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.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.