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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi review

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi - Zooming Past the Competition

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Performance Benchmarks

Testing the beast within

The Motorola Xoom is among the first salvo of tablets to come equipped with a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It also has a whopping 1GB RAM to ensure things run smoothly on the tablet. These specs, are pretty much in-line with the Acer Iconia A500 which we reviewed recently and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and it will be interesting to see how the Motorola fairs in our testing. In this section, we will put the Xoom through performance benchmarks against these other Honeycomb tablets and the Apple iPad 2. Here is a summary of what each benchmark tests for in tablets:

  • 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 Indexes 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 Motorola Xoom Acer Iconia Tab A500 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 
RAM 1GB 1GB 1GB 512MB
OS Google Android 3.0 Google Android 3.0 Google Android 3.0 Apple iOS 4.3

Based on the Quadrant benchmark, the Motorola Xoom is pretty much on par with its Android peers, with minimal differences among them. In the Smartbench category, the Xoom's performance is also somewhat consistent with the rest of the Android slates, since all three are equipped with the same processor and OS.

Since the Android tablets are comparable to each other in terms of performance, we threw in Apple's iPad 2 to stiffen up competition in the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark. This will give you a general idea of how Honeycomb's tablets fare against the iPad 2 in terms of web browser performance.

From the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark scores, all four tablets are almost equals as well. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that regardless of which platform you choose, the web browsing experience will be about the same. As with all our review articles, do take note that the benchmark scores are obtained with stock firmwares and hence, not a conclusive account of their performances during day-to-day usage conditions in reality.