Ultimately it depends on individual application of server software, and your own application. With a php5.4, nginx, on Ubuntu, I'm getting better performance from DigitalOcean, even with the new 1gb ram on linode. Testing with $10 do and $20 linode.
Secondly, deploying a second $10 DO droplet and using load balancing, I'm getting 2.763x faster response on DO. For my specific project, performance, not price, is what matters. For my application DO is leading.