Originally Posted by steelbom
The Adreno 220 doesn't even come close to the SGX543MP2. The 225 performs well but if I remember correctly has some major weakness, although I might be thinking of something else.
We don't even know the true performance of the 220 because its severely bottlenecked by the dual Scorpion cpus. Its twice as fast as Exynos in pure OpenGL benchmarks, but quite a bit slower in mixed game simulations. Its only weakness is a tired old CPU, and if Krait can do the same thing to the A9 that Scorpion did to the A8 it will be much faster than the cut-and-paste reference designs used by the A5/Tegra/Exynos/OMAP chipsets.
And as far as specs go ForumViewer I'm sure you'd love to believe that Jobs came down and sprinkled fairy dust on the A5 to make the CPU its using somehow faster, but its the exact same design used in every other A9-based dual core chipset.
You can argue all you want about poor homescreen implementation, but in terms of actual app performance, Android apps are JIT-compiled, so they are just as fast as the native iOS apps. That means the difference between the CPU on the 4S and every dual core Android phone is the same as the difference between an X4 980 and an X4 945. The 980 is 20% faster thanks to a 20% faster clock speed.