Speed over pretty

Pocketnow has come up with some real world scenarios in order to test the subjective speed of various smartphones. Rather than relying on benchmarks and specsheets, they time how long it takes someone already familiar with the phone’s user interface to do certain common tasks one might do with a smartphone. These are recorded on video and posted to their site. Two of the results so far I think are particularly telling.

First, the results from the current hotness, the new HTC Diamond:

  1. Open email, contacts and calendar: 8 seconds
  2. Open Google Maps: 6 seconds
  3. Open a previously-saved web favorite: 15 seconds
  4. Find and play music from a specific artist: 23 seconds

Now, let’s look at the results of the same test for the Palm Treo 800w:

  1. Open email, contacts and calendar: 2 seconds
  2. Open Google Maps: 2 seconds
  3. Open a previously-saved web favorite: 5 seconds
  4. Find and play music from a specific artist: 8 seconds

So on average, the "tired, stale" Treo 800w is over three times faster than the shiny HTC Diamond. Personally, I’d rather get stuff done than look good waiting to do it.

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