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Mobile benchmarks ain't nothin' but a number

Florence Ion | Oct. 7, 2013
It's the user experience that matters, not charts and graphs.

Benchmarks serve a purpose in testing raw processor performance, but that can be difficult to determine with the variety of hardware configurations among individual devices. The real disappointment here is that the manufacturers have corrupted a system that many have relied on for buying decisions. It makes me wonder whether it's worth supporting a company that would go to such lengths to make itself look better among its competitors.

The bottom line here is that mobile benchmarks aren't trustworthy, and even if they were, they're a poor indicator of how a device feels to use. It's the experience that makes a gadget worth your money--not how impressive its benchmark numbers are.


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