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Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

0. phoneArena 17 Mar 2011, 08:38 posted on

On one hand, we have the Motorola XOOM that’s backed with the overhauled Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience, and bevy of next-generation hardware to keep it up with the times for a while. And of course, there is the iPad 2, which uniquely modified our perception with its intricate razor thin profile – while still making some moderate improvements over its predecessor...

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posted on 17 Mar 2011, 10:29 1

13. 3MTA3 (unregistered)


.........one other thing, we are talking about functionality of the tabs so whether I have a 5MP or 12MP camera at home doesn't really matter here. This is a discussion about specs and which is better. If your only push is the VRX545 is better than the Tegra then that is fine with me - XOOM wins!

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 11:46 1

31. Honeycomb FTW (unregistered)


You are trying to mislead people with faulty benchmarks. . . typical ifan.

Tegra 2--are you kidding. It's NVIDIA, the gpu king! ifans will try to point to the anandtech benchmarks to say the iPad 2 gpu is better than the Tegra 2, wrong! Those benchmarks are flawed big time--ignores 30% higher pixel density of the Xoom, no hardware acceleration for the Tegra 2 gpu for many of those benchmarks but is enabled for the A5--just a joke. And game devs have already stated that the iPad 2 can't handle the HD games the Tegra 2 can (source:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2379264,00.asp )

Then we have PcMag's benchmarks showing the Xoom clearly ahead
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381767,00.asp

Which should we believe? The real world results!

Top that off with real world side by side comparisons and the Xoom loads web pages faster, plays any game the iPad 2 can just as easily. . . and has FLASH = thousands of free flash games available not to mention lots of flash apps.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 10:35 1

14. IOS5goBACKtoSCHOOL (unregistered)


I said go back to school because of your grammar. Here let me re-quote you.
(maybe if I include a spaced line this time you'll see my point... Stay with me Jimbo)

Here is what you posted >>>> "Did motorola has a 300,000 apps and same quality as iPad 2! No, did Motorola has 9x graphic better than iPad 2! No,did motorola xoom has usual update in time!"

did you mean >>>> "DOES motorola HAVE300,000 apps, DOES motorola HAVE 9x better the GRAPHICS.

and btw the iPad 2 is quoted as 9x better graphics better than the original iPad. Nothing out there has nine times the graphics of the iPad 2. It doesn't even exist. That's kinda like me saying "Does your iPad 2 come with a signed autograph of Charlie Sheen.... NO!!"

Jump off a bridge

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 11:49 1

34. Honeycomb FTW (unregistered)


Google nailed the tablet UI with Honeycomb! It's the best user interface I've seen. . . for any device. I really like it. And it is easy to use than iOS--anyone saying otherwise clearly hasn't played with it and/or is brainwashed by using iOS devices.

Motorola has put together top quality hardware. . . period!

Tegra 2--are you kidding. It's NVIDIA, the gpu king! ifans will try to point to the anandtech benchmarks to say the iPad 2 gpu is better than the Tegra 2, wrong! Those benchmarks are flawed big time--ignores 30% higher pixel density of the Xoom, no hardware acceleration for the Tegra 2 gpu for many of those benchmarks but is enabled for the A5--just a joke. And game devs have already stated that the iPad 2 can't handle the HD games the Tegra 2 can (source:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2379264,00.asp )

And PcMag has benchmarks showing the Xoom is way ahead
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381767,00.asp

Top that off with real world side by side comparisons and the Xoom loads web pages faster, plays any game the iPad 2 can just as easily. . . and has FLASH = thousands of free flash games available not to mention lots of flash apps.

apps. . .
Since Honeycomb uses the full Google Chrome web browser you get to use all the Chrome web apps (1,300) and all the Chorme extensions (13,000), and all flash games and apps (tens of thousands), and all web 2.0 apps--google docs, zoho, live office, yahoo mail, hotmail, games, etc. (tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands). Don't be fooled! Because iOS devices can only install apps from the app market they are limited. Android devices can install and use all the apps of any Android market, web apps, flash apps, etc. And to top it off, Android phone apps scale properly to use a larger screen without being all pixelated using a 2x mode like iOS device which means any properly made Android phone apps will stretch fine for the tablet and games will usually be perfect--like angry birds.

