Samsung has always had devices sport top of the line specs, especially when looking at the Note series. Unfortunately, Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface has always lagged in the performance category, especially when comparing it to stock Android. Good thing for Samsung users, we have good news courtesy of XDA. Mario Serrafero has written a detailed analysis of his Galaxy Note 3 and TouchWiz running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
This is a very detailed overview of the user interface, way more detailed that has been gone over before. It covers everything from real world performance, memory, temperature, battery life, and even a comparison to a Nexus 5 running Android Lollipop. Below is a summary of what Mario concluded.
- At least a 33% increase in AnTuTu benchmark
- Samsung seems to no longer cheat on benchmarks
- App launching and opening speeds comparable to stock Android’s
- Home button lag no longer present – you return to your homescreen as soon as you input the command
- List scrolling is now smooth, with virtually no stutters
- A lower System memory footprint despite all the added functionality
- CPU frequencies tend towards minimum like in more optimized ROMs
- Healthy temperature, even for a power user
- No thermal throttling due to either a less aggressive or non-existent DVFS
- A noticeable increase in battery life
This is looking very good for Samsung, especially when thinking about their slumping sales. Obviously a well-performing device won’t completely remedy their woes, but it definitely will help. I have always preferred Samsung’s hardware, but TouchWiz was always the downfall. This analysis sure makes me think twice about returning my Galaxy Note 4.
For you Samsung users out there, does this get you even more excited for your OTA?