Dozens of manufacturers are currently working on Android-based tablets, in hopes of taking over Apple’s current position with the iPad, however, when it comes to web performance, the first models available seem to disappoint.
According to an article from AppleInsider, Sencha, a web developer, admitted that the Galaxy Tab, the first mass-market Android tablet, is “a little bit of a disappointment.”
In a test of HTML5 web audio and videos, the Galaxy Tab also failed, with choppy or unplayable videos, while the iPad did just fine. HTML5 and CSS3 performance tests yielded similar results. One of the major issue the Galaxy Tab suffers from is its CSS pixel to device pixel ratio, which prevents the tablet from offering a web experience better than what Android phones already offer today.
In other words, Sancha considers the Galaxy Tab an “over-sized phone” rather than a tablet when it comes to web content. Sancha concludes “We’re still waiting for the first awesome Android tablet.”
While the next generation of Android tablets will likely perform much better than the Galaxy Tab when it comes to web rendering, it appears that once again, the iPad competition is nowhere to be found.