The iPhone XS Max crushes the Google Pixel 3 XL in a speed test

Ro, 23 October 2018

Running benchmarks on smartphones is a good way to see which one does the number crunching faster, but that doesn't always match the real life performance. That's why it's always good to see a speed test, which aims to come closer to your everyday use patterns.

As you can see, the Pixel 3 XL was able to keep the pace with the iPhone XS Max on the first lap but the latter just obliterated Google's flagship phone in the second one. It seems that the Pixel 3 XL struggled to keep the bigger apps open or cached in the background.

And even though the Pixel 3 XL and the XS Max both have 4GB of RAM and iOS is notoriously more aggressive managing memory, the Pixel 3XL memory issues might be to blame.

It still a mystery why Google decided to settle for 4GB of RAM on its both handsets when today's Android mid-rangers easily go above 4GB.

Keep in mind, though, that even this speed test also isn't ideal for measuring real-world performance as it actually measures the time in which the system loads apps from the flash memory to the operating memory. There's also network latency that needs to be taken into account as most of the apps require a connection to the server to download data. And finally, you don't have control over which app gets kicked out of the memory cache - so results may vary depending on set of apps used.


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It's not about the small apps opening and most of the speed tests don't have a human error, yet, PhoneBuff's method is better but that was not what I was talking about. What I was talking about was that iPhone also got reloaded in the ram manageme...

I dont care. Android will still be better OS for me, because, it can do everything (I am advanced user). IOS is for people who are basic phone users (texting, chatting, social media, browsing, gaming). I just prefer Android's openness, custo...

That might be your way of thinking. Not mine. I am more than happy with a fast zippy chip set that delivers my day to day needs. Just because a certain phone, regardless of make has a rocket inside, is of little consequence at these levels. To me it ...