Originally Posted by soccerballtux
well, we're trying to gauge efficiency of an architecture, not pick which thing to buy in order to render pages the fastest.
Problem with that is there are not many standardized tests which could show the raw performance. I'm still more towards the user experience as a whole rather than focusing on performance alone. This is in contrast with desktops where I would like performance first, user experience second.
There are no good Android handphones that is before ICS. Galaxy Note with Gingerbread is awful, Galaxy Note 2 was better but it isn't the best Android phone to date IMHO. The Nexus 4 should be the best as it has decent performance and a good stock OS.
Originally Posted by Android
Jelly Bean makes your Android device even more responsive by boosting your device's CPU instantly when you touch the screen, and turns it down when you don't need it to improve battery life.
With the focus of Android 4.2
, its way better to have better per core performance than it is to cram in more cores. A 4+4 approach doesn't work as you'd want it to process it as fast as possible and goes to sleep which is better done with a faster core, not more cores.