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Apple iPad 2 Benchmark Comparison

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Apple iPad 2 Benchmark Comparison
Always the hot topic of any conversation regarding any new product release, in the world of consumer electronics, it’s only expected to find successive devices to pack upgraded hardware over their predecessors. Obviously, that’s indeed what we’re presented with the Apple iPad 2 since it packs a highly touted 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor. Despite not being the first tablet in the market to come packing with a dual-core chipset, it’ll nonetheless be the center of attention for most gadget hounds since it represents the latest and greatest out there in the market.

In yet another comparison to see how it stacks against some of its contemporary rivals, we pit the iPad 2 against its older siblings found with the iPhone 4 and original iPad. First and foremost, we ran the Linpack Benchmark app which basically performs some basic vector and matrix operations that reports the results in millions of floating point operations per second. Astonishingly, we started the test on all three devices and watched in awe at how more quickly the iPad 2 is able to complete the test. In fact, it finished calculating a single run in just 0.03 seconds – which demolishes the 0.1 and 0.17 seconds of the original iPad and iPhone 4. Furthermore, the results for the iPad 2 places it at averaging 168.90 Mflops/s, while the iPhone 4 tallies in at 33.35 Mflops/s and original iPad at 44.06 Mflops/s.

Secondly, we used the 3D Benchmark app to test the 3D power of all three devices. With the first wave of results, the numbers tell the honest truth in how much better the iPad 2 is in running 3D titles. Although it might not be the most intensive 3D benchmark out there, the iPad 2 propels at the speedy average rate of 59.8 frames per second – which is still better than the 53.9 fps and 51.3 fps put up by the iPad and iPhone 4 respectively.

For our last test, we relied on the CometBench app that shows a traveling comet entering our system and really crunches down to test the performance of the devices by giving us the ability to place additional comets into the mix. With no comets around, we see average scores of 60 fps, 53.9 fps, and 59.7 fps put up by the iPad 2, iPad, and iPhone 4. However, after we increased the amount to 10 comets on-screen simultaneously, the results are pretty substantial. Specifically, the iPad 2 shines brightly at an average speed of 60 fps – which is remarkably better than the 53.1 fps and 23.2 fps pumped out by the iPad and iPhone 4.

So what can we conclude from this quick comparison? Well, it’s no denying that Apple’s A5 dual-core processor is one amazingly fast thing that separates itself from its older siblings. Ceck out the video to see it in action!


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posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:02 11

1. Shanism (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Can you just chill on the !@#$%^& Ipad 2 stuff! gosh! just put it all in one review! I would like to hear some other news thank you phonearena.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 20:43 8

10. phonearenaipadlovers (unregistered)


Not to mention that they obviously haven't read on engadget that the ipad 2 actually doesn't have a 1ghz dual core processor but 900 mhz, but that would mean that phonearena would have to admit that apple lied.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 21:30 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and just on a technicality, isnt it SAMSUNGS A5? They are the ones making it and probably designed it, just like they did the hummingbird processor that sits in the iphone4.

Compare its speed tests VS the Xoom and other android dual core tablets, not against single core phones.. durka of course it will win! lol.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:46

24. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


But even with its 900 Mhz processor it still beats out the Xoom.... I think I care about performance than numbers bud.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 07:25 1

20. in the know (unregistered)


acutually I'd like to see a video on "how to turn it on".....lol. There all "Apple but boys", what do you expect?

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:10 6

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


They are going to torture you some more. Next will be a review of how the GPU provides a much more robust gaming experience.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:45 4

5. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


xD clean joke

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:26 1

3. luxzy801 (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


Since when is this a valid post. Everyone with half a brain would know that the iPad 2 will do better than the regular iPad or the iPhone!!!! How about comparing it to the other pads in the market and make a post about that?????
I guess it must have been a slow news day LOL!!!!!!!

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:38 8

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


To all the eediots who claim that the iPad 2 will outsell due to superior quality, the real reason is this: unending coverage on every little aspect of the stupid product. There was so much more to the XOOM, and yet there were maybe two articles about it when it was released.

So Phonearena isn't biased? I call bull. Total bull.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:50 4

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


then go somewhere else and dont bitc@ about it... and ya, people like ipads... they r cheaper they do more and in everyones views they are nicer... the average person doesnt care for the amazing customization of live wallpapers... they want the about 400,000 apps compared to the 40 the xoom has...

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:56 4

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I love the attitude: if you don't like what those in charge do, then leave. I stick around because someone has to be the voice of reason.