The only reasons to buy and iPad 2 over a Xoom? It's thinner, slightly longer battery life, slightly lighter, and you will look like an iTool with it.

Sad how ifans can't face the reality that some things are just better than their idevice. . .. get over it!

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 11:59

35. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


you are sad.

you can keep posting the same articles and the same overblown opinions. i'll just keep doing my job and doing WFG returns for Motorola XOOM's every day.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 12:26

39. @Misanthropos (unregistered)


If ifans insist on using the same old, tired, warn-out, misleading, often blatantly false, and misleading arguments and information we ought to expect them to be consistently rebutted with valid information, and if it needs to be repeated then so be it. Maybe ifans will stop with there constant bashing and misleading propaganda all the times and get over themselves and let the rest of the world enjoy the products they want and realize that not every site is an apple fanboi site that's going to give glowing reviews on crapple products every time.

so you do what you gotta do and so will the rest of us ;)

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 10:44 1

16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol. i love how he tries the moto update crap.

hey dude. this is base honeycomb 3.0. There are no moto customizations. It will get updates the moment Google pushes them. iOS needs a major overhaul it is leagues behind. Even iphonearena said that in their article. Too bad they couldnt actually come out n say "the xoom won in 8 of 10 categories (and im sorry but asthetics arent as important as functionality) so it is the hands down winner".

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 11:05

19. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


In terms of hardware specs the XOOM is the obvious winner here. This isn't anything new. Any individual can do minor research and see the XOOMs specs are better in most catagories. But im my opinion, and this is an opinion, I favor the ipad2 simply because I know what I'm getting. A solid product with very decent specs that will easily exceed my needs for the next year (until the ipad3 and XOOM2 arrives).

Sure the iOS is dated but its still easy to use for the mass and an excellent functional enviroment experiance for the pro.

There are already numerous arrticals stating XOOMS poor sales figures and wide spread talk of price reductions and production cuts because the demand simple isnt there.

By this summer the XOOM will probably be a forgoten toy much like Samsungs Galaxy Tablet.

I know my argument for the ipad2 is weak but this is just the way I see it happening.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 11:35

27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


"In our experience, there are rare instances when we would accidentally press the virtual buttons of the Motorola XOOM. Still, the springy home button of the iPad 2 soundly eliminates any hint of potentially pressing it by accident."

^ you've got to be kidding me with that..you're using a 10.1 inch tablet and you "accidentally" touched the virtual function keys at the bottom left of the thing? they aren't even buttons or capacitive buttons or anything, they're apart of the OS, i think this is the first time i've seen a review knocking a software feature because they "accidentally touched it"

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 11:48 2

32. Crucial (unregistered)


OMG, the fanboyism here is really pathetic. Just pick the ones you like. Why you wanna go around and bash other products? If you don't like it, then leave it! Is it that hard? Or is it because you really want the iPad 2 but couldn't get it due to it flying off the shelves like hot cake while XOOM is still awaiting its new faithful owner? Come on! Get a life people! Nowadays its all about the experience. Android phone outsell iPhone 4. Hooray!! But when you look at 65 phones joined together to outsell 1 phone, you kinda get more or less how pathetic it is. ==" (link:http://www.andro-phones.com/2010-android-phones.php)

So if you don't like it, then you can might as well get out. I don't own any iOS or Android device but truth be told, I am gonna get the iPad 2 for 2 simple reasons:
1. It is affordable
2. The experience is really fluid.

Honeycomb is definitely good, but like WP7, it still needs some more nurturing and support from its parent, Google. I don't have a single doubt that Honeycomb is gonna be a major player in the future, but as of now, the software is still not optimized for the flock of dual-core processors out there. There's still smnall sign of jerkiness.

Mind you, I gonna get iPad 2 and probably an Android phone 2.3 gingerbread from HTC (Rumored Pyramid) simply because Gingerbread has obviously outperform iOS. That's why I am stressing on the overall experience of the platform. Hardware is important but without outstanding software, it will still fail. "We can't clap with only one hand"

I am ready for all your thumbs down now!

