With the iPad 2 having been formally announced yesterday, the blogosphere is hard at work comparing the latest and greatest Android Tablets, and Apples latest iteration of the iPad.
While the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are certainly the more technically superior devices, and initial reviews of Android 3.0 Honeycomb have been quite positive, it will ultimately come down to which one sells more. Currently, Apple has dominated the tablet market, but this is without any competition. Things are about to heat up.
Already, competition is doing wonderful things for consumers. When the Motorola Xoom was introduced, we were led to believe that the price would be in the $599 range for the Wi-Fi only model, and $799 for the 3G(4G) model. Within 24 hours of the iPad 2 being announced, Motorola has changed its tune, and there are now reports that the Wi-Fi-only model will be selling for $539.99 at Sam’s Club.
Certainly, a lot of the Xooms’ and Galaxy Tabs’ specs are superior to the iPad 2′s. The screens are larger, have more pixels, are both 10.1 inches, and enjoy a resolution of 1280×800 resolution. The iPad 2′s is a lower 1024×768, which is a mild point of contention for some, but not all. Text will definitely be crisper on the Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Additionally, The Xoom’s cameras are better too. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 3 megapixel rear camera, which was changed from the previous iteration which featured a 8 megapixel one. Of course, if you have ever actually had the privilege (or misfortune) of taking a picture with a tablet, then you absolutely know it feels completely ridiculous. Nonetheless, both Android tablets feature superior hardware. The iPad 2′s rear camera shoots 720p video like the Xoom, but the stills are of a lower resolution.
Now, depending on your personal point of view, you may or may not care about hardware specs. There are always intangible elements that contribute to the overall appeal of any product, like the appeal of the brand, or how it feels in the hand, etc. With this in mind, it’s important to note that the iPad 2 is substantially lighter in the hand than the Motorola Xoom. Certainly the iPad 2 is an improvement over the original, and it is most certainly an appealing device. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes much closer to matching the iPad 2 in weight and thickness (thinness?) however, and is much better suited for those who value having the lightest tablet possible.
We rate the Motorola Xoom as the most technically superior device, with greater hardware and more expandability in the future. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes in a close second, with its lighter build, and thinner body. We most certainly love the iPad 2, and would be happy to give it to our Mom. Of course, we are ardent Android fans, but we don’t love everything Android just for the sake of it being Android. We do believe Honeycomb is the future of tablet interfacing. We love multitasking, we love choice, we love openness, and we love having the ability to customize our devices to our hearts’ content. It handles multitasking marvelously, and sure, the performance hasn’t been entirely perfected, but it’s almost there. Even Anandtech had this to say:
Am I more likely to use the Xoom than the iPad? Yes. The hardware is faster but more importantly, the software is better suited for multitasking. I’m a bigger fan of Honeycomb’s multitasking UI & notification system compared to the double-tap-home and passive notifications you get with the iPad and iOS. I can be more productive with the Xoom than I can be with the iPad as a result. I don’t believe Honeycomb’s UI is perfect by any means, it’s just more multitasking oriented than iOS is at this point.
Check out our comparison of the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 here
iPad 2 Vs. Motorola Xoom Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Who Wins?
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Fits perfect with what I thought it would be like…
But are their any usable comparisons of the two processors around? A5 vs Tegra 2?
I think it is a bit disingenuous to list flash support for the Xoom as “yes” since as of this moment the Xoom does not have flash. The current estimated release is “Spring 2011″ which is a wide open calendar, but a month away at least.
And while I do not have a problem with it, I have been pleased with my Xoom to date, the lack of main profile support for H.264 on the Tegra 2 is causing a number of people to complain. The original iPad supported main profile so I think it safe to assume that the iPad 2 does as well.
In general Honeycomb needs some work to smooth out the rough edges but it is a step in the right direction.
You’re absolutely right Michael. Have you seen Adobe’s blog? They are close, or so they claim: http://blogs.adobe.com/flashplatform/2011/02/update-for-fp-10-2-on-tabs.html
Glad to hear you are liking it! I’m a huge fan. The H.264 issue is likely to be resolved very soon, from what I understand.
Whether or not Adobe has actually finished Flash makes no difference, the Xoom still SUPPORTS it. Meaning as soon as Flash is ready, the Xoom will allow you to install it. Just because my PC doesn’t come with a pre-installed version of Flash doesn’t mean it doesn’t support it.
Got it. It runs very well, too.
I own a GTab 7, Xoom & IPad. I can say as a fact that the Zoom is far and away above the current IPad. Not b/c of hardware alone. IOS just sucks as a multitasking OS.
