Futuremark Says Android Beats iOS

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GizmoChina analysis: Futuremark: Apple is still playing catch-up with Android In Benchmark Performance

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I refer to AnTuTu a lot at this blog. Because it’s the one thing most people use to compare a device against other devices.

But that never tells the whole story. Nor does this Futuremark news.

You find out the truth that matters in reviews such as this one: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is like the Android iPad Air you always wanted.

When it comes to reading, text in my Kindle app looked perfect, but the Tab S2 stumbled somewhat badly on the graphic novel Batman Knightfall: Knightquest. In a side-by-side comparison, the imagery had more vibrant colors but looked muddier on the Galaxy Tab S2 than it did on the iPad Air 2.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And:

When I played Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne I was generally impressed with the responsiveness and imagery. It is not as smooth as the exact same game on the iPad Air 2, but close enough that you wouldn’t notice unless you played them side-by-side, as I did. The Tab S2 has the benefit of being a lighter tablet, so it’s even easier to hold and play for longer periods of time.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And:

Overall, there was a little bugginess scattered about the polished corners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. Apps would stop responding and crash and sometimes the touch interface would act like I hadn’t touched it at all. These were intermittent and, as is often the case with Android devices, there were app updates waiting in the wings to solve these issues.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And as for benchmarks, which one do you believe:

Everything you do on the Tab S2 goes fast, thanks to the 1.3GHz octa-core CPU. I watched movies, played games, took photos and the tablet can handle multi-tasking like a boss. It’s worth noting, though, that the iPad Air 2’s Geekbench 3 numbers still surpass the Tab S2 in both single- and multi-core performance.

This is exactly why I do my own damn tests for the primary thing I intend to use a tablet for: Reading Google Books PDFs.

Benchmarks can be impressive as hell and so can a tablet’s smoothness.

But it hasn’t been until the iPad Air 2 that iBooks can do Google Books PDFs to anything approaching my own satisfaction.

And on the Android side, the situation has been worse, with performance depending on the specific app being used. For quite some time I tested with Foxit Mobile PDF. But it was actually SmartQ Reader that had the power to deliver PDF rendering speed like an iPad Air 2.

Take all benchmarks as being theoretical. The only thing that matters is if the device can do what you specifically need.

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