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Nokia N9 Performance Test Roundup

Here is a bunch of timed and measured raw speed tests of the Nokia N9 64GB for those who likes to see the numbers. =)

My PC:
– Q6600 + Abit IP35 Pro (Only USB 2.0)  + 8GB RAM + 7200rpm standard Samsung 1TB HDD
– Billion 7300N 802.11n WiFi modem/router
– Windows 7 Ultimate  x64

Note:
– Your PC setup can affect the transfer rate compared with mine.
– Your WiFi router can affect the transfer rate compared with mine.
– Having more maps installed may affect Map/Drive loading times.

 

Time to boot up

– Around 55 seconds
– This is from pressing the power button to when the launcher icons show up on the screen.
– As soon as the launcher appears on the screen, phone is fully responsive with zero lag.

Nokia ripple launch animation

 

File Transfer rate

From PC to N9 via USB cable (mass storage mode)
– 20MB/sec (constant average while copying a 1GB file using teracopy)
– 16GB model seems to be slower in USB copy speed. (~14MB/sec write)
– As I don’t have the 16GB model, please let me know what you get. =)

From N9 to PC via USB cable (mass storage mode)
– 25MB/sec (constant average while copying a 1GB file using teracopy)

From PC to N9 via WiFi 11n (ssh sftp over wireless using tunnelier)
– 4.0MB/sec (copying 300MB file took 1 min 20secs)

From N9 to PC via WiFi 11n (ssh sftp over wireless using tunnelier)
– 2.6MB/sec (copying 300MB file took  1 min 55secs)

Loving the speed!

 

App loading times

Maps (only Australia map installed)
– 16 seconds (launched after fresh reboot and until it was responsive)
– 15 seconds (when reopened 10 seconds after closing the Maps app)
– It can take up to 30 seconds with more than 5 maps installed.

Drive (only Australia map installed)
– 5 seconds (after fresh reboot and until it was responsive)
– 4 seconds (when reopened 10 seconds after closing the Drive app)

NFS Shift
–  18 seconds (from launch to when the home menu shows up)

Angry Birds
–  4 seconds (from launch to when the PLAY button shows up)

Maps app takes a while to start up

 

Camera Speed

– I didn’t bother measuring anything as it’s VERY quick. It is quicker than all mobile phones out so far.
– See the following chart by Nokia for total time from when camera is launched to when 1st picure is taken. (source)

N9 is the quickest although the difference is very small.

 

Multi-tasking

– Here is a video that I just took of myself opening various apps and multi-tasking between them.
– Apologies for the jumpy focus. I will see if I can fix focus next time. (was taken using my N8)
– I wasn’t really prepared very well so I forgot to try more apps. (missed Angry Birds for example)

[youtube]8B7K0hz-b4Y[/youtube]

 

Web Browser Benchmarks

– All these browser tests were run with the DEFAULT web browser with no other apps open in the task switcher.
– I will update this with Fennec (Firefox Mobile) later this week to compare another browser’s performance on N9.
– Click on the screenshots to see the full resolution image of the screenshot.

Default Web Browser http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/
Default Web Browser http://acid3.acidtests.org/
Default Web Browser http://html5test.com/
Firefox Mobile (Fennec 0.9a1) http://html5test.com
Default Browser SunSpider 0.9.1 test http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider-0.9.1/sunspider-0.9.1/driver.html
Default Browser SunSpider 0.9 test http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider-0.9/sunspider-driver.html
Firefox Mobile (Fennec 0.9a1) SunSpider 0.9 test http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider-0.9/sunspider-driver.html

 

Check out the latest Anandtech’s Sunspider 0.9 test results (including new iPhone4S) to compare the N9 results with.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4951/iphone-4s-preliminary-benchmarks-800mhz-a5-slightly-slower-gpu-than-ipad-2

 

Notes

Most other default apps take less than 1-3 seconds to load. That includes things like camera, facebook, twitter, gallery etc etc. So yeah, I only mentioned stuff which was worth measuring or might be interested in.

I will try to add more as I find more things to add. Please feel free to make a request if you have something you want timed or measured. But do try to request something which you believe will take a good few seconds as I don’t want to start measuring split seconds. I can’t be that accurate and there’s too many factors that can affect such short time periods. =P

 

29 thoughts on “Nokia N9 Performance Test Roundup”

    1. I didn’t include the hdd as no HDD is slower than 20MB/sec. Even if I had SSD or used some old 160GB 5400RPM HDD, result would have been the same. Anyways, I have included the HDD there. It’s nothing special. =)

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  1. Hi,

    I am from the states…if I were to order a N9 and have it shipped to me…is it possible for the N9 to download the US maps and delete the one on there (i.e. australia?) Thanks!

