The great iPhone speed comparison - it's closer than you think

28 July 2010

This is interesting if you like iPhones. And we do, so we think it's very interesting. It's a side-by-side comparison of all four iPhone models to date, showing how performance has improved over the past three years.

It's not a thoroughly scientific trial; for example, the handsets weren't necessarily running the most optimum OS available. According to the producers, the original iPhone was running 3.1.3, the 3G 3.1.2, the 3GS 4.01 and the iPhone4 was running 4.0.

What's very striking, apart from refinements like screen quality, is how the iPhone 4 isn't all that much of an improvement on the 3GS in terms of operating speed:

[iClarified] thanks to avid Bitterwallet reader Paul

TOPICS:   Mobile

12 comments

  • AVD2014
    This is a bit of a silly test. if the 3G has OS 4.0 or 4.0.1 we would see just how slow and shitty that really is. The 3G is now 'unuseable' thanks to this new update and if a user wants to go back to 3.1.2 they would need to jailbreak there phone. utterly stupid. fuck you Steve jobs.
  • PaulH
    "What’s very striking, apart from refinements like screen quality, is how the iPhone 4 isn’t all that much of an improvement on the 3GS in terms of operating speed" That's the first thing I noticed and it's making me reconsider getting the iPhone4...Although Apple seem to have priced the 3GS at £409 and the iPhone4 £499 so you might as well get the iPhone 4...bastards! Or just get the HTC Desire...Hmmm
  • Ash
    Agreed. This is an unfair test. If you're testing speed, you can't test them on different operating systems. It's also worth pointing out that the speed difference between 3GS and iPhone 4 are very noticeable. Given that the phone is run in a hugely increased resolution (it's not just a nicer display), a speed increase is a vast improvement.
  • Stewie G.
    I've got a 5G, and its even faster!
  • PokeHerPete
    The are holding the iPhone 4 incorrectly.
  • PaulH
    I don't think it's an unfair test...you can pretty much take out the 2G and 3G running on any OS as they are dog shit slow (you think the 3G is suddenly gunna gain 5 seconds on the 3GS just because its running on iOS4) Its more interesting to see the 3GS and the iPhone4
  • tooner
    Now that there's phones like the HTC Desire I really can't understand why anyone would want an iPhone. Android is the future.
  • The E.
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  • wtf
    WTF? Is dis real?
  • Mark H.
    @ tooners The Apple app store is better than the Google one.
  • The B.
    Mark H, you missed the word currently from your sentence.
  • Felacio N.
    Fucking fascinating.

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