Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Review

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Performance: CPU and Web Browsing

Test Methodology: In all of our test vehicles for the following benchmarks, we ran each tablet at its performance optimized settings where available, with the exception of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which was tested at Normal and Balanced power profile settings. Normal mode on the Prime offers the full performance of its NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, whereas Balanced mode compromises performance a bit to conserve power, capping the CPU at 1.2GHz max frequency. Beyond that, each tablet was also connected to a wall power source to ensure full performance. Here's a quick spec rundown for each tablet tested.
• Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz Quad-Core
• Asus Eee Pad Transformer - NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core
• Apple iPad 2 - Apple A5 Dual-Core
• Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet - NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus - 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos Dual Core
In the following tests, we take a look at how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus compares to other tablets by running a few common benchmarks that are currently available in the Android Marketplace. The first two tests are general purpose computing type benchmarks.

CPU Performance Testing
Android CPU Testing



Unfortunately, the iOS version of Linpack is different enough that we couldn't compare iPad 2 numbers in this test, and still get an apples-to-apples match-up. As you can clearly see, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus held its own with most of the field (including its big bro the Galaxy Tab 10.1), which as a whole was soundly beaten only by the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

Web Browser Performance Testing
Android Browser Testing





The above two tests are browser-based benchmarks designed to determine a target device's performance with respect to Javascript processing and HTML rendering. Righware's Browser Mark specifically looks at browser performance, whereas SunSpider solely looks at Javascript. In general, these are lightly threaded workloads.

In the BrowserMark test, the little Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus went toe-to-toe with the bigger tablets and did not disappoint, notching the second-best score behind only the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime (on the Normal setting). Our tablet of the hour did even better in the SunSpider test, scoring far ahead of most of the field and barely being edged out by the iPad 2.

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