Motorola XOOM vs Apple iPad
Another first that the XOOM can claim to fame is being the first tablet on the market to feature a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor which operates at a feverish rate – all the while showing off some nifty looking visuals. On the other hand, the 1GHz Apple A4 processor is found powering the iPad internally. Impressively, the two devices exhibit a high rate of performance in almost every aspect with very little lag to muddy down its operation. However, it’s quite noticeable that the iPad has the more fluid response in scrolling, while there are some instances of choppiness with the XOOM in navigating around its homescreen. Even so, we’re still excited to see everything moving at a rate that’s easily high above water than other offerings.
So it’s the never ending battle between Android and iOS, but they’re now on the same playing field since Android 3.0 Honeycomb is optimized for tablets – whereas previous Android tablets merely ported over the smartphone experience. On one side, iOS on the iPad is a very simplistic platform that’s straightforward enough for anyone to quickly learn at a first go over. However, it doesn’t offer much in terms of personalization since you’re only limited to things like rearranging icons on the homescreen, changing the wallpaper, and grouping icons together to make folders. Oppositely, we love the myriad of ways that you can personalize the XOOM thanks to its useful widgets, live wallpapers, and various toggles. Furthermore, the futuristic appearance of Honeycomb makes it feel so different versus what’s out there, and that’s one of the alluring things about its presentation.
Attempting to type something up while using the portrait keyboard, we find the XOOM to be more comfortable to use since there isn’t a much travel required by your thumbs – partly due to its narrower layout. However, the predictive text option of the iPad is still the preferred choice between the two since it works almost flawlessly. And when using the landscape keyboards, they provide a responsive feel that makes typing feel very natural and without making too many mistakes along the way. Moreover, the spacious layout almost mimics any physical keyboards out there – so we’re pretty much satisfied with the experience of both tablets.
When it comes down to the Gmail experience, it’s very easy to see why any Android device would win so easily in this category – but that’s mostly because it brings over a lot of the elements found with the desktop experience. The email interfaces on both are once again almost similar, seeing that they heavily utilize various panes to display content, but the XOOM’s close appearance and functionality to the Gmail desktop experience elevates it over the iPad. Still, it’s not bad with iOS, since you’re treated to an optimized experience, but doesn’t have the depth of functionality and productivity that radiates with the XOOM.
Fortunately, most of the core apps offered by each tablet take advantage of the roomier confines of their large displays – thus providing some usefulness without much complications. For example, the calendar apps are closely identical with their presentation as they intricately display pertinent appointments on one side while giving you the full view of your calendar. In addition, we see the same paned characteristics found on other apps, like address book, since one area gives you access to your listing, while the other displays the relevant information associated with each contact.
Multi-tasking is one area that keeps any tablet user motivated and productive, but between the two, we feel that the XOOM’s deployment and implementation is particularly more inviting. In fact, it’s mostly attributed to the powerful dual-core processor it’s packing as a good chunk of non-intensive apps retain their positions. Granted that the iPad can move around opened apps, it’s not at the same level that’s exhibited by the XOOM. Actually, we’re impressed with the XOOM because we were able to continue where we left off in a 3D intensive game after switching back and forth through a variety of apps.
Lastly, the notifications system with Honeycomb is light years ahead of what’s available with iOS because it’s informative without being too obtrusive. Likewise, we see notifications coming in with other apps, like Twitter or Facebook, that keep you aware of things happening in real time – where on the iPad, you literally have to launch each app to see what’s new. Kudos to Google on keeping this in mind as they developed the platform!
Internet and Connectivity:
Web browsing is a fantastic experience on both tablets since they fully make use of the real estate, but when you meticulously compare their performance, it’s evident that Safari on the iPad exhibits the more fluid response between the two. It’s especially prominent with its smooth pinch-to-zoom gestures and kinetic scrolling. On the other hand, the same execution on the Android browser is acceptable by any means, but you can sense it’s not as tight as the iPad. Right now, the XOOM lacks support for Flash 10.1, but it shouldn’t be long before it’s available – giving it that true desktop like feel. Likewise, we adore how the Android browser will sync with your Google Chrome bookmarks and provides the no cookies left behind function of incognito mode.
As we mentioned already, the one strategic advantage seen with the Motorola XOOM is that it’ll be able to connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network in the future; while still offering 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. When the time arrives, it’ll complement the already speedy nature of the tablet – thus giving you complete freedom in uploading and downloading items. Conversely, the 3G version of the iPad will get it connected with AT&T’s 3G network; which should prove to be sufficient for most people out there. Moreover, the XOOM can act as a mobile hotspot that will share its data connectivity via Wi-Fi or through a USB connection. Although it’s not available with the iPad, hopefully a software update down the road will enable a similar functionality.
1. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
how can you compare XOOM with the IPAD????
i hate you phonearena
15. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
omg this is like comparing Jessica Biel with Susan Boyle in terms of who has the better ass. You can't be serious phonearena lolololololol!!!
23. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
yes exactly! and Android is Jessica Biel. Mmmmmm talk about a perfect ass...
17. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
You realize your talking about phonearena right? They compare apple products to anything and usually with there biased opinion apple wins. Big suprise! Nothing new here.
2. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
why not wait for the iPad 2 and save us the trouble? -_-" its really close to sale date
30. Razor (unregistered)
and bcos the ipad doesnt bring any real change aside from the cameras, screen resolution an OS are still exactly the same so its not exactly more functional than the old one.
3. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
So Phonearena once agan shows us that they are in love with googel. Compear first gen apple ipad with 2nd gen android tablet...
