Apple's iPad Gets a CPU Performance Review

By now, all major tier one publications have published their reviews of the iPad. All reviews seem to be generally positive, but so far none have put the iPad under any serious benchmarks and stress tests.

Our good friend Anand had his iPad delivered on Saturday, and has already run the unit through various tests. Although he's still working on an exhaustive review, the iPad, when compared to the iPhone 3GS and Google Nexus One seem to perform quite well.

The iPhone 3GS uses the ARM Cortex A8 CPU while Google's Nexus One uses Qualcomm's very speedy Snapdragon QSD8250 CPU. Both phones are fast by today's standards, but Apple's A4 CPU seems to stack up well against what's available.

"So how does Apple's A4 stack up against today's favorite smartphone brainchild? Extremely well. The A4 is particularly exciting because it combines Snapdragon-like CPU performance with a PowerVR SGX GPU. A much better option than the aging ATI core used in Qualcomm's QSD8x50 series," says Anand.

Check out his initial impressions at AnandTech.

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  • Tindytim
    This brings up the big question for me:

    Why haven't we seen any Tegra phones yet? It's more powerful than both of these platforms.
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  • Userremoved
    Really this thing is as big as a netbook so why they put a smartphone chip?
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  • Anonymous
    LOL, netbooks using Intel Atom CPUs lowered the bar for CPU performance to 1998-ish standards, and now Apple's iPad lowers pseudo-general purpose computing even further, so we compare it to cellphones so that we can claim it's fast?

    Sorry, but I can't do any worthwhile computing with less than a modern ~2ghz+ dualcore and graphics better than an Intel IGP. I don't need that much power in my cellphone, but the iPad is not a cellphone.
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  • Maziar
    Seems to perform very well compared to 1Ghz Snapdragon,hope to see this kind of CPUs in mobile phones in future
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  • Tindytim
    This brings up the big question for me:

    Why haven't we seen any Tegra phones yet? It's more powerful than both of these platforms.
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  • Userremoved
    Really this thing is as big as a netbook so why they put a smartphone chip?
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