Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Sep 2017 00:09 UTC
Benchmarks

The "Bionic" part in the name of Apple's A11 Bionic chip isn't just marketing speak. It's the most powerful processor ever put in a mobile phone. We've put this chip to the test in both synthetic benchmarks and some real-world speed trials, and it obliterates every Android phone we tested.

As far as SoCs go, Apple is incredibly far ahead of Qualcomm and Samsung. These companies have some serious soul-searching to do.

I can't wait for AnandTech to dive into the A11 Bionic, so we can get some more details than just people comparing GeekBench scores.

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RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by agildehaus on Sun 24th Sep 2017 18:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
agildehaus
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2005-06-29

Nexus 4 started out on Jelly Bean and received KitKat and Lollipop (5.0-5.1). All others are unofficial ports that no regular user should or could install on their phone.

Edited 2017-09-24 18:49 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by ggeldenhuys on Sun 24th Sep 2017 22:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

Correct, and official Google updates for Nexus4 only stopped this year. That's pretty darn impressive.

Then there is also the fact that you can install other phone OSes on a Nexus, like the Ubuntu Phone OS. I actually tried that out back in 2013 I think it was, but then switched back to Android after a week or two.

Also, with the Nexus, I can install any version of Android that was supported for the phone. eg: just recently I reverted back to Android 4.4.4 as I liked that one the most and and the least annoyances. Try that with an Apple product. I simply hate that "artificial limitations" that Apple and other companies push. Google seems to be the exception here - at least as far as my Nexus4 is concerned.

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RE[5]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by agildehaus on Mon 25th Sep 2017 03:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
agildehaus Member since:
2005-06-29

The last official maintenance release was 5.1.1 in early August 2015.

The last major update was 5.0 (since 5.0 and 5.1 are considered "Lollipop") in Nov 2014.

No idea where you get that they stopped supporting it this year.

Yes it's nice you can unlock the phone and install other operating systems on it. But this is useless to regular users.

Edited 2017-09-25 03:07 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by leos on Mon 25th Sep 2017 18:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Correct, and official Google updates for Nexus4 only stopped this year. That's pretty darn impressive.


Nexus4 is stuck on 5.1. Not very impressive. So they released in November 2012 and stopped supporting new Android as of 6.0 or Oct 2015. Less than 3 years of support with new major versions of Android. And as you said, even Android 5.1 was a step back for the Nexus, with significantly worse battery life (I know, my wife has one). So really, good support ended with Android 5, or only 2 years into the Nexus 4's life.

Meanwhile the iPhone 5 was released in September 2012 and was fully supported until just now (iOS11 is not compatible). That is 5 years of support.

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