CompanyA produces ProductA which benchmarks at X, with great call quality, battery life, and end user experience. Does it matter that there is another product available with higher benchmarks if it doesn't even get reception in my area? Perhaps the battery life would be terrible with a radio from my carrier, or perhaps it would benchmark lower because of differences required for the chipset. I can't speculate because the product doesn't exist, and I can't build it. If a product is not an option then the benchmark, quality of speaker, battery life, etc simply don't matter.
Others can talk about their benchmarks on their devices on other networks all they want. For me it holds little value. Put that device on my network, and show me the benchmark and it becomes relevant. I'm on Droidforums, for the discussion of the discussion of Droid branded phones. Those are carried by Verizon which happens to be the cellular provider that I use. If it's not offered by Verizon, it's not on the same playing field and doesn't matter.