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tswayne
Sep 26, 2012

How can I benchmark a non-Android device?

We were using Quadrant to benchmark all of our smartphones at work yesterday to see who would buy a pitcher after work. What can I say, it was a slow day and it was either that or cockroach racing. Again. Anyway, everyone has an Android except for one person with one of those Nokia Lumina Windows Phones. Is there a way to meaningfully benchmark phones that run different OSes? Using Quadrant on an Android is easy, it basically just requires you to run the app and set your device down and do work or cockroach racing or whatever. Is there a simple way like that to benchmark other smartphones?

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rousseau
09/27/2012

 

You can use Sunspider to do things like Javascript benchmarks which a lot of tech sites tend to use for benchmarking different OSes, but I frankly think that is pretty useless.  The best thing I've found is Geekbench, which provides a meaningful and consistent method of benchmarking different OSes.  The only problem is that Benchmark 2 isn't compatible with older versions of Android OS, and you have to have 2.3 Gingerbread or later.  So if you have someone rocking Froyo, they can't compete, but frankly, they would have been almost certainly have been at the bottom of the results anyway.  I'm also not sure if you can use it with Windows Phone.  

Anyway, you can use the links from Geekbench's homepage to get to the appropriate app store.  

http://www.primatelabs.com/geekbench/

 

 

jimlynch
09/26/2012
Rather than do it yourself, you might want to do a bit of googling and find reviews for each phone. Or look for direct comparisons for the models that you have. You may find some good tidbits that would give you a better idea of how they compare to each other.
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Christopher Nerney
09/26/2012

Not sure myself, but you might find an answer on Smartphone Benchmarks. The site features a chart showing 188 different smartphone models and how they scored in benchmark tests and a forum.

 

Also, there's an app called Smartbench 2012 that bills itself as a "multi-core friendly benchmark application that measures the overall performance of your smartphone."

 

 

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