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Benchmarks: DROID3 vs. Galaxy S II vs. DROIDX2

With the dual-core chipsets from Texas Instruments (OMAP), NVIDIA (Tegra) and Samsung (Exynos) all making their way into devices and our hands in the last couple of months, we wanted to see how each compared to each other in a series of Android benchmarks.  We pulled the results for the Galaxy S II and DROIDX2 from this post that we ran a few weeks back and have now included results from the DROID3 to round out the comparison.  The DROIDX2 is running NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 clocked at 1GHz, the Galaxy S II has their Exynos at 1.2GHz, and the DROID3 is running an OMAP clocked at 1GHz.

Here are the results…  

Order of screenshots:  DROID3 vs. Galaxy S II vs. DROIDX2

Smartbench 2011:

  

CF-Bench:

  

Quadrant:

  

Linpack:

  

Neocore:

  

Nenamark1:



The Samsung Galaxy S II would appear to beat the other two devices after looking at these, but you do have to remember that it’s clocked slightly higher at 1.2GHz and has a lower resolution screen (480×800 vs 540×960) which could easily help it in many of the FPS benchmarks.  In my experience with all 3 devices though, I can easily say that the performance on the SGS2 is noticeably better, but I’d be more inclined to blame that on bad software than the processor.

We’re at a pretty exciting time for mobile technology.  Dual-cores are about to become the norm, which means that developers can finally start to focus on making products that take full advantage of this shiny new power.  The more dual-cores the merrier.

Your thoughts?

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Crane Stand is simply the highest quality Adjustable Laptop Stand on the market and the only DJ Laptop Stand that is made in the USA. The robust Portable Notebook Stand was rated #1 in stability, and is the only Foldable Laptop Stand with a 3-leg design.

  • Joshua_terlaje

    When will the Droid 3 appear on guam?

  • http://twitter.com/baddaBAM baddaBAM

    The main review that matters at this point in time is battery life. No one wants a phone that’s only good for 2 hrs intervals, unless they enjoy being tethered to their charger. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/JayQ330 Jonathan Oquendo

    This is just plain biased, 800×480/1.2 ghzcpu/ 1 GB of ram/ android 2.3 vs, 960×540/ 1 ghz cpu/ 512 mb of ram/ android 2.2 vs, 960×540/ 1 ghz cpu/ 512 mb of ram/ android 2.3 & they all score very close except that the 2 droids have all the odds against them, the wvga screen on the sgs2 will benefit it on all apps even the U.I. so this “I can easily say that the performance on the SGS2 is noticeably better, but I’d be more inclined to blame that on bad software than the processor” is plain false. thats like saying that photoshop will run the same on a 640×480 screen as on a 1600×1200 screen! cmon thats bull, truth is that the 2 SOC’s in the droids are superior more efficient & saves more battery. plus the problems that no one speaks of as if it doesnt matter, the gps…

  • Anonymous

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  • Ian Wilson

    This article would be useful if it was actually possible to view any of the screenshots besides the Droid 3’s

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FCAHRME4VEZJ6VHOAK2GIJ2ENY Elaine Morin

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, LiveCent.com

  • Pennywise

    Screenshots from the Galaxy don’t look as good as the other two

  • http://twitter.com/barski_x barski_x

    If moto would get the heads out of there ass and release GB for the Droid X2 the results might be a little different.

  • Nkmett15

    Stats are stats… I just want official Gingerbread for my X2 so everyday use is smooth like it’s supposed to be….

  • meth feld

    the miniscule differences in performance between the droid 3 and others doesnt come close to making up for the slide out keyboard…..all this to say droid3 is best phone one can own  And even better, it doesnt have that predictive text BS so if you are a fan of acronyms/slang/mixed language you dont have to spend 5 minutes every time you type a word fighting with the phone over what it is you actually want to say!!!! 

  • Sam

    how about a battery life comparison? I want to know the price for being fast…all of these devices are fast enough, but how efficient are they? that’s what impresses me…

  • Anonymous Coward

    Too late, already jumped ship for the Evo3D, now just waiting (I know) for HTC to make good and unlock the bootloader as promised.

  • Drnick124

    Dont forget that the X2 is still running froyo and gingerbread for the other two.

  • Steve

    Yea but when is gingerbread coming out for the thunderbolt?

    • Anonymous

      Yea but when are people going to stop asking for what is already there  :)

      • http://profiles.google.com/sprunka Sean Prunka

        Yea but when are people going to stop assuming that everyone roots their phones and applies custom ROMs from the developer community?