So which do you like best? Xoom or Galaxy Tab?
I really like em both..alot
Obviously there will be cheaper android tablets. but can the xoom and tab get cheaper than the ipad2 with all those extra specs? The price is the real issue here because it’s not as if you can actually do anything like MS Office or photoshop on any of these things.
Actually not true. Google docs are useable on tablets and Adobe has a tablet version of Photoshop coming out or already out for editing pictures.
uh… everyone knows for a fact that apple is by far ripping everyone off with their prices.. as of now if you buy any other apple devices such as iPhone 4 it still exceeds samsung galaxy s2 when it comes to the actual price of the device when iphone has been out for how many months now…
and i bet the same thing goes for these tabs :]
truly the iphone price is too much.. but the price is super slowly decreasing.. 2nd hand iphone 4 here in the philippines still more expensive than the other new phone comer..
At present Galaxy is missing and no info when available &price.
Motorola: too expensive (I don’t need 3G or 4G) and not available international.
IPad2 many cuts that cripple the device but Apple quality, efficiency and design + affordable price and sooner availability + quality of Apple support.
I’m waiting since last year for a reasonable tablet because from IPad 1 there are many things that I consider important missing. Unfortunately Ipad is now second generation with 6 models available and the competition is still struggling to put at least 1 serious competitor on the market.
PS: The latest serious malware from the Android market and most important HOW SLOW GOOGLE REACTS it is also a main point of concern!
If you’ve been paying attention, as soon as the IPad2 was announced, the Xoom’s price went down. Its now as cheap or cheaper than the same size IPad2. So the Xoom is now actually more bang for the buck.
The real differentiators?
1. How often do we use GPS?
2. Why do i need an SD Card Slot since i can connect my iPad to my laptop easily.
3. 256 RAM on iPad equals more than 1 GB on others and this is because of the iOS.
4. The HDMI is an added value in one case; if you want to watch your movies on a big screen.
1) I don’t know about you, but I use GPS constantly. Actually, almost every app I own on my phone uses GPS int he background for locations or tracking.
2) You go ahead and keep connecting to your computer everytime you need to move anything or whenever you want to store anything of size and I’ll just pop in a new SD card.
3) Where do you get your theories? 256 is 256. That made no sense.
4) Isn’t that the point? Apple has been touting being able to download movies on the IPad and then watch them on your TV for a year. They have pushed and pushed that stuff but has never been able to produce those movies in HD. The new tablets can, its proven people want it, but Apple still thinks they know whats best for me. BTW, they are wrong. I want HDMI.
I’m not sure what HDMI means to an iPad or iPad 2, it streams to Apple TV – no cable needed what-so-ever. It works great and it gives me even more control when the kids start arguing, I can pause where ever I am in the house until calm is restored…
I’m puzzled about the comment that the iPad doesn’t have GPS, mine most certainly does and I use it all of the time. I think clarity on this needs to happen if you are talking about the wifi vs. the wifi+3g.
I love the new Galaxy 10.1 and the Archos 10.1 even though it is a single core processor. My kids need a new video player for road trips and I think I’ll get a couple of the Archos 10.1′s for $329 each.
dumbest response i’ve seen… seriously… tsk… apple fans these days… LOL uneducated when it comes to technical stuff
Apple is for Uneducated Old people. And music producers. Everyone Else is Just a bunch of Hippi sucking Fan Boys. That will buy anything with an i infront of it.
1. iPad has gps (on the 3g versions)
2. SD cards let you expand your storage capacity
3. iOS is a good mobile operating system, but it’s not that good. It doesn’t magically expand RAM.
4. You can connect the galaxy to HDMI as well.
Seriously, there’s enough good things about iPad 2 without making up your own. Do some research.
last few days our group held a similar discussion on this topic and you show something we haven’t covered yet, appreciate that.
What is the comparison on the touchscreen? Apple simply dominates on the phone market, am I to expect the same with tablets?
