My Nexus One seems much more responsive after its weekend update to Android OS 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). In fact, while the Nexus One always seemed more responsive than the slightly older Motorola Droid (running Froyo, Android OS 2.2.3), the difference between the two devices is not markedly different. You would expect the Nexus One to be faster since it has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor compared to the Motorola Droid’s Arm Cortex A8 processor clocked at 550MHz. Note that the processor frequency doesn’t tell the whole story. But, the difference has always been there nonetheless.
One particularly slow process on either device has been the Applications Management List. Prior to the Gingerbread update, it took the better part of a minute to be useful on the Nexus One. And, it takes several minutes to be usable on the Droid. In fact, the Droid’s screen usually times out before the app management list can be used. You can see the huge difference in the video I recorded of these devices simply bringing up the list. In fact, I even gave the Droid a head start. And, it still doesn’t show up by the end of the almost 2 minute long video.