Microsoft Surface trounced in browser benchmarks, iPad 3x faster


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With Microsoft's tablet offering finally in the wild, Futuremark took to Peacekeeper -- its own "universal" benchmark suite -- in order to determine how Surface stacks up against its competition. Perhaps surprisingly, benchmark monkeys discovered that Surface's test performance falls...

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I'm not all that surprised. I say big woop. Show a common implementation of software running that has a horrible experience due to the slow processing of a surface device, or other. Or are they fast enough? When developers/designers raise a real user experience bar, then the browsers really need to step up their game. So great, Apple can relax and be a first world platform. =P

I'm rather more interested in the perceived responsiveness vs the actual.

I have not played that much with iPad and Surface... but I have noticed a big difference in how HTML5 content response on my iPhone 4S verses my Android tablet. My iPhone sometimes can be pretty slow. I think there are so many areas in which to focus speed and in the end (b/c well we are not yet doing HPC in the browser) responsiveness to user interaction is where it matters.


Actually, the SunSpider test on the linked results from Tom's Hardware shows Surface to be overwhelmingly superior to the competition.


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This is why benchmarks don't mean much to me, I have tried out a Surface tablet and it was smooth and very quick. No matter what these benchmarks say the tablet performs well and don't show signs of lagging in what I wanted them to do.


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I am not surprised with apple since they have been putting all its eggs into the html5 basket. But since html5 is still not popular enough, it means nothing to me...


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HTML 5 is very popular. For example, in Gmail, you can drag and drop a file into the message to attach it. Anything that behaves like that is HTML 5. Google and other big names are embracing it, and it adds alot of convenience functionality to HTML vs. version 4. I was waiting for benchmarks and user reviews before deciding if I even wanted one. I think I would rather have the non RT version, the one that isn't out yet.


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Actually, the SunSpider test on the linked results from Tom's Hardware shows Surface to be overwhelmingly superior to the competition.
And the BrowsingBench test also has it beating the Nexus 7 soundly. The benchmarks where it loses are Google created benchmarks, which would naturally favour Chrome.


My results, windows 7 home premium x64

opera 12.10 x86 1732
opera 12.10 x64 1732
firefox 16.02 1631
ie9 509
google chrome 22 3807


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The os on a surface also takes up 16 gig, while on the ipad it takes up 1 gig. So when you order a 32 gig device, you get twice as much storage on the ipad.


I get the same results on both my Acer Iconia W500 C50 Windows 7-32bit tablet and Windows 7-64bit desktop pc.

IE 9 - 2887
Opera 12 - 3578

Apple - Zzzzz