iOS now king of smartphone resource efficiency?

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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!

Take a look at this chart:
iphone 4s bench

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.


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  1. While eulogising this supposed resource efficiency, we may want to look @ http://is.gd/xVkImX

    I belive SIRI is going slow down this 4s as well, not to talk of the negative impact on battery life..

  2. 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

    Outright lie; or subtle falsehood?

    Take your pick!

  3. I belive SIRI is going slow down this 4s as well, not to talk of the negative impact on battery life..

    Actually, Siri makes the 4S a super data hog, because it requires a broadband internet connection to use. try using Siri in Nigeria and you might end up in Yaba left.

  4. Nice article. I noted it in my tweets yesterday. However, I have a little point to note; 

    “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.”

    From the Apple event last week, Apple didn’t claim that the iPhone 4S was 7 times faster than ALL performances of the iPhone 4! The comparison of the iPhone 4S against iPhone 4 is that it was 2x faster which the above tests signify. And also has 7x the graphic performance when compared with the iPhone 4. 

    The test above was for speed test which is roughly what Apple claimed. The performance of the 4S is approx two times that of the iPhone 4. 

    I’d need to search to provide link of graphics benchmark comparison of iPhone 4 and 4s.

  5. And also has 7x the graphic performance when compared with the iPhone 4.

    I’ll wager that you wont experience 7x graphic performance in reality. Not by a long shot.

  6. We would need a little more time to come to any conclusions on these issues. Better performance appears to be a settled matter but battery life and data gluttony isn’t likely going to see any improvement. In fact that of data gluttony is going to be a serious matter on this side of the planet.

    Again Yomi, if what is being said about the battery life turns out to be true, then I can see how you are going to like iPhone 4S given that what you have always complained about is having to nurse your phone just to make last through the day.

  7. As for me and my household, we shall stick to trusty crusty Symbian -until if is decapitated!

    All these issues of low battery life and ravenous data appetite on practically all the other OS- just for supposed improved UX ,give me the creeps!

  8. So many people have been attributing this siri concept to apple like they’re the first to do it. Actually siri doesn’t do anything that vlingo does.nt. Vlingo is a symbian app has been around for a while now. It was pre-installed on my N97 which i bought around march last year. unfortunaely, it never became very popular. This is what apple dooes with the iphone a lot of the time, they just enhance an ald feature and make it seem like the next big thing

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