The comparisons on the touch screens have been astounding. Even the biggest Apple fan boys are saying the Xoom’s screen is overall much better, from resolution, to functionality. And this is only the first gen. Just imagine what the next will have. :)
Actually, Android is #1 in the phone market, followed by Blackberry, then Apple is third. This is based on the latest data from Nielsen.
galaxy tab10.1 doesnt have a micro sd slot.but why? Honeycomb doesnt support the micro sd fine bt evn eclair too dint had d support 2install apps directly on sd card bt wid froyo it changed.so wid honeycomb too it wil b same so y nt a sd card slot ? Samsung should work keeping future aspects in mind if it wnts 2lead.
if honeycomb doesnt support microSD, why is there a slot in Xoom?
from what I understand…the slot on the zoom is where it plugs into the dock
It supports the MicroSD and MicroSDHC protocols to 32 Gig…
There is an accessory that allows sd card to be used wit Galaxy
You didn’t even begin to talk about the applications, we all know that a tablet isn’t worth much if it can’t do anything. Sure, Xoom is more customizable, but where are the apps?? iPad 2 has over 65,000 and as for the customization, jailbreak it, then it’s way better than anything Google has to offer. Cydia is more developed in many ways than the Google’s customization features.
At the end of the day who can decide which tablet is best for me? The answer is me. its all down to personal preference and how you will be using the device. I personally like the flexibily of android and the openness. I’ve used the ipad original and love the apple build quality and the stylishness of it but it was just not cutomisable for me and the lack of flash is a big issue.
i have pre-ordered my Xoom here in the UK and can’t wait to get some of the honeycomb goodness. My advise is try both apple and android and see which one you like. Simple!
Apple – we have an app for that. Android – we dont nee an app for that. Of those 65,000+ apps you speak of, how many of them do you actually have or even use? And out of the apps that you have, how many of them are even worth getting for the the everyday things that you do? As for customozation, Android could do way more with widgets and moving app shortcuts to whereever you please. Apple has to stick to that grid placement. If you want to talk about unlocking and jailbreaking, android also has unlocking and rooting. Having a rooted device pretty much lets you do anything you want to it. Android gives you so much freedom while Apple only lets you do so much.
Don’t forget that the developers at the XDA are way better than Cydia
It may be fledgling but the potential as app development starts picking up in the android market is massive. You have a point about the selection being weak but it will only grow and diversify. As for jailbreaking as a solution to a rigid system, a) In my opinion you really shouldn’t have to go behind the manufacturer’s back just to get control of the device you bought but beyond that, b) Even jailbreaking wont overcome the clear spec advantage these new android tablets have. Its all down to personal preference of course but I dont see how the ipad 2 is “way better than anything”
the ipad 2 is better than slobbering on a donkeys swollen caulk & bawls. but..way better?
“Sure, Xoom is more customizable, but where are the apps?? iPad 2 has over 65,000…”
Just because the iPad’s app store has more apps doesn’t mean it has better apps. I bet you about 90% of those apps shouldn’t have even been developed in the first place.
has over 300,00 apps. But personally any app worth having is obv. created for android. As well as the return policy, Android you have 24 hours to return an app. Plus android has Amazon Appstore now, as well as android market. Suck on it Apple Fan boy’s…
FYI- Post is not aimed at you. Just all the Apple humping Fan Boys out there that would love to get Creme O job’s down their throats. iblowme
THANKS GUYS,U GUYS HAVE HELPED ME TO FURTHER NARROW DOWN ON THE ZOOM.HOW DOES THE ZOOM HANDLING OF E BOOKS FORMAT&TECHNOLOGY? CAN I USE IT HERE IN NIGERIA,CAN I ALSO MAKE CALLS WIT IT?
I have to say while all these thing are important deciding factors, my huge turn off about apple in general is that everything must be through itunes.That alone is a really big determining factor to me. As of right now my main need of a tablet is for PDF file use.
iPad 2 HAS a GPS. But not the WiFi only model. It’s because of A-GPS which use GSM Bases to assist by faster position searching.
i am from india i like da samsung galaxy tab it is verry nice to watch bollywood movies on.
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maa ki akh
galaxy ne sab ki phad di
phadu mobile hai boss
le le beta 32000only
Our new Galaxy Tablet 10.1 does not come with an 8MP camera. The version that we provided at the Google Developers Conference, did have an 8MP camera, but we did that just to increase the hype about the product. We knew we could reduce the specs to get a better profit margin. The 10.1 tablet will come with a 2MP and 3MP camera only. Why do you think we waited so long to publish our official camera specs on http://www.samsung.com? The funny thing is, that we can release a tablet after the Motorola Xoom was released, and we can release it with a worse camera, and you suckers will still buy it! LOL – More money for us!
yu chink bastard
I have the zoom and the ipad2.
A side from specs, I was just trying to do
what I did on one on the other.