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 12:00 1

36. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


theres your first thumbs down... ipads just started the dual core processor also guy, and when you look around droid are taking over fast and slowly at the same time.

fast = because everyone is buying them because you have so many good options to choose from and flavors and size and keyboards and touch screens.

slow=because it just keeps getting better and people that have ipads or iphones have friends or family with droids and start to say "how can you view that site", "how do you have all those movies for FREE?", "you didnt have to purchase that episode from itunes?" u download the ebook that i paid app store 10 for for free on a droid"," wow angry birds was free on android and i paid for mine on apple"
"wow you got an update and didnt have to wait for the next generation of phone to come out and then buy a new device so you can be up to date?"

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 11:49 1

33. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


so because the devil has more people in the world following him by not obeying GOD, the devil is the winner also??

thats what people are basically saying cause they only compare apple to android from perception like "launch day lines, and slimmer, and pretty"

you significant other might not be cute but that cute person may have diseases so what looks better aint the cause it what performs better and what is better that matters

the ipad 2 wifi only price
16gb 499.99
32gb 599.99 - motorola xoom 32gb 599.99 on contract. 799.99 retail
64gb 699.99


now the xoom is suppose to be the same price as ipad 2 with adobe flash capability, it comes with 32gb of onboard memory then all those micro sd cards that you have from past phones you can pop in there and keep on storing away which makes the memory limitless, better screen resolution, better cameras, if you get it on a contract it is upgradeable for FREE to 4g LTE, its faster as proved in absolutely every test out there.

so when you go to the dealer ship do you expect a mecedes to be the same price as a honda? NOPE and mercedes are high class very popular wanted vehicles, but there are a whole lot more hondas out there right being sold, so does that make honda better than a mercedes also?

people stop buying into the commercials and ads and sales pitchs and the simple its so easy commercials that apple has its is a nice device but if you are going to pay any money at all for a tablet why not go for the gusto for a few more dollar. it only common sense.

if it takes you $65 to get 3/4 tank of gas and it's $72 to fill completely up what would a smart mind do? i know what alot of you would do "$72 is to expensive im going to just ay the $65 for 3/4 of a tank". smdh

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 12:11

37. bucky (Posts: 2686; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


MAN! I dont even know how they could even compare the xoom to the IPAD2!!!

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 13:45

45. @bucky (unregistered)


I know, right!!! The iPad was lame to begin with and the IPAD2 just slaps on some crappy cameras on to make it even lamer. How sad is that? The largest computer company can't even put decent cameras, standard ports, sd expansion, 4G, and a decent amount of RAM in the iPAD 2. . .. pathetic isn't it!?!?!? No wonder they keep the profit margins so freakin high.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 12:41

40. IOS5 (unregistered)


Sorry man my bad any way this your choice.

Ps. VRX545 Gpu made by samsung just for your info

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 13:53

46. dsg_cobra (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)


hardware motorolla did excell there. however when you compare os and vulnerability to viruses. adobe flash has put out warnings to how their is a virus getting access and control over your device, and how many people have to factory reset their droid due to apps freezing and malicious software being installed on their phone. compared to 0 calls about iphone virus calls i get with freezing. i am 100% on board with ios anyday over android. ive had both and can say ios is 100X better. + not to mention the quality of the apps on ios vs android. the graphics and quality of the apps are amazing. Now you android fan boys start blazing cause your blind to these simple facts..

