Windows Phone 8 vs. WP7 speed test [Video]

One of the most impressive things in Windows Phone 8 is the speed of the OS. I mentioned it several times in the HTC 8X review. This is thanks to a combination of software and hardware. Even apps that aren’t optimized for WP8 open almost instantly, and apps that have been optimized are blazing fast.

In the video above I compare the HTC 8X with WP8 to a HTC Trophy with WP7.5. The 8X has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and the Trophy has a 1GHz single-core processor. It’s not exatcly a fair fight, but it does show how much of a difference there is between gen 1 and the current gen devices.


  • http://www.2girls1game.com Ashley K.

    Awesome improvements, I can’t wait to play around with the Lumia 920.

  • http://www.2girls1game.com Sarah

    The speed at which apps open is something I find severely lacking on my existing phone. I’ll definitely be looking forward to this when I get a Lumia 920.

  • johnny

    app startup is one thing, there were other. bottlenecks like initial responsiveness(try swipe right in facebook right after started) or slow navigation.. you should havr made a longer video showing more apps and more deeply :)

  • JSYOUNG571

    “The 8X has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and the Trophy has a 1GHz single-core processor. It’s not exatcly a fair fight,”

    You are right. This is definitely not fair at all, which makes this video a FAIL! I am quite sure if Windows Phone 7.5 was on a phone that had the same specs as the Lumia 920, 7.5 would run just as fast as 8 probably even faster.

  • Sobr0801

    This is a great video, gave us an idea what we get when we upgrade. That being said Verizon only has one WP7, so the Trophy was more than likely the only option available to compare on that network!

  • Sobr0801

    Really enjoyed the video. My Trophy may be old, but it will get me buy a few months!

  • http://winsource.com/ Joe Fedewa

    Actually, in WP8 there is this thing called fast resume, and apps don’t need a splash screen. So even with same hardware WP8 would blow out WP7. You would know that if you actually cared about Windows Phone and didn’t just crap on everything Microsoft.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    This is great, because Windows Phone was already super smooth as it was. But isn’t the Trophy a bit out-dated on specs? That might also affect its speed.