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Old Nov 22, 2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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iPad 4 A6 is NOT AS GOOD as iPhone 5 A6

I purchased the ipad 4 after returning my mini (which I'm still dreading)...

Anyway, I'm going over a performance review and I've noticed something I'm not happy about; something that I thought would be exactly the same on the ipad 4 but even faster since it does clock faster than my iphone 5.

Try this:

Use your iphone 5 and load up anythign you want. I have the following loaded, Camera+, settings, infinity blade 2, real racing 2, angry birds, safari, mail, contacts, facetime, and the regular camera app.

Now you don't have to have the same list of apps, just open up a bunch and try the following:

task switch between any app. On the iphone5 , it's near instantaneous (right after you switch to the app, you can navigate around, use gestures, move the screen, tap, play the game, etc). For infinity blade 2, it's basically never more than 1.5 seconds at most for any "lag". For camera+ and stock camera app, it's instantaneous when switched to. Almost any game app, it is very fast and any other app, it's near instantaneous.

Now try it on your ipad 4. There is around 4-6 seconds of lag between switching! Sometimes even switching to the settings, there is a noticeable 2 second delay. I did not expect this because I what I was so ecstatic about on my iphone 5 was the near instant user experience such as switching apps. On the ipad 4, it's nearly identical to the ipad 3, the ipad 2/mini!

Although after some thorough testing, the ipad 4 for web surfing is indeed noticeably faster, it's not as noticeable as my iphone 5. I don't know, I think I'm going to return this ipad 4 and go back to my mini. I did not expect an ipad 3S-like ipad 4 to perform nearly the same as an ipad 3/ipad 2/mini. My iphone 5 uses an A6 with the same amount of ram and the clock on the processor is slower than the ipad 4 but yet it outperforms the ipad 4. Perhaps the retina display is indeed a real burden?

Anyone with an ipad 4 / iphone 5 concur? Or maybe I'm just not realistic?
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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Another finding is that if using a 3rd party browser on the iphone 5, even in sunspider, I'm getting results like under 2100ms from mercury browser. The same browser running on the ipad 4, i get a whopping 3640ms!!

The web surfing (SPEED) experience on the iphone 5 is very very good. The screen is very small to do any real good but it's still very good. On the ipad, the 3rd party browser (mercury browser) is just slow as molasses. There is just something wrong with iOS 6 on the ipad 4's A6X. There is no way it is underperforming this much!
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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What screen size is the iPad? And what screen size is the iPhone 5? I think you will find your answer there when you answer these questions...
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 05:18 PM   #4
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umm, interesting, but also remember that iPad apps are different and bigger in size than the iPhone counterparts, even if it's an Universal app, the scale and how much screen needs to show make a difference. Coding can also be the culprit.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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Wow, ios 6.1 seems to have much improved the task switching! Instead of a few seconds to for an app to respond, it's nearly instant now with ios 6.1!

This is very much welcomed and thank you apple!
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 08:37 PM   #6
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So you're satisfied with the speed now?
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 09:25 PM   #7
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Well it does have a shart-ton more pixels to deal with.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 12:56 AM   #8
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Wow, ios 6.1 seems to have much improved the task switching! Instead of a few seconds to for an app to respond, it's nearly instant now with ios 6.1!

This is very much welcomed and thank you apple!
This was such a non-issue. It amazes me what people get transfixed on. Seriously seconds differences between the iPhone 5 and iPad 4 was just really downgrading your user experience? LOL
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 08:38 PM   #9
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I purchased the ipad 4 after returning my mini (which I'm still dreading)...

Anyway, I'm going over a performance review and I've noticed something I'm not happy about; something that I thought would be exactly the same on the ipad 4 but even faster since it does clock faster than my iphone 5.

Try this:

Use your iphone 5 and load up anythign you want. I have the following loaded, Camera+, settings, infinity blade 2, real racing 2, angry birds, safari, mail, contacts, facetime, and the regular camera app.

Now you don't have to have the same list of apps, just open up a bunch and try the following:

task switch between any app. On the iphone5 , it's near instantaneous (right after you switch to the app, you can navigate around, use gestures, move the screen, tap, play the game, etc). For infinity blade 2, it's basically never more than 1.5 seconds at most for any "lag". For camera+ and stock camera app, it's instantaneous when switched to. Almost any game app, it is very fast and any other app, it's near instantaneous.

Now try it on your ipad 4. There is around 4-6 seconds of lag between switching! Sometimes even switching to the settings, there is a noticeable 2 second delay. I did not expect this because I what I was so ecstatic about on my iphone 5 was the near instant user experience such as switching apps. On the ipad 4, it's nearly identical to the ipad 3, the ipad 2/mini!

Although after some thorough testing, the ipad 4 for web surfing is indeed noticeably faster, it's not as noticeable as my iphone 5. I don't know, I think I'm going to return this ipad 4 and go back to my mini. I did not expect an ipad 3S-like ipad 4 to perform nearly the same as an ipad 3/ipad 2/mini. My iphone 5 uses an A6 with the same amount of ram and the clock on the processor is slower than the ipad 4 but yet it outperforms the ipad 4. Perhaps the retina display is indeed a real burden?

Anyone with an ipad 4 / iphone 5 concur? Or maybe I'm just not realistic?
The only games I tried with are PvZHD and Angry birds as I don't have anything too large due to space. I'm not noticing anything you're saying. It is possible that you have some other thing running in the background or the apps you are using make a bigger difference than what I'm using. All in all, I don't see much difference - especially not enough to be bothered by it.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 10:59 AM   #10
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the iPad mini is probably gonna be slower than the iPad 4 lol. I have a 4 and compared to my iPod touch 5th gen its faster.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 12:47 PM   #11
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Ugh... Some people... Dude, my first computer was a 486 with 16Mb of RAM running Windows 95. If you think the iPad 4 is too slow, I suggest you get one of these.

At least it'll teach you some perspective. -_-
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:00 PM   #12
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Doing the math the iPad 4 has 4x as many pixels to push so even if the CPU is 3x faster the iPhone 5 would still be relatively faster. To me they are both fast enough. The title of this thread is misleading. Imagine switching CPUs between the 2 devices. The iphone would fly and the ipad 4 would be slower.
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