GSMArena feature labs: The tests

The tests

GSMArena team, 26 April 2012.


The GSMArena Labs are tests designed to give an objective account of how a device performs in real-world scenarios. In short, it's about what you can expect from a gadget you're planning to buy. Our tests are constantly being developed and refined to keep up with the latest emerging technology. We aim to give you real results, avoiding convoluted technical jargon, so you can easily compare all tested devices.

We are offering a detailed look into the specifics behind out testing process, including what we test, why we test it, and how we go about the whole thing. While it provides enough technical information should you require it, we've tried to cover each subject in a way so as not to confuse the inexperienced reader, and the following pages a great place to get introduced to any of these topics.

In brief, here is an overview of our various testing routines. Clicking on any of the tests below will take you to its respective page, where more detailed information can be found.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 20 Dec 2023
  • vGM

Is the colour accuracy test no longer a thing? The recent reviews sometimes have not been including the exact deltaE (average or maximum) values, and instead just mention whether a display is considered "good enough" in terms of colour...

  • Anonymous
  • 07 Oct 2023
  • NMv

Consider the main number to be approximately 4x (400%) battery life. 100% used as 1h talk, 1h video, 1h web browsing, 21h standby. 100% used as continuous talk until battery is drained 100% used as continuous web browsing until battery...

  • Mr M
  • 06 Oct 2023
  • 0w7

I still don't understand the main figure. If calls, browsing, watching a video are all done each day even with the rest of a day in standby, for an hour, there's no way that any smartphone endures e.g. 120h? Or maybe it boils down to ...