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Motorola Droid Takes Down Nexus One, EVO, Incredible in Graphics Battle

Using an app from GLBenchmark, the guys over at Android and Me have taken the 4 big dogs of the Android world and matched them up in a head-to-head battle over graphics performance.  When I say the big dogs, I mean the EVO 4G, Nexus One, Droid Incredible and the 7 month old Motorola Droid.  Who wins?  Your Motorola Droid of course.  Even with a meager 550MHz processor and just 256MB of RAM, our baby is still the best thanks to a fantastic GPU that HTC products can’t seem to compete with.

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So if the original Droid can still hang with the best of them, what about the Droid 2 and Xtreme that should be out next month?  Can you say, “Moto Takeover”?

Oh and feel free to download the GL Benchmark app and run your own tests.  Let’s see what kind of scores we can put up with our new Froyo Droids!

Cheers Wade!

  • I think the GPU and the CPU are separate on the Droid, so it shouldn’t
    matter what the phone is overclocked to, all Droids should run
    approximately the same since this is a GPU benchmark only.

  • I would like to say thatnks Kellex for the easy instructions in the videos.Thanks for the information on blog.

  • Motorola Droid have a really incredible graphics and it have very superior quality in comparison of his competitors…

  • Moto Droid running something that is not stock at a speed that the manufacturer never intended, with the Tag Home launcher…

  • That news article about the new Motorola at the end of the year having a 2Ghz CPU and an Nvidia graphics processor now really looks like a must-have device.

  • Moto Droid 2 running something that is not stock at a speed that the manufacturer never intended, with the Tag Home launcher…

  • I would image the only limiting factor is the smaller screen. It feels might cramped using a 3.7″ screen compared to a desktop screen, personally.

  • Basically your saying that Android 2.1 and soon to be 2.2 is a waste of time and money..I’m sure there’s plenty of non rooted users that will disagree with you.

  • Basically your saying that Android 2.1 and soon to be 2.2 is a waste of time and money..I’m sure there’s plenty of non rooted users that will disagree with you.

  • Basically your saying that Android 2.1 and soon to be 2.2 is a waste of time and money..I’m sure there’s plenty of non rooted users that will disagree with you.

  • So uhh, how do we overclock the GPU, I think that’s the next job to keep our phone up to par with the new ones over the next year or so.

  • Moto Droid 2 running something that is not stock at a speed that the manufacturer never intended, with the Tag Home launcher…Thanks

  • Moto Droid 2 running something that is not stock at a speed that the manufacturer never intended, with the Tag Home launcher…Thanks

  • That news article about the new Motorola at the end of the year having a 2Ghz CPU AND an Nvidia graphics processor now REALLY looks like a must-have device.

  • That news article about the new Motorola at the end of the year having a 2Ghz CPU AND an Nvidia graphics processor now REALLY looks like a must-have device.

  • Well This is a great site and I want to thank Kellex for the easy instructions in the videos.Thanks for the information on blog. This information made my study easier.

  • Moto Droid running something that is not stock at a speed that the manufacturer never intended, with the Tag Home launcher…This link here will answer 90% of your issues..

  • Nick

    Ok so lets compare 2 devices with sense and 2 devices vanilla style. One with an incomplete version of 2.2. Then run a “community” based software on it…ment to run “genericly” on a lot of devices. Can we please take a dedicated benchmarking utility for both platforms and go off that? And hell maybe even wait for a complete version of 2.2 for all the devices while we're at it. Because in all honesty we are not giving either platform a fair chance to perform. It really gets old seeing all these people who are worried their phone is getting outdated when it isn't even a year old go around and make stupid videos proving not really a lot. Cool a Droid can get a +2 fps boost? ZOMG SO MUCH BETTER….well you have that horrid track pad still….and well to be honest android isn't really good at gaming on ANY handset I have experienced. I own an incredible…came from a g1…and even with the bigger screen and faster processor and 2.1…I don't really play many games. Snapdragon is awesome. So if you're that sad and worried that your Droid is becoming irrelevant then either upgrade/root/or be quite…they are all GREAT phones for the simple fact that they are fast and run android.