Video stream better for ipad2though free for xoom and nice enough
Ipad2 not multitaking is good thing for less tech folks
Xoom is easy to customize with lots of options
I tend to use the xoom for most my needs, rdp,vnc Shh and all
were free on xoom and work well. My wifi keyboard works well on xoom, forget
about using a cheap $5 one on a I pad. Only one real button on ipad2 and its home, so annoying. Only time I pull out the pad is for video streaming from my htpc..wtv anything. I had to use I pad now instead of xoom sine the 3.1 update my wifi dies after 5 mins of use and I can only coonect 27-54 mb. Btw neither has arrows keys, seriously, takes 30 secs to type this all and 30 mins editing trying to tap the right place. So I tried to tap coonect to correct it..oh we’ll maybe update or I just haven’t found them yet. Keyboard on xoom is great, I pad feels like a mini keyboard. Xoom is a tough book compared to ipad2. I ran my keys over the xoom screen and not a scratch, something I would never do with any ios device
Yes, unfortunately this review is based on the old pre-release version of the Galaxy 10.1. The current version (the only one actually sold to the public) has a 3mp camera on the back, not an 8mp; it has no USB or HDMI port (though a universal port supports an HDMI converter cable, just like the iPad 2); and I’m not at all sure that it has a GPS receiver now- at least not the wi-fi only version… I’m so bummed because I really wanted this to be THE tablet! I’m desperate *not* to get an iPad 2, with its fair quality & performance and super snazzy design, like everything else Apple’s made since the iPod (and seriously, can’t SOMEBODY finally make something decent to compete with that? Something that doesn’t have to sync via cable with one specific library on a specific version of iTunes on one specific computer every damn time you want to add or delete a song?). Can’t we have great form AND great function?! Please??!
yes, the galaxy tab 10.1 has gps haha. I sell them at bust buy as a rep, It pinpoints my location exact. As well as when I’m on the move.
And i personally feel paying 150+ more for 3g cabability is redic. Especially when you can only use that on that one device. Either get a mobil hotspot, use your phone as mobil hotspot, most bestbuys will give you a free hotspot if you get contract, or buy a pay as you go one. Either way it’s cheaper, and you can use it for numerous devices, not just the one.
Best Buy’s site claims that it does indeed have GPS, which is a relief. They’re selling the wi-fi only versions, and the 4G version will be available from Verizon.
Hi folks, I’ve read every comment on xoom v. galaxy v. ipad and I don’t understand anything! I am going overseas to south asian and eastern asian countries, and want a lightweigh device to browse the internet, send/receive emails, listen to a few songs etc. None of the technical stuff makes any sense to me as I know NOTHING about computers/tablets/etc. Half the places I’m going to do not have internet facilities or GSM. To add to my woes, the iPad folks said something about micro sim cards (didn’t even know there is something called a sim card). So, keeping this in mind, would someone out there please tell what I should buy, and if the tablet will work with wifi? Also, where do I buy micro sim cards, assuming the countries have them? Any simple advice is very much appreciated. Thanks.
Our apologies for not helping you navigate the “tablet waters”. We often become fixated on specs and as such, forget what really matters most – the user experience.
First off, all of the tablets on the market these days support Wifi. I can’t think of a single Android tablet that doesn’t offer WiFi as a connectivity option. In terms of finding a tablet that will suit your needs, and is light weight, I would recommend either the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Inch or 10.1 inch, or, if you are into productivity, and would like to have a keyboard that charges the tablet or adds 7 hours battery life, then check out the Asus Transformer 3G.
You are right to be confused. The iPad does require a micro SIM cards, and they are used in Apple’s products. They are available virtually everywhere. Which countries are you planning on visiting? Most South East Asian countries will have tons of free wifi, and you will also be able to buy a SIM card for around $5-10 dollars. Most likely, depending on which country you go to, you will be able to buy 1GB (tons of data, but not for downloading – just email, youtube, google, facebook, etc) for pretty cheap, probably in the $15-20 range for one month.
The problem is, is that most manufacturers are in the process, or have already released, their WiFi only models. Samsung and Asus are currently releasing their tablets with SIM card (mobile internet) capability. If you can hold out for a few more weeks, you should be able to grab either.
Hope this helps. Feel free to comment again, and i’ll do my best to help. Thanks for visiting Android Authority!
