Does it matter that Samsung is cheating on benchmarks for its Galaxy Note 3? No. Not to me since I assumed that they did, would, and will. And I've not cancelled my Verizon Galaxy Note 3 order. However, the question many are asking and taking sides on is whether this matters that they're cheating or not.
And the answer is absolutely it matters. And this is why so far, Apple and Motorola/Google (Macrumors) has not gone into the benchmark game.
Most of us don't buy our smartphones or tablets based on just benchmarks. Okay, in the past, some of us might make that decision to go with a certain PC maker or customization based on that. However, most of today's mobile devices does not allow chip or memory customization like the PC market.
So, being able to claim on a benchmark test that could be important to some device makers, especially Samsung because it is facing public relations pressure because if patent issues, copying issues, and competition from the likes of not just Apple but other Android device makers like LG, Sony, and Google.
And coming out first is very important to them. And if you were force to pick whether you trust Samsung's words (BGR) or that of tech sites like Arstechnica (post on Samsung's cheating), I'll take the tech guys any given day.
Furthermore, given that Apple's iPhone 5s sports a 64-bit chip architecture which gives Apple a head start in the next stage of mobile chip race and experience, Samsung probably found itself having to respond in mind.
And being able to say that you've got the fastest device makes it easier for the marketing guys to sell it to the public.
I'm not sure where Samsung's insecurity is coming from. They're the biggest phone maker in the world in terms of market share. It's unlikely anyone will come close any time soon. And the Galaxy brand is right up there with the iPhone.
The benchmark scandal, if that, will only confuse the issue for its fans. And the public is not going to care one way or another if one device is a bit faster than another. What they will be irked about is stories about cheating.