I find many of the comments here confusing. On one hand, we generally agree that specs and microbenchmarks don't matter to a typical consumer, regardless of platform. On the other hand, some commenters want to say that Android sucks b/c it doesn't perform better on microbenchmarks. Which is it, folks -- do benchmarks matter, or don't they?
As for the browser benchmarks, there are some obvious improvements Google could make. I looked at the Android 4.0.1 source. They're using v8 version 3.2.10, from October 20, 2011 - http://code.google.com/p/v8/source/detail?r=9719
. For comparison, the current stable version of Chrome (15.0.874.121) uses v8 version 126.96.36.199 (http://googlechromereleases.blogspot...update_16.html
), which has several performance improvements. Further, Android 4.0.1 isn't yet using the NEON-optimized support libraries, such as libjpeg-turbo (http://libjpeg-turbo.virtualgl.org/
). These are obvious areas for future improvements.
It's not surprising (and, hence, uninteresting) that the Galaxy Nexus is slower than the iPhone 4S for OpenGL -- the OMAP 4460 has an older, slower GPU than the A5. We knew this before the phone shipped. This benchmark from Anandtech wasn't looking at the entire phone. It wasn't trying to claim that one phone is better than another. It was a preliminary benchmark; a teaser before they put out a much more detailed review in a few weeks.
If you want reviews of the Galaxy Nexus, there are several to choose from. As a whole, they are positive:
T3: "the Nexus is a beautiful handset. The screen is vibrant and one of the best weve seen on any handset to date. With the addition of Ice Cream Sandwich, which marries great performance and slick features to the already an already potent operating system, its one of the best smartphones available at present." - http://www.t3.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-nexus-review
The Verge: "The Galaxy Nexus is the best Android phone ever made. It's one of the best smartphones ever made, and with a couple of minor tweaks (particularly to the camera), it could be the best smartphone ever produced." - http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/17/2...y-nexus-review
Engadget: "the Galaxy Nexus is shaping up to be an impressive flagship phone and Android 4.0 is a significant step forward for Google." - http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/17/g...essions-video/
Certainly, you can find criticisms in these reviews. No one is claiming that the Galaxy Nexus is perfect. But the early reviews are pretty conclusive -- it's a very nice phone.