Not All Honeycomb Tablets Are the Same: CNET (Unscientific) Speed Test Edition

CNET just posted a speed test competition video comparing the ASUS Transformer, LG G-Slate, and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 — all of which run Android Honeycomb and leverage NVIDIA’s dual-core 1Ghz Tegra 2 processor. The winner of that challenge went on to face the iPad 2 and Motorola XOOM, which previously beat the iPad 2 in an earlier speed test.

I’d like to say that the competition results are accurate; however, CNET failed to take into account that the sites they were using for the speed test included Flash in some form or another, which is supported on Android Honeycomb but not on iOS. So, obviously, it takes a few extra milliseconds to load supported components.

It would have been better if CNET used sites that had no Flash at all or used an extension like Flash Block (not ideal) to give a true/better comparison for testing purposes. I did find it interesting that the first group of Android Honeycomb tablets had noticeable speed differences between them, being that they all shared the same processor.

UPDATE: Related CNET post available here — with charts. They admit to leaving Flash enabled on the Android devices, but made no mention of that in video. TIP for CNET: enter chrome://plugins/ in Chrome’s URL bar and disable Flash on your next tests.


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