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GSMArena feature labs: The tests

GSMArena feature labs: The tests - read the full textThe GSMArena Labs are tests designed to give an objective account of how a device performs in real-world scenarios. In short, it's about what you can expect from a gadget you're planning to buy. Our tests are constantly being developed...


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I'm really happy with your tests, especially battery test is important for me. But I'm asking only two improvements to it:

1. Don't favor dim screens but put them at about the same brightness, for example 400 nits, most displays can do it (except for some Samsung AMOLEDs). Or maybe 300 for AMOLEDs and 400 for LCDs and IPS' since at least I've noticed that more contrast means that screen doesn't have to be as bright to be comfortable as with lower contrast.

2. Show us the exact standby consumption. I understand that you don't have time to wait the whole battery to drain in standby but you can tell us the consumption in milliamperes.

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  • 2013-04-13 10:46
  • pd6g

That's relaly thinking of the highest order

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  • 2013-03-12 01:02
  • Le}E

It would be best to be able to filter all the phones ( or to sort them in descending order) BY BATTERY LIFE.
Because for me this is the first thing that matters (I'm sure that for most people).
Thanks anywway.

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  • 2013-02-21 12:28
  • MMZI

This is exactly what I wanted. Its best battery review on any website.

It would be generous of you if you answer few queries,
While browsing internet did u used 3G network?
Location of testing and service provider?
Exact resolution of video played?

Samik Chavda.

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  • 2013-02-11 12:46
  • v$A6

i need to know how to delete the folder in galaxy III fon ?? because my fren download one folder which is not good even i delete through use computer oso cannot its still there...already show to many shop still cannot...there must be a solution for this problem. please advise me !!!

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  • 2013-01-01 04:37
  • tZk9

would it be possible to have an additional video test with 720p mkv movies.
i think a lot of people download 720p content rather than SD content and with the latest smartphones capable of even 1080p mkv playback it doesnt make much sense to test video playback with sd content

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  • 2012-11-19 18:08
  • 2@mF

The only difference that i can c between SII /SIII vs HTC is the battery life is better for any Galaxy

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  • 2012-10-26 11:18
  • fpJ4

Is it possible to provide more detail testing procedure ?

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  • 2012-10-06 10:24
  • s}a}

> In reply to Cowz @ 2012-05-23 20:10 from vxKC - click to readagree ,

the screen should view a white page and adjust brightness to obtain defined amount of lux per 1 inch (not tofavour large screens) , thatbrightness level will be the test level, then the web and the movie shouldn't be very dark nor very bright.

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  • 2012-10-05 16:09
  • fXDF

it is impressive to see so professional comparison, I wonder is it possible to list the output impedance of compared phones? because impedance will affect the output power.

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  • 2012-09-27 19:07
  • 4MXa

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-22 21:37 from vGkq - click to readHahaha, my thoughts exactly...! How about an Apogee Duet or something?

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  • 2012-09-19 19:49
  • f0x9

Fast track pro? seriously?

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  • 2012-08-22 21:37
  • vGkq

> In reply to Paul @ 2012-05-12 18:13 from 3E0p - click to readI kinda have to choose,either a PS3 or a phone(Xperia Play).I'm still in a big demlia as I like portable gaming but I also like the PS3.It can happen all type of shit till summer and just not get the console at all,let alone I can get a job for the summer and then get my console,even though I wait for the summer all year and just waste it doing something instead of finally wasting time like I like it's kinda hard for me to digest.

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  • 2012-08-05 14:03
  • xghb

> In reply to boybawang @ 2012-05-12 07:22 from v0XM - click to read+2This is a very good move from SE. They're kind of leading the way here, psoriming updates for their whole line-ups ahead of time. I wish more manufacturers did that. But SE really needs to get their act together regarding hardware, too. They always seem to use 1 year old processors, like they're RIM or Nokia. I expect better from a top Android manufacturer. Plus, they need to make all their phones as slim as the Arc (or slimmer). Most of their phones, especially the lower-end ones are still as bulky as they were in 2005. Unacceptable. I do like that they kind of have their own design style, there, though. That's respectable. But if they really want to be taken seriously by Android customers, they need to up their game in the hardware department, too.

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  • 2012-08-04 00:07
  • PNnV

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-06-05 10:00 from ftb} - click to readSamsung Galaxy S run the Ice Cream Sandwich version and in a pttrey good way as you can see in this video. To know more about it, you can go to the his blog to download anda0 tutorial install Android 4.0

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  • 2012-07-02 13:23
  • 35ta

> In reply to EskeRahn @ 2012-04-25 19:57 from 0u3G - click to readI'm garetful you made the post. It's cleared the air for me.

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  • 2012-07-02 12:44
  • Jjyx

> In reply to Ace Angel @ 2012-04-26 18:03 from u7m9 - click to readace angel i do agree with you hey

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  • 2012-06-05 10:00
  • ftb}

> In reply to not happy @ 2012-05-19 13:46 from gxnw - click to readI was about to post something similar. Using 50% is an awful decision and I can't see how if any of these tests are in any way well performed that they could have come up with such a test method.

The results are worse than meaningless, they are deceptive!

Please set phones to a standard uniform lux setting. You have to also declare the lux setting that could be achieved for the test.
Not declaring the lux output in the current tests is just hiding from people how flawed this test is.

A real shame as that could have been a great feature for this site.

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  • 2012-05-23 20:10
  • vxKC


thanks for your efforts - however, I think that results concerning the screen are utterly useless (even unprofessional)... let me explain:

First of all you set the screen brightness to 50%. That's not good enough as each smartphone will emit a different brightness at its 50% setting. Results vary immensely. By setting brightness to 50% you punish phones that offer high screen brightness; therewith punishing good outdoor visibility. And all of that totally unnecessary.

You need to choose a certain brightness level in lumens.. or candelas whatever your favorite brightness is. Choose anything that is good indoors. Then measure again.

Let me be clear: That's a complete FAIL on your part and comperability is not given.

Second: The movie. Which one is it? Is it Batman with almost all black parts therewith completely favoring AMOLEDs or is it some documentary on Antarctica - therewith destroying AMOLEDs? That's just not good enough. You need to choose a movie and state which one you use.

Anyway, that's not as much of a fail as the 50% brightness.. Or do you want very dark phones? As you those would rule your test?


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  • 2012-05-19 13:46
  • gxnw

it would be nice to have an interactive database of all phones tested, so that one can sort the phones by web browsing,YOUR stand-by figures (and not the manufacturer's) and total endurance rating

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  • 2012-05-12 18:13
  • 3E0p

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