I just stumbled across this review part in the drafts folder. As I recently wondered myself about StyleTap performance, I decided to run it even though it is now one year old…
In the last installations of our StyleTap review, we looked at what StyleTap could do. This part focuses on something entirely different…how fast is StyleTap compared to a real handheld?
Palm OS handheld speeds usually get measured via Speedy, which is a very popular(and fast…30secs max per test) benchmark that gives pretty accurate data. At the first glance, my 400MhZ ipaq is about as fast as a classic 144MhZ Tungsten T:
However, comparing the benchmark details shows that the ipaq is much slower Graphics-wise, while it beats the TT hands down in memory and CPU-related tests:
PalmPi reports a calculation time of just seconds, which is a record value never ever seen before on a Palm OS handheld. Our sister site TamsPalm has loads of PalmPi results – visit them there for further comparison!
Accessing SD cards is really fast. The values below are much higher than the ones the memory card scored in real Palm handhelds – apparently, the ipaq’s highspeed SD card subsystem speeds up VfsMark to new heights.
Overall, StyleTap’s emulator window could be the fastest Palm OS handheld ever – if it didn’t have the huge bottleneck in the graphics routines. As already shown in previous parts of the review, games suffer badly from this. Nevertheless, StyleTap is more than fast enough for productivity applications…