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T-Mobile G-Slate vs BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

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Generally not something that you’d think about bringing along as a replacement for a traditional point & shoot camera, all four tablets have the ability to shoot photos and videos on the go – though, they’re not the most ideal. Without a doubt, the Motorola XOOM produces the best photos out of the bunch with its sharp looking snapshots and natural looking color production. Coming in at second place is none other than the G-Slate which closely produces the same quality as the XOOM, but colors are more on the dull side. Also, the two Android tablets handle macro shots and low lighting situations with ease thanks to their auto-focus and LED flash. Meanwhile, the PlayBook handles well on its own despite the lack of auto-focus with its acceptable looking shots. Sadly though, the iPad 2 just doesn’t cut it with its poor and grainy looking visuals.

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Granted that it didn’t take top honors with its snapshots, the PlayBook astoundingly delivers the best looking high definition videos that put the rest to shame! Combining its fluid capture rate and crisp visuals, the 1080p videos of the PlayBook are by far the most acceptable – even more when we still rarely find devices offering 1080p recording. And even though the G-Slate boasts 1080p recording as well, there’s just an abundant amount of artifacting evident when quickly panning – albeit, it does have the novel feature of shooting 3D videos. To tell you the truth, the XOOM’s quality with its 720p videos are moderately better than the G-Slate, but it still looks rather too muddy for our tastes. Finally, the iPad 2 once again shows us that it’s just incapable of competing with the other tablets in this category with its paltry 720p recording.

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At their core, the music players of all four utilize the same conventional looking music player when listening to music – like the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls. However, the G-Slate and XOOM employ an eye catching presentation with its 3D like carousel when browsing through albums. Aside from the iPad 2, you’ve got stereo output with the other three tablets since they have left and right speakers. Small in size, we’re astounded by the pleasant, yet powerful tones emitted by the PlayBook’s speakers – it’s just very easy on the ears! In contrast, the XOOM is also up there in terms of volume output, but at the highest setting, it becomes irritating since there’s a notable amount crackling evident with it.

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Honestly, you really can’t go wrong watching videos with any of the tablets – especially when they operate at a blistering rate. High definition videos play magnificently on all four tablets, but it’s once again size preference that will win people over. Regardless of that,  you’ll be enthralled nonetheless by their smooth playback.

Displaying content in a familiar grid-like format, there’s nothing really spectacular with the photo galleries of the iPad 2 and PlayBook. Of course, the Honeycomb flavored tablets show off their graphical prowess with the 3D like stacking effects of their galleries. Additionally, they offer a small set of editing tools that are missing with the iPad 2 and PlayBook. Likewise, the same can be said about the vast sharing functions offered by the G-Slate and XOOM.

Both the iPad 2 and PlayBook are available in three capacities (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB), but the G-Slate and XOOM  are dead stuck with their 32GB of internal storage. However, the XOOM is the only one to feature a microSD card slot for additional storage, but it’s still inactive at this point until Motorola pushes out an update to turn it on. And as for the G-Slate, it comes packaged with a microUSB to USB adapter that would allow you to connect any USB flash drive to it – but just like the XOOM, it’s missing the drivers to actually read them.

While the iPad 2 is the only one that’s required to use an adapter to offer support for video out, the other tablets all come with microHDMI ports to easily connect them to any high-definition display. Once connected, all four provide a mirrored experience that mimics the platform experience on the big screen – nice touch indeed!


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Looking around their respective app stores, it’s blatantly evident that the iPad 2 lays claim to the most amount of tablet optimized and feature-rich applications. However, we have to say that the Google apps available with the G-Slate and XOOM, like Google Maps, feel more complete in their offerings compared to the others. Being the new kid on the block, the PlayBook’s offerings are quite quaint and don’t feel anywhere close to being as polished as the competition. Thanks primarily to its developmental head start, there’s undoubtedly a higher amount of reasonable apps that are available with the iPad 2 to boost your software experience.

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posted on 28 Apr 2011, 09:56 5

1. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


The Samsung Tab 8.9 will be better than all of them

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:09 5

9. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha well since samsung had to redo it to copy the ipad i would assume so! but maybe not as it will just be a copy

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 23:46

36. jack86 (unregistered)


I still think Samsung is in a better position than others,because they have enought experience builting TV and others electronic. Secondly, the way it sound I don't know who copy who? I think apple worry to much when his competitor is heading to close to them>

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 10:42 6

2. AppleFUD (unregistered)


Google needs to step it up with Honeycomb. . . the browser just isn't good enough right now and that's a major issue. It would also be nice to see some of the PlayBook's gestures come over to Android.

I think the QNX PlayBook OS is the most interesting but they have a ways to go with it and devs need to support the device.

Nonetheless, until Win8 tablets hit we really aren't seeing the full race.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 11:16 10

3. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Google needs to step it up? Hey, how does apple handle flash content? Oh yea.. thats right.. it cant. :) Step it up apple! Quit being a whiney snob and make a deal with Adobe.

