquaintance from India asked me, “You like Symbian more than Android. May I ask you why?”
I answered, “Symbian is more customisable and manages data, power and other resources better than Android“.
I have no allegiance to Symbian, and certainly no contract or interests binding me to sing its praise. But you can’t pry me away from resource efficient systems!
Now, the recently announced iPhone 4S has been reported as running on a CPU clocked 800MHz, yet beats all the array of 1.x GHz Android smartphones and tablets in the market. Look, we ALL knew that Android was a resource hog from the Get-go, but this feat by the 4S is nothing short of amazing!
You can also see from the chart that the exaggerated claim by Apple that the 4S has up to 7x performance gain was just that – an exaggeration AKA hype. At best, no-one will experience anything more than twice the speed bump, if at all.
Still, the recorded performance feat is amazing; isn’t it? The 4S trouncing all those Android beasts in terms of performance.
You know what this means; don’t you? I am falling in love with iOS. Whatever optimisation was done to the code, it is freaking good! Now, if only Apple would fix the data hogging too, I would proclaim iOS the king of mobile resource efficiency.
I am also hoping that this means that iOS 5 brings greater resource efficiency to existing devices when they receive the update.
Perhaps they will get that sorted out before Symbian finally stops breathing.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.