Posts Tagged ‘Benchmark’

LG Optimus L3 E400 SunSpider and Quadrant benchmark

October 14, 2012

The Optimus L3 E400 is one of LG’s cheapest Android smartphones. Despite having been launched this year, the phone still runs the almost two years old 2.3 Gingerbread version of the Android mobile OS and LG apparently is not very interested in updating it to more current Android versions such as 4.0 ICS or 4.1 Jelly Bean.

As a low-cost offering, LG didn’t put in the L3 the latest and greatest hardware specs but bearing in mind this phone competes around the €100 price-point it can’t be expected to have much better specs than the ones it already has.

As usual, I’ve run the SunSpider javascript benchmark in the Android stock browser.

 

As expected, the result is nothing to be proud about at 4434.1 ms, worse than competitors like the previously tested Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. Chrome would probably be faster, but unfortunately it isn’t available for the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Android which means the small LG can’t run it.

The Quadrant benchmark overall result is also average (1092 points). Considering the really low resolution of the screen at just 240×320 (~125 pixels per inch) I was expecting the Adreno 200 GPU to achieve better results.

In the end, performance isn’t just the selling point for this LG as other features (such as price, size or battery life) might have greater impact in the buying decision process.

 

iOS 6 SunSpider benchmark

September 19, 2012

Apple released new hardware such as the new iPhone 5 and the new iPod Touch, but for current customers there’s also some goodies: the new version of iOS is now available for the older generations of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

One thing that always impresses me is the download of the update itself: despite millions of people all around the world receiving their iOS update at the same time, my fiber optics connection bandwidth was maxed out downloading the update in a couple of minutes from the Apple servers.

After installing the iOS 6 update on my iPad 2, I ran the SunSpider javascript benchmark in order to look for performance improvements over the previous version of iOS.

As you can see above, Safari completed the benchmark in just 1417.2 ms which, compared to the iOS 5.1 result at around 1800 ms is a huge improvement over the previous iOS version: now that’s just amazing!

iOS 6 might not bring many new features compared to the previous versions, but Apple seems to be unstoppable perfecting the current ones: the browser javascript performance has improved over and over in each version and that is what keep Apple users happy with their devices.

When most competing products usually have a decrease in performance after major software updates (e.g.: Sony Ericsson Android ICS update), Apple just keeps improving the older products performance in each software update until every last bit of performance is extracted from the hardware!

Chrome vs stock Android Browser

September 7, 2012

Since I’ve recently installed Android ICS on the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, I’ve been able to install the Google Chrome mobile web browser that’s available in the Google Play store.

Chrome brought the fast V8 javascript engine to the Android platform, so it’s supposed to be much faster handling benchmarks like the SunSpider test.

As I wrote in the previous blog post, the Android ICS stock browser did it in 3099.8 ms, which was an improvement over the Gingerbread stock browser.

I’ve now run the same benchmark in Chrome.

As you can see above the test was completed in 2886.9 ms. Although there’s a definite improvement over the stock browser, the 200 ms advantage is not as big as I thought it would be.

I believe Chrome will eventually replace the current browser and become the default one in future versions of Android.

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman performance with Android ICS

August 30, 2012

Sony Ericsson promised that all the 2011 Xperia line along with the Live with Walkman model would get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

They took their time and the carriers also took an extra time before releasing the firmware to the carrier-locked devices. Recently I was finally able to go through the ICS update process with the Live with Walkman I’ve posted a short hands-on a while ago.

The update process is pretty straight forward as long as you know how to use a computer, since Sony Ericsson (now only Sony without the Ericsson part) demands the user to connect the phone to the PC Companion Windows software or to the Bridge for Mac app in order to get Android 4.0. Apparently the update it too big to be handled as a simple OTA (over the air) update!

Sony also warns on their website that Android 4.0 is heavier than the older 2.x versions and that might have a negative impact on how the smartphone performs.

I’ve installed the official Android 4.0.4 update and ran the Quadrant benchmark to check if the update had any impact on the performance figures.

The score is, as the manufacturer warned, lower than before: 1381 is indeed not as good as the score Android Gingerbread achieved, around eighteen hundred points.

I’ve run the test twice to see if there was any improvement in the second run but, as you can see below, it just got a little bit worst, achieving 1362 points: disappointing!

