Android 3.2 on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer: Testedby Anand Lal Shimpi on August 3, 2011 2:43 AM EST
Like the Android 3.1 upgrade, all performance increases due to 3.2 appear to be limited to the GPU. My guess is NVIDIA updated its drivers with the 3.2 drop, resulting in some pretty tremendous gains in GLBenchmark 2.0:
GLBenchmark 2.0 saw a 30% gain in performance thanks to the update. The gains aren't that high across the board however, a look at BaseMark ES2.0 paints a different picture:
Here we see a 0 - 8% increase in performance. Whatever tweaks happened in Android 3.2 are likely only limited to specific 3D apps/games. I didn't notice any improvement in UI frame rate and the infamous apps launcher animation remains an issue.
Web browsing performance on the other hand hasn't been improved:
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etobare - Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - linkexcuse me but are you saying that the omap 4470 will make the A5 seem slow? or the other way around?
i was thinking about that, i got a droid 3 knowing that my gpu is a sgx540, and that will be slower that a possible a5 equipped iphone, but on a phone it's not a big deal (for me), but for tablets, i really want the best SoC possible and OMAP4 seems a little weak GPU-wise, remember that OMAP3 went its entire life using SGX530 while iphones and galaxys went to 535 and 540
etobare - Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - linkduh, i just read about 4470 having a sgx544, good for them, disregard my previous comment
snoozemode - Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - linkAnand, thanks for great reviews, It would be very interesting with a recurring shootout and comparison of the latest and greatest SoCs from the big 5, Qualcomm, TI, Nvidia, Samsung and Apple, in other words not focusing on any specific device and maybe use performance numbers from several devices that uses the same SoC and make an average out of it.
In essence I would like to see a bit of the old anandtech.
JasonInofuentes - Thursday, August 4, 2011 - linkSo, this would be great, and with the variety of SoCs about to premier on tablets this Fall we might be able to do this sort of comparison. Unfortunately there will always be some variations within the standard including something as simple as the OS build. If you pay attention to benchmarks, as Android 2.x iterated their browser benchmark values improved tremendously, such that my OG Droid at 1GHz running CM7 with Gingerbread competes on Browsermark with far more powerful hardware running Froyo.
So, it's almost impossible to account for all of the variables and compare these SoC's on equal footing. That doesn't mean we won't try though! :)
vision33r - Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - linkSome of the features added are nifty but quite useless. The biggest problem are the freezes, the battery drain still there. How can TF + dock last less than 7 hours during sleep. I can leave the iPad 2 sleep for 3-4 days and still have 40% battery.
WIFI is very problematic now, it doesn't want to work 1/2 the time and can't reconnect.
The graphics seems snappier but most of the games I play aren't optimized for Tegra 2 so it's not good enough.
darkhawk1980 - Thursday, August 4, 2011 - linkCall Asus technical support. There is a known issue with the dock's that causes the dock's battery to drain even while the unit is off, specifically the dock isn't turning off the power to the keyboard and other devices when the transformer is put into sleep mode. But keep in mind, this is a DOCK problem, not a tablet problem. You should only need to return your dock to have the problem fixed. Check the xda developer forums for more information regarding the issue. Asus technical support is active in the forums and has provided support for those people there (which is more than I can say about a few other companies when it comes to support).
Your wifi issue can be resolved by setting a static IP instead of allowing a dynamic IP to be set. You have to set it on the tablet though, not setup a static IP on your router for it. There's an issue with the transformer (and currently ALL honeycomb 3.2 devices) trying to renew the ip lease every few minutes.
sidprak - Thursday, August 4, 2011 - linkI believe the TegraZone app and new boot screen were added in version 3.1. I had those on my tablet before I updated to 3.2
amankumar - Thursday, August 4, 2011 - linkfree HD android games full:
rupaniii - Thursday, August 4, 2011 - linkUhm, just look at it... I know this is about Pinch To Zoom, but, uhm, that's a new meaning to the thing, LOL.
dasiel - Friday, March 30, 2012 - linkThe first point is rather vague but the big news is of course the second point on the list