Today, we tested 3 of the market’s top smartphones for a speed test. Two studies we performed were: loading of web pages and opening applications.
When you buy a high-end smartphone, you naturally want it to be the best in all categories. The most beautiful, the most enduring… However, also the fastest. 01net.com’s laboratory has developed two different tests to measure the capabilities of three flagship devices: the iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the OnePlus 6. The results are available in the video above.
Small precision: each test has been repeated three times for more precision, and the results presented are an average of the loading times of each exercise.
Which smartphone is the fastest for browsing?
The first exercise to compare the speed of these 3 smartphones: loading web pages.
To fairly compare iPhone X, Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6, 01net.com’s lab created a script capable of loading 30 pages successively, one after the other. These pages come from 5 different sites: Facebook, HuffPost, The Times, NBA.com and Download.com.
Which smartphone is the fastest to launch applications?
The second test for our iPhone X, Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6: the successive opening of 10 daily applications. This time, no script: each opening is done manually by a human. Once an application has finished loading, we move on to the next one, and so on.
Important note: no application is open in the background on any of our test smartphones. In addition to emptying the multitasking drawer, we turned off and on each device before starting the stopwatch. The detailed protocol is available below.
Conclusion: No real winner
With only two seconds delay on the Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6 (41 seconds), we can’t say that the iPhone X (43 seconds) is slower to open applications. If the devices recorded beautiful differences in speed a few generations ago, we could only note that the high-end devices have almost all the same level today. The Snapdragon 845 processor of the OnePlus 6, the Exynos 9810 of the Galaxy S9 and the A11 Bionic of the iPhone X are just as compelling.
On the web, the iPhone X (1 minute and 8 seconds) still enjoys a good lead over its competitors, even if this is to be put into perspective considering the speed of the OnePlus 6 (1min 14s) and Galaxy S9 (1min 36s). For the same exercise, Apple’s smartphone is doing better, but the two Android devices are far from behind. Apple has undoubtedly better optimized its device and its browser.
With such powerful smartphones, it is interesting to note that animations waste precious seconds on smartphones, whose execution speed is increasingly close to immediacy.
With iOS 12, Apple will automatically lighten some animations, and the accessibility settings already allow to delete some. Android users can use developer settings to speed up device transitions. Enough to make your smartphone much faster, at least to launch your applications. For example, our same routine applied to a OnePlus 6 without animations saved us no less than 8 seconds!