Android Is Many Miles Behind iPhone, Says Geekbench Founder

In terms of smartphone performance, it seems that there is a huge gorge between iPhone and Android devices because, over the years, iPhone has created tough and powerful chipsets that its smartphones use. The most recent of these chips is the A11 Bionic chipset which utterly defeated one of the best chips in Android devices, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the latest Geekbench ranking. The recently released Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus have already have gotten some attention in the market and the release of iPhone X which many are already waiting for will probably steal the heart of the smartphone market.

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The lightening distance between Apple and Android devices on Geekbench ratings got the attention of John Poole, the founder of Primate Labs designed the Geekbench benchmark test. He noted that iPhone devices are getting over 50% higher Geeknbench scores than its Android counterpart and he is in oblivion as to why this hike is seen for Apple devices only.

His words

“The thing that I don’t fully understand is why performance has seemed to stagnate on the Android side. Where you don’t see these big leaps forward. I don’t understand what’s happening there. At this point, you’ve got desktop-class performance in a handset. There’s no way of looking at it any other way. I wouldn’t have thought to use my first-generation iPhone to edit video. I would’ve thought you were crazy.”

In truth, Apple and Android are really not at par when it comes to the chipset on its smartphones because Apple designs its own chips thus it can control its chip usage. On the other hand, Android phones are built by numerous companies which get their chipsets from several chipmakers and the end result is an odd performance which makes it difficult for Android to be on par with Apple.

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  1. Faress ElFarissi
    September 30, 2017

    those results can be fooled , same companies did this.

  2. Ricardo A.
    September 30, 2017

    Still you can’t send a fuckin file through Bluetooth or listen FM radio, so… Who cares

  3. September 30, 2017

    Seriously why the f@ck do you need that performance on a phone when even mid-range androids would suffice as a daily driver and even more usable and flexible than a damn $1000 phone?? You definitely won’t do your heavy work or game so hard on a damn phone, it’s like buying a pc with i9 & dual gtx 1080 yet you’ll only use it for facebook and sh!tty stuff. What i really want on a phone right now is a really good battery tech that could last for at least a week on a charge.

    • AbdulB1
      October 2, 2017

      and you forgot how much worry-free you can be with a cheap Android phone (which will work fine for most people) you dont have to worry about a 1000 dollar phone.

  4. arsalan
    October 1, 2017

    Even then, I will not buy an iPhone. Android is my choice and will be my choice.

  5. Lazar Prodanovic
    October 1, 2017

    What John Poole doesn’t mention is how PC pre builds available as compiled ones are horrible optimized regarding hardware flag compiler matches so to get things right you need to build it yourself with native matching hardware flags. Same thing goes even beyond regarding Android but this time it’s not limited to this particular package but pretty much all packages along with a system builds (from; old tool chains [compilers and libs], without proper hardware flags [optimization’s] to forced & un properly set & forced erratums) also sub optimal user space tunables settings is a often thing from OEM’s & not up to date patched essential sub systems as sched are often practice. All do A11 is exceptional good design from Apple (first time they really get things right if you ask me) I see a sticky fingers behind this particular statement & how subtle it shifts attention to X86 side.
    So the only other thing that John Poole isn’t saying is how much he got paid for this bullshit!?

    • David Košič
      October 1, 2017

      Probably nothing because potential iPhone customers don’t give a crap for benchmark scores. There is no denying it when it comes to cpu power in a phone Apple is clearly in the lead. Whatever architecture they are using is at least 2 years ahead of the competition.

      • Lazar Prodanovic
        October 1, 2017

        Yes but this is a first TIME Apple did typography right (4x small & 2x big) along with first time true HMP. So they aren’t all in advantage new reference A75’s beat core’s employed on earlier Apple siblings (A10, A9) & DynamIQ certainly beats Apples current big little implementation (actually it beats all known one’s including Intel’s newest). Thing is & not a very well known that Apple directly helped ARM (rise it from ashes to the spotlight it has now) so they still have an early access to all tech ARM has to offer. Still hardware alone doesn’t do anything & I am certain even lot’s of iOS users are rather pissed of with what Apple is doing recently. I think it’s time ARM starts more seriously to work on developer boards and ultra portable SOC implementation’s but we will see where future will lead us.

  6. balcobomber25
    October 1, 2017

    I used an iPhone once, realized I couldn’t change the launcher or really anything on the homescreen and that was the end of my iPhone experience.

    iPhone’s are great for a lot of people, but I hate being restricted to one or two hardware designs and one software design.

    • AbdulB1
      October 2, 2017

      Another problem is that you can’t downgrade to a faster os. If Apple decides to slow your iPhone/iPad down there is nothing you can do.

  7. Greg Zeng
    October 2, 2017

    One claimed report from one bench test company is fair & unbiased? It’d be interesting to update the other independent test report, listed below:

    One contradictory result showed that the Apple A9 CPU is not as fast as the SNAPDRAGON 820.
    Since the url below was published, the tests need to be done on the newest products. Especially interesting is the de-throning of the Apple CPU, by the Snapdragon.

    Besides the USA-based CPUs, East Asia is creating new & relatively unknown CPU, GPU & FPUs.

    It’d be interesting to follow through on the below link:
    “Top 10 Fastest Mobile Phone Processors”,
    by: “Tech Comedy Vines”, Published on Aug 25, 2017

    SNAPDRAGON 808 68508 4 0-17
    SNAPDRAGON 650 78979 3 0-28
    APPLE A8 79100 2 (6) 0-41
    SNAPDRAGON 652 79636 3 0-51
    SNAPDRAGON 810 81049 5 1-03
    EXYNOS 7420 86652 4 1-14
    KIRIN 950 92846 2 1-27
    EXYNOS 8890 129865 2 1-38
    APPLE A9 132657 2 (6) 1-49
    SNAPDRAGON 820 136383 3 (s7) 2-04

  8. NextHype
    October 2, 2017

    Damn it’s like the Apple vs PC war in the 90’s except right now it’s Apple vs Android…
    Shit’s stoopid, there is no rational explanation to user preference.

    You want one button on your mouse ? fine with me
    You like beeing unable to modify your GUI ? fine with me
    You love eating pasta for months because you buy overpriced devices ? fine with me

    But stop trying to make it appear rational ^^

    • AbdulB1
      October 2, 2017

      Mac were not so popular than PCs at least not outside USA.

      • NextHype
        October 3, 2017

        late 90’s in France, MACs were pretty popular , especially with specific professions like graphic artists, editors, etc…

        • AbdulB1
          October 3, 2017


  9. AbdulB1
    October 3, 2017

    Yea you can buy a deca core , 4gb ,32gb LeEco s3 for 100 dollars..