Browsing performance of the new iPad is the same as the iPad 2 – Futuremark

While web pages may look sharper on the new iPad’s improved display , the benchmark results show that the browsing performance is the same as the iPad 2, suggesting that the computational processing power in both devices is near identical (A5 vs A5X). The test was made by Futuremark using Peacekeeper, its browser speed test.

Peacekeeper is an HTML5 based browser performance test that can be used to measure and compare the performance of any browser on any Internet capable device, from desktops and notebooks, to tablets and smartphones.

Considering that device’s browser performance is strongly linked to the power of its CPU, Peacekeeper can compare the performance of competing devices regardless of differences in operating system. Here are some popular tablets ranked by browser performance as measured by Peacekeeper (higher scores are better):

  • Acer Iconia W500 (Windows 8 consumer preview) – Peacekeeper score 405
  • Apple iPad 3rd gen (iOS 5.1) – Peacekeeper score 384
  • Apple iPad 2 (iOS 5.1) – Peacekeeper score 383
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Peacekeeper score 356
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime (Android 4.0.3) – Peacekeeper score 344
  • Apple iPad 1st gen (iOS 5.1) – Peacekeeper score 234

If you would like to try Peacekeeper on your device, fallow this page. The test is free and takes around 5 minutes.


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What’s hot in the second edition of the iPad 2

The new iPad 2 has arrived and “redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Let’s take a look at the most important improvements.

First of all, there is a gorgeous high-resolution (2048 x 1536) Retina Display which  makes web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic and with 44 percent increased saturation, the colors are unbelievably richer, deeper and more vivid.

Second, the new iPad has a new A5 chip (A5x) with quad-core graphics which makes the iPad faster and more responsive to enjoy the benefits of the stunning new full 1080p HD-resolution.

The camera has been also improved (5MP) and it can now record full HD video and take better picture in low-light conditions. There is also a new video image stabilization feature which  removes the bumps and shakes typically seen when filming with a hand-held device.

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G has built-in next generation 4G LTE  for fast networks worldwide including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, and now both CDMA and GSM iPad users have the ability to easily roam internationally.

About battery life,  Apple announced that the new iPad will have 10 hours of battery life, same for the iPad2, and 9 hours when being used on AT&T’s or Verizon’s 4G LTE networks.


The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16 GB model, $599 (US) for the 32 GB model and $699 (US) for the 64 GB model.

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16 GB model, $729 (US) for the 32 GB model and $829 (US) for the 64 GB model.

One more thing, the first edition iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

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