Any case, i have comment on this sentence: "When you think about tablets, the Apple iPad and Motorola XOOM should be the first two to come into mind"
When i speak of tables in mien main come PC tablets. If you need keyboard, then of the newest was T900 i think, and if you do not need keyboard then ST6012. You can drop them in google searcher, adn find them. Those is the real 2 tablets taht pops in mind...
ipad drops in mind only when i think what woudl be mine next phone. and even then thougth is, stay with mine old nokia 3220 (battery holds 1 week) and ipad in 2nd hand for extra features liek multimedia, navigation... But xoom, well since i started to read this news page regulary, adroid devices do not pop in mind as those which shoudl be bougth... and thats a good thing... :D
12. Maestro716 (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2011)
2nd gen Google tablet? Last time I checked this is Motorla's first tablet.
4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol. i love the fact that the xoom beat the ipad in almost every category and yet they still reccomend the ipad. the xoom beats the ipad2 as well and at that price range, whats another 50-100 bux for more usable features?!
"do not forget that the iPad 2 is right around the corner, adding more functionality and setting new standards in the design field."
6. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
so you think, more power = better? But tell me, whats the point of more power, if it can not handle it?
That does apply to android... Yes Android phones have better spec. But no, Android do not handle them jsut as well as iOS! and jsut becosue of taht iOS preforms better then android, and thats why iOS and iPad is better then android adn xoom...
9. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
apple fanboy its just a review. Life will go on. =)
19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow. what the heck did you just say?? LOL.
maybe u should spend less time snuggling with apple logos and more time learning how to spell.
iOS is a simple list of icons. There is no customization, no widgets, no flash support, hell no cameras on the ipad1, no calling ability, no reskinning, crap java support, on and on. its a list of "no's" while android is a list of "yes".
If im paying 700 bux and i had to choose from a huge heaping of extra functionality and a minor graphical hiccup here and there (and remember this is the first version of honeycomb while ios has had quite a few updates), or a tablet that does NOTHING more than the ipod, which does LESS than the phone counterpart but it rarely has a graphical hiccup.... id choose the hiccup.
while your staring at your shiney tablet, ill be voice chatting, while playing a game, while flipping back n forth from the internet, while flipping over to my news app, and then right back to the same spot in the game. We call that "multitasking".
try it on the ipad. :)
31. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
SuperPoo: "so you think, more power = better?"
Nah, it's worse!
5. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)
I think I'm going to just bookmark my carrier link instead of phonearena's front page. All these worthless comparisons and baseless release date rumors are a real waste of time.
7. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
So many little subjective things go to the iPad in this comparison that right now I can't list them all. I'm not shocked at all, really. I've come to expect such bias from Phonearena.
13. RottenApple (unregistered)
Subjective??? You are an idiot!
22. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yes. Subjective. And biased. And sometimes just plain wrong. In this comparison Phonearena:
Said the iPad's screen was just a little more brilliant when the photos show no difference.
Misquoted the resolution of the XOOM's front facing camera.
Implied with no qualification that the iPad's predictive text software works better.
Complained about a little bit of crackling on the loudest XOOM setting, while ignoring the power output of Motorola equipment's speakers.
Dinged points for less apps available for the XOOM, when the nature of its OS makes backwards compatibility impossible anyway, and for good reason.
Arbitrarily stated that the iPad 2, which, as mentioned, is pretty much the same as the first iPad, will be setting new design standards. Lol, why? Because it's thinner?
28. bucky (Posts: 1292; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
i love the fact that people were making fun of the ipad originally because nobody knew what it was for. Now that everyone else is following them (per usual) there is all of a sudden a shitload of nerds crying and comparing.
Im glad there is competition...it keeps Apple striving for better and better :)
32. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
They better get their *** in gear! They haven't been keeping up lately.
8. Guest (unregistered)
Xoom has 2 MP front facing camera, not 0.3 as stated in this article. Get your facts straight.
10. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Did anyone notice the youtube client on the iPad was playing a video of a WP7 device
20. Gary McKoy (unregistered)
That was a really nice move! Comparing the Xoom to the old iPad with the iPad 2 launching Friday?! Wow! Someone deserves a pat on the back for his willingness to stoop to levels I never thought possible on this site! I mean..really?! Why would you do that? What's next? The original iPhone against the Thunderbolt? Or how about a 1992 car phone against the Thunderbolt! Seems to be your style of comparison! You mentioned the apps but how can you merely mention them when you should have shinned a light on the fact that there's like 65,000 for the iPad 2 which should have been the one going against the Xoom! This is bull$hit! You just made me take this site off my bookmarks bar!
21. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You won't be missed, Slappy. Since the iPad 2 is only a marginal improvement over the first iPad, this was a fair comparison.
26. Bagamon (unregistered)
"Though, we find it a lot easier to clean the iPad’s display over the XOOM – which requires some hard scrubbing to remove smudges." WOW! Forget the specs and such, if I have to scrub hard to get smudges off...forget it!
33. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
It gets more smudges because it gets used a lot more because it's a lot more fun!
27. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Man, no offense, but Android fans go and troll every website saying 'biased'. I think it's quite evident that the functionality on IOS devices simply out-do that of Android. However, the Xoom was quite impressive, I did appreciate the polish that it had. An Android like that can compete with IOS in terms of functionality. At this moment however, Android has (for the most part) yet to seem to be optimized for efficient functionality. Btw, go ahead and thumbs down my comment if you wish.
29. Razor (unregistered)
In what aspect is the Ipad more functional than the XOOM? From what i read seems the XOOM is more functional. Just a newbie so be merciful