The Twitter tirade started after we saw yet another “Apple Blue Line Bar Graph Better Than Android Gray Line Benchmark”. The A12 is more powerful than any Android, and the A13 will beat that!
But here’s the problem.
I truly believe Apple chips are silly powerful, but for the last four years, Apple really hasn’t let us touch that power. I shared my rendering experiences again, comparing the iPhone XS against the iPhone SE. In iMove, the iPhone SE continues to render video faster than the XS.[…]
Rendering the same video, the OnePlus is a LOT faster at the task than the more expensive XS. The OnePlus also delivers a final video at twice the bitrate of the iPhone (which does look better to my eye). Better quality, twice the size, in two thirds the time.
The common wisdom is that Apple’s A series chips are considerably faster than their Snapdragon counterparts, and I, too, have highlighted that wisdom here on OSNews a number of times.
However, if we leave the world of synthetic benchmarks and Apple’s terrible bar graphs behind and start looking at real-world performance, the common wisdom doesn’t seem to hold up. When even an outdated iPhone SE beats another iPhone that’s years newer and four times as expensive, you know something’s up.
Performance is more complicated than a synthetic benchmark that can be gamed or Apple’s entirely meaningless bar graphs.
I am just a happy MotoG5 user. It is enough for my needs.
Last time I checked, the purpose of video encoding was to produce _smaller_ files, not larger ones. ‘Twice the size, in two thirds the time’ sounds pretty pale in that regard.
This article talks about somewhat perceived video quality. It also compares completely different encoders that are claimed to produce somewhat the same quality: ‘“Standard quality” on Luma is pretty close to “High Quality” on PowerDirector’, like, really?
Apple’s bar charts whatever, couldn’t care less, but this article doesn’t really add any real insight into video encoding performance between these devices.
> Performance is more complicated than a synthetic benchmark that can be gamed or Apple’s entirely meaningless bar graphs.
Yes, Thom, and it is also more complicated than some random asshat encoding a video with random encoders and settings. You would need a controlled experiment, e.g. with target file sizes, and quantitative measures of video quality.