  • Nick

    Ok so lets compare 2 devices with sense and 2 devices vanilla style. One with an incomplete version of 2.2. Then run a “community” based software on it…ment to run “genericly” on a lot of devices. Can we please take a dedicated benchmarking utility for both platforms and go off that? And hell maybe even wait for a complete version of 2.2 for all the devices while we're at it. Because in all honesty we are not giving either platform a fair chance to perform. It really gets old seeing all these people who are worried their phone is getting outdated when it isn't even a year old go around and make stupid videos proving not really a lot. Cool a Droid can get a +2 fps boost? ZOMG SO MUCH BETTER….well you have that horrid track pad still….and well to be honest android isn't really good at gaming on ANY handset I have experienced. I own an incredible…came from a g1…and even with the bigger screen and faster processor and 2.1…I don't really play many games. Snapdragon is awesome. So if you're that sad and worried that your Droid is becoming irrelevant then either upgrade/root/or be quite…they are all GREAT phones for the simple fact that they are fast and run android.

  • Chris.Go

    Moto Droid
    Android 2.2 BB Froyo v0.1
    P3Droid 1200MHz
    SetCPU Performance

    Pro 302 Frames (6.0 Fps)
    HD 1160 Frames (38.7 Fps)

  • Doolidg

    how funny I'm stock and I'm at
    Pro 4.5
    Hd 40.0
    All the rooted phones that are overclocked are only one fps faster on the pro, but I'm faster on the hd by one fps…hmmmm
    Makes you wonder what the rooted hype is all about if its not speeding up your phone why mesas with it

    • Chris.Go

      Wireless tether personally was why I did it and simply because I can. You must be under using your device. What a waste of money. Anyone else notice the leaked 2.2 doesn't have wireless tether stock or did I miss something?

      • Doolidg

        I can understand the wireless tether thing but I'm pretty sure that's coming out with the Froyo update..and I understand the… because I can…. We all do that sometimes right..But to say “your under using your device” and “wasting money” is not a fair statement as you have no idea what I'm using my Droid for,or the piece of S*#t phone I used to have… basically your saying that Android 2.1 and soon to be 2.2 is a waste of time and money..I'm sure there's plenty of non rooted users that will disagree with you… oh and I love your comment

        ” Wireless tether personally was why I did it “
        “Anyone else notice the leaked 2.2 doesn't have wireless tether stock or did I miss something? “

        That's priceless s*#t right there

  • Running Froyo 2.2 on Droid – O/C at 1100 MHz… PRO ES 5.6 fps … HD ES 40.3 fps…

    GO DROID!

  • graham

    1357 quadrant with 1gig oc on froyo 2.2

  • Nick

    Ok, i registered on their site and validated my account, but when i go to login on my phone to send the data it says “Error occurred during sending data! Do you want to retry” and it just keeps doing that. I put in all my info correctly and thats all i get. Any help would be great cause i wanna see my benches.

    • Chris.Go

      You can't change orientation or flip keyboard out. It seems to refresh and kill the last saved session. I just kept the phone vertical, no keyboard and rand test, log in and upload. Worked… when I tried to use keyboard after test it lost my data.

      • Nick

        I tried holding it up upright or vertical and type my stuff in without it changing and it still says that same error. I can log in on my computer on the site just fine but just cant send my info from my phone or login to send the data.

  • Low023

    Should be running 60 fps on pro within a year at this rate of growth.
    Just wait everyone will be waiting for “Android 12.2 Shortcake” with it's “norm” 2-5x update performance jump coupled with the launch of the 200th new android device.

    It almost seems like Android is enabling the Phone industry to break Moore's Law.

    • shoyo

      I'm thinking the performance jump will have a limit. They can only make the software so efficient. Of course, that's not counting how well embedded processors will develop. If they keep developing at this rate (which seems to be a safe bet, considering how the mobile electronics space has been going lately), it's not unimaginable to have a handset that can rival a laptop's performance (not a netbook). Especially with a lean mobile OS, I would imagine the only limiting factor is the smaller screen. It feels might cramped using a 3.7″ screen compared to a desktop screen, personally.

  • NorCalGuy

    300f/6.0fps
    1209f/ 40.3fps
    Froyo BB V0.1
    overclocked to 1100MHz(performance)

  • Froyo:

    1,000MHz (setCPU set to performance…. not that that should make a difference)

    Pro small: 297 Frames 5.9 FPS
    Pro Big: 1209 Frames 40.3 FPS

  • Wuzz Ranger

    Froyo:

    800MHz

    Pro small: 227 Frames 4.5 FPS
    Pro Big: 1168 Frames 38.9 FPS

  • Mexigreek

    Unrooted Moto Droid 2.1
    ES 1.1 = 4.5 fps
    HD 1.1 = 40.0 fps

  • Superman

    I got 4.5 and 39.0 with a non-overclocked Froyo (Team Chaos Red Rum theme) build.

