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iPhone 4 results on top, 3GS on bottom

Early benchmarks of the iPhone 4 show it to be 31% faster than the iPhone 3GS according to the Geekbench 2 app. Geek Bench has been a popular benchmarking utility on the Mac that has recently made the jump over to the iPhone. As always, benchmarks are a bit of artificial gauge of performance, but can be useful in head to head comparisons.

The iPhone 4 is known to use the same Apple A4 processor that is also found in the iPad, but Apple has never revealed the processor speed of the iPhone 4. The iPad is known to have a 1GHz processor. We looked at a few benchmarking utilities to see if we could determine if the iPhone 4's A4 processor was the same speed as the iPad's. Unfortunately, the state of benchmarking on iOS seems a bit primitive, and is further complicated by the fact that iOS 4.0 does not run on the iPad. GeekBench, for example, only runs on iOS 4, so we can't compare it directly to the iPhone 4's results. A couple of other benchmarking tools available produced some inconsistent results, so we can't be completely confident in them, but it appears that the iPhone 4 is indeed faster than the iPhone 3GS but slower than the iPad.

BenchTest: 3GS: 2.298, iPhone 4: 2.514, iPad: 3.667 - This benchmark only showed a small increase in speed with the iPhone 4, but some of the results seemed strange. All the "seconds" were listed at 0.00, though a score was still generated. It's hard to say if the results are entirely accurate.

Checkup: 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad - This also showed the trend of iPad > iPhone 4 > iPhone 3GS, but running the benchmark multiple times could result in a large variance.


Article Link: iPhone 4 is Faster than 3GS and Slower than iPad in Early Benchmarks
 

wikoogle

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Awesome, but can you guys link to more 720p videos and photos taken from the iPhone 4.

I'm sure lots of people are taking them. The one video you showed was really brightly lit and thus way oversaturated. :(
 

tofa.nheu

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this is great news for the people despairing about the 512 ram in the iPhone 4 and 256 ram in the iPad :)
 

TMar

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I don't see the new iphone running at 1GHz. Add the fact that it has more ram then the ipad if everything else was equal the i4 would be faster.
 

chatin

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WM calls 4 out

Walt Mosberg called iPhone 4 out for fewer bars in more places and too much searching for service. Apple told him these were bugs. He also has a white version.
 

wikoogle

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Walt Mosberg called iPhone 4 out for fewer bars in more places and too much searching for service. Apple told him these were bugs. He also has a white version.

What? So the antenna isn't better? They made it huge though. I thought that was the point of making the whole bezel an antenna. :mad:
 

VillageIdiot84

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Jun 23, 2010
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iPhone 4 vs. original iPhone?

I'm interested to see the speed difference between the new iPhone 4 and all the other iPhone models - how much have things really moved on since the first version came out?
 

acslater017

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Looks like Apple hit the sweet spot between performance/specs and battery life. From what I can tell (I've never handled one personally), apps launch near instantaneously, it has no problem recording/editing 720p video, playing 3D games, etc. Any extra "performance per watt"s should go towards increasing battery life.
 

Wingsy

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Walt Mosberg called iPhone 4 out for fewer bars in more places and too much searching for service. Apple told him these were bugs. He also has a white version.

They said the "bug" was in the display of the bars, not that it had less of a signal. He was always able to make/receive calls even with no bars displayed.
 

iJed

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I'd imagine the the iPhone 4 will have either an 800 or 900MHz A4. It's better to sacrifice a little clock speed to get improved battery life.
 

TMar

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What? So the antenna isn't better? They made it huge though. I thought that was the point of making the whole bezel an antenna. :mad:

That's a huge misconception that bigger antenna are better then smaller ones.
 

s1nt4x

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May 25, 2010
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the 3gs was running low on battery ,perhaps a fair comparison wold be with a fully charged 3gs same as 4 ?
 

Rend It

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The iPhone4 A4 chip is probably underclocked to 800mhz.

My thoughts exactly. Take the ratios of some of those Geekbench scores and multiply by the 3GS's 600 MHz and you get numbers very close to 800 MHz.

The A4 may be faster per clock cycle, but that would seem to indicate that the CPU speed would be less than 800 MHz.
 

ValSalva

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This test is unfortunately meaningless until we know how fast the iPhone's processor is running. It wouldn't surprise me if the iPhone is slightly underclocked because of the vastly smaller battery than the giant iPhone's. Heat may also be a problem inside the smaller case of the iPhone which is another reason to run it at a slower clock speed.
 

Zunjine

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Jun 26, 2009
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So what do we learn?

2nd...


Brah... i always knew apple will put in some crappy A4 processor in between 600mhz and 1ghz.

Samsung Galaxy S here i come!

I'm not picking on you, so please don't take this personally. You just happened to make this statement which I think illustrates our utterly irrational thinking when it comes to spec.

Have we learned nothing? You're planning to buy the Samsung Galaxy S on the strength of the faster processor? By all accounts the iPhone 4 is an utterly fantastic device, responds instantly to any action, feels great in the hand and provides real value to the user. This is forgotten or disregarded because of an abstract number attached to a chip.

I can understand if this was an issue of balance. Maybe this was just that last item that tipped you towards Samsung but I see this sort of thinking all the time. It was the same with the iPad RAM issue. Suddenly the stuff you get, the way it works and the real value to the user is lost to view behind a list of numbers and letters. No wonder Apple doesn't talk about specifications.
 

Arisian

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the 3gs was running low on battery ,perhaps a fair comparison wold be with a fully charged 3gs same as 4 ?

I thought the same thing. I'm not aware of any governing that the iPhones do when low on batteries. Just because I'm not aware of it certainly doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Glad someone else notices the low battery.

Brian
 

army91c

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2nd...


Brah... i always knew apple will put in some crappy A4 processor in between 600mhz and 1ghz.

Samsung Galaxy S here i come!
Got troll?

You sound like my 4 y/o when she doesn't get her way. Do you really think any of us or apple for that matter care if you move onto samsung? Hit the road lil doggie, don't let the door hit your little wagging tail on the way out!
No one cares if you were 2nd, 2nd is the first loser.
 

Arisian

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No, battery does not affect speed.

I'm not saying you are wrong - please don't hear me picking on you. I'm not.

However, do we know this for a fact. I've read a few articles that suggest it does. I personally agreed with you right off the batt, I would strongly assume it doesn't, but I have no proof.

So my question: Are we sure that it doesn't?

Again, not singling you out or even remotely disagreeing w/ you. I tend to agree w/ you - just wondering if we know that for a fact.

Cheers,
Brian
 

-=XX=-Nephilim

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Feb 1, 2009
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Why on earth Apple just doesn't come clean in regards to specs...


We have this much ram -> ?

We have this cpu running at -> ?

etc... etc... etc...


It's almost like they have something to hide which is silly since specs will be discovered sooner or later anyway...
 
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