With the ever increasing capabilities of modern smartphones, the ability to assess an individual device in order to reliably explore its performance limits is an invaluable one. Additionally, if a user is seeking to compare one handset against another, then having the option available to really dig into the innards of both is extremely useful.
For these and numerous other issues, the benchmarking app is the perfect answer. Benchmarking has been used in the tech world for a number of years, mainly in order to allow PC reviewers to really strip down the components of a machine without having to actually take it to bits.
Mobile benchmarking apps are still in their infancy due to smartphone technology being relatively new, however, we have pulled together some of the best across the various operating systems.
Harking back to the glory days of early desktop benchmarking, by which we mean relentless rows of text and very few frills, BenchmarkMagic for BlackBerry offers a basic but nonetheless useful insight into the performance of your handset in comparison to other devices.
This free app looks at several aspects of any given device including graphics performance, CPU performance and speed index. Results for each are then displayed in easy to read columns of numbers with the results of other devices listed within the same table. Available for BlackBerry OS.
Catering for the oft-overlooked Windows Phone 7 user, WP Bench provides a comprehensive breakdown of system information including screen, CPU and graphics performance gradings in an easy to read format. Particularly impressive is the battery benchmarking capability, which allows users to see how and where power is utilised.
WP Bench is available in both free and paid versions, but for the all the extra functionality offered we would only suggest the paid version for the more hardcore tech geek. Available for Windows Phone 7.
Catering for the huge Android market, AnTuTu is a serious bit of kit that offers users a whole host of handset performance statistics including CPU, graphics, database I/O and SD card reading/writing speed.
The real beauty of AnTuTu is it’s built in sharing, which allows the uploading of results to a worldwide rankings database. This database offers a full run down of which handsets are currently scoring highly and which users are responsible for the big scores. As a free app, AnTuTu is really a must-have for any user of a device running Google’s mobile OS. Available for Android.
The rather aptly-titled Geekbench, takes a refreshing approach to benchmarking by focusing on simple to assess, reliable results output rather than reams of difficult to decipher data. The app measures the usual CPU, graphics and memory performance capabilities and also covers software versions and handset model breakdown.
At £1.49, the app is not the cheapest benchmarking option by a long way, but the offering of an easy to use tool which provides detailed information in an attractive interface makes Geekbench easily worth the purchase price. Available for Android and iOS.
Widely recognised as probably the most popular benchmarking app currently available for Android devices, Quadrant really is the standard by which all other benchmarking apps are measured. Quadrant does everything you could ever want from a benchmarking app and the breadth of results is simply outstanding.
Whether the user is simply looking to find out what processor their device is running, or seeking to investigate detailed GPU performance limits, Quadrant will quickly and efficiently run tests to get the answers required. A paid version is available which offers a higher level of customisation, but in our opinion the free version provides more than enough data for the average user.