Which? magazine brands iPhone 5 'slowest smartphone'

iPhone 5 finishes last in test of seven most popular smartphones

The Apple iPhone 5 has been named the slowest of the seven most popular smartphones, in an incendiary new group test article by Which? magazine.

Which? tested the Apple iPhone 5, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 4 and BlackBerry Z10, putting each smartphone through a battery of benchmarks to evaluate its processing speed and graphics capabilities.

Cruelly for Apple, the Galaxy S4, the flagship smartphone by deadly rival Samsung, came top in the rankings, with a rating almost double that of the iPhone 5: 3,188 compared to the iPhone 5's 1,664. Perhaps this should not be surprising, given the S4's powerful 1.9GHz quad-core processor, which puts the iPhone 5's 1.3GHz dual-core number decidedly in the shade.

In fact, the S4's superior speed (on paper, at least) isn't exactly a secret. Apple has never been particularly interested in boasting about tech specs or benchmarking results, concentrating instead on the user experience. Our colleagues on PC Advisor (who are scarcely Apple apologists at the best of times) compared the day-to-day experience with the S4 and iPhone 5 and actually found the S4 laggier, despite its better specs and speed benchmark scores.

Still, perception is everything in the smartphone market, so this is undoubtedly one in the eye for Apple. The next iPhone is likely to be faster, of course, but we hope (and trust) that Apple will continue to focus on what counts.

The full smartphone speed rankings were as follows:

1. Samsung Galaxy S4
2. HTC One
3. Sony Xperia Z
4. Google Nexus 4
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
6. BlackBerry Z10
7. Apple iPhone 5

Via The Telegraph

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