It’s official: Apple phones are better than Android

Apple vs Android

The cult-like following Android engenders could be a reaction to Apple users’ unwavering belief that theirs is the better phone – and operating system. Now there’s finally proof of which one’s better.

Antutu, one of the industry’s most popular performance ranking reports, weighs in on the war. Its Antutu V6.0 report for 2015 covers both the Android and IOS platforms, and gives a more comprehensive and directive ranking to its benchmark study.

Apple far ahead

And the results show that the iPhone 6s, with its A9 processor, stands head and shoulders above the Android pack, with a score of over 130,000 – even on only 2GB of RAM. Huawei’s Mate 8 placed second, with a score of 92,000 Antutu score for its 4GB Hisilicon Kirin chip.

Samsung’s Note 5 and S6 Edge+ round out the top 5. Both use the inhouse-developed Exynos E7420 processor and have a RAM of 4GB.

Which, for those of you that like maths, means that the iPhone 6S is approximately 42 percent faster than the Mate 8. It’s also about 60 per cent faster (and more efficient) than both the top Samsung Galaxy models.

We can hear the boos from the Android gallery, but as Apple users might say, what did you expect?

Even the iPhone6, released in 2014, places ahead of most other (Snapdragon-powered) Android phones, ranking sixth, just after Samsung’s flagship devices.

Antutu 2016 ranking
The Antutu ranking includes Apple smartphones for the first time
Image via Antutu

Spec war

But what’s fascinating about this data, as Digital Trends notes, is that Apple isn’t in a spec war of the kind facing Android manufacturers. Not only are Android phone makers pushing the boundaries with octa-core processors and RAM as high as 4GB, they’re manufacturing their processors in-house. Whether that hurts them going forward or not remains to be seen.

AnTuTu tests only one device per model and averages 500 data samples for each phone. The iPhone6S Plus and iPhone6 Plus were not included in the ranking because of the relatively minor differences as compared with iPhone 6S and iPhone6.

The Android vs Apple question can be decisively laid to rest now. Or can it?

Disclaimer: The author is a long-time Apple user.