First off, you can always tell when people arent reading the comments before posting. The timestamp on those newer scores for teh S3 and Nexus are AFTER the timestamp on this article.
Originally Posted by derekmorr
But more to the point -- I thought the consensus was that synthetic microbenchmarks don't really matter to consumers. I doubt that a single person bought an iPhone 5 or a GS3 because of its score on GeekBench, Egypt, Browsermark, or any other such test. There seems to be a double standard among (some) Apple fans -- when an Android device outperforms its iOS counterpart, the benchmark is dismissed as irrelevant. But when iOS outperforms Android, we see folks shouting from the rooftops.
Normal consumers, not so much. Super geeks yes. I know people who used to buy new videocards every 6 months b/c they wanted the bragging rights of "fastest videocard out there". I see these same people posting about buying their 5th phone of the year b/c it's now the fastest or added some new feature, etc. So a very small % indeed, buy saying no one does this kind of thing is silly.
As to the point about the double standard, I think what happens is you have people give their opinions on the OSes being best and then escalation starts to happen. First it becomes specs or feature comparison, then it moves on to benchmarks. Once you have moved on to that stage, you get the alternate arguments of "I'm faster no!" "that doesn't matter!" or "Look I'm faster again" "So what I sold way more than you last quarter". You can attribute eitehr side of these examples to Android or iOS and still be correct, especially if you don't try and apply teh 2nd set to an individual phone model but are going for OS. Constantly shifting goalposts and new comparisons are always going to happen.
Also, given that we only get new iOS phones once a year, expect to see the crowd who normally doesn't give 2 shits about benchmarks go wild about them around launch time just b/c they listen to trash talk all year long. *shrug* It's stupid on both sides, but thats kind of human nature.