Unveiled on March 2, the iPad 2 features many

by:Getian     2020-07-22

The iPad's commercial success, has attracted a lot of competitors on the tablet PC market. With so many companies joining the tablet bandwagon and building their own iPad killer version, many are eager to see how the iPad 2 fares against the improving competition.

In this review we make a head-to-head comparison between iPad 2 and what many consider its strongest competitor to date, the Motorola Xoom.

1. Processor

The iPad 2 is fitted with Apple's dual-core 1GHz A5 chip, a major improvement from the previous iPad. The A5 chip is reported to clock ten times the graphical performance of the older tablet. As of this writing, there is no report yet on RAM size but 512MB is quite a possibility.

Motorola Xoom are build with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 CPU. At 1GB of RAM, this chip along with the Android 3.0 OS and make the tablet to multi task effortlessly.

Advantage - Xoom

2. Display

The iPad 2 has the same 9.7-inch backlit-LED IPS display that are similar to iPad 1, it's fantastic because it's the best in it's class.

The Xoom has a standard 10.1-inch TFT display. Great for surfing the web and watching movies but does not offer the kind of viewing angles we are accustomed to in the iPad.

Advantage -Apple iPad 2

3. Camera

Having a camera are one the biggest set back that the old iPad have. Apple has responded by incorporating not one but 2 cameras in the iPad 2. The iPad 2's dual cameras are a 0.7-megapixel main camera with 720P movie capture capability, and a secondary VGA camera that works fine if you want to use it for video calls.

In this category, Xoom has an upper hand. With an impressive 5-megapixel main camera and are equipped with dual-LED flash and autofocus and a secondary 2-megapixel camera for video conferencing, no doubt that Motorola are the winner.

Advantage - Motorola Xoom

4. Design and Build

When it comes to design and build quality you know Apple does not disappoint. The look and feel of the iPad 2 is simply fantastic. The iPad 2 may be 33 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, however it is still made from the same top-notch materials.

Because of it's slimmer design, iPad 2 now are more comfortable to handle with the same solid feel.

The Motorola Xoom is just as well constructed. The chassis is solid. It does however feel bulkier and heavier than the slim-built iPad 2.

We give this round to the Apple tablet.

Advantage - Apple iPad 2

5. Operating System

The new iOs 4.3 are equipped for the iPad 2, it serve you with a better web application performance and browser.

The Motorola Xoom comes with the Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' OS which boosts multi-tasking capabilities and of course more user friendly.

We feel Xoom have the advantage because of the Honeycomb OS. The iOs 4.3 feels like its just a minor tune-up for Apple.

Advantage - Motorola Xoom

6. Connectivity

The Apple iPad 2 comes with Wi-Fi a,b,g & n, and Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities with A2DP and EDR. It als has HDMI-output. However, it does not have a card reader, USB Port and MicroSD slot.

The Motorola Xoom has the same capabilities as the iPad 2's but none of its shortcomings. The Xoom has MicroSD support, Micro USB port, HDMI-out, Wi-Fi a,b,g & n (dual-band) and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR.

Advantage - Motorola Xoom

7. Price

Well the price of each tablet are interesting. The Apple iPad 2 has an introductory price of $499 for its base Wi-Fi unit.

The Motorola Xoom's introductory price is $599 for its Wi-Fi only base unit.

The iPad 2 price are not expected by the other competitors.

Advantage: Apple iPad 2

Verdict: Out of 7 categories, the Motorola Xoom bested the Apple iPad 2 in 4. Function and feature wise the Xoom are definitely a batter Tablet. However, Apple shows a great pricing strategy, we would not be surprised that the iPad 2 will remain a best-seller just like its predecessor.

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