ViewSonic G-Tablet holds its own against Motorola Xoom in benchmark tests

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.

[Via: AndroidMixer]

  • Benchmarks aside, it seems that the build quality on the Xoom is much better

    • Anonymous

      It is much better. I love my G-Tablet, but after playing with a Xoom , there’s really no question as to which has a better build quality. Still, the G-Tablet is great for it’s specs and price.

  • thanks

  • Jdmchone

    I believe part of the reason for the higher results are because the g-tablet is running at a lower resolution. Run benchmarks on your home pc, and you’ll see a higher score at lower screen resolutions. Still, apart from the screen itself, that means that the g-tablet was definitely a great buy. Can’t wait to see the 3.0 customer ROMs!

  • Marcus

    This is almost laughable seeing one the Motorola is $800. I wouldn’t pay $400 for screen resolution on a 1st generation consumption device. Its a money throw away. By this time next year we will be able to buy them all with better specs for the price of a Viewsonic today.

    At this price point, the Motorola should beat the pants off the Viewsonic. A few things that stood out for me… the lack of ports and flash. One is fixable the other–oh, well. Coupled with the cheap looking body construction. All the labeling on the screen–indicators and brand name and such. The back is a freakin advertisement. I guess you could put it in a skin, that is a case style skin not the cheap looking $40 addition, but a a metal or gel casing. A peel on or off skin won’t do because of the material of the back of the case. For me it would be a no buy at $500. Next!!

  • My Viewsonic cost me 300 dollars. The Xoom is around 800 dollars. Besides the screen viewing angle I don’t see where the huge difference comes into play. Don’t say honeycomb because if you know where to look you will be able to get it for the Viewsonic. Oh and if you can’t hack the Viewsonic buy and I Pad. Honestly what can you really do with Android play Angry Birds. If you want want a lot of people to watch you while you are playing Angry Birds spend the extra 500 dollars, but if its just you playing I don’t see why the viewing angle matters. A plus for the Xoom it has a higher res screen but when your watching a movie on a 10 inch screen who really cares. The Viewsonic is the better buy for sure.

  • Fmdj1

    The G-tab is now $300 at Office Depot and I’ve seen it other places online for $265. For the price, you can’t beat it. The Xoom may have better viewing angles, a higher res and a nicer finish, but it’s not hundreds of dollars nicer! But one thing that wasn’t mentioned was the Xoom has twice the RAM. This may become more important as time goes on.

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