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Samsung Galaxy Tab Review - Android takes on the iPad

Author: Ken Addison
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Samsung
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Performance Testing - GPU Benchmarks and Conclusions

 Neocore


The
Neocore Benchmark from Adreno Graphics (Qualcomm) is an OpenGL-ES 1.1
test, which measures GPU performance. In this test, we also see some
more advanced graphical features, such as 1-pass light maps and bump
mapping.


Even
though we may expect this test to be tuned more towards the Adreno
graphics cores in Snapdragon SoCs, the PowerVR GPU in the Hummingbid
core and TI OMAP (Droid X) outperforms the Qualcomm solution across the
board. Also interesting, is that even though the Galaxy Tab is driving
twice as many pixels, it has a very similar score to the Epic 4G (A
Galaxy S phone) with similar hardware.

NenaMark

Similar
to Neocore, NenaMark is an OpenGL-ES 2.0 benchmark, using shaders for
graphical effects such as reflections, dynamic shadows, parametric
surfaces, particles and different light models.

 





With
NenaMark, the resolution difference between the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S
becomes more evident, but the PowerVR GPU still seems to victor over
the Qualcomm Adreno core option.

Conclusions

Overall,
I have been very impressed with both the form factor, and performance
of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. With a more portable, but still very
expansive 7” screen, at a similar resolution to the 10” iPad, it
provides more room for applications and an overall more usable Android
experience.


Comparison of Galaxy Tab, DroidX, Epic 4G, and Droid Incredible (Bottom to Top)

The
real test for the Android tablet market will be in the upcoming months,
with the pending release of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).  Honeycomb features an all new tablet-redesigned interface. This, as well as the
dual core processors, such as the Tegra 2 platform, and other ARM A9
Dual Core options, should refresh the tablet market, and keep it
interesting for the forseeable future.

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