Specs of a phone means nothing and the video made by PhoneBuff proves it. Apple iPhone 6 comes with “mere” 1.4GHz Dual-Core Processor and 1 GB of RAM. Its main competitors Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) both pack powerful Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU clocked at 2.5GHz and 2.3GHz respectively. Both have ample 2GB of RAM too. As you might have guessed by now, iPhone 6 beats both Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) by quite a margin in video made by PhoneBuff. We agree that iPhone 6 having launched six month later than its competitor has its processing advantage. But the multi-tasking test was what surprised us. iPhone 6 could hold more apps in its memory than its Android competition. Samsung Galaxy was the worst performer which couldn’t even hold 5 apps in its memory. TouchWiz, which is a memory hog, is the culprit.
It’s not all that bad, though. iOS and Android multi-task differently. Android multi-tasks like a Windows machine. When an app goes into background, it even works there. Let’s say you are rendering a video and you open Facebook application. In Android, the rendering work will continue as you use Facebook. Not so with iPhone. It will freeze whatever application you are using for video rendering to save memory. If you go back to your video editing application after you use Facebook, you will notice that the rendering is either terminated or cancelled. That is how Apple performed in PhoneBuff style speed test.
The iPhone 6 froze Temple Run 2, Google Earth and Fifa 14 in the background during the speed test. HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 were running them in the background. Since too many apps were run at once, they had to clear those apps from the memory to fasten things up.
Whatever be the reason, iPhone 6 is as fast as it gets. Today, iPhone 6 is the fastest phone money can buy. Its specification may not be ground shattering but the apps are so well optimized for iOS, any app will be snappy. It will run any app you throw at it.