I also ran the SunSpider web-browser javascript benchmark and fortunately, unlike the Quadrand score, the results improved as you can see below.

Now the test is completed in 3099.8 ms which is better than the old result (3342.7 ms)!

Overall, and despite the bugs and the performance hit, I do recommend updating because newer apps require Android 4.0 ICS to run, like Google’s own Chrome web browser!

Opera Mobile v12 released for MeeGo Harmattan

July 10, 2012

Opera Mobile Labs for the Nokia N9 got recently an update to v12.

Although, as you can see in the screenshot above, the javascript performance didn’t improve compared to the previous version, it’s nice to see Opera Software keeping their MeeGo Harmattan version on par with the other platforms version besides the fact that, of course, it’s always good having a couple of different web browsers available.

Google Chrome now available for Apple’s iPad

June 29, 2012

Google just launched the Chrome browser for the iPad on Apple’s AppStore.

While it’s good to have another option in iOS to browse the web, does Chrome beat Safari performance-wise?

Unfortunately, Chrome is not able to take advantage of the fast javascript engine Apple built into iOS, so the SunSpider javascript benchmark result is, at least, disappointing: 7240.4 ms is just a bad result compared to Safari’s 1800 ms result.

I guess Safari will keep being my browser of choice on iOS.

Firefox 13 for MeeGo Harmattan

June 25, 2012

Firefox keeps getting updated at a regular pace for the Nokia N9, version 11 and 12 came in a quick succession and now Firefox 13 has arrived at the Nokia Store.

After a failed initial release and a few days missing from the Nokia Store, I was successfully able to install it and run the SunSpider javascript benchmark.

The test ran in approximately the same time as the previous version, which is also, more or less, the same time the PR1.2 stock browser took to complete it: definitely not a brilliant result although acceptable if we took the not so high-end SoC into consideration.

Firefox 12 for the N9 just released

April 30, 2012

Back in February I witnessed the release of Firefox 10 for the Nokia N9. In March Firefox 11 was released and now Firefox 12 arrived to the N9 Nokia Store!

While overall I believe there’s a slight improvement on the browser performance, there is a couple of things I didn’t like:

  • The update from v11 failed to install. Although it downloaded the installation package successfully the phone wasn’t able to complete the update. Rebooting the phone didn’t help. I had to uninstall Firefox v11 first and then I was able to install Firefox v12. Not a very elegant solution for a problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place.
  • The javascript performance not only didn’t improve but actually got worse. Not slightly worse but significantly worse: 3845.1 ms, which is disappointing compared to the result Firefox v10 achieved (3284.8 ms).
Meanwhile I finally got the PR1.2 update. It took a long time to receive it because apparently Nokia delayed almost two months the release of the update for the unlocked “Country Variant” devices like mine. I installed it as an update over the air (OTA).
Now I’m wondering if this kind of delta update is somehow influencing the bad Firefox 12 javascript performance and if I had used NSU (Nokia Software Updater) to install the complete PR1.2 firmware image would have helped the overall phone performance.

Firefox 11 released for Nokia N9

March 14, 2012

In a previous blog post I wondered if Firefox 11 was going to bring some javascript performance enhancements.

Firefox v11.0 was recently released on the Nokia Store for the N9 and I’ve just ran the SunSpider benchmark on it.

Unfortunately, as you can see above, Firefox 11 not only did not improve the performance over the previous version, but the result actually got worst, taking 3387.1 ms to complete the test while Firefox 10 took 3284.8 ms to complete it, around 100 ms less than the latest version.

MeeGo / Harmattan PR1.2 update for the N9 was officialy released a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately, the “Country Variant” firmware version of my N9 is yet to receive the update, so I’m still not able to enjoy all the new features and hopefully the performance improvements.

iOS 5.1 SunSpider benchmark

March 8, 2012

It’s been 24 hours since Apple released the iOS 5.1 update to several iDevices and I’ve ran on my iPad 2 the SunSpider javascript benchmark to check if there were any performance improvements.

As you can see in the screenshot above, there is absolutely no improvement… at all! The benchmark is completed in the same amount of time iOS 5.0 took.

The main noticeable improvement, at least for me in this first day of usage, is in the stability department: in iOS 5 and 5.0.1 it was common to watch Safari close by itself, especially when dealing with a large amount of tabs but with iOS 5.1 things appear to be much more robust.