Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review: Android 3.1 Tablet

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Performance Benchmarks

The user experience perhaps the most important aspect of a tablet. It's the combination of hardware, software, and a lot of other factors that make some tablets stand out, and others forgettable. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has managed to get both angles right, and it makes for an overall great experience. But of course, just telling you that the hardware is powerful enough to run the software adequately is only half of the story. The other half is told in raw figures, and we've got a few benchmarks below that help to demonstrate our point.

Quadrant Android Benchmark

The first two tests presented here are general purpose computing type benchmarks.

CPU testing
Android CPU testing

Some mixed bag scores here; the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is far faster on the Web browsing front, and that's largely because Google overhauled some of the engine within Android 3.1. But on Linpack, it's lacking. The truth of the matter is that these benchmarks are probably not optimized for Android 3.1, so performance may be somewhat different with a future update.

Graphics testing
Android graphics testing

An3DBench is a benchmarking tool based on an Android port of the jPCT 3D engine.  The app runs 7 tests in total that look at graphics processor fill rate and complex rendering workloads and scenes.  We were also able to run some tests with An3DBenchXL, which is a newer version of the app that is significantly more demanding.

Here, we see the Eee Pad Transformer and the G-Tablet, as well as the Xoom, best the Tab 10.1 on one test. On the other, it's pretty much an even split between the top three or four tablets. Again, we're thinking that Android 3.1 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1's drivers are throwing these tests for somewhat of a loop.

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