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Android 7.0 Nougat vs Windows 10 Mobile Redstone: Performance (UI navigation, Apps & Multitasking), Browsing

This is the third in the series of comparisons pitting Android N, the upcoming Android OS update from Google against Windows 10 Mobile Redstone aka Anniversary update, the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile update from Microsoft. Both Android N and Windows 10 Mobile Redstone are in the preview phase and nearing release status, Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update though will be released in July while Android N release is planned for sometime in Q3, 2016.

Read our full Android Nougat vs Windows 10 Mobile comparison series by clicking here.

In this video comparison, we tackle the more difficult part of the overall comparison; namely Performance comparison. It is always difficult to talk about relative performance while comparing two OSes as it can be controversial. Every OS has its strengths and weaknesses and we have compared general performance including navigation, Multitasking, Apps handling, browsing between Android N and Windows 10 Mobile. And also keep in mind that both the OSes are still in Beta. Also Nexus 5X is a high-end smartphone while Lumia 640 XL is a mid-ranger (Processor wise too).

  • Both OSes handle the general navigation part with ease and remain fluid. We didn’t notice any lag during daily operations demo.
  • We haven’t seen crashes, lags and other issues while during our hands-on time with both the devices.
  • Windows 10 Mobile has a very minor advantage in terms speed of Apps resume from background but Android N show more uniformity across response to even resuming heavy games, while Windows 10 Mobile needs some improvement in case of resume of games from background.
  • Settings and Action / Notification Centers offer good experience on both the devices while navigating though them.
  • Browsers on both the devices are capable and you will enjoy using any one of them. They renders pages fast and panning, zooming, scrolling etc works so well. Chrome however handles some scripts better than Microsoft Edge, while Edge seems better in one-handed use with easy to reach Tabs and options like swipe page navigation.

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long. He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing. Write to him at Email: [email protected]
  • Gourav Mopidevi

    infinite times i swipied that stupid edge feature by mistake….hope they make it user defined feature

  • Agung

    I think this test was far enough to get real performance of each OSes. You guys can see the different of hardware specification (CPU, GPU, RAM). Use same specification, even same smartphone to test the OS performance, pick Xiaomi 4 LTE as a test. It can be installed both OSes. One installed for Android Nougat, and the other Windows 10 Mobile Redstone. Now you can surely get the real OSes performance.

  • Michael Fernandez

    When we consider the phones used Nexus 5X Vs Lumia 640 XL … simply proves the absolute performance superiority of Windows 10 Mobile….

    • Exactly. You won’t see any much difference with high end flagship devices of both OS. It’s only when you compare budget and mid-range devices, then you can see the superiority of Windows 10 Mobile.

      PS: The Nexus 5X is best comparable with Lumia 950 since both got hexa-core and both uses Snapdragon 8xx processor.

  • Akhil Kochhar

    Multi tasking is so so much better on Android than W10M. But that’s the reason why Android hogs more battery. Microsoft needs to find a balance bw both these.

    • Jinit Ayer

      I few cases i found W10 Mobile load faster.

      • Kamal

        Especially while multitasking apps.