Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Comparison - Full Screen H.264 video on Google Nexus 1 vs. MacBook pro

We were contacted by the lads over at about video on mobile to gather some more information. I decided rather than give them the technical marketing belch, it might be better just to show them via video how well Flash Player 10.1, running on the Google Nexus One smartphone, can render full screen H.264. Unfortunately, the camera I used to film this does not do the video justice, nor does the YouTube conversion. If I get a better result on Vimeo, I will replace the video embedded. Nevertheless, this video shows a true comparison on how a full screen video experience runs roughly the same whether using the Gala Flash Player (Mac OS X hardware accelerated) on a MacBook Pro 15 inch laptop and the Google Nexus One Android smartphone using the latest Flash Player 10.1 (not Flash Lite - full Flash Player).

The video can be seen at


  1. Not sure that looking at the battery drain on the Macbook versus the drain on the Nexus One is really telling us anything definitive... if the same video could be played on an iPhone versus the Nexus One, then we'd be getting a fair comparison. Obviously that's hard to do as Flash ain't going to run on the iPhone... Are there hacked versions of the iPhone that allow Flash to run on it so a proper comparison could be done?

  2. @Jason:

    You are quite correct. I only ran this comparison test to see if there was an exponentially higher drain. To run it properly, I would also have to ensure that the test conditions were fair too (same about of display lighting, other options like wifi turned off, not running other apps etc.). The framerate would also have to be normalized. The test done on this video should therefore be disregarded as me being excited and not a scientist.

    What would be good to do is an HTML5 vs. Flash Video test on iPhone vs. Nexus One.


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