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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 10/11/2014

October 2014 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.

 

For the original German article, see here.

Smartphones destroy everything else in terms of sales in the mobile-phone market. These incredibly versatile devices outstripped normal cell phones ages ago. With even stronger processors and growing display sizes, so-called "phablets" are encroaching on tablet territory. The line between these devices is growing increasingly blurry - at least at the peak of the market. These smartphone-tablet crossbreeds have taken many of the top spots in our smartphone Top 10 list. As a result, most of the top models in our list are occupied by very recently released devices. Still, here and there a brave old soldier has clung on to the top of the ladder.

Notebookcheck Smartphone Charts as of October 2014

#ScoreDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionOS
192%04/14
Samsung Galaxy S5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $592
145 g8.1 mm5.11920x1080Android
289%

10/14

new!

Sony Xperia Z3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
3 GB RAM
from $679
152 g7.3 mm5.21920x1080Android
389%05/14Sony Xperia Z2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
3 GB RAM
from $660
163 g8.2 mm5.21920x1080Android
489%04/14HTC One M8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $660
163 g9.4 mm5.01920x1080Android
589%

11/13

Apple iPhone 5S
Apple A7
PowerVR G6430
1 GB RAM
from $684
112 g7.6 mm4.01136x640iOS
688%02/14Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $438
137 g9.5 mm4.31280x720Android
787%

10/14

new!

Apple iPhone 6
Apple A8
PowerVR GX6450
1 GB RAM
from $829
129 g6.9 mm4.71334x750iOS
887%09/14Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad
ARM Mali-400 MP4
1,5 GB RAM
from $448
120 g9.1 mm4.51280x720Android
987%08/14

Nokia Lumia 930
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $600

167 g9.8 mm5.01920x1080Win Phone
1087%11/13Google Nexus 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $384
130 g8.6 mm5.01920x1080Android

Top 10 smartphones from the last 12 months - current reviews are listed first

Editors' Comments

After the quiet smartphone month in August we had some review units in our editorial office over the last four weeks. We tested a total of six smartphones, including three flagship devices. We reviewed the two new iPhones from Apple. Both still have some issues with iOS8, which is still not completely smooth after the first round of updates. The smaller iPhone 6 gets a much better rating than the larger sibling. The first phablet from Apple, the iPhone 6 Plus, has problems with the case stability. Once again there is a new "Gate" after the launch of an iPhone, this time it is Bendgate. Because of this problem, the otherwise talented phablet cannot get into our Top 10. This is contrary to the third iteration of Sony's top version. The Xperia Z3 can almost take the top spot, only the Samsung Galaxy S5 is still (once again) superior. Still, it is one of the best smartphones in general. Considering those powerful devices, the other three review units from the last four weeks have a hard time to get some attention. However, models like the Sony Xperia T3 StyleHTC Desire 510 and Acer Liquid E700 Trio with their better price-performance ratios are probably more important for many users.

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5

1st

Samsung equipped its flagship with everything that is good and expensive: Snapdragon 801 SoC, Full HD Super AMOLED display, USB 3.0, countless wireless technologies and many more. This is also the reason why the Samsung Galaxy S5 is able to maintain the first place in our smartphone top list for the fifth month. It does not matter if you look at Sony, HTX, LG or Apple – no other manufacturer is currently able to produce such a powerful and almost perfect device in every respect. Besides the high performance, the S5 can, amongst others, convince us with long battery runtimes, great cameras and an unrivaled list of features. The S5 impressively shows that you can actually make a call with a smartphone. Probably the only thing that is missing for a perfect device is a more sophisticated case.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3

2nd

Sony's Xperia Z3 is already launched a couple of months after the Xperia Z2, which was introduced in spring. So is the new flagship more of a Xperia 2.5? Yes and no. The technical foundation is actually pretty similar, only the clock of the Snapdragon 801 was slightly raised for the new top version. There are also small improvements for the case, it is now even better protected against hose water, and the handling benefits from a more rounded design. The back is unfortunately still a bit too slippery. The Japanese also improved the display, it is now one of the brightest panels in general. Sony did not change the good cameras and the long battery runtimes. We really liked the numerous optional accessories and the possibility to connect the smartphone with the Playstation 4. The result is one of the best smartphones on the market, which really earned the 3 in the designation.

