Motorola XOOM vs Apple iPad
Augmenting its allure, the Motorola XOOM packs on a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera that takes some sharp looking photos that can easily replace most basic point and shoot cameras. Additionally, it has 720p video recording that looks moderately satisfactory with its output and complements the XOOM’s overall features prowess. And lastly, there is a front-facing camera on board that you can use to take self-portraits or enlighten yourself with video chat – all of which are not available on the iPad.
Shockingly, the Honeycomb music player vastly separates itself by essentially providing an engaging experience with its presentation. Naturally, we’re greeted to similar items being displayed while a song is played; such as the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls. However, the slick 3D carousel interface of the Honeycomb player adds in some nice eye candy while browsing through your albums. Unfortunately, Apple’s visually impressive Cover Flow mode is missing in action with the iPad. In terms of audio quality with their speakers, they both emit some equally deafening tones, but there is just a small hint of crackle with the XOOM on the highest setting.
Watching videos is no problem whatsoever with either tablet since their comfy sized displays makes for a very conducive experience – which also makes for the perfect companion on long trips. Videos play at a smooth frame rate with no instances of any lag or slowdown to muddy the experience, but you’ll have to bear in mind that the widescreen format of the XOOM is going to be the preferred choice.
Even though they might list photos and videos in a grid-like view with their respective gallery apps, the XOOM’s graphical prowess is once again being shown off with its 3D like qualities. When tilting the XOOM, it emulates a sense of depth by making it appear as though photos and videos are stacked up top of one another. Naturally, you have all the sharing functions on board that are prevalent throughout Android, but we’re also presented with some editing functions with the XOOM. With the iPad’s gallery app, it’s fairly simplistic with its operation, and unfortunately lacks any editing tools.
Previously, we mentioned that the Motorola XOOM is only offered with 32GB of storage, while the iPad ranges from 16GB to 64GB. Once it’s supported, the microSD card slot on the XOOM will quickly allow owners to increase its total capacity – plus, it gives you the freedom of instantly hot-swapping cards on the go.
Finally, the microHDMI port on the Motorola XOOM will basically mirror the entire Honeycomb interface on your high-definition television set. From browsing the web or playing a YouTube video, it’s nice to see that you can still receive the full Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience on the big screen. Again, it’s not something that’s available with the iPad.
Running the YouTube apps on both tablets, we’re greeted to yet another optimized interface that makes use of every nook and cranny of their displays. Overall, we prefer the layout and presentation of the XOOM’s YouTube client since an abundant set of functionality is available with it – like being able to share videos with your social networking accounts.
Google Maps? Just by uttering the first word you already know which one is going to deliver the goods. Rightfully so, the Motorola XOOM is leaps and bounds over the iPad thanks to its long listing of features and functionality. Not only do you have voice guided turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps Navigation, but we’re treated to other novelties such as 3D view with select cities around the world. When you compare the two, there’s no arguing that the experience is night and day – especially when there hasn’t been much improvement found with Google Maps for iOS.
Even though both the YouTube and Google Maps apps are so closely tied with Google, it doesn’t mean that third party apps right now are better with the XOOM. Interestingly enough, the iPad boasts a ton more tablet optimized apps in the App Store, whereas the Android Market only lays claim to a handful right now. Certainly the iPad got a jump start since it has been on the market for quite some time, but now that the Honeycomb SDK is available to developers, we’ll quickly see an abundance of apps for the platform that are specifically tailored for the tablet experience. Last but not least, we shouldn't forget that the iPad is capable of running almost every iPhone application, greatly expanding the list of things it can do.
1. android_hitman (unregistered)
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: 571; 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: 5387; 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: 14255; 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: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
apple fanboy its just a review. Life will go on. =)
19. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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: 447; 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: 7291; 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: 7291; 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: 2082; 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: 447; 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: 342; 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: 7291; 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: 447; 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