Which? Magazine: The iPhone 5 is the Slowest Smartphone of Them All

By Sam Gibbs on at

The testing gurus over at Which? have right royally sunk their teeth into the iPhone 5. They tested the seven most popular smartphones in Britain and found the iPhone 5 severely wanting.

Putting the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Nexus 4, BlackBerry Z10, and the iPhone 5 up against each other, part of Which? magazine's phone testing used GeekBench to churn out empirical evidence of sheer brute-force performance. Unsurprisingly, the blazing Galaxy S4 came out top, with the HTC One a close second and the Xperia Z and Nexus 4 practically tied for third and fourth.

But what was shocking was just how much faster everything else, including the BlackBerry, was than the iPhone 5. With the Galaxy S4 clocking in with 3,188 points, it was just under twice as fast as the iPhone 5 with a score of 1,664.

Now, that's not necessarily a surprise, given the iPhone 5's only got a dual-core chip clocked in the region of 1.2GHz, but to be that far behind, and beaten by literally every other flagship phone going is remarkable. And before you say it, yes I know performance isn't everything, but when it comes multi-tasking, browsing and games, the numbers really do count.

1. Samsung Galaxy S4 – 3188

2. HTC One – 2798

3. Sony Xperia Z – 2173

4. Google Nexus 4 – 2134

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – 1950

6. BlackBerry Z10 – 1698

7. Apple iPhone 5 16GB – 1664

Anyway, my biggest take away from all this is that the Nexus 4 is still crazy value for money, considering it's some £200 cheaper than almost everything else. I wonder whether Apple's next iPhone will continue the gulf in processing disparity, or whether Ive and co cave to the number war. [Which?]