  • I wish I would have checked here sooner so i could have seen what all the hubbub was about. I'm guessing another apple zombie got his feelings hurt. Good job Kellex, you're blog strikes again. Jerk!

  • dannyyang524

    w00t! Droid Does!

  • kervation

    This is off topic but I have been addicted to this site for the past week and a half. I have been a proud Droid owner since March and
    I can't believe it took me this long to root my phone. This is a great site and I want to thank Kellex for the easy
    instructions in the videos. I'm still learning the ins and outs of modding my device but with a great site and helpful community like this I know that I will be fine.

  • Anyone else having a problem uploading results? I can't see my results till I can successfully upload them. 🙁

    • Chris Nimon

      The first time I tried to upload it didnt go through. I was in landscape mode when I input my login ans psswrd. then when I turned it to portrait mode i saw my info disappear right as the screen changed. worked fine when I kept it in portrait mode. Any way that was what I ran into.

    • Guess I wasn't meant to see my results. I have tried 25x to upload my score and keep getting an error. I can log into the website just fine so I know my activation was successful :-/

  • Chris Nimon

    MAN, I put off mowing yesterday so I could load Froyo, so I just get done mowing and find I missed all the fun.
    Paul E, too bad you didnt go kick in his front door and pummel him. Let him explain that to his homophobic friends. ” Gee, whered you get that black eye?” Now that would be awesome.

  • Tdogandrus

    GLBench PRO ES 1.1 – 266 Frames ( 5.3 Fps)
    GLBench HD ES 1.1 – 1166 Frames (38.9 Fps)

    Running Android 2.2 Bugless Beast V0.1 FRF57 800mhz

  • Rjoudrey

    Stock 2.2 @ 800 (DroidLife post)

    Pro 273/5.5
    HD 1169/39.0

  • Superman

    Can someone help me out? When I download the .apk from the GL Benchmark site, it comes zipped, and when I try to unzip it, it's not an .apk file, but a bunch of other files. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

    • Chris Nimon

      are you downloading from your phone? thats what I did. when it says done loading, click on it to install.

      • Superman

        That did the trick! Don't know what's different about that then downloading to the computer first. Guess that's why I'm not a genius. 🙂

        Thanks!

  • Tkimball00

    with froyo 2.2 at 800MHz

    PRO ES 1.1 – 5.3 fps
    HD ES 1.1 – 40.2Fps

    • rdunseith

      Thats exactly what I got! WOOT DROID.

  • sslayer22

    Pro: 301/6.0
    Hd: 1211/40.4

  • rdunseith

    I'm guessing that HTC Sense could be slowing things down on the HTC devices. But the Nexus, thought that was a google flagship android phone. I am pleasantly surprised.

  • +1 for the moto droid, even though I'm disappointed that we don't get all the features from Android that the nexus one gets without rooting. I'm happy we have better hardware.

  • Octotron

    This make me smile.

  • jlj7783

    I'm running the first 2.2 Froyo Rom @1000 and just pulled the exact same score as the stock Droid, But got a 1300 in Quandrant Standard.

  • Paul E.

    Sure you were. Oh, and if you're GOING to use that word that starts with F, at least spell it right.

    • Talvod_kustovsky

      Sorry FAIRY

  • Talvod_kustovsky

    I'm not talking about butt pirates I'm talking about homosapiens damn what a fagget don't get your panties in a bunch

  • Sslayer22

    6.0/40.4

  • Jai Taigas

    Really not related to this specific post but I feel it's needed to be said. Trolls have only one goal in mind, and that is to get a reaction out of you, ignoring it being a good or bad reaction… they do not care. The best way to deal with anyone that is obviously trolling is to just flag the comment and ignore them. Trolls tend to get a rather good feel of where to avoid because it's just no fun for them in that community. Just ignore it and they will go away. This site has a great community that I enjoy being a part of and reading comments as well as posts from Kellex. Let's not ruin it by letting Trolls get a reaction out of you.

    • Paul E.

      I know that, sadly.. it's common on every internet board I'm on. This one got under my skin. I flagged them all and won't be responding any more.

  • rdunseith

    Just goes to show that Motorola spent time on making the Droid. Props to them and can't wait for the future Moto Droids.

