See how your Windows Phone measures up with Basemark OS II, now on all three mobile platforms

If you are interested in seeing how your Windows Phone's overall performance stacks up to other phones and tablets, you may be interested in Basemark OS II, a cross-platform benchmark tool by Rightware, simultaneously released on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Basemark OS II runs a battery of performance tests, including system, memory, graphics, web browsing and camera and then assigns a score based on the results.

To use, simply tap 'Run Benchmark' and let the system run its course. As of now, we can't pick individual tests, as we are met with the message  "This feature is only available in the FULL version". That suggests a paid, 'Pro' version is on the way, though as of now, it's not available in the Store.

Once your test is completed, you then have the option to upload your results to compare to other devices that have been assessed, including Android and iOS ones. What's especially cool, is that Basemark OS II tries to use an objective scoring system, so comparisons are OS-neutral and based solely on hardware performance. (Note: the app crashed once on the Lumia 1320, but seems okay on the Lumia 1520).

According to Teemu Uotila, Director of Benchmark Unit of Rightware:

“We are immensely proud in advancing the general public’s understanding of the performance differences of the modern smartphones. This launch marks a major milestone since it is the first trusted performance gauge that enables true cross platform overall performance comparisons. One of the exciting and unique features is a camera speed test. We don’t know of any other such a test in publicly available product in the world."

I tried to get a screenshot of my Lumia 920's score versus others, but I could not get the results page to pull up on my phone at the time that this post was written. Perhaps you will have better luck.

You can get Basemark OS II for free in the Windows Phone Store, and you can read more about the types of tests in Basemark OS II here from their site. Windows Phone 8 only.

