The proliferation of smartphones and tablets exploded growth in the field of mobile benchmarking programs. Whether you're a gearhead testing out the latest tweak to your device, or just looking to settle an argument as to whose phone or tablet is more cutting edge, you'll be able to get some mileage from these mobile benchmarking applications.
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PCMark for Android is an all-in-one benchmarking tool that is designed to evaluate the relative performance and battery life of an Android device based on its performance in realistic tasks rather than artificial algorithms. The app currently includes one benchmark test package called Work, which evaluates Web performance, video playback, document writing and photo editing. Standout features include the ability to record your results and graph them over time (helpful if you're evaluating system tweaks), as well as a Best Devices scoreboard that allows you to compare your device's scores against new, popular or high-performance devices.
The Business Applications Performance Corporation might not have the same name recall as FutureMark or other benchmarking brands, but BAPCo's TabletMark v3 is a solid, cross-platform benchmarking app for tablets. The app is designed to measure a tablet's performance through a series of tests modeled after real-world Web, email, photo editing and video use. The app is available for tablets running Android, iOS and Windows 8.1 and RT.
Principled Technologies' MobileXPRT 2015 is designed to benchmark smartphones and tablets running Android 4.1 or newer. It tries to simulate a variety of real-world tasks, such as photo editing, collages, slideshows, encryption and facial recognition. The company rates execution speed for each task, and it serves up a combined score, which is saved in the device.
Qualcomm continues to improve on its Vellamo Mobile Benchmark app, providing a host of tests for measuring your device's Web and processor performance (single and multi-core), as well as some welcome visual updates to Android Material design. HTML5 tests allow you to benchmark Web and graphics performance, while the Metal tests measure single core processor and hardware performance, and a Multicore mode allowing you to test multiple processor cores at once. While most scores are displayed as abstract points, you can click on details to look at the technical nitty gritty of the individual test results. Easy online comparison allows you to get an idea of relative performance, and extra tests allow you to take a look at video and touchscreen performance.
Primate Labs' GeekBench 3 (Android, iOS) is a cross-platform testing app that allows you to benchmark your device's performance and compare stats even across OS boundaries. Geekbench is aimed primarily at testing processor and memory performance, with the app testing both single-core and multi-core operations in benchmarks that are designed to mimic real-world workloads. Results are provided as abstract scores, accompanied by sub-score breakdowns that users can compare through the GeekBench browser. If you've always wanted to compare the latest Android flagships with Apple's offerings, GeekBench 3 allows you to do just that.