Motorola Xoom Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch

February 16, 2011
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Display

Motorola Xoom has a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels with 160 dots per inch (dpi) pixel density. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800px, LCD display screen. It’s difficult to discern any difference when comparing the displays in person, and both are excellent.

Operating System

Both the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 operate on the ‘tablet only’ Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS that offers better 3D UI and attractive widgets. Thankfully, there is no manufacturer intervention, and updates should (theoretically) be timely and prompt.

Processor and RAM

The Motorola Xoom features NVIDIA’s Tegra 2, 1GHz dual-core CPU and a 1GB RAM. Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GHz dual-core CPU, with 1GB of RAM.

Camera

This is where the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an edge over the Motorola Xoom. Samsung’s tablet offers an 8 megapixel (MP) camera at rear, with HD 1080p video recording capability, and also offers a 2 megapixel camera in the front for video calling. Unfortunately, Motorola Xoom chose to give the Xoom a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording, and a similar 2 megapixel camera in front.

Memory and SD card

There is also some difference between the two here – with the main difference being that the Motorola Xoom supports additional storage, whereas the Samsung Tab 10.1 Inch doesn’t. The Xoom provides 32 GB of memory on-board and with possibility to add an additional 32 GB via a memory card slot. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available in two variations: 16 GB and 32 GB.

Dimensions

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs quite a bit less than the Motorola Xoom, for reasons not fully understood yet. For those seeking the lightest possible tablet experience, the Samsung will seem like a natural choice. Its dimensions are 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm and it weighs 599g. The Motorola Xoom, on the other hand,  has dimensions equivalent to 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9mm and weighs 730g – 100 grams more than the former.

Connectivity

This is another area where the Motorola Xoom excels. It is better that its rival, the Galaxy Tab, in terms of its 4G capability. It has 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, USB, HDMI-out and Bluetooth, which dwarfs the featured set of the similarly styled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which features HSDPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB.

Battery

Motorola claimed that Xoom will offer battery power of up to 10 hours video playback. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers 6860mAh battery and its playback capacity is not yet revealed.

Price & Availability

According to rumors, Motorola Xoom will hit the market on Feb 24 with a price tag of $799. Samsung has not announced the release date, nor has it announced the price of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It is expected that it will be launched in the Asian and European markets by Mar 2011.

Conclusion

Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch and the Motorola Xoom have created unprecedented Android Honeycomb Tablet excitement. They are going to usher in a Honeycomb Tablet revolution in 2011, and will put significant pressure on Apple and the iPad 2 to keep up. While difficult to identify the true winner in this tablet battle, it does become apparent that there is one clear beneficiary, which is, of course, you, the consumer. Competition is a wonderful thing. It serves to lower prices of compelling technology, and make it more accessible to all. Both appear to be wonderful devices, and will likely sell very well. We personally prefer the Motorola Xoom because of the following reasons: HDMI out, 4G connectivity in the near future, and because it has expandable memory via an SD Card Slot.

While the Samsung Tab 10.1-inch tablet weighs less, this might not necessarily be a good thing. We will have to spend some time with both to be able to determine which one really is the better tablet. Of course, one of the most important considerations to consumers is the price, and many people are shocked that Motorola is asking so much ($799) for the Xoom. Undoubtedly it will be less expensive six months from now, and, as usual, early adopters will take take the biggest hit.

Stay tuned for more, and let us know which one is the tablet of your dreams in the comments below!

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