QR: BaseMark OS II

Seth Brodeur
  • I think that 1320 might want to grow to a 1520 to have its quad core not be supported :P
  • It's hardly OS neutral if it doesn't support quad-core on WP but does on Android.
  • It runs, but crashes on occasion on the 1320 (which is not quad core, that was an error on our end) but it runs on the 1520. That's a difference between support (which appears to be there) and just 1.0 bugs.
  • The results in the picture, are those from the 1520?
  • I got a 894 for my overall score on my 1520.. I turned WiFi, and all data, off, closed everything down, and turned off everything but 5 background task... I don't know if that helped.. Right now I'm having trouble opening the website so I can compare my score with other phones.. I'll keep trying... I'm just interested to see how the iPhone 5S, and GS4 did overall compared to my 1520.
  • I didn't do anything to my phone. Left everything open, as well as 4 background task. I also cannot access the website, tells me I have bad web address.
  • Also, being OS-neutral it is a raw comparison of hardware rather than an indicator of what kind of performance you should expect. So Android phones that score higher than Windows phones will not necessarily be faster or offer a better experience. Nice app for those wanting to directly compare the hardware performance though.
  • Oh, well of course... That's been the argument about WP's speed, vs Android, this whole time... Lol❕
  • Yeah, unfortunately this is not the app that all WP fans have been waiting for that helps people stop thinking purely about number and speed of processors. Still a nice app though :)
  • It is handy for proving that WP hardware is serious.. If these guys today here at work see my 1520 producing higher numbers than their iDroids that's all I need the app for.. Anything to lend whatever kind of credence to WP will help increase mind share, then market share... It's just one more brick in the wall..
  • I'm mainly meaning that many times that the benchmark is compared between 'similar' (to the consumer's mind) WP and Android phones the Android ones will often score higher on a benchmark because they require the larger processors. It doesn't do anything to prove whether a phone is better or nicer to use. However as you say, and especially with the latest Nokia devices, we are also competing in the hardware space too so there are some wins that can be made there. I just wish that everyone would stop comparing CPUs already.
  • Oh, I understand, and agree.. Have you noticed that in att stores they have taken the spec cards away, and replaced them with just special features of the device❔ That's a smart move, and it's probably because of what you're saying, and the fact that most people don't know what those specs mean, and don't really care.. Take my GF for example... She wouldn't trade her iPhone 4s for my Lumia 1570 is I paid her to.. I say 1570 because she'll still have the 4s by then.. Lol. She sure is amazed by XBM on my 1520 though... Its really more about the features, apps, and content available at this point because most midrange phones nowadays are just a fast as high end phones a year ago... And, Android is getting less, and less, annoying to use with every new version... MS needs to think about this....
    Nevertheless, I wonder if my 1520 will score higher after the 8.1 update, or does it not work like that❔
  • I'm not in the US so I'm not sure about AT&T. I know that in New Zealand they haven't really put specs on the cards for quite a while (on any network), at least for the last 5 years or so. But it doesn't stop the salespeople looking them up and factoring that into the sales process. What would help is a re-education of salespeople, something I tried desperately during my 2.5 years as a Nokia WP trainer, but they are a difficult beast to change. They're either spec junkies and sell phones accordingly, or blind Apple/Android loyalists, or they don't care and sell whatever the customer asks for (which is driven by marketing and word of mouth). Both of those factors are areas that WP is not quite leading in (though the latter is really picking up lately).
  • Yeah, I'm sick of sales people asking me if I like WP with that skeptical look on their face.. WP is never going to pick up market share here in the US if that attitude persist at the so called "premier carrier"
  • I'm sick of tech salespeople in general now. No offence meant to the good ones – they do exist, I've met some and they can be brilliant – but in general they are very self-serving, biased without logical reason, and ignorant of new tech.
  • Yep, well said... They don't know $hit.. Doesn't it annoy you when they ask if they can help you❔.. Lol❕.. I try not to say no thanks with a rude tone, but I think it comes out that way... I just want to say "hell no❕ you don't know $hit. I know more about this stuff than you do"""".. One day it's gonna happen..
  • Their website seems broken or otherwise it's extremely slow. So can't compare my results.
  • They have a surge of traffic today.. That's what's holding it up.. Try accessing it from the main page on the website.
  • Pfff, full version only
  • You can run all the benchmarks, just not individual ones. 
  • Anyone else having problems with downloading apps from the store❔
  • Size of this app is 43 mb. Isn't it too much??
  • By what metric are you measuring "too much" for a benchmark app on Windows Phone? I'm not a developer so I wouldn't weigh in on the matter.
  • It's weird❕ First it said 43mb, and I couldn't get it to load.. Then I reset my phone, and it said 1gb❕.. I swear that's what it said.. WTH❔
  • 43Mb for me too.
  • It's always crashing on Lumia 920... Edit: I got the results but like Daniel Rubino said, the website is down to pull.
  • Same here on my 920, crashed after the last test ... Results not saved, unfortunately
  • Here are the results on my 920, it ran the first try but as mentioned accessing the web site is a bit slow if not impossible. I didn't change any settings prior to running, just ran it as the phone was after install: Camera Speed Test: 377
    Overall: 500
    System: 503
    Memory: 917
    Graphics: 335
    Web: 403  
  • on free version i got these results for Nokia Lumia 1020: Overall: 494
    System: 492
    Memory: 928
    Graphics: 333
    Web: 392 Camera Speed Test Results:
    Score: 157 points
    Score with Flash: 164 points
    Rank: 222
    Test Conditions: Low Light
  • Lumia 1520 Overall: 899 System: 988 Memory: 989 Graphics: 1209 Web: 551   Camera Speed Test Results Score: 272 points Score with Flash: 255 points Rank: 291 Test Conditions: Low Light   Snapdragon 800 FTW.
  • Just ordered the international version of red 1520. Can't wait to replace my beautiful 925
  • dont make me want to buy 1520 xD
  • My 1520 got these:
    Overall 953
    System 930
    Memory 1282
    Graphics 1240
    Web 559
  • Nexus 5 Overall: 1076
    System: 1573
    Memory: 484
    Graphics: 2346
