Tablet showdown: Apple iPad vs Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Motorola Xoom

Tablet showdown: Apple iPad vs Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Motorola Xoom

Earlier today, Apple waved its magic wand and revealed the iPad 2. So how does the successor to the phenomenally successful iPad compare on paper against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom?

Apple revealed the hotly-anticipated iPad 2 today, with CEO Steve Jobs returning from medical leave to officially announce the product. As expected, the iPad 2 is a gentle evolution of the original iPad, sporting a faster processor, front and rear cameras, an HDMI port, 720p video capture and a lighter, thinner design. It also now comes in a choice of black or white. (You can read our in-depth coverage of the announcment here.)

 

The Apple iPad 2 comes in a choice of two colours.

In his opening speech, Steve Jobs claimed that the iPad 2 would move the bar “far ahead” of the competition. “[The iPad 2] will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again," he boasted. Bold words to be sure, but we think the reality is quite different.

While the iPad 2 is certainly an improvement over its predecessor, the majority of new features are already being mirrored by rival tablets. Two recent contenders for Apple’s tablet throne are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom. Both products come with most of the iPad 2’s all-new features, along with a host of unique improvements of their own – including a USB port and memory card slots.

If you're unfamiliar with these tablets, here's a quick overview of each product:  

Motorola Xoom

Last week, Motorola released the Xoom in the US, a 10.1in tablet that runs on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform.

 

The Motorola Xoom is the first tablet to use Google's Android 3.0 OS.

Boasting Full HD video playback with 3D graphics acceleration, two cameras (a front-facing 2.0-megapixel webcam and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera), 720p video recording and a bevy of hi-tech sensors, the Motorola Xoom is as feature-packed as they come. Support for Adobe Flash and MicroSD memory cards will also be rolled out in the future.

Motorola Xoom is pretty hefty compared to the iPad 2. While we haven't physically seen each tablet side-by-side, the dimensions speak for themselves: 250x170x13mm vs. 238x186x8.8mm.

With US pricing starting at $599, the Xoom is also more expensive. The iPad 2 is expected to ship at around the same price as the current iPad.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Some time in the next few months, Samsung will unleash a new challenger to the Apple iPad 2 – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Equipped with a 10.1in WXGA touch screen, a 1GHz Dual-Core application processor and an 8-megapixel AF camera, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with all the trimmings you’d expect from a high-end tablet.

Like the Motorola Xoom, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS; an operating system built specifically for tablet devices and smartphones.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1's 1GHz Dual Core processor makes web browsing a breeze.

Some of the key features new to Android 3.0 include tabbed browsing, a Windows-esque taskbar, improved multi-tasking and up to five customisable home screens. Honeycomb should help to make the Galaxy Tab 10.1's interface more intuitive and user-friendly.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 measures 246.2x170.4x10.9mm, which is slightly thicker and longer than the iPad 2. Pricing has yet to be announced.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thicker than the iPad 2 - but there really isn't much in it.

Here's a table showing how each tablet's key specifications compare. (We've also included the original Apple iPad.)

Feature

Apple iPad Apple iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Motorola Xoom
Screen size 9.7in 9.7in 10.1in 10.1in
Display resolution 1024x768 pixels 1024x768 pixels 1280x800 pixels 1280×800 pixels
Display technology WXGA touch screen LCD WXGA touch screen LCD LED-backlit TFT active matrix WXGA touch screen LCD
Touch screen Yes Yes Yes Yes
OS Apple IOS 4 Apple iOS 4.
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
CPU 1 GHz Apple A4 system
1GHz Dual-Core Apple A5 system
NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core processor (1GHz)
1GHz Dual Core application processor
Supported media files H.264, MOV, MPEG-4, TIFF, PPT, JPEG, GIF, PPTX, AAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, ePub H.264, MOV, MPEG-4, MP5, TIFF, PPT, JPEG, GIF, PPTX, AAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, ePub
H.264, H.263, MPEG4, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, MP3, AAC, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8, AAC, AAC+, AMR NB, AMR WB, MP3, XFM
Internal memory Up to 64GB Up to 64GB Up to 32GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No Yes Yes
Keyboard Touch screen Touch screen
Touch screen Touch screen
Camera No Yes Yes Yes
Web browsing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Price From $499 TBA TBA From US$599
Wi-Fi Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11a/b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11a/b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11a/b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n
3G HSDPA network support Yes (select models) Yes (select models) Yes Yes
Battery life Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours
Unknown Up to 10 hours
Weight 680g  601g 599g 730g
Dimensions 242.8x189.7x13.4mm 238x186x8.8mm 246.2x170.4x10.9mm 250x170x13mm

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