The iPad only has more apps because it's just a blown up iPhone. This compared to the XOOM, which is ostensibky only a few weeks old. Because 400,000 fart simulators is what I really need.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 00:31

15. earle.evans (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


perhaps you could try one of the android flavored sites? you will find all you seem to be in need of over there. can I add one thing though? To your comment "iPad 2 will outsell due to superior quality, the real reason is this: unending coverage on every little aspect of the stupid product." To say it is unending is perhaps misinformed. On this site? Yes, I agree completely, there is an overload of information. But I think that all of those who frequent this site have kind of come to expect that. I think if you step to other sites it might be a different story. Not all prospective buyers will come to phonearena to learn about tabs. Obviously just my opinion and now I will prepare to be flamed for trying to provide some reason, but it's the internet and I expect it.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 01:02 2

16. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


CNN pulls the same crap. They worship Apple over there too.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 05:55 1

18. Slammer (Posts: 939; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


As a consumer, I read to get informed. If I based my purchases on engadget's articles, I would be driving an Apple product to work. I also feel that if an individual could sue a forum for misguided info, engadget and a few other forms would be in litigation as we speak because I found out that there are products that actually have wheels to get me to work. Get my point?

I am starting to dislike engadget for trying to ram Apple down mine and everyone else's throats. I love Android more everyday because of your reporting.

Lighten up engadget. Engadget is operated by humans. Humans can have partiality to products. But I must remind you that when you are somewhat relied upon for info, it is essential that you provide unbiased reporting for everyone.

John B.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 06:22 1

19. Slammer (Posts: 939; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


And phonearena is worse!

John B.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 13:11 1

23. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


when you are in college the professor is the smartest person in the classroom because you are there to learn from them because they did what you are trying to learn first (i like apple did with ipad and iphone) but when you graduate college and get out on your own you then surpass the knowledge that the professor the teached you and come up with faster better ways to do things based on your younger experiences (android).

how apple got customers in the chokehold is because people still think the the professor "apple" is the only genius but there are open source einsteins "droids" everywhere but people are already brainwashed.

kind of like how people think bottled water is better than tap water, when probably all the bottled water companys do is pour tap water into a bottle then show commercials of the bottled water in the sunlight with unicorns and fairys jumping out of it and then depict tap water as just a old rusty faucet in an alleyway, of course the non educated masses will flock to the bottle water and get bamboozeled into paying the water product but at a higher price cause its now in a "pretty Bottle" and then they really get you by coming out with the 4th generation of bottled water by adding..... wait for it...... wait for it..........FLAVOR! oh shot this is know the best thing ever

this is the same thing that apple has done so well is why the sell how they sell and get people to becaome brainwashed into thinking apple is the pinnacle of all technology.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:46 6

6. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


who cares what phonearenas post? everyone!. But does phonearena care about what you think?...you know the answer ;)

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 20:35 4

9. Iphone_man_27 (unregistered)


wow everyone needs to calm down, im a big Apple fan but i must say the Google Tablet exp is much greater then ios, using full flash gives me more of a real user exp, i love the Android OS and know its taking apple by storm.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 20:52 4

11. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Stop bitching people. Your voice won't be heard. Idc if yer bitchin about android or iOS or BB. No one cares and phonearena won't change they're posting habits because 50 people are tired of reading about maemo or HP's hairy palms fiasco. Just read what you want and ignore things about stuff you don't like. No kne has forced you. Stop looking like an idiot.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:14

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


iPad 2 beats Zoom in the same tests and will crush Motorola's tablet in sales. If you don't like phone arena's post go to another website.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:41 2

14. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Uh huh. Considering that the two haven't even been compared side by side in a benchmark test, I call bull on you. Name the source. You're the same punk who never listens to a single thing any of us says against Apple, so forgive me if I don't take you at your word.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 03:22

17. ra540i (unregistered)


This should say enough...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4216/apple-ipad-2-gpu-performance-explored-powervr-sgx543mp2-benchmark ed

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 08:03

21. IOS5 (unregistered)


Android has one thing better than IPad 2 flash nothing elase 8 m pixel camera in pad it's not big of deal since I have a phone with excellent camera market apps it's big joke when comparete to App store Android devices when getting one update IOS already got 3 updates! Only the unique device nexus s the only Android device getting update in time other forget about it. So the guys don't like phone arena cuz of Apple product still you have choice with gsm arena there's Android/Nokia fan a lot.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 12:20

22. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


ra540i.. those are just images =/

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