Steven Jobs in the unveiling of the iPad 2 dubbed 2011 as the year of the new device. While many tech pundits have different opinions on the new tablet, android and the original iPad could feel the pinch come March 11.Compared to the original iPad, the second-generation iPad is more powerful and faster and proudly provides new features.
Compared to Xoom?
However, when compared to the Google’s Motorola Xoom, treating it as the flagship tablet for Google devices, an interesting feature crops up. Both Xoom and iPad have some common features, such as HDMI output, 1 GHz dual-core processor, gyroscope that detects motion as well as video recording, 720p, through the 5MP camera as well as a 2MP camera. In terms of resolution, Xoom has a better package at 160dpi while the new iPad stands at 132dpi.
The Specs: iPad 2
- has a 1GHz dual-core A5 CPU processor
- GPU will be 9x faster
- has 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage options
- Runs iOS 4.3
- 9.7″ LED display w/ 1024×768 screen resolution at 132ppi
- Video output supports up-to 1080p
- Front & Rear Cameras- the rear is 720p, and the front is VGA
- the RAM is currently unknown, We think 512MB
- 10 hour battery life
- White & Black colors options
- 3G models are AT&T and Verizon compatible
- 1.3 lbs
- Thinner build
The Xoom is thoroughly beaten by iPad on two important counts; on-board memory and weight. iPad 2 supports a maximum of 64GB while Xoom manages a mere 32GB. In terms of weight, the second-generation iPad stands between 1.33 and 1.35 pounds as compared to Xoom’s 1.6lb.
A major area iPad 2 beats Xoom is in the pricing, where the cost of the Apple’s new tablet is said be equivalent to the cost of the original iPad significantly cheaper than the same models of Xoom depending on where you buy. One can save between 15-70 dollars.
While providing the same wonderful Android Honeycomb qualities, it is less expensive and to repel the onslaught of the iPad 2, Xoom might have to be cheaper than it currently is. Android has approximately 100,000 apps all written entirely for the lower-resolution and small displays (8000 by 480), as seen in Motorola’s Droid X and Droid 2 type of smartphones, plus about a dozen apps and games available on Android Market able to benefit from the higher and bigger resolution screens.
By comparison, the iPad has more than 65,000 applications specific to it, from iOS Application Store, while it has the ability to run more than a quarter million programs written specifically for the iPod Touch and iPhone.
Google’s Xoom doesn’t sound so nice from the eyes of a mere consumer who wants to cut on dollars and does not turn to spec sheets, feeds and speeds to make purchase decision. One can spend $499 on an iPad 2 at 16GB, enjoy over 65,000 apps optimized for the tablet or spend a cool $799 on a 3G unlocked device on a tablet platform that is yet to be proven.
Both iPads, the first and second generation are very similar on many fronts. iPad 2 has introduced A5,dual-core type of chip that draws from ARM new Cortex A9. It is clocked at full GHz and common to ARM dual-core design, it does not consume extra power.
iPad 2 comes with the same screen as the iPad, but with FaceTime. The most expensive of iPad 2 versions will definitely pack 3G capabilities and Wi-Fi as an addition. It also has an assisted GPS and the first iPad’s digital compass together with an accelerometer that iOS devices have. iPad 2 has a three-axis gyroscope unlike the iPad, also available in the iPod touch and iPhone 4, the latest models.