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 15:41

47. giorgio (unregistered)


I purchased the iPad 2 played with it for 4 days I really don't see were is it better then my first I pad that now in the hand of my kids on the 5 day my brother in law came to my office he saw me with my iPad 2 said to me lucky you and he played with it he loved it he said to me I'm going to order one I said don't do that just give me what I paid and its your deal done he left with he's new iPad I left my office and drove to best buy and I purchased the Motorola xoom best buy activated the Motorola xoom I returned to my office played with the xoom for 3 hours done my business and played with the Motorola xoom at the same time how better it is I must say it put the iPad and the ipad2 into a shame that how tablet should operate and feel like I go home back with my xoom then my wife my daughter and 2 teens boys played with it and they asked me to buy them one for eash I said yes wait until Christmas or use your own money they all said ok thanks dad my wife said I'm going to Verizon tomorrow to buy one for me and I asked her what about your favorite toy the iPad she said ill give it to someone great she did get her xoom and her iPad gone Ho get it her sister here come my brother in law to my home were in my office he see my xoom he asked what is this I said a tablet he said is it as good as my ipad2 I said see for yourself he played with it he kept on playing with it I asked him to put he's mine into the business deal that we must work on hes answer I hate you and the ipad2 I said why he's answer how come you make pay for the ipad2 when this tablet much more better then the ipad2 he said I mean iPad2 amazing but this thing put it into a shame that what tablet should be like I said but why he said I just hate you and the ipad2 you sold to me I love the xoom and I will exchanged for the xoom if you willing to do so I said no thanks just give it to someone you love and buy a Motorola xoom of your own mine staying in here with me.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 18:38 1

52. run-on (unregistered)


I do believe that is the longest run-on sentence I've ever seen. . . well done ;)

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 16:41 1

49. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Why do I prefer iPad? Better OS for me. Much better touch screen, more stable, more enjoyable to use, way more apps!. I have Apple TV and it works great with that.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 16:59

50. bucky (Posts: 2686; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i wonder what its gonna take to get the competition upto scale to compete with the ipad2...

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 19:05

54. Cee (unregistered)


iPad 2 trumps the Xoom because it's a Chic magnet. I brought my ipad2 to work and it drew the attention of all the beautiful women at my job. Damn I loved that attention. They all wanted all wanted to try it out. I don't think you can get their attention with the Xoom.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 23:16

55. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*sigh* to all of you iPad lovers, citing sales figures is NOT an argument for a superior product. We get it, mobile iProducts are outselling the Bible. All it means is that Apple built some good products (NOT the best by any means) and they have killer marketing. The ads for the XOOM have been extremely lacking, and it's a first for Motorola. They have never ventured this far into computer tech, and they're still rebuilding their reputation from years of products that ranged from boring to horrible.

On the other hand, Apple started out doing computers and they've built a rabid following of customers with too much money and a desire to be hip and fashionable. They've also done a great job in the aesthetics department. Also, look at their marketing. On Verizon's website the iPad and the iPhone get their own separate categories, and they're showcased on the front page and in a banner that appears before the flash plugins. I mean, what the hell IS that? But that's how Apple sells, by building unbelievable hype, using very careful marketing, innovating once in a while, and creating an aura of exclusivity.

If I were to liken the two companies to any other two, I'd say that Apple is Toyota, and Motorola is Ford. I prefer Ford, and I sure as hell prefer Motorola. They're trying hard and they're building the hell out of their high end products. And they're coming up with more innovative ideas than Apple has in the past decade- like making a laptop with a plug and play processor contained in a high end smartphone-all for the cost of a cheap regular laptop. (Atrix) Give me one product that Apple's come up with that was more original than that.

So, the first article that comes out claiming the iPad 2's superiority over the XOOM has all of you iFanboys aflutter, and now you'll subsequently ignore any test that says otherwise. Fine. Take your toy and begone. We Android lovers will continue to use our phones and computers for more than just dicking around.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 02:08 1

56. Robes (unregistered)


The iPad 2 is better. It's really plain to see. I've seen several benchmarks including those on Anandtech that showed the iPad crushing the Xoom in graphics tests. Multiple test. You people just spit out made up facts! They told you that the video quality from both rear cameras was the same. The iPads cameras are for video! And as for flash.. It's absent right now! CRICKETS! I can tell you what the iPad now and use it in this review if I wanted. If it doesn't have it now then you can't use it. I could easily say that in 10 months the iPad will have a 10MP but it doesn't right now does it?! Just like the Xoom has no flash! I honestly can't tell you how many people I've seen on the Internet talking about taking their crashing Xooms back and getting the iPad 2. Nobody wants to piece together an experience when we can get it all in the same place. You known like a mall. Apple is like the ultimate mall for digit media and they create works of art to play it on. You don't have to like it but you won't stop the mall. Same with Walmart. One Stop Shop. Android is the quilt made of patches. Or shall we say the very first terminator after a few explosions. Trash. By the way. I have a Nikon D90 and an iPhone 4 in my pocket if I need to take an excellent picture. Who the hell walks around with a big ass tablet taking pics?!

