Tips and Tricks: Android Benchmark Tools
by Lim Pei Hao
Since there are many Android devices that are equipped with the similar hardware specification, benchmark result will act as supporting information on evaluating a device's performance.
Several benchmark tools are available for the Android platform and can be found in the Android marketplace:
A) General Benchmark Tools
The AnTuTu Benchmark covers performance tests for CPU, GPU and memory of a device. It also tests the SD card read and write speed, as well as the input and output of database. A high performance Android device will able to get a high score.
This tool evaluates your device's performance by checking how fast the device is able to calculate the approximation of mathematical Pi in in millisecond. Generally, the lower score indicates faster Android devices.
B) GPU Benchmark Tools
NenaMark 1 & 2 are programmed to test solely on your device's GPU, measuring the results in frames per second (fps). Similar to benchmark a PC's GPU, NenaMark 1 & 2 evaluates the device’s GPU by using OpenGL ES 2.0 to render 3D graphics in real time which involves graphical effect like reflections, dynamic shadows, parametric surfaces, particles and different light models. Ideally, a device should achieve 60 fps for a smooth graphic-intensive gaming experience
Nevertheless, we cannot judge a performance of a device strictly based on benchmark scores, due to the lack of consistency of these scores produced by the benchmark tools. Other factors should be taken into consideration such as the version of Android operating system, the type of ROM, CPU, GPU and memory being used in the device.