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    1. Yes. That is possible. You can delete app maps that are installed and then install only the maps you want. (That includes the US maps)

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    2. Andrew, did you find a site to order N9 from US? Expanses still says preorder without any price. Please share the site name if you. Come across any?

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  2. I can see someone’s having fun wit this device. U got pretty fast with this thing already. Navigating from one app to another is phenomenal. #N9

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  3. It should be noted that sftp is not a very good tool to use if you’re trying to measure WiFi performance rather than sftp speeds specifically. The bottleneck is the encryption, I usually only get about 2-3 MB/s when using sftp from my laptop to my desktop, so 3 MB/s from the phone is actually quite good.
    To better measure wireless network performance you might want to set up an NFS share or an FTP-server, then do the same thing with a laptop for comparison.

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    1. I agree with you there. But it was the easiest form of file transfer as sshserver was already installed and enabled upon enabling developer mode. If I do get to try other methods, I will post the results. But at least you now know that it can get at least 3.4MB/sec write over sftp on some network setups. =)

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  4. tell me… how did the battery do while all these tests? and how is the battery life overall? is it anything like the N900?

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    1. I can’t really comment on this as I charge my battery like 20 times a day. (I’m a bit obsessed with plugging it in whenever I’m sitting near my PC or the charger) I have never used my N9 for more than 2-3 hours without charging. So yeah, maybe someone who has a different pattern will be better suited to answering that. =)

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  5. Jay the default browser is still very good…

    A few wks back I read several stories about it toping all other mobile browsers in the most important perf./compatibility metrics.
    The lead swaps constantly in this competitive space.

    I just hope Nokia continues to be agressive in refining it’s utility, & improving it’s performance.
    I fear they’ll “down tools” once the N9’s out everywhere, & then direct most Harmattan browser devs elsewhere.

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    1. And my memory could be playing tricks on me but as I recall
      Sunspider has been deprecated as a “gold standard” test.
      I can’t recall the reasons OTTOMH, but it’s somewhat controversial nowadays.

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  6. I don’t know how you calculated the time.. but by using the time command i am starting up mine -> take picture -> close at ~0,3-0,4 seconds. It is pretty much instant.

    to test yourself.. just open the terminal and do the command

    time /usr/bin/invoker –type=m /usr/bin/camera-ui

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    1. As I mentioned in the article, I actually didn’t measure anything for the camera. It was a chart pulled from an article made by Nokia. But I did try your command to invoke the camera and on mine, it’s a lot slower than what you mention for it to launch, take a shot, and close.

      btw, have a look at how fast iPhone4s is. Now, that’s a super fast shot to shot. Quite impressed actually. (starting at 35seconds in the video)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM0Ee4KW5-I

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    2. In terms of shot-by-shot, N9 is definitely slower than the iPhone4S. I’ve tried out my friend’s iPhone4S and it’s noticeably faster. This is for continuous shots only BTW. If you don’t take photos like crazy, the difference is negligible. However, iPhone4S can take photos using the volume button. I WISH N9 could do this as well. I prefer physical shutter button any day and I’m quite annoyed that N9 doesn’t have one while the identical looking Nokia 800 WP7 phone does. Removing physical buttons might make it look cleaner, but it’s definitely worse in terms of usability.

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  7. [“In terms of shot-by-shot, N9 is definitely slower than the iPhone4S. I’ve tried out my friend’s iPhone4S and it’s noticeably faster. This is for continuous shots only BTW. If you don’t take photos like crazy, the difference is negligible”.]

    That’s a relief….
    So iP4S is better for continuous shots, but speed otherwise is better on N9?

    [“However, iPhone4S can take photos using the volume button. I WISH N9 could do this as well. I prefer physical shutter button any day and I’m quite annoyed that N9 doesn’t have one while the identical looking Nokia 800 WP7 phone does. Removing physical buttons might make it look cleaner, but it’s definitely worse in terms of usability.”]

    I definitely agree there…
    Eventually we’ll map the lock/power button to the camera app, & then “problem solved”!

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    1. Speed otherwise? Hmm. No, I actually think iPhone4S is just as fast or faster than N9 in most things. But I haven’t actually measured it so this is just going by my perceived experience. You never know, N9 might be a few ms faster. =P Anyways, both are more than fast enough so no one will complain with either one of them.

      Yeah, I hope we can map it to a volume button on the N9 also. (e.g. volume up to focus, volume down to take photo)

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  8. [“Speed otherwise? Hmm.
    No, I actually think iPhone4S is just as fast or faster than N9 in most things”]

    No I meant speed in other aspects for both cameras.

    Cheers mate.

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  9. My 16GB N9 is extremely slow over usb 2.0
    Max speed is about 4MB/s when I’m writing movies on to the phone.
    Maybe my 5800xm usb cable is crappy..no idea, should test this out.

    Nope, the original cable does the same, tried different usb ports, no change at all.

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