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.
|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|
|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.