Editor's Choice Award

It also deserves our Editor's Choice award, just like the predecessor. But the improvements over the Z2 can be measured and felt in some areas, so we would recommend the Z3 instead of the now less expensive Z2 if you want to buy a new smartphone. The new case feels better in the hands than the angular predecessor, the display is very bright and provides wide viewing angles. Furthermore, you get some of the best smartphone cameras, a convenient software equipment and interesting accessories besides the very high performance.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2

3rd

Despite the fact that the successor is already available, the Sony Xperia Z2 still manages a spot in our Top 10. The reason: It does many things as good as the Xperia Z3, an even gets the same weighted score. However, it falls just short of its successor without the weighting. Still, this does not change the good overall impression of the Z2. It is still one of the thinnest smartphones on the market and protected against dust at the same time. A drop into the bath tub is no problem for the smartphone, which is mainly made of glass, either. The display is not one of the best, but it is still convincing. Similar to the Z3, the Z2 offers a great software package.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

HTC One M8
HTC One M8

4th

The HTC One M8 is ahead of the competition in terms of materials and build quality. The top version from the Taiwanese manufacturer also uses very powerful components. We therefore don't understand why the manufacturer has to cheat in familiar benchmarks and increases the clock of the SoC, which is very fast in general, to improve the results. The One M8 is one of the best smartphones, even without the cheating. The speakers are in a league of its own and the same applies for the cameras. The very good review result is completed by the high voice and signal quality, a more than decent display and innovative features like the dual camera.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Apple iPhone 5S
Apple iPhone 5S

5th

5S? This has to be mistake, you can already get the Apple iPhone 6. But this is not the case. The "old" iPhone is actually ahead of its brand-new successor. It benefits from its more compact design an the lower weight, but our review unit also didn't use iOS 8 at the time of the review. The software is still a big problem of the new generation. Apple's iPhone 5S is still an excellent smartphone with great materials and a high build quality. Similar to all Apple devices it will receive iOS updates for at least two more years. Despite its age, the 5S still offers good performance results, has decent cameras, long battery runtimes and a convenient handling.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

6th

And another smartphone from Sony in our Top 10. The Xperia Z1 Compact is currently still the flagship amongst the "mini" smartphones, but the successor should be launched soon. Sony was the first manufacturer to offer a smaller version of its top version that wasn't just a smaller version with lower specs that was supposed to benefit from the designation of the larger sibling. Quite the contrary: The Japanese used the identical hardware from the old flagship device. Only the display was smaller, and the resolution therefore lower. All in all the Xperia Z1 Compact is still one of the best – if not the best – smartphones under 5 inches.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6

7th

Place 7 for the iPhone 6 – probably not the desired result from Apple, where every new iPhone is supposed to be the best smartphone of all times. And if that doesn't work, then at least the best iPhone of all times. The  foundation for that goal is actually not bad. The case got bigger and heavier because of the significantly bigger display, but Apple managed a thinner device. Only the camera lens now protrudes from the case. In terms of hardware, the Californians once again show what is possible with two CPU cores, a moderate clock and just one GB memory. The current iPhone is at the top of the charts, and it is pretty much unrivaled in regard to web browsing. So why is it not enough for a better spot? The current operating system still has some flaws – and the update to iOS 8.0.2 didn't change that. We are also not completely convinced by the battery runtimes. All in all Apple once again produced a very good smartphone, but it cannot keep up with the current flagship devices from Samsung, Sony and HTC. 

