There is no perfect benchmark or absolute comparison tool, but I like SunSpider to get a good feel. In the way I’m using it, I’m comparing browser speed on each respective device, but also overall performance because better processors obviously mean better performance in general. Usually.
First, let’s start out with a two year old desktop that my mother uses daily for work and play. It’s fast enough for her and I wouldn’t say it’s slow for regular needs either. It’s packing a AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-core clocked at 2.30Ghz with 4GB of DDR3 clocked at 1333Mhz. So it’s a little older but it obviously gets the job done. It’s respective SunSpider results in Chrome 13: 411.3 ± 3.4% milliseconds. So that’s pretty good, right?
Comparing that computer to my month old Lion-MacBook Air with an Intel i5 clocked at 1.7Ghz and 4GB clocked at 1333Mhz, well, it’s twice as fast. The results in Chrome 14: 277.8 ± 1.5% milliseconds.
The HP TouchPad should be fairly decent right? It should be fast enough to complete the SunSpider tests in maybe twice the time of the desktop, or maybe five times the notebook? Well, everyone said its hardware was a bit lacking and that’s true. SunSpider results on the HP TouchPad 3.0.2 Browser: 4340.9 ± 2.5% milliseconds. That’s pretty slow. I don’t have an iPod touch anymore or even a iPad nearby, but one could guess they perform better than that.
But here’s a more suitable comparison. The TouchPad versus my Optimus V from February. It has two processors, one for main calculations and the other for graphics, but one must remember it’s clocked at a mere 600Mhz which is like a throw back to twenty years ago. It’s running Android 2.2.2 and its browser’s results were: 39951.7 ± 1.5% milliseconds. That means it took around 40 seconds for the tests to finish on the phone.
So there you have it. An HP TouchPad isn’t that slow compared to my Android phone, but surely if I compare it to an actual computer, it’s slower than a [insert slow animal here]. The one device that might be slower than the Android phone could be my mother’s BlackBery Curve 8300. Now that thing’s slow.