As many of you likely know, the run-up period before a smartphone announcement is often sprinkled with leaks, rumors, images, and benchmarks. With so many devices to choose from and a number of companies getting involved in the mobile processor game it can be quite confusing to figure out which one performs best. Factor in memory and display technologies and resolutions and you’ve got quite a bit to muddle through in considering a new phone.

Benchmarks, for all intents and purposes, make it easier to discern the high-end beast from the entry-level “every man” phone. But, as we’re finding over time, the typical smartphone user can’t detect the differences in performance. Sure, early adopters and heavy users might see the subtle stuff, but we’re willing to bet most don’t even know the name of their processor.

All of this brings us to the Question of the Week: How important are benchmarks to you? We’ve embedded the little poll below and in the right sidebar of our other articles. Please take a moment to tell us how you feel about them and when done, head to the comments to share more details.

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