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

8th

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is the small sibling of the top version from the South Korean manufacturer. However, contrary to the bigger S5, Samsung did not design the Mini as a high-end smartphone, but equips it with much slower components. Still, the smaller 4.5-inch version is a pretty good mainstream device. Similar to the big brother, it has a well-built case that is protected against water as well as dust and a – although with restrictions – comprehensive set of features. The performance is decent as well, but not on the high-end level. This can, however, not be said about the voice quality, the battery runtimes and the cameras – at least for a smartphone. The display "only" has the normal HD resolution, but that is not a huge drawback, just like the slight blue cast. The S5 Mini is currently one of the best mini smartphones.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Nokia Lumia 930
Nokia Lumia 930

9th

The only smartphone with Windows Phone in our top list is the Nokia Lumia 930 from Microsoft. The Windows giant bought Nokia and will continue the name for an undefined time. The Lumia 930 is the best Windows Phone on the market so far. Contrary to many predecessors, the Lumia 930 uses the latest technology, Full HD resolution and a brilliant OLED panel. The latter was already available in earlier models from the Finish manufacturer. The case on the other hand is an improvement. The bulky chassis is gone and you now still get a massive but much lighter and more compact case. The Lumia 930 leaves an excellent impression in practice. However, we don't really understand why Microsoft did not integrate a micro SD slot.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Google Nexus 5
Google Nexus 5

10th

It is almost one year old, but the Google Nexus 5 can still maintain a spot in our Top 10, even though it gets further to the back. However, this does not change the mainly positive aspects of the price-performance champion from Google. Current Android updates are basically available from the day of release, which keeps the Nexus device up to date. You still get a competitive smartphone with the Google Nexus 5 that offers good performance, a great display and good build quality for a comparatively small price. We are already used to the fact that Google smartphones have integrated batteries and non-expandable storage.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Recent Smartphone Awards

Editor's Choice in October 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in October 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor`s Choice in September 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Editor`s Choice in September 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Editor`s Choice in August 2014: Nokia Lumia 930
Editor`s Choice in August 2014: Nokia Lumia 930
Editor`s Choice in July 2014: HTC One Mini 2
Editor`s Choice in July 2014: HTC One Mini 2
Editor`s Choice in June 2014: Sony Xperia Z2
Editor`s Choice in June 2014: Sony Xperia Z2
Best Value Award in June 2014: Motorola Moto E
Best Value Award in June 2014: Motorola Moto E
Editor`s Choice in May 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5
Editor`s Choice in May 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5
Editor`s Choice in April 2014: HTC One M8
Editor`s Choice in April 2014: HTC One M8
Best Value Award in April 2014: Huawei Ascend Y530
Best Value Award in April 2014: Huawei Ascend Y530
Editor`s Choice in February 2014: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Editor`s Choice in February 2014: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Editor`s Choice in January 2014: Nokia Lumia 1520
Editor`s Choice in January 2014: Nokia Lumia 1520
Editor`s Choice in December 2013: Asus New Padphone
Editor`s Choice in December 2013: Asus New Padphone
Best Value Award in December 2013: Motorola Moto G
Best Value Award in December 2013: Motorola Moto G
Editor`s Choice in November 2013: Google Nexus 5
Editor`s Choice in November 2013: Google Nexus 5
Best Value Award in November 2013: Google Nexus 5
Best Value Award in November 2013: Google Nexus 5
Best Value Award in August 2013: Google Nexus 4
Best Value Award in August 2013: Google Nexus 4
 
 
 
 
Samsung Galaxy S5
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z2
HTC One M8
Apple iPhone 5S
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Apple iPhone 6
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
Nokia Lumia 930
Google Nexus 5
Screen
Brightness Center358702460474579570520288275469
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *5.288.924.435.862.765.133.926.1810.992.05
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *4.659.594.215.22.552.334.335.528.291.45
Gamma *2.482.752.792.292.433.282.462.232.162
Black Level *0.720.70.540.80.440.610.49
Contrast9756578787241295852957
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *37.743.341.139.239.539.843.634.945.736.2
Maximum Bottom *36.639.7383937.639.341.832.348.836.5
Idle Upper Side *27.333.23233.931.230.737.030.233.230.0
Idle Bottom *26.830.329.530.327.828.332.228.832.427.4
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle16951203995863132024401369112313871107
Load253132178102170208128193175188
WiFi61367262345360011445308491002734
H.264556682598385595753
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *0.30.50.70.30.61.10.30.41.10.3
Idle Average *0.51.41.61.40.81.61.50.91.40.8
Idle Maximum *1.11.82.21.61.61.92.01.11.81.0
Load Average *3.15.23.43.92.33.53.11.83.84.3
Load Maximum *6.26.15.15.73.84.15.22.46.58.4

