Results: Web Browsing Benchmarks
All web tests are conducted using the optimal Web browser for each platform. Due to platform restrictions, Safari is the one and only choice for iOS-based devices, while Internet Explorer is the only game in town on the Windows RT platform. While Chrome is the obvious choice for Android, in order to keep our browser versions even across devices for the foreseeable future, we're employing Opera 16, which is also based on Chromium.
Nvidia’s Tegra Note manages to just barely take the lead in this test over Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s. Oddly enough, the Shield, which utilizes a higher-clocked version of the Tegra 4 SoC, trails behind in third place. Both of Nvidia’s Tegra 4 devices and the A7-powered Apple handset come out significantly ahead of the Sony Xperia Z1 carrying Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800.
In another round of good news for Nvidia, both comparably-priced Nexus 7 models are handily beaten, showing the Nvidia Note as a value proposition against the slightly more expensive Nexus 7 (2013) with Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon S4. The Note’s Tegra 4 beats last year’s Tegra 3 in the Nexus 7 (2012) by nearly 1000 points, or almost 30 percent.
Here the iPhone 5s and its 64-bit A7 SoC dominates the field, although Nvidia’s Tegra 4 devices take second position. Able to run up to 100 MHz faster than the Note, the Tegra 4 inside of Shield takes second place. Close behind is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1” 2014 Edition with the company’s Exynos 5. Qualcomm-based devices are next in line with Snapdragon 800 in the Sony Xperia N1 beating the current Google Nexus 7 and its Snapdragon S4 by a significant margin. This benchmark shows the Tegra Note more than doubling the performance of last year’s Tegra 3-based Nexus 7.
The placing order here remains the same as in JSBench, though the margins between the first-place iPhone 5s and the runner-up Tegra 4 devices is far more forgiving. The Note and Shield once again displays twice the performance as the Tegra 3-based Nexus 7.
Impact places the devices in much the same order as our last two JS tests, with the A7-based iPhone put ahead, followed by the two Nvidia products. This time the Tegra Note bests the higher-clocked Shield, though by just 100 points.
Finally, we have Principled Technologies' WebXPRT, an HTML5-based Web app benchmark. This test simulates common productivity tasks that are traditionally handled by locally-installed applications, including: photo editing, financial charting, and offline note-taking.
This final test lines up with previous three benchmark results, with one excpetion. Here, the Snapdragon 800-based Xperia Z1 manages to slip in between the two Tegra 4 devices, and the Shield is again placing behind the Note. This time, the Nexus 7 (2012) and its Tegra 3 are about 40 percent behind the Tegra 4-based devices.
Overall, the Web tests are favorable for Nvidia. While nothing can touch Apple’s A7, even the new iPad mini is twice the cost of the Tegra Note. Besides, versus the Android-based competition, the Tegra 4 is sitting pretty.
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It lacks a 1080 screen - deal killer for me.Reply
Performance wise it is very good for the price seemingly but I just hate the design, to me it just looks plain uglyReply
Front facing speakers are really nice. One of the very few complaints I have about my Nexus 7 is volume.Reply
This thing is a powerhouse for the money.
No 1080p, no sales. Otherwise great device, and good price, but DOA because of the screen. The Chinese knock offs will outsell it.Reply
I am considering buying this tablet, but I'm weighing it against the less-expensive Dell Venue 7 and 8 (Android, not W8). I hope Tom's will review the Dell tablets and evaluate Intel processor performance and battery life!Reply
Pretty good deal and it has a micro sd slot.Reply
"Sony has been optimising for Snapdragon-based devices since the Xperia range took on the Krait core, and its experience shows as the Xperia Z1 comfortably leads the Tegra Note and Galaxy Note 10.1 in both Managed and Native."
Unless I'm not understanding what is going on here, 32648 is the longer bar/better score right? So while it lost NATIVE, it did not lose Java Managed right? It seems Sony won NATIVE and TEGRA note 7 won Java Managed. You need to fix the text.
Why does everyone complain about no 1080p? The difference between 1280x800 to 1920X1080p on a 7" screen is minimal while it requires signifigantly more performance and power. Also, its a $199 tablet, what where you expecting?Reply
While benchmarking did you check to see if the any of the devices you were testing were boosting the SOC clock rates beyond the advertised clock speeds in certain benchmarks? Anandtech looked at this issue a while ago, it would be good to see publications like Toms testing for this sorting of thing and name and shame culprits.Reply
Shows the power of the T4, I just wish they'd put it in something I want. And I agree 1080p min on anything that is above a phone' 5in size. But I also understand some just don't care so really a personally complaint about that. I'll wait for T5 and hope they get it into 1080/1200p on 13in or 20in ;) I have no use for 10 or below after using nexus10. Print etc, stuff is just too dang small. Maybe spoiled by 24in/22in dual monitors. I just can do squat on something that small and enjoy it other than some games and I'm not even sure about that. I hope they make a 7in shield 2 :) (maybe a 10in?...LOL).Reply
Smaller and THINNER (you took how much of my batter for thinner?) are USELESS to me. Give me back that larger and FAT model please, so I can run with more power or longer life (or some combo of both). As soon as I see "THINNER" in any description I just put my wallet back and shake my head :( Did I want thinner 10-15 years ago, yeah...Now that party ended ages ago for me.