Built for speed: which phone is the quickest?

There’s no question that most cellphones today are seriously fast. As their internal processors and operating systems have gotten better, mobile phones have started getting so fast, that lag seems to be something of the past when it comes to premium mobile offerings.

Tech blogger and founder of TheUnlockr, David Cogen, decided to put the fastest phones on the market to the test to determine which can claim the title of the Usain Bolt of mobile phones, and the results were not what you might have expected.

I feel the need, the need for speed

Cogen decided to pit 6 recently released phones against each other in a variety of (not-so-scientific, he admits) challenges. He deliberately chose phones that he thought were the quickest on the market today, and then ran a series of speed tests.

First off, Cogen evened the playing field by using the same WiFi network, he loaded the same apps and games on the phones, and closed all open apps. Cogen then lined all of the phones up next to each other and opened each app or game used in the test to see which phone opened an app or game the fastest. Each phone received a score according to their placing in the respective speed tests, with a lower score being better than a higher score.

After running a range of tests, these were the results.

1. OnePlus 5T (18 points)
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (21 points)
3. Google Pixel 2 XL (22 points)
4. Apple iPhone X / Essential (both scored 27 points)
5. Huawei Mate 10 Pro (31 points)

While none of these phones are slow by any standard, it is interesting to see how they compare when tested for speed alongside one another. Check out the video below to see how Cogen did it, and how the phones performed.

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