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ASUS Eee Pad Slider  review

ASUS Eee Pad Slider: Hybrid Gadget

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Performance Benchmarks

Slider in Action

Having come from the same family of tablets, it's not surprising to find the ASUS Eee Pad Slider having the same hardware components as the Transformer. It has a NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1.0GHz) dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, which is standard among most Android tablets. For this section, we will compare the Slider with the Transformer and the Motorola Xoom to evaluate its performance among the Android tablets, especially since they too use the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Of course not to forget is the customary comparison with an Apple iPad 2. The following benchmarks are used for raw performance evaluation:-

  • Quadrant evaluates the CPU, memory, I/O and 3D graphics performance. This is an Android OS based test.
  • Smartbench 2011 is a multi-core friendly benchmark application that includes both the Productivity and Games Indices for a more complete gauge of the overall performance of Android devices.
  • SunSpider JavaScript benchmark measures the browsing performance of the tablet.

How the Tablets Stack up
Device ASUS Eee Pad Slider ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Apple iPad 2 Motorola Xoom
CPU NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz Apple A5 dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz
GPU ULP GeForce ULP GeForce PowerVR SGX 543MP2 ULP GeForce
OS Google Android 3.1 Google Android 3.0 Apple iOS 4.3 Google Android 3.0

Based on the results from the above benchmarks, you can see that the Slider was trailing behind the Transformer and Xoom and there's no performance boost from having Android 3.1 OS. In fact, it was slower than the competition leading us to think if the updated Android OS had made a negative impact.

The Slider is roughly on par with the competition in the SunSpider Javascript benchmark, which gives you a gauge of the web browser performance. As these benchmarks are conducted with stock firmwares, the results do not reflect a reliable account of the tablet's performance during day-to-day usage conditions. 

Putting the numbers aside, the Slider gave us a rather good impression during our review. It was smooth and fluid in its operation and there was barely any noticeable lag. The web browsing experience was no different from the other Android tablets that we had tested, and it still edged out the Apple iPad 2 in terms of Adobe Flash support.