    Web: 750 Camera Speed Test Results Score: 392 points
    Score with Flash: 340 points
    Rank: 214
    Test Conditions: Low Light Snapdragon 800 FTW.
  • Lol
  • My Lumia 1520 got Overall : 1023 System : 1110 Memory: 1442 Graphics: 1226 Web: 558
  • My 1520 (RM-937) Everything running (I have 14 BG tasks active including Wifi but location services & bluetooth were turned off) Overall: 1051
    System: 1219
    Memory: 1447
    Web: 564 Camera Speed Test Results Score: 272 Points
    Scire with Flash: 249 points
    Rank: 293
    Test Conditions: Low Light
  • Those numbers are impressive but what do they mean?
  • on free version i got these results for Nokia Lumia 920: Overall: 503
    System: 498
    Memory: 955
    Graphics: 334
    Web: 402 Camera Speed Test Results Score: 393 points Score with Flash: 374 points Rank: 186 Test Conditions: Normal Light
  • go to the main menu and klick on the extra test
  • my 521 got on the free version: overall: 201 system: 298 memory: 397 graphics: 201 web: 69
  • Lumia 920 Overall: 500 System: 502 Memory: 892 Graphics: 346 Web: 404   Camera Speed Test Score: 382 Score with Flash: 361 Rank 220
  • Web not found (sorry, couldn't resist) :D
  • Lumia 1020 (64GB-Version, GDR3 & Black Update) Overall: 512 System: 497 Memory: 1024 Graphics: 340 Web: 395 Camera Speed Test Results Score: 147 Score with Flash: 156 Rank: 223 Test Conditions: Low Light   edit: why do i have such a huge line pitch?
  • Lumia 925: Overall 509
    System 489
    Memory 978
    Graphics 345
    Web 402
  • Good but not fully
  • Lumia 928, pretty full storage fwiw: Overall: 499
    System: 502
    Graphics: 365
    Web: 399
      Seem to be in the ballpark with the rest of the 920-ish phones.
      edit: Camera Test Score: 372
    Score w/flash: 353
    Rank: 196
    Normal Light
  • 920 on developer preview... No crashing but the webpage to compare and see the award doesn't load.
    Overall: 489
    System: 494
    Memory: 892
    Graphics: 349
    Web: 371
    Little Brother's 5s for comparison:
    Overall: 1021
    System: 1999
    Memory: 437
    Graphics: 1344
    Web: 926
  • You have to go to extra tests for camera. For the 920 I got:
    Overall: 498
    System: 466
    Memory: 941
    Graphics: 349
    Web: 400 For the camera:
    Score: 314
    With flash: 309
    Rank: 269
    Conditions: low light
  • My Nokia 1520 32GB UK Phone Overall: 1008
    System: 1063
    Memory: 1431
    Graphics: 1230
    Web: 551  
  • What about some 5s or S4 results, anyone? I'd like to have something to compare with :)
  • See my post a few back on my brothers 5s
  • I have the photo links which proofs that Nokia Lumia 1520 beats both iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4 in Overall results: Nokia Lumia 1520: 1048 iPhone 5S: 940 Samsung Galaxy S4: 574
  • I gave up caring about Benchmark testing cause they never measure up in real time use. I've had my Nexus 7 1st gen out benchmark my Nokia 920 and yet in every real time situation my 920 out performed the Nvidia Quad core. The N7 was one of the most sluggish android device owned. Kit Kat has greatly improved it but it never has measured up.
  • Yup, unless you want to do, idk, heavy numbers crunching, 3D rendering or video editting on your phone, raw numbers don't mean a thing. They might be relevant for gaming, but only on the same platform since the system architecture also affects real-life multimedia performance...
  • Samsung ATIV S GDR3:
    Overall: 456
    System: 489
    Memory: 881
    Graphics: 253
    Web: 398
  • For the LG G2 I got: (Kit Kat)
    Overall: 933
    System: 1381
    Memory: 406
    Graphics: 2435
    Web: 741  
  • Is this truly OS neutral?  I am certainly no expert, but for example, an Android phone needs a lot of resources and cores just to be able to scroll the list of apps smoothly, whereas on WP there is generally less specs needed to get the same or better performance.   I guess, this is really theoretical tests, not a test that would be entirely relevant to a user of the device....I'm not really saying it well, but I know what I mean in my head!!
  • Agree.
  • Personally I don't care how my 1020 compares to Android or iOS. My phone is smooth, fast and reliable. That's all that matters to me.
  • +1
  • +1
  • +1020
    I've tried both iP5 and Sgs4, not impressed at all, would choose my 1020 over anything.
    But would be funny to see what my 1020 could do running on turbo in a test just like Samsung do with their Androids'... :P
  • My nokia 1520 Overall 1015 System 1104 Memory 1424 Graphics 1221 Web 554 
  • Overall 855 for my L1520
  • Why would I care, WP is the best and my 920 still does everything just fine. When WP gets stylus support ill upgrade.
  • My thoughts also... mostly... The only reason I dont have a 1520 is no stylus. My 920 has been my best all around trouble free smartphone ever.
  • I don't get the value in these type apps.  My Lumia 920 runs everything well and I don't want to purposely depress myself should I find out my Lumia 920 doesn't quite match the spec of some andy device I have no intentions of owning anyway.  I'll pass. The line "Ignorance is bliss" has its place.
  • Samsung Ativ S (GDR2)
    Overall 487
    System 484
    Memory 937
    Graphics 312
    Web 397
    Neat :)
  • Samsung Ativ S(SGH-T899M) GDR2
    Overall 470
    System 407
    Memory 961
    Graphics 316
    Web 397
  • My Nokia Lumia 1520 scores:
  • Lumia 620 Overall: 291 System: 293 Memory: 346 Graphics: 234 Web: 301
  • Samsung Galaxy S III (SCH-I535) Android 4.1.2 (Power saving disabled) Overall: 244 System: 555 Memory: 288 Graphics: 314 Web: 71   Camera Speed Test Results: Score: 466 Score with Flash: 247 Rank: 137 Test Conditions: Low Light
  • I like this app, seems well designed. Something that can't be said about alot of WP apps unfortunately.
  • HTC 8X Overall 337 System 506 Memory 229 Graphics 278 Web 403 Camera Test Score 401 Score with flash 392 Rank 190 Test Conditions Normal Light
  • On the second run (after restart) I got a noticable increase Overall 370 System 500 Memory 268 Graphics 368 Web 382
  • After fresh install (reset) I got further increase Overall 482 System 505 Memory 996 Graphics 268 Web 400
  • On my L1520, it reports my display to be 720x1280 under device info, should I still believe the stats reported by this app??? IDK...
  • Nokia Lumia 810, Amber: Overall: 482 System: 499 Memory: 777 Graphics: 325 Web: 431
  • India Nokia Lumia 820 Black GDR3 Preview   Overall   : 510 System  : 490  Memory  : 961  Graphics : 333 Web       : 433 Camera Speed Test Results : Score    : 325 Points Score with Flash : 273 Points Test Condition : Low Light      
  • iPhone 5 32GB mem, 1GB RAM (IOS 7.0.4) - no background running apps but the benchmark app. No Wifi/BT operated, only 3G: Overall: 557
    System: 1004
    Memory: 393
    Graphics: 291
    Web: 837 Camera Results:
    Normal Light:
    Score: 559
    Score + Flash: 280
    Rank: 111 Low Light: Score: 390
    Score + Flash: 228
    Rank: 289