  • Gregorykalvelage

    stock droid 2.1
    Pro= 225 frames 4.5
    Hd=1190 frames 39.7

  • Talvod_kustovsky

    Does anyone really care? Oh big Phuken deal my phone is at 86 FPS. Has anyone gotten more Puzzy because of the phones they have? Do you have any female's numbers in your phone? Let me know when you're done larping.. Homos

    • Guest11

      This guy must be an owner of one of the “other” phones…

      • Talvod_kustovsky

        I have a blackberry.

        • rdunseith

          Sorry for you with the Blackberry and all, but go troll another blog.

          • Talvod_kustovsky

            Sorry I'll Conform… DROID DOES

        • Rachel

          If you have a BlackBerry, why are you even here? Don't you have better things to do than post on a Droid site?

          And it's not like only guys are on here. I'm a girl and I know I'm not the only one that reads this site or other Droid sites. But I'm sure the guys here get more girls than you do anyway, Talvod.

          • Talvod_kustovsky

            You're right Rachel… I have a friend trying to get me to join this cult…I'll play nice

          • Paul E.

            Little late for that. I've already reported your homophobic comments to the moderators. Not only is it reprehensible on its face in the 21st century, it has nothing whatsoever to do with any phone of any type. Droid, Blackberry, or otherwise.

          • Angad Singh06

            way to go girl……

        • Sdk_1052

          Exaclty. You wish you had a droid!

    • Guest

      actually I have more numbers thanks to my bump app. before i was scared to talk to girls, now i bump phones, then bump……

      • Talvod_kustovsky

        how can you go out and meet girls if your phone is ALWAYS plugged in… nice try. LIGHTNING BOLT

        • Tim

          I don't go out and get girls. They come to me.

          • Talvod_kustovsky

            good job!

          • Talvod_kustovsky

            I'm just kidding guys. I'm just a lonely guy at home looking for a guy to talk to. Anybody up for some Bumping?

    • guest

      anyone with a name like talvod shouldn't be talking!

      • Talvod_kustovsky

        tell that to my parents. At least my name isn't guest

    • Paul E.

      Talvod: I don't even know what the f*** larping is. And to answer your question, I DO have female numbers in my phone. But…gasp… I'm one of those “homos”, too. Wow.. wrap your mind around THAT one.

      Kellex, I flagged this, I hope you don't mind. I don't come to Droid Life for a nice bit of homophobia.

      • Talvod_kustovsky

        Dude your MOM and Grandma don't count

        • Paul E.

          Both dead so no phone is going to get a hold of them anyway. Wanna try again?

          • Talvod_kustovsky

            isn't there an app for that? tsk tsk.. droid is slacking

          • Paul E.

            Not that I know of. Not even on your sainted Blackberry.

          • Talvod_kustovsky

            I just need a phone to call women and maybe to play snes.. I wish I had an android phone which one should I get?

      • kellex

        He's been banned. Sorry that everyone had to deal with that.

        • Paul E.

          I apologize for even reacting. He just really got my dander up. Thanks for your quick moderation. I've edited most of my comments, as they'd make no sense now.

        • Ace Z.

          Ohhhhhhh man. I was having fun with the guy Kellex lol. He even went old school on us with the “Yo Momma” jokes.

        • Tim

          It was kind of fun messing with the little guy. lol… Even the BB look at this droid-life.

        • rdunseith

          Thanks, Wow haven't seen trolling this bad before here. Glad you got him.

        • briderx

          Parents should password protect their computers.. You shouldn't have to babysit Kellex.. But thanks!

      • Octotron

        Kellex and I all of a sudden got about 30 emails about flagging in 10 minutes and came to ban him at the same time, haha.

        • Paul E.

          That's why I come here first over A.C. or phandroid. Droid centered, no BS, active moderation, helpful, and friendly.

    • Fawzi94

      calm your tits son

      • Talvod_kustovsky

        I know you are afraid of tits so I'll calm down… Maybe if I pull out my d*ck that would get your attention

        • Ace Z.

          @Talvod_Cuntovsky-Your inner conscience is saying, “I'm Lonellllyyyyyy, Oh So Lonelllllllyyyy, I Have Nobodddddyyyyyyyy, I'm On My Ownnnnnnn” *playing the violin in the background

          • Talvod_kustovsky

            LOL

    • briderx

      My wife probably wouldn't like me having “females numbers” in my phone. In any case.. I don't think you grasp the fact that a 7 month old phone out performs a newer, faster model. That's like taking a celeron single core and having it spank a dual core.