* ... smaller is better

Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
9054 points ∼87%
Sony Xperia Z2
7250 points ∼70%
HTC One M8
5021 points ∼48%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
9039 points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
4264 points ∼41%
Google Nexus 5
4966 points ∼48%
Linpack for Android
Single Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
355 MFLOPS ∼46%
Sony Xperia Z3
375 MFLOPS ∼49%
Sony Xperia Z2
261 MFLOPS ∼34%
HTC One M8
337.474 MFLOPS ∼44%
Apple iPhone 5S
518.44 MFLOPS ∼67%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
386.329 MFLOPS ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
87 MFLOPS ∼11%
Google Nexus 5
95.049 MFLOPS ∼12%
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
678 MFLOPS ∼47%
Sony Xperia Z3
700 MFLOPS ∼49%
Sony Xperia Z2
570 MFLOPS ∼40%
HTC One M8
575.654 MFLOPS ∼40%
Apple iPhone 5S
931.38 MFLOPS ∼65%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
839.432 MFLOPS ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
195 MFLOPS ∼14%
Google Nexus 5
273.81 MFLOPS ∼19%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
3965 Points ∼32%
Sony Xperia Z2
3717 Points ∼30%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
4088 Points ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1207 Points ∼10%
Google Nexus 5
2166 Points ∼17%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
941 Points ∼27%
Sony Xperia Z3
979 Points ∼28%
Sony Xperia Z2
919 Points ∼26%
HTC One M8
957 Points ∼27%
Apple iPhone 5S
1368 Points ∼39%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
924 Points ∼26%
iPhone 6
1620 Points ∼46%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
369 Points ∼11%
Google Nexus 5
521 Points ∼15%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
2885 Points ∼22%
Sony Xperia Z3
2708 Points ∼21%
Sony Xperia Z2
2619 Points ∼20%
HTC One M8
2785 Points ∼22%
Apple iPhone 5S
2449 Points ∼19%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
2869 Points ∼22%
iPhone 6
2889 Points ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1113 Points ∼9%
Google Nexus 5
1613 Points ∼13%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
4158 Points ∼66%
Sony Xperia Z3
4126 Points ∼66%
HTC One M8
4433 Points ∼71%
Apple iPhone 5S
5339 Points ∼85%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
3464 Points ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
2838 Points ∼45%
Google Nexus 5
2984 Points ∼47%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
17472 Points ∼39%
Sony Xperia Z3
18920 Points ∼42%
HTC One M8
17999 Points ∼40%
Apple iPhone 5S
35778 Points ∼80%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
17739 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
8008 Points ∼18%
Google Nexus 5
9380 Points ∼21%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
16759 Points ∼44%
Sony Xperia Z3
13660 Points ∼35%
HTC One M8
17200 Points ∼45%
Apple iPhone 5S
21616 Points ∼56%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
8399 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
9689 Points ∼25%
Google Nexus 5
8021 Points ∼21%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
3921 Points ∼68%
Sony Xperia Z3
4179 Points ∼73%
HTC One M8
4438 Points ∼77%
Apple iPhone 5S
4905 Points ∼85%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
4275 Points ∼74%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1740 Points ∼30%
Google Nexus 5
2424 Points ∼42%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
23083 points ∼96%
Sony Xperia Z2
13839 points ∼58%
HTC One M8
24045 points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
8047 points ∼33%
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
23999 Points ∼66%
Sony Xperia Z3
24637 Points ∼67%
Sony Xperia Z2
25166 Points ∼69%
HTC One M8
17913 Points ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
7405 Points ∼20%
Nokia Lumia 930
19987 Points ∼55%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
27.7 fps ∼4%
Sony Xperia Z3
27.5 fps ∼4%
Sony Xperia Z2
27.3 fps ∼4%
HTC One M8
28.1 fps ∼4%
Apple iPhone 5S
25 fps ∼4%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
