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Apple iPad 2 Web Browsing Comparison

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Apple iPad 2 Web Browsing Comparison
Being the newest tablet on the block, it’s only natural to give the iPad 2 a run for its money when it comes down to the web browsing department. Lucky for us, just had to see for ourselves how much faster it’s able to load up complex web pages against some of the competition – namely, the Motorola XOOM and the original Apple iPad.

In our quick real world comparison, we turned off the cellular connections on all three tablets and connected them to the same Wi-Fi network. From there, we pointed their respective browsers to our site, and moved forward in opening up particular articles in separate new windows. Granted that it was mainly tricky in attempting to properly press the corresponding on-screen buttons to open up a link in a new window/tab, we managed to correctly hit them at approximately the same time for the most part.

As usual, kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming is always buttery fluid in motion and is preferable over the Motorola XOOM, but it isn’t all that different from the original iPad. However, in almost all occasions, the iPad 2 is primarily the first to load up text, followed by the Motorola XOOM, and then the original iPad. Additionally, pictures also load up just smidgen faster, but the Motorola XOOM manages to keep up with its pace. All in all, it’s quite obvious that the dual-core processors working diligently inside the Apple iPad 2 and Motorola XOOM does in fact translate to a faster rendering time. Check out the video to see the entire comparison.

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posted on 13 Mar 2011, 17:48 6

1. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Looks like another iOS vs Android argument.. sigh

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 18:53 1

4. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Doubt it, the video was actually a fair comparison unlike the usual text comparisons by PA where the conclusion always ended in "Well if you like what iOS has to offer then go with iOS, but if you like what Android has to offer then go with Android", which was really stupid.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 21:03 3

11. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Usually when iOS is pitted against Android there is obviously an argument thats all.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 17:51 2

2. Curious George (unregistered)


Nice comparison. The intro sentence threw me off for a second though. I must not have got the memo where "run for its money" actually meant test run.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 21:23

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5917; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wonder which version of iOS was running on the iPad 1? If not v. 4.3, then the iPad 1 was being held back. I have noticed about a 15% faster load time for Safari on my iPad 1 3G after I upgraded to iOS v. 4.3.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 18:25 2

3. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Typical scam comparison....not real at all.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:43 1

6. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


its real world... not a true comparison...

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 21:24 3

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5917; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


What would be a 'real' test?

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:15 3

5. rafaelinuxxxxZxCX (unregistered)


The Xoom actually looks faster and more usable than the iPad2 thanks to this comparison video. I don't like motorola usually, but the xoom looks way more responsive.
On the other hand it's not fair for all of them to be on the same connection, the first one to ask for the connection might get priority and better bandwidth. And the time they take to display the webpage is due to the bandwidth and the download time of the page rather than the processing and displaying of it.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:44 3

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


do u have any reasons for it being better?

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:36

15. tkaew (unregistered)


I totally agree with you. I think use different wifi spot on each device with the same ISP would be more fair.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:48 2

8. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


??? Picture frames vs XOOm? xD

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 19:50 5

9. tdubb (unregistered)


I noticed how u can't just give Xoom it's props by simply saying that it finished first. Who cares if text popped up first on the Ipad2, it was still loading pictures while the xoom was finished.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 21:36 3

14. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ya, both times, all the advertisements and crap were done on the xoom first by a good few seconds, followed by the ipad2, then 1. Yet they never say that. lol.

so, by muting the dude and just watching the video the rendering champion is the

XOOM.

2nd place is ipad2.

goodfight.. goodnight! :)

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 20:23 4

10. jeff (unregistered)


I do not have the I pad 2 or the Xoom. It is pretty obvious to me the Xoom is faster. There are videos on you tube to back up that conclusion as well.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:40 1

16. Crucial (unregistered)


Hmm...apparently it seems most of the commenter here refused to acknowledge that iPad 2 is faster. Take a look at the video 3 times and get a good look. For the first one, the loading status bar was finished on the iPad 2 3 seconds faster than the XOOM. For the second one, the iPad 2 was 1 second ahead. I don't see how XOOM can be faster? If so won't iPad 1 be the fastest?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 00:43 1

17. earle.evans (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


What?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 04:41 1

18. Crucial (unregistered)


Yeah, its true. Look at the video. All this while the iPad 2 was leading and yet people still say the XOOM is faster. If that's the case then wont the iPad might as well be the fastest.

Sometimes due to their passion for the platform, some obvious strengths are overlooked. That's why I'm just pointing out the obvious. It is never bad to be a supporter but when it comes to the stage where you cant even tell right from wrong, then there's a problem.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 07:10 2

19. Jeff (unregistered)


I do not have a passion for either platform. Wit ht that being said you must have a passion for Apple because I will repeat was I said earlier. It is obvious the Xoom is faster. Is the Ipad 2 text up first? Yes. Does the Ipad 2 finish the page first? No? The Xoom does. So, I am sorry you do not see right from wrong. Take your apple colored glasses off and see what the truth is not what Steve Jobs tells you to see.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:13 1

22. YWS (unregistered)


Jeff, I am sorry that you have to write twice to bring out the facts. The world (not just US market) is full of biased people like Crucial. Steve Job, over the years, has successfully deceived consumers to see & think what Steve wants them to see & think. It is very difficult to remove such "blind sight". It can only be shifted by the creation of another perception. If HP and Acer and Sony and Lenovo and Samsung are willing to spend enough money, with the right partnership and business models, any of them can beat Apple at the game. Yet, nobody has really tried. Long ago, I came to the conclusion that consumers simply like the hype and "stories". This is human nature, I believe.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 15:38

23. Jeff (unregistered)


Most people are seeing the Xoom as being faster. Unless you have the apple colored glasses on it is pretty obvious. But the funniest thing is the so called expert, the person who wrote this article and conducted the test declared the Ipad 2 being faster even though he had the results right in front of his eyes.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 08:53

20. tdubb (unregistered)


the blue loading status bar was finished, but on the top left of the screen is a rotating circle status bar that was still spinning. thus meaning that it wasn't finished. So look for the that the next time u watch it.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 17:44

24. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


I understand what you're saying and you're absolutely correct. As is evident, any comment slightly in favor to Apple somehow translates into being an Apple fanboy. Just ignore it.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 13:28 1

21. yasshammou (unregistered)


I've to admit that both are amazing , both ipad 2 and xoom loads pages faster even the xoom win in loading images first , both are equal , but the big difference is navigation !
iPad Wins , it's scrolling and zzoming are hyper fluid even the xoom does a good job !

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 18:55

25. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, technically, on navigation the xoom kills it. you cant beat google maps with 3d nav, 3d street/building view, ect ect ect.

i know u were talkin about "web navigation", i just wanted to point that out.. lol.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 21:27

26. IOS5 (unregistered)


Huh.. As usual Android tab pinch to zoom so laggay scrolling so laggy tab to zoom so laggy even Nokia touch phones pinch to zoom better than Android devices.

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