      • Talvod_kustovsky

        Nerd Alert, Nerd Alert, Nerd Alert

        • briderx

          Ha ha.. Dude. You're on a geek forum calling us geeks.. OH NO!

    • Tim

      Your name explains it all. They only have blackberrys where you are from. (not being racist)…

      • Talvod_kustovsky

        I'm from the Bronx

        • Ace Z.

          Tsk Tsk…That's why Brooklyn is the shiznit! *still playing the violin for Talvod*

  • 6.0 fps
    38.9 fps
    froyo 1.1Ghz Blue Energy :)..

    • might have got 10.0 ; 45.0 if she would have been in a thong.. :)…

  • mathewdev

    awesome! makes me proud to own a Droid!

  • g35

    Froyo 2.2, 1ghz
    Pro 5.6 fps
    HD 40.3 fps

  • vzw fanman

    i got 5.7 fps/38.9 fps. i'm running 2.2 with nexfro 1.0.1.

  • sonicboomin

    how do i run these tests?

    • Chris Nimon

      go to gl benchmark website and register. download the app. run it

  • brando56894

    Pro: 304 frames (6.1 FPS)
    HD: 1157 frames (38.6 FPS)

    Bugless Beast Froyo 0.1 @ 1.1 GHz

  • darkseider

    Clock speed doesn't make a difference at all. Seems that this benchmark works the GPU ONLY therefore showing that the PowerVR SGX 530 in the Droid is better than the Adreno in the Snaprdragon. If you notice an overclock 1+ Ghz Froyo Droid and a stock 550 Mhz Froyo Droid score the same.

  • Chris Nimon

    If MOTO's old stuff is this good, whats the 2Ghz stuff gonna be like?
    302 frames 6.0 fps
    1168 frames 38.9fps
    http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt50/chrisni

  • Running 2.1, MrBobrowitz Steam ROM 4.0.5.

    Pro ES 1.1 300 Frames (6.0FPS)
    HD ES 1.1 1202 Frames (40.1 FPS)

  • damn I'm actually seeing my name on here now. 😀

  • Guest11

    5.3 / 39.6

    BB Froyo – 800mhz

  • nkhex19

    Once again DROID DOES!!! Another +1 for Moto!

  • briderx

    BB 0.1 Stock (Never used a kernel) I get 5.7 and 39.0..

  • Sonicboomin

    How do i take these speed tests on my droid?

    • joandy

      Did you see the video?? If not this is what Chris Nimon posted a few comments before “go to gl benchmark website and register. download the app. run it”

      It helps watching the video and reading the comments!

  • Jai Taigas

    overclocked to 800mz running bugless rom froyo v0.1 I got 5.4 FPS for Pro and 38.9 fps for HD ES

  • I'm holding out for the 2 Ghz Droid announced for later this year, as the replacement for my original Droid. But I want a keyboard!

  • Droid w/Droid 2.2 BB 0.1 overclocked 1100 MHz
    Pro ES 1.1 295 Frames (5.9FPS)
    HD ES 1.1 1167 Frames (38.9 FPS)

    Droid Incredible
    Pro ES 1.1 173 Frames (3.5FPS)
    HD ES 1.1 1047 Frames (34.9 FPS)

    • Paul E.

      Question for you, if you know.. since you're running the BB Froyo… if you're coming from another Froyo build, do you need to wipe data and cache, or no?

      • nkhex19

        Its recommended you wipe coming from a different Froyo build to BB. If you want a clean install anyways.

        • Paul E.

          Thanks.

      • Not sure as I went from stock to root to bb froyo. I'd go ahead and wipe.

        • Paul E.

          Thanks. Both of you said the same thing. I don't MIND wiping, as I can restore it all, it just takes a while and I'm impatient, so I was hoping I wouldn't have to do it.

          • You DONT need to wipe if coming from another Froyo 🙂

          • Paul E.

            Oh I ALWAYS make a backup. That has saved my a** twice now, actually, included the current 2.2 I flashed wrongly the first time. My little ninja disappeared for a second and I freaked.

          • Good lol
            You should be just fine with no wipe if coming from another Froyo

  • IMA_210

    The hard test 5.8Fps
    The easier test 38.8 Fps

    Running BB V0.1 – Froyo 2.2 clocked at 800mhz

  • snafu009

    This is cool, however the CPU means more to me personally than the GPU seeing as I rarely ever game (or do anything “graphics” intensive.

