The Galaxy S3 challenge: processor speed

As part of my test to see whether the Samsung Galaxy S3 could make a decent replacement for an iPhone 5, I noticed that the S3 experience felt a little bit slow and sluggish. For example, starting the phone app – one of the core functions in a smartphone – often resulted in a noticeable lag. So did switching to “recent calls” or “contacts”. I decided to take a few apps I often use and film the time it takes both phones to run these.

It was surprising to me that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is that much slower than the iPhone 5, considering that the Galaxy S3 has a faster processor (at least on paper). I’m sure that anyone who never has used anything else would label the Samsung Galaxy S3 as “fast”, whereas iPhone users like me are much more likely to label it as “slow-ish”.

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