Specs are just words, so much marketing. What ultimately matters in the iPhone 5s vs Android battle for dominance is performance and, just as importantly, what really works. Here is a focussed look at the numbers and ineffibles.

When it comes performance, the iPhone 5s reigns supreme in both browser performance and synthetic benchmarks. In fact, Apple’s 64-bit native A7 processor is almost as fast as Intel’s entry-level Core 2 Duo of 2010.


Of course, it bears mentioning that the unreleased Nexus 5 matches the iPhone 5S in a single benchmark, but more benchmarks are coming and we’ll see how that turns out.

And, is that result actually equal?

The Nexus 5 uses a quad-core chip and 2GB RAM, which is double the processor cores and double the memory of the iPhone 5S. Moreover, Android isn’t optimized for quad-core, meaning there’s a lot of (pointless?) overkill just to pull even with Apple.

Additionally, the iPhone 5s’ 64-bit A7 processor is vastly more efficient running a more efficient and secure iOS 7, something Android (a.k.a. sort of Java running in pseudo emulation) won’t be able to match for at least a year.

Which feeds neatly into visibly superior iPhone touchscreen latency and app response time — you can see it with you eyes and, now, the data proves it, as well.


Then there’s iOS 7 adoption, which currently stands at about 65 percent of the installed iOS base. This provides developers with a target audience of hundreds of millions of devices already running the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. This gives devs a vast target audience that spends freely on apps and services — improved graphics, better physics, tighter security and more money.

Android Jellybean has been available for more than a year and still hasn’t hit 50 percent, which is embarrassing.

iPhone 5S vs Android: Forest for the Trees

So, if you buy anything other than an iPhone are you demented or dumb? No.

iPhones are often more expensive, especially when looking at the upfront cost. Whereas the cheapest new iPhone ($99) with plan goes for about $70 (i.e. Straight Talk) a month, there are scores of “git ‘er done” Android devices for less.

And, then there’s the rain forest of larger and niche Android devices. Hundreds of millions of Apple fans prefer “it just works,” but that doesn’t diminish Android’s “you can make it work” appeal in just about every shape, size, color, configuration and feature set imaginable.

For Android fans trying to make the case that an Android whatever is faster and delivers better performance, don’t go there — specs don’t matter. Apple is innovating, big time.

However, specs do come into play when finding the specific device that fits individual use cases and budgets.

So, iPhone 5s vs Android haters, stop looking at the forest and pick the tree that’s right for you…

What’s your take?

Image: Android Authority

  1. Run a couple things at once and see how pointless quad-core processors are then. I’m online while streaming music and constantly in an out of apps with no slowdown. You easily see the difference with the iPhones processor then. Also the note 3 with the Snapdragon gets close to 3000 on geekbench which is faster than the iPhone 5s.

  2. Apparently, you missed the hard data presented above regarding Android’s inferior touch latency and app response.

    You are also equally unaware of the fact that Android isn’t aware of and can’t address more than two cores.

    Real data generated by shipping products always wins.

  3. He made a point irrelevant to touch response times and irrelevant to whether Android can address cores or not, and you’re correcting him by mentioning touch response times and how Android can’t address cores?

    Just wondering what logic led you there.

  4. Nice article!! I’m sure loads of FanDriods will go mental reading this :)))

    But yes, strong point is Apple does put user experience first and foremost so when Steve Jobs used words like Magical, it simply works…for majority of users that is soo true.

    I am hardcore Apple but I can still sensibly admit that Android has done leaps and bounds with its platform and companies like Samsung and HTC did amazing work adapting it!

    So it is down to the user to choose from these two amazing platforms that revolutionised the way we use mobile phones!

  5. Ars Technica deflates claims about Note 3 performance.

    Note 3’s benchmarking “adjustments” inflate scores by up to 20%


    “You easily see the difference” Really and how would that be measured? Touch latency and app response, duh!

    Quad core is crap when it can’t in fact deliver competitive touch latency and app response. A point directly underscored by the factual statement that Android isn’t aware of more than two cores, doubling down on the still unrefuted idea that quad core is utterly meaningless except as marketing.

  6. Total the scores and the 5s wins by 200 more base points on geekbench 3 and btw also the 5s beats the note 3 in almost all gfx benchmarks
    It also wins in sunspider Nd a lot more benchmarks. And multitasking on an iphone is amazing fast effiecient and crazy smooth. Use an iphone then talk not to mention the note 3 cheats by 20 percent

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