Performance

We’ve already seen that Hummingbird is a competent performer in the Galaxy S line of devices, but haven’t gotten to see how that performance changes with the updated Dalvik VM that 2.2 (and thus 2.3) brings. Android 2.3 doesn’t bring as big of a performance boost, and it’s hard to tell in the first place given the lack of any other Hummingbird devices running Android 2.2.

Regardless, performance overall is around where it should be. I’ve included numbers from the myTouch 4G which I’ve begun testing, and Vivek’s G2 as these show performance of the new 45 nm Snapdragons which is also competent. Adreno 205 comes close to but falls short of PowerVR SGX 540 in every case. Note that Neocore is now clamped by vsync across both the new Snapdragons and Hummingbird - those numbers literally are the cap.

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 0.9

Rightware BrowserMark

Neocore

Quake 3

Quadrant CPU Benchmark

Quadrant I/O Benchmark

Linpack

We also continue to see the strong lead in Linpack from Qualcomm Snapdragon’s much faster FPU which neither of the A8s can catch. That said, Hummingbird does see a jump over the numbers it posts running Android 2.1.

Speakerphone, Voice, Battery Conclusion
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  • tipoo - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - link

    HTC then Samsung, I wonder who will be next to make a Nexus phone...Motorola, maybe? I think they went with Samsung this round because they have the most capable processor right now. Reply
  • blueF - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - link

    Well the benchmarks show that the current iteration of the snapdragon are on par if not better than hummingbird. I think they chose Samsung for a few reasons, with the most important being they are the OEM of the best amoled screens available. Honestly I would have preferred another HTC nexus due to the superior phone shell. The galaxy phones and their stupid right side lock button is close to a deal breaker for me. Also the head phone jack on the bottom is beyond stupid. Reply
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - link

    This was me during this article:
    "Nexus S... yes, yes.. good stuff. Whoah! Look at that myTouch!"

    Can't wait to see that myTouch review, thanks for putting those figures up there.
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  • deputc26 - Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - link

    Hmmm where'd the page load times for popular websites vs. other leading phones go?

    That and battery life are the most relevant benchmarks as to whether or not I buy a phone.
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  • tipoo - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - link

    Yeah, the 1 definitely was constructed better. Reply
  • OscarGoldman - Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - link

    "the head phone jack on the bottom is beyond stupid. "

    Nope, not when the thing lacks an audio line out (which IS stupid). With the jack on the bottom, they can at least make a dock to drop the phone into in your car. That's a lot better than having to plug in a wire that's dangling across your dashboard, every time you want to listen to music.

    Reviews need to call these phone manufacturers out for failing to provide an audio line out on the bottom of every phone. Even with the headphone jack on the bottom, you still have to screw around with two volume controls; the one on the phone, and the car radio. And you're running everything through the crappy headphone amp on the phone.
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  • tiredad - Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - link

    I'm a little confused by so many reviews being against the jack placement; usually giving the lame reason that it's not what everybody else does. You think Apple thinks that way?

    I look at my phone to select a track etc. and then i put it in my pocket upside down so the placement is perfect. Not that this is much of a serious matter.

    BTW since this is my first post i have to thank this site for providing the most consistent, unbiased and professional reviews i've found to date. When i read a review i want the facts and opinions separated and i don't want any pro one company or another and that's what you give... so cheers guys.
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  • daveloft - Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - link

    I prefer the connectors at top so I can throw my phone in the cup holder and not have to put it in upside down. Reply
  • steven75 - Thursday, December 16, 2010 - link

    Lack of line-out is one of those things that would be hard to give up if I decided to move from iOS to another mobile OS.

    I use my iPhone for audio in the car at least twice daily and having line-out audio and charge capability through a single cable is simply awesome.

    My stock radio even allows adjusting the level of the aux-in (separate from the volume) so that it matches the volume of all the other sources.

    Unfortunately Bluetooth is still a sub-par solution because although you don't need any cables, sound is still inferior quality and you kill your battery on anything but a very short trip.
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  • daveloft - Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - link

    Those benchmarks you refer to are probably Quadrant and the reason why a Snapdragon device like the G2 performs better than the Galaxy S was because it had 2.2 while the Galaxy S had 2.1.

    Also Quadrant scores are heavily influenced by file system speed. The file system on the G2 is much better than the Galaxy S. This why you see so many Galaxy S users applying lag fixes which change the file system. When Galaxy S devices use the lag fix to swap the file system for something like EXT4, their Quadrant scores jump by as much as 50%. Throw in 2.2 or 2.3 and you get the highest scoring device available.
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