Apps run faster on Android than on iOS?


I recently bought a Nokia 6 for someone, which comes with Snapdragon 430 and 4 GB RAM, and is upgradable to Android Oreo.

Of course with Snapdragon 430 no one expects much performance.

Geekbench reveals:

Single core 668

Multi core 2907

As for myself I use iPhone SE as daily driver.

Geekbench numbers for my iPhone SE are (there is no throttling because of battery, and I had factory reset the phone):

Single core 2503

Multi core 4358

Yet the OS and the apps are more fluid and responsive on the Nokia than on the iPhone! Not only that, they open faster too.

I have tested many apps: OneNote, Outlook, To-Do, OneDrive, Adobe Acrobat, Uber, FIFA etc. and the apps I use daily on my iPhone. All of them run faster on Nokia than the iPhone. I haven’t tested games though.

Is it because iPhone SE is an old phone and the Nokia 6 new?

Are apps written for Android extra-tweaked for performance?

Is it because of the RAM difference? iPhone SE has 2 GB while Nokia 6 has 4 GB.

Maybe on Android apps tend to become slower over time?

I mean, what’s the point of buying an expensive iPhone when you can get the same performance on a much cheaper Android phone? 

Comments (8)

8 responses to “Apps run faster on Android than on iOS?”

  1. obarthelemy

    For launching apps, storage speed is king. Maybe your iPhone uses an old version of EMMC , and your Nokia more recent EMMC or even UFS Flash ?

    For running apps, iOS has a reputation for getting ever slower, while Android gets faster with each new version (though it does get slower as your phone ages and gets crap installed). Lots of other factors do apply.

  2. Paul Thurrott

    I have always experienced the exact opposite of this.

  3. Bats

    It all depends on how Android has been implemented on the phone. My experience with the Nexus and the Pixels (1 &2) have been awesome, as well as the 1st version of the Moto X. The phones offer the stock or close to stock, Android expereince. The subpar performers, for me, have been the The Motorola Droid X, X2, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It has been said that the reason why these phones have performed slowly is due to their UI's called Motoblur (Motorola) and Touchwiz (Samsung), which do not offer the stock Android experience.

    Perhaps the reason the Nokia phone performs well is because it offers the stock Android experience? It doesn't have to be pure stock Android, but very close to it, as I remember how great my Moto X phone performed.

    Android Apps do not slow over time, as I have not experienced that at all with my Nexus 6P and Pixels 1 & 2.

    • Maktaba

      In reply to Bats:

      Yes, Nokia 6 does run stock Android, or close to it. What is more, Nokia 6.1 (released in the US), Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 8 Sirroco are all part of the Android One family, with all devices receiving monthly updates from Google. But too frequent updates can be bad for the device. An example is that some Nokia devices are having Wi-Fi problems after the Oreo update, including mine.



  4. lvthunder

    iOS 12 is supposed to be faster especially on older devices then iOS 11.

  5. jimchamplin

    To run iOS and iOS software quite honestly ?

    For me, that’s the main reason.

  6. Lordbaal

    Having 4 GB RAM has a lot so do with the speed.

  7. Bob Shutts

    I use my iPhone heavily in my business. Android is a non-starter for me.