The holiday season is
fast approaching, and with widespread product shortages and supply chain
interruptions in the tech industry, it’s wise to start your holiday shopping
now. If you’re considering phones, tablets, Chromebooks, or laptops as gifts,
but are unsure where to get reliable information about the devices, the XPRTs can
One of the core
functions of the XPRTs is to cut through the marketing noise by providing
objective, reliable measures of a device’s performance. For example, instead of
trying to guess whether a new Chromebook is fast enough to handle the demands
of remote learning, you can use its CrXPRT and WebXPRT performance scores to see how it stacks up against the
competition on everyday tasks.
A good place to start looking
for device scores is our XPRT results browser, which lets you access our database of more than 2,800 test
results from over 110 sources, including major tech review publications around
the world, OEMs, and independent testers. You can find a wealth of current and
historical performance data across all the XPRT benchmarks and hundreds of
devices. Learn how to use the results browser here.
If you’re considering
a popular device, chances are good that a recent tech review includes an XPRT
score for that device. You can find these reviews by going to your favorite
tech review site and searching for “XPRT,” or entering the name of the device
and the appropriate XPRT (e.g., “Apple iPad” and “WebXPRT”) in a search engine.
Here are a few recent tech reviews that use one or more of the XPRTs to
evaluate popular devices:
The XPRTs can help
consumers make better-informed and more confident tech purchases this holiday
season, and we hope you’ll find the data you need on our site or in an
XPRT-related tech review. If you have any questions about the XPRTs, XPRT
scores, or the results database please feel free to ask!
The biggest shopping
days of the year are fast approaching, and if you’re researching phones,
tablets, Chromebooks, or laptops in preparation for Black Friday and Cyber
Monday sales, the XPRTs can help! One of the core functions of the XPRTs is to
help cut through all the marketing noise by providing objective, reliable
measures of a device’s performance. For example, instead of trying to guess
whether a new Chromebook is fast enough to handle the demands of remote
learning, you can use its CrXPRT and WebXPRT performance scores to see how it stacks up against the
competition when handling everyday tasks.
A good place to start your
search for scores is our XPRT results browser. The browser is the most efficient way to access the XPRT
results database, which currently holds more than 2,600 test results from over 100
sources, including major tech review publications around the world, OEMs, and
independent testers. It offers a wealth of current and historical performance
data across all the XPRT benchmarks and hundreds of devices. You can read more
about how to use the results browser here.
Also, if you’re considering
a popular device, chances are good that someone has already published an XPRT
score for that device in a recent tech review. The quickest way to find these
reviews is by searching for “XPRT” within your favorite tech review site, or by
entering the device name and XPRT name (e.g. “Apple iPad” and “WebXPRT”) in a
search engine. Here are a few recent tech reviews that use one or more of the
XPRTs to evaluate a popular device:
The XPRTs can help consumers make better-informed and more confident tech purchases this holiday season, and we hope you’ll find the data you need on our site or in an XPRT-related tech review. If you have any questions about the XPRTs, XPRT scores, or the results database please feel free to ask!
As we discussed last week, we’ve learned that MobileXPRT 3 is crashing after installation
on some Android 11 phones. We now know what is causing this behavior: changes
to the storage strategy and permissions requirements in Android 11. The new file
storage strategy is called scoped storage. By default, scoped storage restricts an app’s storage access
to app-specific directories and media, and prohibits general access to external
or public directories. This default setting requires an opt-in permissions
prompt that MobileXPRT 3 does not currently have. It also prevents third-party
apps such as email clients or file managers from being accessing MobileXPRT 3
To fix this, we are
planning to rebuild MobileXPRT 3 to (1) point all of the benchmark’s file
references to its private directory, and (2) allow users to zip results files
and attach them to results submission emails. While we do not expect that either
of these changes will affect performance results, we’ll perform testing to
confirm this before we publish the new build.
We don’t expect these changes to take too long, and will keep you updated here in the blog. If you have any questions about the update process or MobileXPRT 3, please let us know!
