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Galaxy Nexus outruns iPhone 4S, suffers volume bug

updated 01:05 pm EST, Sat November 19, 2011

Galaxy Nexus 1st Android to beat iPhone 4S in web

Early benchmarks of the Galaxy Nexus have shown it to be the first Android phone that can outperform an iPhone 4S on the web. The AnandTech tests show that Google's late addition of dual-core processor support gave the phone the edge over Apple both in the SunSpider JavaScript test and Rightware's BrowserMark. The only other Android device to get close, the Droid RAZR, slightly won in one test but lost in another.

The Galaxy Nexus is still far slower in graphics, according to the tests. By using a generation older PowerVR SGX 540 graphics core, the flagship phone has just over a third the visual performance of the iPhone 4S, whose PowerVR SGX 543MP2 is both dual-core and faster in each individual core.

The comparison supports Google's efforts to genuinely optimize Android 4.0 for performance and eliminate some of the chronic problems with responsiveness and speed. They nonetheless also show the much higher performance efficiency of the iPhone 4S' A5 processor, since it runs at or near 800MHz but can still compete with and outperform even very recent phones with 1.2GHz processors, like the Exynos in the Galaxy S II.

Simultaneously, however, early Galaxy Nexus buyers in the UK are reporting that the device might have been rushed after finding a consistent bug. Nicknamed the Self Aware Volume Ghost, the flaw randomly lowers the volume and at least sometimes doesn't let users turn it back up, XDA-Developers forum members said.

While it has yet to be officially addressed, the bug may be a factor in carrier delays in the UK. While O2 is carrying the phone, Vodafone told Pocket-lint Saturday that it was "continuing to test" the Galaxy Nexus' firmware and would only say when it planned to carry the phone after tests had finished.

Signs have appeared that Google and Samsung may have had to move the broader release back by a few weeks. Although Google promised a launch in both Canada and the US for November, Bell and Virgin have moved the Canadian release to December. Internal Verizon system leaks have also shown a December 8 launch. As such, the phone may only reach North America roughly around the one-year anniversary of the Nexus S.

by MacNN Staff



  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reaping the rewards

    It's a good thing Google stopped their development for the original Android when the mole saw the iPhone development that no other competitors where privy to. This gave them a huge head start and now reaping the rewards.

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  1. DerekMorr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    knock it off, slappy

    Enough of the fanboy trolling, slappy. The browser improvements are due to the crankshaft improvements to the v8 engine. It was introduced in Chrome about a year ago, but wasn't available for ARM at the time.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: knock it off...

    Don't waste your breath. slapppy is too busy burying his head in the iSand and slappp-slappp-slappping his monkey.

    iOS is slipping so fast, the only thing iFans can hang onto now is how Android "copied" the iPhone.

    Living in the iPast this lot does.

  1. mp1963

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Whats the point ?

    So the new Nexus phone is a bit quicker than an iPhone 4S. So what? Does it really matter, in the grander scheme of things? I suspect the differences are so minuscule that they would have no effect on every day use of the device. The press/journalists (who I understand need things to write about) are obsessed in reporting every tiny detail and comparison of the myriad devices out there. Does it really matter? Surely as long as your chosen devices does what you want in the way you want it to, should you not be happy and content with your lot ?

  1. facebook_Jon

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    Apparently having a screen size meant for an adult hand is less relevant than benchmarks. NFC Communication, new software that uses gpu hardware for the GUI that will finally keep the apple fanboys at bay from the snappiness of the home screen, among all the other things, all this worried about was some new benchmarks that most of us already saw. Im an avid apple hater and android fanboy, but I just bought the 4s for my wife, it will work well for her. Not giving her freedom to do things is good for her and the battery life rocks for her charging habits..To each their own. Apple fanboysgirls wont care about benchmarks and android fans wont care as they hate the whole big brother apple corporation, so its kind of pointless to discuss.

  1. facebook_Robert

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    Android wins by a nose

    well I develop for both iOS and Android - and I can tell you, usually when I want to show off my app, I'll grab an iPhone. Although I personally have an Android phone because I'm on t-mobile.

    This is typically the case nowadays - the Android phone will be better to demo your app because it has a larger screen. But the iPhone will always run it faster.

    (well I develop hybrid apps that use html5/javascript).

    Now, you say this Galaxy Nexus, which has a beautiful large screen (lets face it for demo's a larger screen helps) and is finally faster than an iPhone - that's good. But then the graphics are 1/3rd that of iPhone - so that sucks.

    All in all, it might edge out using the iPhone to demo an app. *might* - apple is still probably ahead on css transformations - I'd need to test it first.

    But all in all, since I am on tmobile, maybe I"ll pick up an unlocked Galaxy Nexus as my personal phone.

    If Apple would release a larger screen iPhone - that'd be my choice....frankly for me, neither has nailed every feature I want.

    What I want iPhone like optimization and graphics, with Android like large screen and dual core speediness - that dream phone I'd buy without question.

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