Testing a tablet’s battery life is full of variance unless you control the entire experience from beginning to end. Cumulatively, touch gestures don’t have a great impact on battery life. The biggest factors are CPU/GPU processing, screen brightness, volume, and Wi-Fi use. In order to accurately measure battery life, I coded a script that automatically plays MP3s at 50% volume while browsing different Wikipedia pages every 12 minutes. This benchmark is probably overkill, but it gives you an idea of a worst-case scenario.
Charging times are a double-edged sword. Ideally, you want a nice slow charge so that your battery lasts more than a few hundred cycles. Fast charge times keep you away from the wall socket longer, but in the long run, they cut down on the health of the battery. Usually, the rate of charge starts to slow down somewhere in the 80% to 95% range, which is why the charging time from 0% to 10% is faster than 90% to 100%.
- There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Tablet
- Meet Toshiba's Thrive
- Toshiba's Enhancements: Controlling The "Experience"
- Docking Station: More Ports, Same Functionality
- GPU Performance: Tegra 2
- Gamer Spotlight: Shadowgun
- Display Quality: Color Gamut
- Display Quality: Black And White Uniformity
- HDMI Output And Camera Quality
- Benchmark Results: Real-World
- Battery Life And Recharge Time
- Wireless Performance
- Is Toshiba's Thrive An Android-Based Standout?