Sounds like a joke, right? Well, the Android tablet benchmark wars have begun and this first round is between the Android 2.2 powered ViewSonic G-Tablet and the new Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. Both tablets share the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, so does software version really make the difference? Read on to find out!
As you can tell from the video, the G-Tablet’s screen is inferior to the Xoom and that alone may be reason enough to grab Motorola’s offering. Add on the fact that you need to hack the G-Tablet to really see the power behind it and that may be strike two. Still, while dev support for the Xoom will be very large once its in the hands of enough people, the G-Tablet already has a decent amount of ROMs and modifications you can throw on it. Plus, the G-Tablet is less than half the price of the Xoom ($380 at OfficeDepot).
Multiple benchmark applications are used in the video, including Linpack and Quadrant. My G-Tablet is running an Android 2.3 experimental build and bests the benchmarks shown on the tablet used in the video. Nonetheless, the G-Tablet came out on top in most tests, even if it was a slight lead. Since both tablets are using the Tegra 2, we know that benchmark scored would be similar. What’s giving the G-Tablet the slight edge is anyone’s guess, but it could be that the UI itself demands less from the CPU.
This video is the first in a series of benchmarks between the two tablets, so there’s no crown to be handed off at the moment. Either way, some just may not care about the slight lead the G-Tablet has, as it’s bigger, has an inferior screen with an almost non-existent viewing angle, and lacks some features found on the Xoom – Honeycomb likely being the most significant.
Check out the video to see for yourself below.