It was the most eagerly anticipated handset launch this year, and now Apple’s iPhone 6 has been named the fastest on the market.
Independent researchers tested the processing speeds and performance of the latest phones from Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG.
Processing speed determines how quickly the phones can open apps, play videos and games, multitask and more.
Apple’s iPhone 6 came out on top in a Which? magazine poll, ahead of the firm’s supersized iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy S5.
Apple’s older iPhone 5S model came fourth, followed by the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The Sony Experia Z2 came in seventh place, ahead of the LG G3 and iPhone 5C.
To put the phones through their paces, researchers used ‘Geekbench 3 software’ to calculate their speed.
The software is designed to replicate how people use their phones in the real world and calculates single and multi-core performance.
The phones were given a score for the numerous performance tests, which were then combined and weighted.
The higher a phone’s score, the better and faster it is and if a score is double, for example, the phone offers double the performance.
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models have a dual core, 1.4GHz A8 processor.
Their rivals, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 have quad-core processors.
Quad-core processors are believed to be faster, yet having more cores doesn’t necessarily increase speed.
It instead increases the phone’s ability to do more things at once, faster, which is a small but significant distinction.
Last year, Which? crowned the iPhone 5S the fastest phone,followed by LG’s G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The iPhone 5S was recorded to have a multi-core speed of 3,971, which is almost 600 points lower than this year’s fastest – the iPhone 6 at 4,569 – showing how quickly technology improves.
While processor speed matters when it comes to opening apps and playing games, Which? did not compare the quality of the phones’ cameras or screens.