Now onto the graphics processor inside the Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 that powers the Galaxy Nexus. It’s a PowerVR SGX 540, the same GPU found in the Samsung Hummingbird processor that’s at the heart of the 18 month old Samsung Galaxy S. Using the GLBenchmark 2.1 Pro test, it’s 39% slower than the ARM Mali-400 GPU found within the Exynos 4210 that powers the Samsung Galaxy S II. Score that next to the PowerVR SGX 543MP2 inside the iPhone 4S, and it’s 91% slower! Should you be concerned by this? Well, yes and no. If you’re a gamer, then you might have some problems, not just because the GPU is slower, but because some games might not run on Ice Cream Sandwich since it’s so different compared to Gingerbread. As for general usage, everyone who has reviewed the Galaxy Nexus says it flies, that it’s buttery smooth, that it’s the closest Android has ever been to iPhone touch responsiveness.
At the end of the day though it needs to be said that benchmarks don’t matter. They really don’t. The iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S are so different on so many levels that looking at a bar graph doesn’t mean diddly-squat. It’s tough to recommend one over the other since it really depends on what you want out a device.