Industry tests to find out the speed of the UK’s most popular smartphones have revealed some surprising results.
Consumer champion Which? put the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Blackberry Z10 and the Apple iPhone 5 16GB through their paces.
A series of benchmark tests measured processor and memory performance – key indicators of how quickly a phone will allow users to edit images, run graphic-heavy games, and use several apps at the same time.
Surprisingly, given its popularity among consumers, the Apple iPhone 5 received a score of 1664 from Which? while rival Samsung’s Galaxy S4 was found to be twice as fast, with a mark of 3188.
HTC’s One took the silver medal in second place while, in third, was the Sony Xperia Z. This was closely followed by Google’s Nexus 4, which costs £200 less than any of the other handsets in the top three.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 came fifth and the BlackBerry Z10 came in sixth, leaving the iPhone 5 languishing at the bottom of the table.
A spokesperson for Which? said: “We put all the handsets through the same tests. Undoubtedly, Apple will upgrade its next iPhone when it launches this autumn. For the moment, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the phone to beat when it comes to speed.”
The low score will certainly be a disappointment for the Californian tech giant’s huge fan base who like to believe they have purchased a product far superior to rival devices.
But many users commenting on tech forums pointed out that the tests may not be a fair indication of which company produced the fastest device, given the Samsung handset is much newer than Apple’s smartphone.
One said: “A 60-day-old phone with better specs than a nine-month-old phone. Shocker.” And another added: “I have the HTC One and iPhone 5 and I can tell you that the iPhone 5 performs better in every aspect.”
So, it seems Apple certainly still has plenty of loyal fans, no matter what the results of the latest tests show.
And, it hasn’t all gone Samsung’s way recently. In a separate survey, carried out in Samsung’s South Korean homeland, the majority of respondents said Samsung Galaxy phones were worse quality than Apple iPhones.
A consumer survey of more than 44,000 people showed fewer people reporting problems with iPhones than with Samsung Galaxy gizmos. Only 17 per cent said they had had a problem with their Apple handset, compared to nearly a third who had had issues with their Samsung device.
Respondents said they had suffered battery charging problems and screen quality issues with their Android-based Samsung phones, while Apple’s main problems were said to be related to touch or button malfunctions.
But, despite high praise from consumers, Apple has still struggled to win and maintain a slice of the smartphone pie in emerging markets. The release of the much-rumoured cheaper iPhone is expected to help Apple regain lost ground.