Xoom 2 vs iPad 2

December 13, 2011
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Almost every new Android tablet released in the market would always be compared against the Apple iPad 2, and no doubt this tablet is a tough one to beat.

Motorola just recently released the newest Xoom sibling, the Xoom 2. And, just as for any other tablet out there, we can’t help comparing it with the iPad 2. Will it have what it takes to beat this famous tablet from Apple? Let’s go ahead and find out.

Form Factor

Most of us are already familiar with that sexy body of the iPad 2, and only a small number of tablets can be on par with this thin form factor. Surprisingly the Xoom 2 is also sexy, just as thin as the iPad 2. Both tablets are just 8.8 mm thick which means the Xoom 2 is keeping up.

The curves along the edges on both devices are comparable; both are comfortable to hold. The rubber on the edges of the Motorola Xoom 2 adds ruggedness and sturdiness to the tablet. The aluminum finish of the iPad 2, though, is just more elegant to look at.

Display

These two tablets have totally different screen size configurations. The Motorola Xoom 2 has a 10.1-inch display screen that’s typical for Android tablets, while the iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch display screen. The Xoom 2 is said to carry an HD display, though if you put the two devices side by side, the colors on the iPad 2 display are still more vibrant and detailed. The iPad 2 screen is slightly brighter, as well, when the two tablets’ brightness settings are set to the highest. And, talking about fingerprints, it seems like the Xoom 2 display screen attracts more of these than the iPad 2 does.

Processor

The processing speed of a tablet is a major thing. Who wants to use a sluggish device after all? Motorola did not compromise with the processor of the Xoom 2–it uses the a 1.2-GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. Despite the muscle of the Xoom 2, it seems like the 1-GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor is still doing a better job on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 runs apps slightly faster than the Xoom 2.

Camera

Apple did not really provide details for the specs of the iPad 2 cameras. The Motorola Xoom 2, on the other hand, has a 5 MP camera at the back and a 1.3 MP camera in front. This is the part where the Xoom 2 excels. The pictures captured using the rear-facing camera of the Xoom 2 is better than that of the rear-facing camera of the iPad 2. The front-facing ones, though, seem to have similar quality, with very tiny to no difference at all.

Software

When it comes to this aspect, we’re just like comparing iOS and Android. This will be a totally broad topic. But, for the sake of the two tablets we’re comparing, let’s go ahead and look into some details of the software running on these tablets.

The iPad 2 now has iOS 5, which got some minor issues on its first release but were eventually taken care of. The Xoom 2, on the other hand, runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb–the tablet-optimized version of Android. Like any other Android tablet, the Xoom 2 is highly customizable with lots of apps and customizations you can choose from. The iPad 2 stands out because of its simplicity.  The Xoom 2 stands out because of its flexibility.

Verdict

Deciding on which tablet would win is difficult. Most of the time, it would always be up to the preference of the user–and there are varied types of users out there. Apple fanboys will always stick with the the iPad 2, of course, and Android fanatics will always go with whatever is running Android.

The iPad 2 has already established a very good reputation among users and consumers. This is a very tough one to beat. The Motorola Xoom 2, which is a newcomer, still has to prove its worth. We still can’t say that this Motorola tablet can beat the one from Apple. Given the specs and the performance of the Xoom 2, there’s indeed a big chance that this one can possibly outshine the famous iPad 2.

How about you?  What makes you favor one tablet over the other?

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