3 Apps to Benchmark Your Smartphone [Android]

Matt Smith 05-07-2011

benchmark smartphoneBenchmarking has long been the best way to objectively explore the performance of a device. By using a standard test, it’s possible to throw mere opinion to the wayside and obtain reliable results that can be reproduced by others. PCs have been benchmarked by reviewers for years, and it’s not hard to find free benchmark software The 10 Best Free Benchmark Programs for Windows Use these fantastic and free benchmark software for Windows to troubleshoot your system and keep it updated. Read More for Windows.


Smartphones, however, are different. As they are relatively new, virtually all the software is early in its lifecycle, and that includes benchmarks. Still, there are some free apps that can be used to have a look at the performance of your new Android.

Quadrant [No Longer Available]

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Quadrant is the most widely recognized and used benchmark currently available for Android smartphones. Once you start to use Quadrant, it’s easy to see why.

This benchmark has everything you’d want. It doesn’t take very long to run, so you don’t have to spend time babying your phone just to judge its performance. The benchmark also consists of various different tests that focus on different parts of a phone’s hardware, such as the memory, the processor and the GPU. Finally, there’s a results browser, so you can see how your phone stacks up against others.

For basic use, the free Standard version is excellent.


NenaMark [No Longer Available]

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Although Quadrant does perform a number of different tests and compiles them into a file score, in my experience it’s a bit tilted towards CPU performance. If you’re interested in isolating the GPU, NenaMark is a great choice.

NenaMark puts your phone through its paces by asking it to render a pre-determined scene. The camera flies through 3D terrain along a predetermined path and records the number of frames rendered each second. This is then averaged to provide a final result.

There’s actually two NenaMarks  – 1 and 2. The second is a more complex scene that’s designed to task some of the new high-end phones now available, as many of these will zip through the original NenaMark with ease.


Rightware Browsermark

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As the name implies, Browsermark is meant to benchmark browsers What's The Fastest Android Browser? [Geeks Weigh In] Performance is important when browsing the web on a computer, but your average PC has plenty of power to work with. Smartphones, however, are a different story. The hottest Android phones on the market right... Read More . It’s not an app, but a webpage you can visit on your mobile device. However, since the benchmark is standardized and relies on hardware performance, you can use this to benchmark various Android phones if you use the same browser on each.

Browsermark only takes a few minutes to run, and it provides a good overall glimpse at how quickly a phone might perform during web browsing. Since there’s no app to download or install, it’s an easy benchmark to run on a phone you don’t own – for example, you could very easily run this on a store’s demo unit for comparison against the Android you already own.

This benchmark will also run on PCs, although you’ll end up with absurdly high scores. While my HTC Thunderbolt usually obtains a score of around 37,000 in Browsermark, my PC scores around 650,000! Peacekeeper is the browser benchmark of choice for desktops and laptops.


A Word About Battery Benchmarks

Currently, there’s not a free app that provides battery benchmarks for Android phones. To attempt this, you’ll need to be a little creative.

One easy way to benchmark battery life is to have your phone play a video that’s extremely long. YouTube, for example, has many videos on it that span for 10 hours or more. Since your phone can be set so that it will not sleep or turn off the display while playing video, you can use this as a means of benchmarking the battery.

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If you want a less intense usage cycle, media players and looped MP3 files can do the trick. Of course, you may want to keep the display on but not hear the music, so be sure to turn the volume down or off.


You can also, of course, simply use your phone normally. This isn’t a standardized test so it’s not a great benchmark, but it will help you peg your personal real-world usage.


While there aren’t as many free tools available for benchmarking Android phones as there are for benchmarking PCs, the apps available are decent. If you’re interested in gaining a clear, objective perspective on your phone’s performance, these apps are the way to do it.

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  1. Jojo
    September 5, 2011 at 7:46 am

    "Currently, there’s not a free app that provides battery benchmarks for Android phones.":

    Now there is one: search for "battery benchmark" in the market, and you'll find the one I'm working on (already usable).

    • Tina
      September 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks for the update, Jojo!
      It appears that there are several apps. Here is a link for anyone interested: [Broken Link Removed] app at Android Market.