23 fps ∼4%
iPhone 6
42.8 fps ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
6.6 fps ∼1%
Nokia Lumia 930
15 fps ∼2%
Google Nexus 5
21 fps ∼3%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
27.8 fps ∼46%
Sony Xperia Z3
29.4 fps ∼49%
Sony Xperia Z2
29.1 fps ∼49%
HTC One M8
30.2 fps ∼50%
Apple iPhone 5S
37 fps ∼62%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
35 fps ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
9.4 fps ∼16%
Nokia Lumia 930
20 fps ∼33%
Google Nexus 5
23 fps ∼38%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5 (29)
712 Points ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z3
811 Points ∼13%
Sony Xperia Z2
855 Points ∼14%
HTC One M8
1164 Points ∼19%
Apple iPhone 5S
1775 Points ∼29%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
809 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
690 Points ∼11%
Nokia Lumia 930
526 Points ∼8%
Google Nexus 5
835 Points ∼13%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
3875 Points ∼16%
Sony Xperia Z3
5339 Points ∼22%
Sony Xperia Z2
4414 Points ∼18%
HTC One M8
3131 Points ∼13%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
4114 Points ∼17%
iPhone 6
7653 Points ∼32%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
2019 Points ∼8%
Nokia Lumia 930
2737 Points ∼11%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
6302 ms * ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z3
6502 ms * ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z2
7739.2 ms * ∼13%
HTC One M8
8990.4 ms * ∼15%
Apple iPhone 5S
5995.9 ms * ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
7876.1 ms * ∼13%
iPhone 6
4552 ms * ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
15201 ms * ∼26%
Nokia Lumia 930
11108 ms * ∼19%
Google Nexus 5
7852.3 ms * ∼13%
Sunspider - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
408.7 ms * ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z3
827.5 ms * ∼21%
Sony Xperia Z2
951.1 ms * ∼24%
HTC One M8
594.2 ms * ∼15%
Apple iPhone 5S
413.1 ms * ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
893.7 ms * ∼22%
iPhone 6
347 ms * ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1119 ms * ∼28%
Nokia Lumia 930
534 ms * ∼13%
Google Nexus 5
716.3 ms * ∼18%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
83.53 MB/s ∼47%
Sony Xperia Z3
149 MB/s ∼83%
Sony Xperia Z2
62.09 MB/s ∼35%
HTC One M8
88.41 MB/s ∼49%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
66.47 MB/s ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
79.6 MB/s ∼45%
Google Nexus 5
74.9 MB/s ∼42%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
19.05 MB/s ∼33%
Sony Xperia Z3
18 MB/s ∼31%
Sony Xperia Z2
18.03 MB/s ∼31%
HTC One M8
19.51 MB/s ∼34%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
20.02 MB/s ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
15.2 MB/s ∼26%
Google Nexus 5
15.52 MB/s ∼27%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
8.5 MB/s ∼41%
Sony Xperia Z3
15 MB/s ∼71%
Sony Xperia Z2
10.98 MB/s ∼52%
HTC One M8
10.53 MB/s ∼50%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
13.85 MB/s ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
9.99 MB/s ∼48%
Google Nexus 5
9.88 MB/s ∼47%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
1 MB/s ∼32%
Sony Xperia Z3
2 MB/s ∼64%
Sony Xperia Z2
1.42 MB/s ∼45%
HTC One M8
0.88 MB/s ∼28%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
1.68 MB/s ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
1.28 MB/s ∼41%
Google Nexus 5
0.84 MB/s ∼27%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy S5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC One M8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Apple iPhone 5S Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
iPhone 6 Apple A8, PowerVR GX6450,
 
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia Lumia 930 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Google Nexus 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash

* ... smaller is better

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10
87% v4
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Author: Staff, 2014-10-11 (Update: 2014-10-12)