Many controversial arguments and statements have hinted to which tablet is better, Apple’s iPad 2 or the Motorola XOOM. The answer many of you have been waiting for, is finally here. A large amount of bloggers have talked about this, but rarely come up with an answer. You all want an answer, and I’ll give it to you.
First off, we’ll talk about the iPad 2. Apple’s first release of the iPad was a huge success at first. When new tablets came out, they appeared much thinner and lighter, and so Apple was left with a dilemma. Do they come up with a whole new design, or do they just add stuff to the list. Apple had later decided that they shall make 2011, the year of the iPad 2. Although Apple, quadruple thought about their design for the new iPad, there are still many tablets that stand a chance, like the Motorola XOOM. The new iPad 2 comes with Apple’s new Dual Core A5 Chip, developed by Samsung.
This processor makes this new device run up to 2 times faster than the original iPad, and has up to 9 times better graphics. It also includes two new cameras, one in the front for Facetime and taking self portraits, and one in the back. Although the front-facing camera is VGA quality, it is sustainable for chatting with friends, or using PhotoBooth. The rear- facing camera has a very low quality camera, but shoots 720p video at 30 frames per second. Apple has decided to keep the same 9.7inch LED-backlit LCD display. This new iPad is also dramatically thinner (33%) and a portion lighter (15%). A real achievement is that it still sustains 10 hours of battery life, same as the original iPad. With many models to choose from, Apples new iPad 2 sounds pretty good to me.
Next, we’ll see what the Motorola XOOM can bring to the table. With Android 3.0 Honeycomb running amongst it, it seems pretty decent. Inside of this device, you’ll find a 1GHz Dual Core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, which performs almost exact to the iPad 2. On the front of the device, you’ve got a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution WXGA display, which can also deliver 720p playback. Although there is 32GB of storage, there are only 2 models with the Motorola XOOM, which leaves you with a small room of choice. The XOOM provides up to 8 hours of battery life, compared to the iPad’s 10 hour battery life. The cameras on this device are rather good quality for a tablet. A 2 megapixel camera faces you as you take self portraits, or use Google Talk to make video calls. In the rear, you get a 5 megapixel, 720p capturing camera, which is great for catching some great moments when you’re with friends. It also features a dual LED flash in the back, for better pictures. One problem is the Android Marketplace. There is a very small range of apps that are useful, but scarce. The Motorola XOOM looks like a good device, but can it match up to Apple’s iPad 2? Let’s look at the specs.
OS: Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Display: 10.1-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 Pixel Resolution Touch screen
Weight: 730 g
Dimensions: 9.80 x 6.61 x 0.51 inches
Color:Black [USA] – all variations in back panel
Cameras: – front, -back
Processor: Dual-Core NVIDIA Tegra 2
Battery: 8 hours heavy use (so says we), up to 14 days standby
Price :$799 Verizon, $600 Verizon Wi-Fi-Only, £499.99 Euro Wi-Fi-Only
Connections: accelerometer, CDMA800 /1900 LTE 700 (4G), Rx diversity in all bands connection, GPS, headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, microUSB, HDMI out, Bluetooth 2.1, mic, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, miniUSB
Apple iPad 2
OS: iOS 4.3
Display: 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD 1024 x 768 Resolution Touch screen
Weight :613g [AT&T], 607g [VERIZON], 601g [WIFI]
Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.31 x .34 inches
Color: Black or White – both variations in front bezel
Cameras: VGA Webcam (unknown quality) – front, 720p Video (additional qualities unknown) – back
Processor: Dual-Core Apple A5
Battery: 10 hours heavy use (says Apple), up to 1 month standby
Price: $499 16GB, $599 32GB, $699 64GB, $629 16GB+3G, $729 32GB+3G, $829 64GB+3G
– all models include Wi-Fi Connections: gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, HUSPA support, HDMI out, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology, mic, 3.5 mm stereo
headphone jack, 30-pin dock connector port, GPS and Cellular location on 3G models