Get the lowdown on your Android with Geekbench 3

Alan Buckingham
Aug 17, 2013
Apps, Google Android

Android devices are released on an increasingly fast and furious basis -- it seems as if there is a new one every week, be it a phone or tablet. If you are like me then probably have more than one at this point. A tablet or two, a current phone, and older phone; these things have a tendency to accumulate.

Now there is a way to check the performance for all of them. Geekbench is not not new, but version 3 has just launched and is now live in the Play store for $0.99. As always, a dropdown menu shows what devices are compatible, and in this case, included my current phone and both tablets -- the Google TV was obviously not, nor was my old Droid X (its around here somewhere) because the latest version requires Android 4.0 and newer.


The great thing about purchasing apps from here is that one buy makes it available to all devices on your account. I initially started with the Galaxy Nexus, but later will test my new Nexus 7 and Asus MeMO tablets.

Ghacks originally covered Geekbench for both PC and mobile last year, so this is simply a new version with some new features. However, version 3 features 15 new tests designed to cover encryption, image processing, signal processing, and physics simulation. Also, 12 of the tests from Geekbench 2 have been rewritten.


A quick test on the Galaxy Nexus revealed all of the details of my handset. It also runs quickly, despite telling you that there are 100 tests being conducted.


The complete test took only about three minutes, and revealed a score of 109 of a possible 200, not great, but the phone is a bit older than modern ones like the Nexus 4.


While the app isn't free, a price of just barely under one dollar is not exactly breaking the bank. The tests ran quickly, and revealed quite a bit of information about my phone. Now I am anxious to compare the older Asus MeMO with the brand new Asus-built Nexus 7 to see what that can unveil.


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  1. iron2000 said on August 18, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Isn’t the Asus MeMO Pad an inferior version of the old Nexus 7?
    I guess it can’t even compare with the new Nexus 7.

    1. Peter said on August 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

      ‘Inferiority’ requires a comparative index.
      a man is inferior to a woman when comparing child-bearing capabilities.
      So, the MeMo pad isn’t inferior at all, it outranks the nexus7 in ….

  2. Peter said on August 18, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Why should you, Alan ?
    If you feel you want to I understand, I hope you don’t feel you NEED to.
    We are all so getting used to the idea that we NEED to get the latest and the newest,
    I often ask myself If I would be smarter, better, faster, more efficient with the newest ‘toy’.
    Is it worth the cost to renew every x months. What do I gain or do I lose ?
    Quad core 1.6Ghz smart phones and more… Nice .. to have but, to need ?

    1. torx said on August 18, 2013 at 7:20 am

      i agree with you, but at least for me it really was time to do so. before the nexus 4 i was “still” on the htc incredible s and what can i say.. finally i got the update to android 4.0.4 from htc but you could see/feel that this phones hardware wasnt build to run this natively. after several complete slowdowns of the launcher and a web browser incapable of rendering nowadays websites in an acceptable speed i felt it just was time to do so :)

      i hope this is somewhat readable, english isn’t my mother tongue.
      (and the n4 is far from being perfect but compared to the IncS definetely a nice upgrade ;) )

  3. torx said on August 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    nexus 4
    single core score 506
    multi core score 1591

    1. Alan Buckingham said on August 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Its time for me to upgrade…

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