I thought it would be interesting to put the iPad up against something more comparable, the Atom-powered Toshiba NB300 Netbook I’ve been using and enjoying for the last few weeks. I installed Safari and ran SunSpider, running on batteries. The result: the Toshiba is 4.52 times faster.
TEST COMPARISON FROM TO DETAILS
** TOTAL **: 4.52x as fast 10999.0ms +/- 0.7% 2434.6ms +/- 4.7% significant
A lot slower than the MacBook Pro of course. Still, the iPad starts at $499. The NB300 is around $325.00 – though lacking that lovely touch screen. By way of compensation, it has a rather good keyboard, on which I am typing this post.
Note: I do not yet have an iPad so I’m relying on Wood’s test.