I recently got hold of an Samsung Galaxy S3 which was running the 4.0.4 ICS firmware. I then update the phone with the recently released Jelly Bean update (4.1.2) expecting a further boost in performance in addition to to improved tweaks courtesy Samsung with their Nature UX skin.
Sadly when i updated it i noticed that the phone seems to be very laggy than the ICS build. This was quite surprising when the recent update to an Galaxy S2 had not shown any dramatic lag. With the phones nearly identical on memory (mine was the 1GB international version), the additional power of the quad-core should have made things far from laggy.
Key areas that i could feel the lag to a point of irritation were,
1. Very slow loading of contacts option
2. Very slow rendering of the phone dialer
3. Laggy switch between applications
I ran a few tests and the outcome seconded the laggy feel in using the phone. And yes Power Saving was disabled.
Sorry for the rather numeric type of review, but though i will share this for those who might be interested.
|Android Version||Antutu 3.1.1||Quadrant||Geekbench 2.0||Vellamo HTML5||Vellamo Metal|
The drop in Antutu is huge, the current 4.1.2 performance is now closer to a Galaxy S2 performance! The SD card performance was identical and the DB IO performance was actually in favor of the Jelly Bean update.
The significant drop can be seen across the board for most test that involve processing and memory.
|Score||RAM||CPU Integer||CPU float||2D||3D||DB IO|
Here the outcome contradicts Antutu, and the main slow down is the IO aspect while all other test are actually higher.
GeekBench 2.0 analysis
Geekbench confirms similar outcomes to Antutu, massive drop in performance on the processing and memory perspective.
Vellamo 2.0 analysis
While there are several improvements in the phone features, the lag in performance is a heavy penalty and it would be best that Galaxy S3 users wait for a firmware that fixes the performance issue than update to this version right now. The ICS 4.0.4 build was pretty fast and it would be shame to get irritated with the phone that is far more capable than what the current 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update makes it feel.
The term old is gold seems an suitable quote when it comes to Samsung’s first Jelly Bean update for its current flagship. What is surprising is how the 2011 flagship the S2 Jelly Bean update performs better, makes you wonder if Samsung did not test this firmware properly.