We recently received a tech support inquiry about problems with new MobileXPRT 3 installations on some Android 11 phones. The tester installed MobileXPRT 3 on a selection of phones running Android 11, and the app crashed immediately upon opening. We were able to reproduce the issue on multiple phones in our lab, and currently know that the issue may happen on the Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 4a 5G, Google Pixel 4XL, Google Pixel 5, and the OnePlus 8T (running Android 11 with an Oxygen OS skin).
MobileXPRT 3 continues
to run without issues on Android 9 and 10 phones. When we updated an Android 10
phone with an existing MobileXPRT 3 installation to Android 11, we found that
the benchmark ran successfully. This suggests a lack of fundamental
incompatibilities between MobileXPRT 3 and current versions of Android 11. Because
some of our lab techs experienced crashes immediately after the app asked for
permissions, we think it’s possible that new permissions-setting requirements
in Android 11 are causing the problem.
working to isolate the problem and identify a course of action. We’ll share
more information here in the blog as soon as possible. If you’ve encountered
this problem in your testing, we apologize for the inconvenience, and we’re
thankful for your patience as we work towards a solution.
If you have any information you’d like to share about running MobileXPRT 3 on Android 11, please let us know!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here, and you may be feeling overwhelmed by the sea of tech gifts to choose from. The XPRTs are here to help. We’ve gathered the product specs and performance facts for some of the hottest tech devices in one convenient place—the XPRT Spotlight Black Friday Showcase. The Showcase is a free shopping tool that provides side-by-side comparisons of some of the season’s most popular smartphones, laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and PCs. It helps you make informed buying decisions so you can shop with confidence this holiday season.
Want to know how the Google Pixel 4 stacks up against the Apple iPhone 11 or Samsung Galaxy Note10 in web browsing performance or screen size? Simply select any two devices in the Showcase and click Compare. You can also search by device type if you’re interested in a specific form factor such as consoles or tablets.
The Showcase doesn’t go away after Black Friday. We’ll rename it the XPRT Holiday Showcase and continue to add devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro X throughout the shopping season. Be sure to check back in and see how your tech gifts measure up.
If this is the first you’ve heard about the XPRT Tech Spotlight, here’s a little background. Our hands-on testing process equips consumers with accurate information about how devices function in the real world. We test devices using our industry-standard BenchmarkXPRT tools: WebXPRT, MobileXPRT, TouchXPRT, CrXPRT, BatteryXPRT, and HDXPRT. In addition to benchmark results, we include photographs, specs, and prices for all products. New devices come online weekly, and you can browse the full list of almost 200 that we’ve featured to date on the Spotlight page.
If you represent a device vendor and want us to feature your product in the XPRT Tech Spotlight, please visit the website for more details.
Today, we published an updated MobileXPRT 3 build, version 184.108.40.206, on MobileXPRT.com and in the Google Play Store. The new build fixes an issue that was causing crashes on Xiaomi phones. Xiaomi holds significant market share in China, so we wanted to address the issue as soon as possible.
Xiaomi phones use a proprietary Android-based firmware called MIUI, which requires apps to communicate with the system in a specific way. When we originally built MobileXPRT 3, Android allowed an app’s code to send implicit messages calling certain classes of actions. In MIUI, the code must broadcast explicit messages that call the exact action necessary (e.g., waking from sleep). The requirement can improve security by allowing more granular levels of user control, and save power by restricting the number of unseen tasks that apps can run in the background without a user’s knowledge. The new MobileXPRT 3 build code complies with MIUI’s requirements. Other Android-based platforms will likely require explicit messages in the near future, so we’re hoping the new build will be relatively future proof.
We also fixed a few small UI bugs and improved the accuracy of the system hardware information that the app reports when a user submits a set of results. None of these changes affect performance, so scores from prior MobileXPRT 3 builds are comparable to those from the new build. If you have any questions or comments about MobileXPRT 3, please let us know.