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HTC Vivid ICS Update Brings Up To 66 Percent Improvement Over Vivid With Gingerbread

You remember that ICS Update for the HTC Vivid smartphone we mentioned last week? Not only did it bring improved sound quality to the device, it’s also brought better overall performance of the device. VentureBeat reports the device with Android 4.0 may be seeing up to 66 percent faster than when the device operated on Android 2.3. This makes the Vivid the first device outside of the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. to not only feature ICS, but to show the benefits of the updated software through measurable performance. Read on to see the direct comparison of Android 2.3 vs. Android 4.0 on the Vivid smartphone. Read more

AT&T’s HTC One X Smartphone Gets Benchmarked And Looks To Crush Competition


We know you all are getting antsy for the upcoming HTC One X smartphone for AT&T, especially after hearing a lucky few already have their hands on the actual device. Naturally some of you were waiting for some benchmarks and now you have them. While not featuring the Tegra 3 beast found in the international version, you’ll notice the Snapdragon S4 chip is a screamer. In fact— you’ll note that the phone crushes the competition… and it’s not even close. You’ll find the smartphone scored well over 2000 in the task-intensive Vellamo benchmark test, while scoring a stunning 4,952 in the Quadrant benchmark test. Guess those Snapdragon S4 benchmarks ran earlier in the year weren’t a fluke folks.

Ladies and gentlemen, if there wasn’t a reason before to covet this device, seeing these scores should make you change your mind. The wait shouldn’t be too much longer for the awesome smartphone. Hit the break for an additional benchmark screenshot. Read more

LG Optimus P936 LTE Smartphone Smiles For The Camera, Passes Quadrant Benchmark Course With Flying Colors

Ah yes, that elusive and mysterious LG Optimus LTE P936 smartphone. When we last saw it, the P936 was trying to pull a fast one and sneak past the FCC without anyone noticing, but it has since made another appearance— this time really making a splash by showing itself off in a video of itself getting benchmarked. As you can see the device runs through the Quadrant gauntlet with flying colors and achieves a not too shabby 2564 score, beating out such devices as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and even the Galaxy Nexus.

While there’s no specific information of this gorgeous black toy, there is some general details about the device that has been leaked out. We know there’s a 1.5GHz processor inside (though we don’t know if it’s a dual or quad-core processor), 720p display with 320 ppi on an estimated 4.6-inch screen and a sweet 8MP camera. It’s pretty unlikely this device will be headed within the U.S. lines, but it looks like those abroad may have yet another solid phone to look forward to.

Enough chit-chatter— I’m sure you’re all aching to see the benchmark, so be sure to check it out in the video below.

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source: GSM Dome
via: pocketnow

Quadrant Benchmarking App Updated For ICS Friendliness

The Android benchmarking app, Quadrant, was updated today to add Ice Cream Sandwich functionality, support for multi-core CPUs, as well as added support for the Polish language. However the use of Quadrant for reliable determination of your smartphone’s power is still irrelevant. It’s been proven that Quadrant can be cheated to achieve unrealistic scores, and currently you can (if you have a Galaxy Nexus) compare your scores against the Galaxy Tab and Nexus S, which honestly isn’t very useful.

Of course this isn’t to say that Quadrant is entirely useless. In fact, in can give you a decent idea of how your phone holds up, albeit on a generalized scale. However the best way to judge a smartphone’s power and speed is to obviously use it yourself.


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God Mode brings unbelievable speeds to new custom Android ROMs

While there are a lot of people out there who will argue that benchmarks are ridiculous, the opposite argument always remains. Benchmarks are a great way to let you know how your Android device is performing overall, and also let you know just how much better your device is than your buddies. In the latest hack from XDA member and well known HTC Evo 4G ROM’er Virus, he has introduced what he is calling “God Mode”. What does it do, you ask? Check out the image above and see for yourself. The tweak has been inserted into the wildly popular Kingdom ROM for the Evo 4G, and has the device getting Quadrant score of up and over 1900 (insert “over 9000” joke here).

So, how is it done? According to XDA:

Leaving all the technical aspects aside (as they are not 100% clear to me), God Mode in essence is a new yaffs2+ext2 partition made in the rom, which drastically improves the I/O performance on a device.

A relatively simple explanation for a remarkably complicated and possibly game changing tweak. Any of our readers out there using Virus’ Kingdom ROM, be sure to let us know your scores in the comments. You can check out the ROM thread here.

[via xda]

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Overclocked to 1.5GHz And Scores 4000+ in Quadrant

Those crazy mamajamas over at XDA have managed to take a device that was already difficult to beat and made it out right untouchable.  Member coolbho3000, has managed to overclock his Samsung Galaxy S II to 1.5 GHz, shooting Quadrant benchmark scores through the roof.

I have successfully overclocked the new Samsung Galaxy S II to 1.504GHz. This speed is enough to allow it to achieve really high benchmark scores like over 4000 points in Quadrant! 1.5GHz is a 25% overclock and makes this fast phone even faster and snappier in day to day usage.

Below, we’ve pasted the details for your convenience as he guides you through how to do it for yourself and also provides video as evidence for his achievement. Definitely give it a look over if you’ve been entertaining the idea of pushing your Galaxy S II to the max to see what it’s made of.   And definitely let us know what you think in the comments below.  Feel free to email the developer as well with your findings or if you have any questions during the process.  Just to reiterate a caveat of his to emphasize the severity and potential pit fall that lies ahead, “The usual disclaimers apply here. Only do this if you know what you’re doing” Read more

LG Optimus 3D scores high on Quadrant benchmark tests


We told you about the awesomeness of the LG Optimus 3D smartphone at WC earlier here, but look at what this badboy can do on a Quadrant benchmark! In the words of Joey from Blossom…”Whoa!” The LG Optimus 3D pulled down a 2958 for the crowd at MWC, which you can tell from the pic, is substantially more than other current devices on the market.

Power of the “dual everything”, now that’s impressive!

[via Android Central]

Nexus S scores high on Quadrant benchmarks running CyanogenMod 7

The “S” in Nexus S just might stand for Speed after all, as the boys over at Android Community put the latest Dev phone through the benchmark test with Quadrant.  We already knew the phone was fast, packing the latest Hummingbird processor, but it’s nice to see just how it stands up against its peers.  The Nexus S in this test was running one of the recent nightly builds of CyanogenMod 7 and didn’t have ext4 implemented, nor was it overclocked.  As you can see in the graph, it blows past its predecessor, the Nexus One, by quite a fair margin. Read more

Motorola Droid Bionic gets benchmarked, shows impressive numbers


At CES 2011, talkandroid was there and got to play with the impressive Motorola Droid Bionic. It is a sweet little device, as you can tell in our Hands-On video here. To add to it’s awesomeness, some others got to run some benchmarks on it, and not surprisingly, it put up some kick butt numbers in comparison to other “top devices” currently on the market as you can see below.


There’s many tools out there to benchmark an Android device, but Quadrant seems to be the favorite, scoring the Droid Bionic 2284 putting it well above other previously released Android smartphones.
Check the full test video from CES below.