        • Anonymous

          I’ll stop assuming it, when it becomes more difficult than typing this message…. :)

          • PAulcagarrett

            I’ve had my OG Droid since March 2010. Always stock, never rooted. Between my kids, and my clumsiness I’ve only had to replace it once, and this was less than 45 days after the initial purchase. To me, it’s almost a member of the family. So why would I feel the need to root? This TANK of a smartphone has outlasted any previous electronic devices I own, outside of my 360.
            Point being, not everyone feels compelled to root. I’ve thought about it, sure. But it runs just as great as when I first even touched a Droid. So quit assuming. My greatest example of perfect out the box is exactly what I’m using to type this comment.

          • Anonymous

            then if they are not compelled to root, they are not compelled to have gingerbread, their loss, not mine :)

            You are missing out on all the great speed and new features, VOIP support built in… etc… so your loss, it’s not mine… just ridiculous people complain that they ‘can’t’ have GingerBread, well yes they can, just don’t really want it!

          • Anonymous

            then if they are not compelled to root, they are not compelled to have gingerbread, their loss, not mine :)

            You are missing out on all the great speed and new features, VOIP support built in… etc… so your loss, it’s not mine… just ridiculous people complain that they ‘can’t’ have GingerBread, well yes they can, just don’t really want it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angel-Luis-Gonzalez-III/591224353 Angel Luis Gonzalez III

    i seen the galaxy s 2 already in person.  They sell it in puerto rico and a woman brought it into the store and i was amazed of how thin it was and screen was amazing O.o.  Lol she came in like do you have any cases for this phone i thought it was the infuse but i saw it wasn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil Thopu

    Even if the SGSII is 3G only, I’ll buy it. 

  • Anonymous

    The sad truth is, by the time Verizon gets this phone, it could possibly be half way through it’s product cycles, and Galaxy S III will only be months away :D

    Of course I’m kidding, but it’s quite sad that the phone has been out for a while now, and it’s nowhere to be seen stateside!

    I want this phone, but at the same time, I’d really like for it to have an HDMI port, so I’m also waiting on the Bionic. 

    I’ve been running CM7 on my DX, and buying into the Bionic might have me waiting a year again before it gets some CM7 love, or even worse, the Bionic might even be more locked down and never get it.  The build quality on the Samsung is questionable also, it just does not
    feel like a solid phone in hand.  You can argue many things against
    motorola, but their phones have always had good build quality in my
    experience, Samsung has always been a bit dodgy

    Hmmm…..Build quality and HDMI or better functionality and not so good build quality?  Choices choices choices, well not really, the Galaxy S II is nowhere to be found.

  • Anonymous

    The sad truth is, by the time Verizon gets this phone, it could possibly be half way through it’s product cycles, and Galaxy S III will only be months away :D

    Of course I’m kidding, but it’s quite sad that the phone has been out for a while now, and it’s nowhere to be seen stateside!

    I want this phone, but at the same time, I’d really like for it to have an HDMI port, so I’m also waiting on the Bionic. 

    I’ve been running CM7 on my DX, and buying into the Bionic might have me waiting a year again before it gets some CM7 love, or even worse, the Bionic might even be more locked down and never get it.  The build quality on the Samsung is questionable also, it just does not
    feel like a solid phone in hand.  You can argue many things against
    motorola, but their phones have always had good build quality in my
    experience, Samsung has always been a bit dodgy

    Hmmm…..Build quality and HDMI or better functionality and not so good build quality?  Choices choices choices, well not really, the Galaxy S II is nowhere to be found.

  • http://twitter.com/jmofurby Johnny Moralez

    My thoughts? I think you should send me one of each and I’ll run my own tests to confirm or deny your results. ;-D

  • pj

    I have an honest question for you guys. While playing with these phones, are you really amazed by the smoothness and agility of them? I took my modded incredible to Verizon and it was just as fast for browsing, emails, and the norm. Are u guys seeing a big difference with any of these ?

  • Anonymous

    as an x2 owner i have some love for the phone. can we point out it still runs froyo? gingerbread + its hardware = much better test scores.

    • dairyman

      Not so fast my friend……….Gingerbread added to my stock Droid Incredible 2 only bumped the Quadrant score by about 50 points. I wouldn’t expect MUCH better test scores.

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  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

    SingleCore 4G > DualCore 3G

    Hooray, your handset is fast.  Too bad its’ network capabilities cannot keep pace.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      I’ll take dualcore + 4G.  Why settle for less?