  • My Droid running Bugless Beast 2.2 (FroYo) @ 1.2 GHz gets 5.4 Fps / 38.9 Fps on the two GL tests used in this video.

  • I'm running the GLBenchmark on my overclocked Droid running Froyo and my Droid Incredible. Will post results when they finish.

  • Paul E.

    Ok so I'll see what my 800 Mhz Froyo runnin' OC'd Droid does. (See what I did there? LOL)

    *drumroll*

    Pro 5.3 fps
    HD 38.9 fps

  • Kevin

    5.3 & 39 w/Droid 2.2 BB 0.1

    Hey… in the old old days (Commodore 64) there was a game I played. It was like a 3D maze but very simple. The maze on the Quadrant standard test looked quite similar. Does anyone happen to know what that is or if there's a Droid game out there that is similar?

  • brandonmee

    Pro ES 1.1 301 Frames (6.0FPS)
    HD ES 1.1 1165 Frames (38.8 FPS)

  • That's why Droids Still a beast

    • EggoEspada

      Of course.
      Thats why I'm sticking to Moto's high end Android phones.
      TI's OMAP processors offer the best.

  • vonbane

    Running 2.2 FRF57, 1.1 Ghz kernel i got 6.0 fps on first test, 38.9 fps on second test.

  • MattXB

    The hard test 5.3Fps
    The easier test 38.9 Fps

    2.2 Running BB V0.1

  • droid

    DROID!!!

  • Spyderman89469

    Love my droid… everyday I find something new that Droid does…. and I have not been disappointed yet! 🙂

  • love to see some winning moto droid news!!!

  • Tr Slate

    only way moto takes over is if they dump the crappy blur ui.

    • DCDroid

      Moto Droid doesn't use Blur, it's vanilla ui like the nexus one. What are you talking about.

      • Raj Bhatt

        I think Tr Slate is talking about the leaked Shadow pics that Kellex got his hands on. It looks like it runs a new form of Blur. Hopefully the Droid 2 won't have a skin. Until then, it is nice to know we still have the most powerful Android phone!

    • Guest11

      The Droid doesn't have the “crappy” “blur” UI you're referring to. Eventually i'll bet everyone uses the default android ui. HTC even simply because the workload of keeping the custom ui's up to date for each version of android. SO when the droid gets official 2.2 you'll probably not see it on HTC devices till a month later.

  • guess that finally shows that the snapdragon was not going to beat the cpu+gpu combo in the droid 🙂

    • John

      Shows why I can't wait for an OMAP4 device..

      • darkseider

        What he said.

  • 🙂

    • kellex

      Simple and perfect answer. +1

      • jxcgunrunna

        Interesting finds i have run across:
        1. Overclocking has little to do with the graphics. 12000 vs 550 get similar results.
        2. In the CPU tests, my 12000 mhz Droid 2.2 is kicking the iPad's(iphone 4 has the same chip) ass
        3. We truely have an amazing phone guys

        • Eric Sorensen

          That's interesting. So on what type of applications do you really notice the clock speed increases, if not on 3D rendering?

          That news article about the new Motorola at the end of the year having a 2Ghz CPU AND an Nvidia graphics processor now REALLY looks like a must-have device.

          • jxcgunrunna

            Loading web pages for sure. I put Flash on demand. General speed of the phone too. I typically keep my clocked at 900 instead of the 1200 so it has better battery life. You really see the speed increase in everything.

          • shoyo

            I'm thinking CPU intensive tasks, like processing web pages and stuff. The graphics core takes care of, what else, the graphics. The (main) processor tells the graphics processor what to do.

            Say you're on the Market app. The CPU communicates with either the wifi radio or the 3G radio to send out request(s) for data. Once it gets it, it then tells the graphics processor how to display the data, what text goes where, which image goes where, etc. Having a higher clock on the CPU allows it to do more things per second (550Mhz means 550 million cycles a second. depending on the process, it can cost 1 cycle or 100, or 100k. that's the very low-level CPU things a CPU does. Compare that to 1.2Ghz, which is double the stock speed, so the CPU can, technically, do twice the amount of work in the same amount of time).

            Not sure if that's clear to read, but yeah. If you consider it like an office, the CPU would be management/administration, while every other part can be likened to other departments (graphics = design/art dept; wifi/3g = communications, etc).