Apple undersells, over-delivers on iPhone 3GS speed - report
In releasing its new speed-centric update to the iPhone, Apple has boasted that the 3GS is twice as fast as its predecessor, but the company has remained mum on the handsetâs actual specifications. Thanks to T-Mobile of the Netherlands, though, we know with certainty that the 3GS sports a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM â this compared to the 400MHz processor and 128MB of RAM on the iPhone 3G.
Based on the report released Wednesday from Medialets, a smartphone-based advertising and analytics platform, the iPhone 3GS spec bump far exceeds Appleâs âtwice as fastâ sales pitch in real-world tests.
Medialetsâs test aimed for a fair way to compare each of the major smartphone platforms. Because they all run very different operating systems, to compare their ability to run applications would be a misnomer. However, all three platforms run browsers based on the open source WebKit standard. A MacBook running Safari was used in the test for a baseline comparison.
- Safari 4.0.1 on a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo White MacBook.
- Mobile Safari on the iPhone 3G with iPhone OS v2.2.1
- Mobile Safari on the iPhone 3G with iPhone OS v3.0
- Mobile Safari on the iPhone 3GS with iPhone OS v3.0
- The âBrowserâ app on the T-Mobile G1 with Android OS v1.5 (Cupcake)
- The âWebâ app on the Palm Pre with Web OS v1.0.2
Of the mobile platforms, the iPhone 3GS came away the clear winner, besting the times of the iPhone 3G and Palm Pre by clear margins. The 3GS took an average of 16.5 seconds to render the page, while the Pre took 48.6 seconds, and the 3G running iPhone OS 3.0 took 48.7 seconds. The T-Mobile G1 took 91.1 seconds.
A report released last week by Anandtech also showed the iPhone 3GS as the clear speed winner among all major smartphone platforms â though the end results didnât show as drastic of an advantage for Appleâs new phone as Medialetsâs study. In loading a series of popular Web sites, the Anandtech test showed the iPhone 3GS to be an average of 21 percent faster than its new WebKit-based competitor, the Palm Pre.
Of course, Web browsing only makes up one facet of the mobile phone platform. As 1up.comâs Jeremy Parish demonstrated in his game-centric 3GS review, the new iPhoneâs performance boost made a huge difference in the playability of Namco Bandai's âi Love Katamari,â a game originally written for and released on the iPhone 3G. With the instant success of the iPhone 3GS in terms of sales, it is only inevitable that new games that take advantage of the speed of the new platform will begin to crop up.