SMARTPHONES & TABLETS
When it comes to smartphones and tablets, we prefer letting our readers know how the devices we review appeal to us in terms of performance, design, features and other aspects such as battery life, usability and its overall value. To test these devices we replace them with our own daily use devices and use them as we would any smartphone or tablet.
As for Android based devices, we use a trio of benchmarks to gain a more tangible idea of their performance and these include:
• AnTuTu Benchmark: At the moment, AnTuTu is one of the best benchmarks as it is a complete package that gives us an all-round hardware test that includes the likes of Memory Performance, CPU Integer Performance, 2D and 3D Graphics Performance, SD Card Read/Write Speed and more.
• Quadrant Standard Edition: Ever since Quadrant was released, it has become a staple in the arsenal of smartphone and tablet reviewers as it provides a comprehensive set of tools that test the performance of a device’s CPU, I/O and 3D graphics.
• Epic Citadel: We reserve Epic Citadel for devices that fall in the high-end and mid-range categories as this benchmark truly shows the capabilities of a device’s GPU. Powered by the critically acclaimed Unreal Engine 3, Epic Citadel features effects such as Global Illumination, Dynamic Specular Lighting with Texture Masks, Vertex Deformation, Skeletal Animation, etc.