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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (3G 16GB) review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - The Starlet

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Performance Benchmarks

A Star in the Galaxy? 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is pretty much similar to its Android counterparts when it comes to hardware configurations - an NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1GHz) dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Obviously, we would expect it to perform on par with any other similar Android tablet, but just to be sure it ranks as well as the others, we've shared our benchmark findings too.

For the performance benchmarks, we pit the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 against the newcomer Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer as they run on the same Android 3.1 platform. As usual, the Apple iPad 2 is included as it is by far a benchmark for all other tablets. 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 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Apple iPad 2
CPU NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz Apple A5 dual-core 1GHz
GPU ULP GeForce ULP GeForce ULP GeForce PowerVR SGX 543MP2
OS Google Android 3.1 Google Android 3.1 Google Android 3.0 Apple iOS 4.3

From the results above, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 performed consistently well across all three benchmarks. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 took a decent lead over the other two Android tablets, breaching the 2000 and 3000 marks in the Quadrant and Smartbench 2011 (Productivity) benchmarks respectively. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer edges out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Smartbench 2011 (Games) benchmark but the difference is minimal. Despite the better benchmark number, the user experience was found to be similar across the board as they are equipped with the same hardware components.

When it comes to web browser performance, the Android tablets generally do not differ much from the Apple iPad 2 although the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 seemed to falter a little in this aspect. Again numbers aside, it's important to note that Android tablets do have an edge over the Apple iPad 2 due to Adobe Flash support.

Benchmark results are just one part of the user experience, acting as a fraction of your purchasing consideration. The actual usage is might vary from what's shown in the benchmarks. Our time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was a positive one, although there were slight lags when navigating the user interface (as mentioned in the earlier section). We suspect that the Samsung TouchWiz is the culprit for hogging system resources, hence resulting in a slightly sluggish user experience compared to the other tablets. 

Do note that the above benchmarks are conducted with stock firmwares, and hence do not reflect the day-to-day usage conditions of the tablet.