I really like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Is the open port that will accept an HDMI cable acceptable or would it be worth it to buy the Motorola Xoom just for the HDMI port? Not a big Apple fan so it will be one of the android tablets.
take the samsung
I’ve narrowed down a few options for me and it would be great if you guys could tell me what would be best, Im not really planning on doing heavy stuff on the tablets. I have an hp laptop and whenever i use it in bed it heats up really fast then shuts down so i kinda just want a tablet for use in bed and occasional road trips, all i will be doing on it is email/games/movies and music. I also want to be able to download movies and tvshows on Icefilms and megaupload. My options are: Dell Duo, Samsung 10.1 or HP Touchpad
Answers will be greatly appreciated,
to clarify, other options are obviously available, im just leaning towards those three.
Really you should just clean your fan vents and put something flat under your laptop/get a laptop cooling pad. Your sheets/blankets are clogging the vents and preventing the laptop from cooling itself.
Um wtf? The ipad 2 has gps. In fact, it has A-gps, which is even better.
False. It’s not a true gps. It has turn by turn directions, but really no navigation, like a true gps.
Also, the “gps” is the same as the iPhone/itouch
you are an idiot. Do you know what gaps is? It means there is a real GPS sensor there. Ipad2 3g uses both the real GPS and cell towers to triangulate a more accuratelocation.
I mean a-GPS. Typo on my touchpad.
youve wowed me with your semantic + 1 over someone whom, clearly, is informed though perhaps not quite as comprehensively on apple capability as you. WOW, it has GAPS? A-GPS? UAFAG? iknow ur a bitch, stfu.
only the 3g version.
And the samsung has on all versions
The Xoom’s Voice recognition is better than the samsung. I was researching these tablets for people who have a visual imparement, and the Xoom won by far. I have a friend who is visually impared and she can still use the internet with that technology, and the zoom helps as well.
*vision impaired :)
SwiftKey x is a good alternative to the stock keyboard, has a tablet optimized version.
why do all the chinks names have the same sound as when i drop silverware onto the floor? who knows, anyway go drive your honda and stfu.
too bad there isnt a button to report creeps like you!
don’t be a fascist.
Is there any reason why the 3G versions of Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 aren’t yet available in Canada? Is it just because this country is a technological wasteland or is it because of our xenophobic CRTC?
I bought a xoom when going out to buy a Kindle It was practically the launch date for Xoom in USA and so i have had the android device since before many apps were Xoom tested. I have to say that overall I am now a great Android fan although it took a little while to become familiar with the UI (same as any new OS). Since buying it I find the Cellular connectivity very important more so than I thought as while wifi is very available the cellular just compliments making me Always connected. I also loaded apps many of which were quickly updated to be Xoom screen and honeycomb compliant/reliable . Flash update was a major suffess and I do wonder why launch the product without it especially as it came so soon really but web without flash is just not a browser worth having and anyone considering buying an Apple Product needs to be aware of the impact of that ! bury your pride Apple go get Flash or let us load any browser on youir devices. Safari isnt much differnet anyway .
Camera on Xoom is brilliant – and I must look odd but I do use it for snaps and for video. Infact I recall the video my parents too and I use the Xoom for recording family trips etc… linked with Dropbox i sync to my PC where I make the trip video up and share etc… The Xoom ships with Movie Studio where video can be exprted to other qualities and encodings reducing storage space needed or you can record in “you tube” resolution mode etc…
My main criticism of the XOOM is that Motorola have chose to put the charge/power input in one place where the Xoom docs not making it very flexible to being charged in its case or when used on your lap.
I have a lot of soft books and have now read via the Xoom so got the kindle book function Aldiko book app works very well and has been updated sine I have been using it and I have Calibre E-book management on my PC to make libraries if not in the right format. The Xoom like the Apple and Samsung devices has glossy screen which is not best for reading in bright light – why not make a matt finnish like the kindle makes much more sense ?
I am disapointed LTE has been delayed but due in Sept now so fingers crossed for global roaming on that !
I have access to iPad and iPad2 and it is a good product but the flexibility and competence of the Xoom wins for me.
Stop getting gyp big time with all these FADS.
Feeding fat cats of big Corps and over monopolistics rotten Apple.
Some media hypers who do not even own or bought these things telling you what to buy.
Get a smartphone like LG G2x with a pre-paid SIM – free Web all over NYC.
, a dual cpu notebook and APU/GPU desktop
compliment that with home wireless network and share that wireless when not in use.
What are doing that cannot wait at home and pay $100 a month?
You can even give that $5 per work day to a homeless person.
Stop being a FADSUCKER.
Galaxy Tab 10. Is Better :D
I Bought a Galaxy tab 10.1 Its Super awesome.
motorola xoom and Ipad 2 Still great but Galaxy tab 10.1 is better