  • EC8CH

    GS24MEPLEEZ

    • http://twitter.com/TheBigNoob Ryan Fraser

      WATHESAID

  • anonymous

    You guys at DL need to stop teasing me with these articles about the SGS2 when we haven’t even gotten confirmation on its possible release on VZ. Until we get more information, I’d rather not know what I could be missing…

    • Lliam

      This guys is so right.  Why are we comparing a phone that we won’t get.  It is almost like they are trying to get us to switch carriers.  I like verizon, but if they don’t start getting some of these decent phones, i will take my business else where.  This anonymous guy hit the nail right on the head.  He should be president! Anonymous for PRESIDENT!!!!

      • EC8CH

        Pretty sure we’ll see a version of the SGII on VZW… only question is how long will it take and how bad will VZW f#ck it up?

        • Anonymous

          Hopefully not as bad as the fascinate.

          • Anonymous

            They messed it up really bad but….. CM7 or OMFGB is now running on it and it is now one hell of a device :)

        • Anonymous

          Precisely, by the time it hits the US it’ll be old news.

      • Mckenzir

        Looooooooove my droid 3 so far. Was able to pick it up from somebody on craigslist for $300 new in box. Probably going to grab the next new phone around march(when my contract is up) either going to grab the sg2 or the next new and wonderful phone. Can’t wait for the next wave of phones. Though damn this d3 is definitely impressive.

  • http://fabdroid.com Andrew Xie

    Seeing as how CM7 nightlies are about to start for the GSII, I’m inclined to favor the Samsung.

  • TomHolmes

    SGSII is still the top of the specification heap, no doubt. It’s marginal performance advantage over the Moto’s however is outweighed (in my personal opinion) by the vast gulf in build quality. Still, if you buy an SGSII when they become available and slap an Otterbox on it, you’ll probably love it. Anyone who buys a D3 instead of an SGSII is either 1) impatient, 2) places great value on a physical keyboard, or 3) finds some other advantage of the D3 such as build quality outweighs the specs.

    I love the D3 keyboard and I’ve been singing its praises for over a week now, but if the SGSII was made by Motorola or HTC and available today, I’d have one in my pocket.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    I do love my dual core D3 :)

  • Wakesk8er

    No EVO 3D or Sensation for the Snapdragon chipset?

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    want to let this deal go away only 69.99 on amazon with contract. Here’s the
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    • Calicrs

      and walmart too!

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    The great news here is that the dual core revolution is fully in effect.

  • Anonymous

    The first rule about benchmarkings is that there is no spoon. All tests are relatively useless. Only take away is OMAP4 and Exynos are solid 2011 Hardware. Everything else is essentially a waste of time. We already know Linpack sucks with OMAP, Quandrant is easily swayed etc, As Kellex points out, different resolutions, software, etc. Nice effort, but not much to see here.

  • http://twitter.com/rkein87 Rob Kein

    BIONIC!!!

    • Staticx57

      See: Droid 3 scores

      • Anonymous

        Testers said it is faster than the Droid 3 so we shall see.

        • Anonymous

          Correct.

          • Anonymous

            Any more info?

        • Stelv81

          All of the speed in the world can’t help poorly written software.

          • Anonymous

            My thoughts exactly.

          • http://www.facebook.com/JayQ330 Jonathan Oquendo

            its a good thing that motorolas u.i. is nothing like the blur u.i. then, they did keep 2 widgets though. read about it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/JayQ330 Jonathan Oquendo

          i have the photon, i got 3100 on quadrant & the lowest was 2900 & that was with a couple of apps open in the background. the 512 mb’s is what keeps the scores lower than the sgs2 on these droid & like i said before these phones have a 1ghz cpu + qHD & still scored 3100. antutu was even higher, i outscore the overclocked 1.5 ghz sgs2’s in antutu…but thats not hard to do seeing how these 2 droids beat sgs2 * see the antutu benchmark photos up there * *photon is the same as the original bionic,but verizon is using a different model now going with the TI omap instead of the tegra 2 which is not bad but not faster,especially the custom tegra games out”

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        what does the droid 3 have to do with anything with the bionic??? Specs havent even been released

        • Anonymous

          because the bionic is similar but faster and with more ram.

          • Laxx2k4

            Incorrect . . . The BIONIC will have 512mb RAM and the Droid 3 will be getting 1gb while they contain the same exact processors . . . and the Droid 3 may record1080p!? while the BIONIC will only record 720p.

          • Anonymous

            Um no the droid 3 is already out and has 512mb ram. Jackass.

          • Anonymous

            Nice trolling, sir.

  • SkateNaked911

    i can has dual dual-cores?!