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Get the lowdown on your Android with Geekbench 3

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.

geekbench-3-compatability

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.

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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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Comments

  1. torx said on August 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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    nexus 4
    single core score 506
    multi core score 1591

    1. Alan Buckingham said on August 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm
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      Its time for me to upgrade…

  2. Peter said on August 18, 2013 at 4:16 am
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    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
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      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. iron2000 said on August 18, 2013 at 7:43 am
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    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
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      ‘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 ….

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