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Benchmark Results: Real-World

Toshiba Thrive Review: The Swiss Army Knife Of Tablets
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Real-World Benchmarks

Early on, we discovered how difficult it is to benchmark tablets.

Apple iPad: Input Lag Benchmark

Benchmarking responsiveness with a camera is the easiest approach. Of course, normal cameras don't cut it, since they only shoot at 29 FPS. That's unacceptable if you're trying to measure precise time differences. Going the stopwatch route is no better, due to human-introduced errors. As a result, we're using a 1000 FPS high-speed camera to measure performance. Since one frame equals one millisecond, it’s possible to measure timing with a high degree of accuracy.

Our benchmark captures total performance. Even when dealing with the same CPU, the display panel can influence this test because we're also taking response times into account.

No surprises here. Android's Chrome browser definitely seems more bloated than iOS' Safari, which is what we've found time and time again.

Input lag is the time it takes from pressing a key to text appearing on the screen. This tells you how fast a tablet is registering an action. Ideally, you want low input lag so that you don't feel like the tablet is stuttering as you type or click buttons. The average college student has a reaction time of 200 milliseconds for visual stimuli, so there's might be some perceivable lag while you're typing with the Thrive. Many competitive gamers can react within a 100 ms window, so perceivable lag depends on your own physical and cognitive capabilities.

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