Last Friday we got word from the T-Mobile and Samsung folks that the update for the Samsung Galaxy S called the Vibrant on T-Mobile was was ready and Froyo goodness could now be yours after a long wait. We have gotten word that the update process to Froyo, Android 2.2 was not all that fun for a lot of users. Make sure you read the instructions posted by T-Mobile and how to perform the update. The real question burning in the minds of Vibrant owners is how much better will the update really be. We know Froyo will drop some Adobe Flash functionality to your browsing experience, but will the performance live up to our expectations?  To answer that question the folks at Wirefly have put together a video to test the speed of the updated Vibrant to 2.2 putting it against the same device before the upgrade running Éclair, or Android 2.1. Wirefly uses two testing methods that are available on the Android Marketplace, the first is Quadrant and the second is Smartbench 2010. Here are the results:

  • Android 2.1 Quadrant Score: 872
  • Android 2.1 Smartbench 2010 Productivity Score: 690
  • Android 2.1 Smartbench 2010 Gaming Score: 2274
  • Android 2.2 Quadrant 2010 Productivity Score: 925
  • Android 2.2 Smartbench 2010 Productivity Score: 950
  • Android 2.2 Smartbench 2010 Gaming Score: 2117

As you can see the only real performance pickup was with Smartbench 2010 testing the Productivity which had a previous score of 690 and then went to 925 after the update to Froyo 2.2. All of the others scores were only slightly different. So is the upgrade worth it? We think so, maybe not for speed, but then again we are all addicted to the latest and greatest software running on our devices! Enjoy the video:


  1. Hey nice, 2010 on Quadrant, nothing to be ashamed of. Pardon me, I’m just gonna leave this sucker right here (Nexus S)…

    Smartbench, hmm.. think I might need to put something else here too if you’ve still got some space in the thread you can spot me.. oo, pretty jellyfish.

    Higher is better, right?

  2. I guess that proves it Doug. All Android devices generally suck except for your personal device. Now I know why you like it so much. Thanks for clearing that up.

  3. What it proves (well, affirms, technically) is that the Nexus phones are the one phones you get if you’re a developer, a tinkerer, you make a lot of roms, or you use them, it’s the phone you get if you want watch these guys manage to make it overclock 50% higher — that’s like my last phone plus 1GHz, it’s the phone you might get if they stop selling the phone again before the demand fizzles and Google sells it to you if you’re a developers, it’s the phone to use just use it’s an overall, with a few pros and cons in there (including lower Linpack scores) but overall, an even better phone than the Nexus One. I can’t name a phone I’d rather have, not sure my wife could either. Also I am rather pleased with my carrier.

    If there were as much developer interest in the other phones on that list you’d see the slope even out.

    That said, the only time I notice the difference when overclocking or not is when benchmarking. Something to do.

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