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Google Nexus 7 (2013) Tablet Review - Best Android Tablet Right Now

By: Anthony Garreffa | Tablets in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS



This is something I really have a hard time doing: benchmarks on mobile devices. I'm going to continue them, but I really don't like the idea of "comparing" "results" against mobile devices, as it does not at all represent real-world performance, at all. But, we'll provide them anyway.


When testing our Nexus 7, and any device going into the future, we put them into Airplane mode, then reboot them and run the benchmarks fresh. Between each benchmark, we reboot the device to flush it clean and run the next benchmark, and so on.


First up, we'll dive into some Basemark X results.




The refreshed Nexus 7's Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC holds up quite well in Basemark X, where it manages to jump out in the lead by a fair margin at 720p, but not so much at 1080p.




In 3DMark for Android, we find the Nexus 7 (2013) model to again jump out into the lead, but not by that much ahead of the Nexus 4 smartphone. In the Ice Storm benchmark, it scores 11,859 compared to the Nexus 4's score of 11,188. It completely dominates its predecessor tablet, which scored just 3,435.


When we move into Ice Storm Extreme, we find the Nexus 7 (2013) model scoring 7,239, while the closest device in our benchmark line up being the Nexus 4, which scored 6,354. The original Nexus 7 (2012) model scored just 1,874 in Ice Storm Extreme.


We've changed up our GLBenchmark tests, as Kishonti Informatics has released GLBenchmark 2.7, the latest in its benchmarking software. First up, we have the GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen benchmark.




This chart will fill up as we continue to get devices into the labs, with the next review on the chopping block being the Galaxy S4 from Samsung, which should be an interesting review. For now, we have the Nexus 7 (2012) model seeing 15 FPS in the T-Rex Offscreen benchmark, while the newer 2013 model is 1 FPS better at 16 FPS.


Next up we have the Fill Rate Offscreen, again at 1080p.




Here's where things get a little interesting, as the Nexus 7 (2013) model pumps out an impressive 947 Mtexels/s, while its predecessor pushes 853 Mtexels/s. The Nexus 4? Just 474 Mtexels/s.


Second to last, we have Quadrant 2.1.1 Pro with the Full Benchmark Total Score.




Here's one test where the Nexus 7 (2013) gets thumped by the Sony Xperia Z, with 5,359 and 8,168 for the Nexus 7 and Xperia Z, respectively. The Nexus 7 (2012) model scored 3,512 in this test, while our Nexus 4 scored 4,702.

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