Does Windows Phone perform as well on the low-end as Android? Apparently not.


While our reviews of the Lumia 640 revolved around using it in day to day situations over a period of time, some users may prefer a more rigid review which compares across the entire smartphone ecosystem. For those users, we have Anandtech.

Anandtech’s review of the Lumia 640 exposed a few key facts that have previously gone unnoticed when talking about Windows Phone. Performance.  Many users have complained about the loading and resuming screens that seemingly plague the OS, more so have complained about the lack of speed the OS has had, masked by superfluous animations.

While subjective experience can be denied and argued about over and over, it is pretty hard to argue with numbers. From the numbers, the Lumia 640 (730 and 830) are obliterated when it comes to speed when stacked up against competing platforms by devices.

Looking at the benchmarks below, we can see that the Windows Phone midrange devices consistently get nearly the worst scores and even fall short of the Moto E.

Remarkably, the 640 does come out on top in one location. It has quite decent scores on memory speed, falling just below the HTC One M9 and besting the iPhone 6 and Google Nexus 6 on that benchmark. Unfortunately, that is the only place it leads.

Here’s what Anandtech’s reviewer has to say on performance.

Unfortunately, the Lumia 640 isn’t shaping up to be a very quick device. It’s consistently bested by Snapdragon 400 devices running Android, and in 2015 we’re going to see Snapdragon 410 used as the SoC of choice in devices at this price bracket, which won’t make the Lumia 640’s position any better. Microsoft needs to iterate much quicker than they currently are. Their slow pace in adoption new hardware helped kill Windows Phone in the high end market, and it will do the same to the low end

While keeping the scrolling speed low allows Microsoft to make their OS look smooth even on lower end devices, it makes the entire operating system feel painfully slow. Whether you do a gentle swipe or a forceful one, your scrolling goes at the exact same rate, and when you’re scrolling through long music albums or webpages it feels like an eternity has gone by once you finally reach the bottom. The fact of the matter is that while Windows Phones still hold some smoothness advantages over Android devices in the low end part of the market, that gap is constantly decreasing, and while Android devices may have a bit of jank, they never feel slow.

Windows Phone has no presence in the high end market, and Android has caught up in the low end market. I mentioned in my Moto E review that for a long time I recommended that users who wanted a cheaper smartphone go with Windows Phone over Android, because at the time the options on Android were janky, slow, and offered a poor experience. I can’t make that recommendation anymore, because the app gap is still here, while the experience gap in favor of Windows Phone is gone

While his comments may be a bit harsh, this isn’t anything new. Microsoft’s dependency on the low-end and cheap phones selling themselves because they’re cheap rather than because they’re good AND cheap is turning out to be a double edged sword. As other OSes improve themselves to make their low-end better, Microsoft’s sitting still for over a year once again has not done it any favours.

What do you make of these numbers? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to have a read of the full review at the source link.

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