Benchmarks are an integral part of the mobile world. Hardware is getting faster and incorporating smoother operation is the standard of today (not only for top devices). Smartphones and tablets go through the benchmark test in order to receive an objective assessment. A1 SD Bench is an app that performs tests on the various memory options available on your device.
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Features & Use
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Android version: 4.1.2
Applicable with Android 2.2 or higher
Size after installation: 0.7 MB
Optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean: yes
A1 SD Bench requires a very minimal amount of permissions.
It’s a known fact that you shouldn't make benchmark tests more important than they really are. A device might not do too well in the test, because the software isn't running properly, but it still operates very smoothly. However a benchmark is a good indicator of the power within a device, which does indeed give you an aspect that will help you compare it to other ones. While the abstract number, which appears after ''everything'' has been tested, doesn't really tell me much (graphics, processor, memory etc), but A1 SD Bench is different. This app specializes in memory and produces concrete numbers.
The memory speed greatly influences the device's performance. A slow memory card will make your picture slower and the gallery will appear very gritty. Fast internal storage will permit faster data copying and app installations. But what memory is A1 SD Bench in fact testing?
Next to the internal SD card and the external SD card, there is the internal memory and the RAM. These are all tested. All of these categories will be tested individually and you can also select a longer, more extensive test in the settings. The results are shown in megabytes per second, a megabyte conversion therefore not necessary. The app worked problem-free during the test. There was just one single miss-test at the beginning where the internal SD card were shown as RAM. This is a well-known problem and can occasionally happen, but after that first mess-up everything worked fine. The A1 SD Bench is a perfect app if you want to test the speed as promised by the memory manufacturer. The results are then posted in a comparison list with other devices. There are other benchmarks that also test other hardware elements on top of the memory, but if you are looking to only concentrate on this one aspect, this app is right for you.
A1 SD Bench does everything that it should: test a device's memory. That being said, you really have to wonder how often you will really need this. When comparing the memory card with other devices, this app is very useful.
Screen & Controls
A1 SD Bench's design is very sleek and functional. You have a direct overview of the various memory, as soon as the app has opened. The last produced results are shown directly underneath.
Speed & Stability
Up until the one problem that I mentioned with the internal memory, the tests using A1 SD Bench ran smoothly and problem-free.
A1 SD Bench is free and doesn't have any advertisements. It's available in the Google Play store.