I have three devices in front of me—three flagship devices: the Samsung Galaxy S6, the HTC One M9 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Now in this video, we’re going to be putting these three smartphones head to head to test their speed by opening up a few different applications and also by going to PhoneDog.com to see which one loads the site faster. And we’re also going to run the smartphone through several benchmarking applications to see which device receives the higher score. So without wasting any more time, let’s go ahead and run these benchmarks.
The first benchmarking application I ran on these three devices was Geekbench 3, one of the more popular benchmarking applications out there. If you guys want to compare the scores we get with your device, feel free to do so. The app will most likely be compatible with your device found in the App Store or the Play Store. But Geekbench 3 tests the mobile processor performance specifically through real world scenarios as well as various tests. They spit out a score for the single-core performance as well as the multi-core performance because this is 2015 and most of our processors do have multiple cores.
So as you can see here, starting from the left to right, the Galaxy S6 received a single-core score of 1489 and a multi-core score of 5392. The HTC One M9 received a single-core score of 1053 and a multi-core score of 3959. And the iPhone 6 Plus received a single-core score of 1628 and a multi-core score of 2931. The iPhone 6 Plus does have a faster single-core performance so it’s going to give you the quicker snappier results initially but it’ll really start to slow down the software when multi-tasking as both the S6 and M9 destroy the multi-tasking score of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The Galaxy S6 quite a bit more so than even the HTC One M9 by about more than a 1000 points.
The next test I ran was AnTuTu, which is supposedly the most popular Android smartphone and tablet benchmarking application in the world. But it is also available on iOS. The iPhone 6 Plus is running a newer version though, which might or might not have an effect on the score. So just keep that in mind. Either way, we should still be able to get a pretty good idea as to how powerful the device is. AnTuTu actually tests all aspects of the device including the GPU, the RAM, and the CPU. It spits out one single score, which you will see here and let’s start from right to left on this one.
The iPhone 6 Plus received a score of 47349, the HTC One M9 a score of 50169, and the S6 a score of 68216. So the iPhone 6 Plus and HTC One M9 were actually very close. But just once again, the S6 destroyed the other two with the score received. That’s pretty impressive stuff with Samsung’s Exynos 7420 Octa-Core processor, I must say.
The last benchmark I ran was through 3DMark and I ran the Ice Storm Unlimited test. I like this benchmarking application since it specifically tests the graphical performance of smartphones and tablets. And it will also test the CPU but graphics are kind of its thing. It’s the world’s most popular benchmark since 1997 apparently so it’s got to be good right?
The benchmark took the longest so of course I sped it up. That way, you guys won’t have to wait for it. But the Galaxy S6 received a score of 22537, the HTC One M9 received a score of 20099, and the iPhone 6 Plus received a score of 17765. These devices were actually neck to neck, only separated by around 2000 to 3000 points. But once again, the S6 did beat out the other two; which I still find impressive considering it does push more pixels than those two with its 2K res display.
I wanted to test the real world performance by opening up a few different applications. The first app I opened up was the YouTube app because it’s like the best app out there right? The iPhone 6 Plus actually displayed the YouTube icon first but the Galaxy S6 appeared to load the recommended videos first just barely before the iPhone 6 Plus, whereas the HTC One M9 took significantly longer.
I then opened up the camera app at the same time on each device and between the Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, was basically identical. I don’t really know if there was a clear winner here. Maybe it was the Galaxy S6 just because the focus box on the iPhone 6 Plus appeared later. But the app appeared to load up about the same time. The HTC One M9 did take a tiny bit longer but in the end, it was the more noticeable slow poke.
I then entered PhoneDog.com into the URL bar at the top of each device and I hit enter on the same time. And the HTC One M9 actually gave us the first bit of content first before the other two devices. The iPhone 6 Plus did seem to load the site much faster than the other two devices. While the S6 and HTC One M9 actually finished loading the site at about the same time.
The very last test I did was with the multi-tasking. I went home on each device, opened up the multi-tasking drawer, and then opened up the PhoneDog site which we just visited. The Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Plus were pretty much a tie, you can scroll through the site immediately after while the HTC One M9 decided to reload the page. I did the same thing for YouTube and actually the HTC One M9 and the iPhone 6 Plus appeared to switch to the YouTube app faster than the Galaxy S6, which decided to reload the content.
Overall, each device is fast in its very own way. These are the fastest devices on the market so it’s not like either of these devices are slow. I’d have to give the winner to the either the S6 or the iPhone 6 Plus overall but let me know which device you think is the fastest by leaving me a comment down below. It was pretty darn close although the S6 did absolutely destroy the benchmarks.