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 03:28

57. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The Anandtech benchmark is the only benchmark that has been done. Every site talking about a benchmark where iPad supposedly crushed the XOOM is quoting Anandtech.

Flash is coming very soon, and will probably coincide with a general rollout of 10.2. So no crickets here.

You can't compare a software update to a lacking hardware feature, especially one that you can't upgrade. The iPad 2 will never have a better camera. Even if it WERE upgradeable, Apple would never do it for you.

I've seen just the opposite stories, about people taking their iPad 2s back and getting XOOMs, or simply loving the XOOMs they have. So anecdotal arguments are silly.

Malls are soulless and they're all the same. And usually employ douchebags. Smaller stores which are individualized give you a better experience as a rule, and if they don't there's plenty more where they came from.

Comparing iPad 2 to a Walmart was a complete fail, btw. Totally ruined your argument. But it relates surprisingly well: Lower price for worse quality, less bang for your buck. XOOM is a bit more like Macy's, or Kohl's. Bada bam.

If the camera wasn't important, then why is it on the iPad 2 to begin with? Get your own arguments straight. Use some *gasp!* LOGICAL CONSISTENCY.

If nothing else, Motorola at least TRIED harder with the XOOM. It may have a few rough edges, but for the amount of time they had to come up with a completely new product in the face of multiple other device launches AND a complete corporate restructuring, they did a DAMN fine job. Apple had an entire YEAR to build on the original iPad, and could have easily done so much more with it. But they didn't. Because that's how Apple makes money, by making people come back to them year after year to buy incremental upgrades. It's widely agreed upon that the iPad 2 should've been how the first iPad turned out.

So to HELL with you, buddy. Take your Wal-Pad and go home, let the adults do the talking.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 13:35

58. bucky (Posts: 2686; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


this ipad2 is gonna crush everything!

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 03:56

61. iSheep (unregistered)


But, I just wanted to suck Jobs...
So what...

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 18:38

62. TeeHeee<3 (unregistered)


How much tablet specified apps are there for Android? I know that iPad has about 70,000 apps... I think there is only about 150 for Android Tablets? :|

posted on 06 Jun 2011, 13:41

64. Neolancer (unregistered)


You (All) don't need any review or comparison, if you are full of prejudices about both Tablets. Any is whole better than other, I look better the iPad, but Is really better? This don't matter for me. I like iPad, you like Xoom and he or she likes Galaxy Tab. Is that so important???

posted on 06 Jun 2011, 13:50

65. Neolancer (unregistered)


Apple flash memory is faster than any SD Card and it's the most important. I want speed and ipad is simply faster.

USB for my Pc´s, iPad haves a cable for that.

I want the iPad for walk with it in my hands or for my car...I don't need any USB for that. It's haves camera (Oh! what shit! i don´t have flash led, what problem!), GPS, and multimedia player, good processor and a great graphics chip.

Ah! i forget it. I don´t need flash player, i'ts only probmems. HTML 5 is the future, simply.

Do you know "Made for iPod" mark?

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 20:52

66. Mar (unregistered)


I have an Ipad 2 and I don t like it very much, but certainly I use it A LOT because I need a tablet at home with a larger screen than a phone, and without having to turn on the computer or stand up from bed. The Ipad works for that.
I m not young and have a bad vision and need a crisp screen. I have worked with hardware for about 30 years and I d like to have a little bit more control over the software, files, etc,
This is a honest question. I understand young people using Apple, looking cool, etc. But that is not my case. And here I ask to those who have had both of them in their hands: giving my profile and age, do you recommend me sell the Ipad and buy the Xoom. Yes or no? Thank you very much.
PS I haven t seen the Xoom in person.

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