The iPhone 5 sports a dual-core processor but runs more fluid than many quad-core Android flagship smartphones. I suppose that we can expect similar results when it comes to iPad 4 versus quad-core Android tablets.
LG’s Optimus G has a 13 megapixel camera that doesn’t outperform the 8 megapixel cameras on competing mobiles. The Nokia 808 PureView’s camera produces 5 megapixel shots that outshine competing devices’ 8 megapixel camera shots.
The 808’s display is only 360 x 640 pixels in resolution, yet doesn’t display images any worse than I can see on the HTC One X’s 720 x 1280 pixel display.
With a 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery, the Motorola RAZR i has better battery performance than other smartphones in its class with similar battery ratings.
More and more, we are seeing that raw numbers do not always indicate performance. Technology is advancing to the point where by fiddling with other factors, a manufacturer can produce better performance with a lower specified device. It is the reality of modern technology. Just looking at the raw specifications of a device can get you fooled. As a rule, you should play with the device to arrive at valid conclusions about performance.
It is an interesting world, this new world in which raw numbers mean nothing.