Well, going category to category the clear winner is Honeycomb followed by QNX with iOS in last place.

best screen? QNX
best notifications? HC
best multitask HC
best browser QNX
best camera HC
Best video HC
best keyboard HC
best battery iOS
smoothest movement QNX (sorry, but apples non multitasking OS is disqualfied for being too simplistic and doesnt operate in the same category as the other 2)

most form factor/price point choices HC
most optimized apps iOS


Sooo...
iOS = 2
QNX = 3
HC = 6


Phone arena cant say it for some reason, but i can. By their own article, Honeycomb is the clear OS winner.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 11:32 2

4. urbanglowcam (unregistered)


uhhh no. best camera and multitasking definitely goes to the playbook. i dont see honeycomb doing 1080p video and multitasking as smoothly.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:15 2

10. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ya ur retarted... if u want to go into everything then the ipad obviously wins... THEY SAID HONEYCOMB LAGS... ur trying to get us to think a laggy product is amazing just cause it has a better camera on a tablet? nice.. oh and i see you forgot to add the price in there hahahahahaha. what a joke. u have no credibility to ur statement. so ur telling me with only one model on each hc tablet, it has more choices? the ipad has three!!!! hahahahaha and its so much cheaper... hahahahaha u just hate on apple but the ipad 2 vs honeycomb is the wort place to show it cause wait what was that? the xoom only sold 250,000? didnt the ipad 1 sell 300,000 on its first day alone? so if u cant stand to reason just loooook at the numbersss.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 10:46 2

16. Salman Zafar (unregistered)


Point of no of units sold is not valid. When ipad came out. There was no competitor.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 01:25 2

21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay... so ur telling me just cause the ipad was so revolutionary and came out a year before any other manuacturer we should not give it the credit of selling?

posted on 01 May 2011, 15:08 2

26. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 264; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


retarded is a strong word

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:03 1

29. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)


@lucas777.... hes not trying to get anyone to think a laggy product is amazing..... first, i would say using the words "laggy product" is way over statement.... its hardly laggy..... and its only hardly laggy WHEN IT VIEWS FLASH CONTENT WHICH IPAD CANNOT! thats the point he is making...

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:07 1

30. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)


and # of units sold doesnt determine whether the product is better than another by no means. there is a large amount of people out there that can be considered slaves to marketing and corporate america. if a turd in a box out sold the iphone would you then say that piece of poo is a better phone then the iphone..... poophone

posted on 09 May 2011, 16:27 1

31. tharrison4815 (unregistered)


remixfa How can you give Honeycomb the best multitasking score? The Playbook multitasking is one of its biggest selling points and puts the competition to shame. Admittedly I'm a big fan of the Playbook and would probably change a few other points to PB too - but those are personal preference, but surely QNX has a vastly superior multitasking experience?

posted on 13 May 2011, 15:08 1

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


spoke like a true fanboy

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 21:36 1

38. alx33 (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


This was completely biased. Having a better camera and and video has absolutely NOTHING to do with IOS which is an operating system. Grow up, get rid of your bias, then come back to PA

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 12:59 5

5. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


the video goes to the playbook, and performance as well cauze of the not multitasking ipad and the portrait bit lack of hC.. so it's:
iOS: 2
QNX: 5
HC: 4

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 14:24 2

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the LG shoots 1080p video just fine. 1080p in single camera mode, 720p in 3d mode. the fact that it has the capability to do a 3d mode puts it ahead regardless.

I put "performance" under smoothest movements, which i gave to QNX. Since they all pretty much run the same processor otherwise, i didnt see a need for a specific performance category since they should all be nearly identical. Also since there isnt any high end QNX games to do framerate comparisons between, u cant really judge the QNX's high end performance (a difference in drivers between platforms can make a real difference).. just how smooth the UI is.

So, my count still stands.. and either way the clear looser is iOS which was the point that Phone Arena is afraid to make.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:19 1

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


uhh ur processors statement is invalid... its like saying a sandy brdige 2.4 is the same as a core2duo 2.4....... not even close... and really, they said it lags... and a lot of that comes from software... simple fact is apple has had a year to fine tune it and the others havent

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 11:41 4

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The processors statement is very valid. They are all running off a tegra2, exept for the ipad which is running off a downgraded samsung eXynos processor. They are all pretty much the same. The only difference between them is going to be how their software is optimized for the chipsets.

Apple hasnt had "a year" to fine tune anything. The iOS is by far the most simplistic and lowest resource using os of the group. It ran smooth on a single core.. did you expect different on a dual core? Then again, if apple ever implements things like ya know.. multiple screens, widgets, REAL multitasking, flash, live backgrounds, real notifications, and whatever else... the system would take up a heck of a lot more resources and slow down a bit like the other 2 OSs that actually do all that.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 01:27 1

22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay... so a lagggy os is worth a few widgets? and not all processors are the same. and also i dont think the a5 is a exynos..

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 10:22 3

23. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the A5 is a samsung made dual core. It is a low end exynos. The same way that the original iPad and iPhone4's "A4" chip was a low end Humminbird processor.. the same that is found in the Galaxy S. Samsung makes the bulk of Apple's internal hardware.


And yea, all the smoothness in the world isnt worth giving up all that functionality. If im going to pay 600 bux for something i dont really need in the first place, i want functionality, not window dressing.

Besides, its not like its THAT choppy. It just seems that way when compared to the simplistic iOS. I've been playing with the Gslate at work for weeks now. Unless the thing is loaded down with pages of widgets and programs running in the background, its relatively smooth.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 16:55 4

7. Auggie (unregistered)


why didn't PA include the Asus eee Pad it can contend with these guys if not even more

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:18 1

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i know!!!!!!!!!! eee pad (although stupid name) is the best honeycomb tablet becuase it offers everything th eothers do and it is cheap! they did it the right way and what do ya know, they r sold out

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 19:36 2

8. roconnell35 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Yeah same I was hoping to see the transformer up there too... phonearena hasn't even reviewed it yet, i wonder why...

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:43 1

13. Ali (unregistered)


The best comparison video ive seen yet

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 07:21 4

15. Vinnie (unregistered)


Seems like any Apple device will be considered better over here. Lame.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 12:08 3

18. Apple hater (unregistered)


And again apple wins in this phonearena review.Why am not surprised :(

posted on 01 May 2011, 00:02 3

25. danny024 (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


HAHAAHH So true.
I'm starting to doubt Phonearena now

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 12:40 2

19. ClarkJamesVZW (unregistered)


So phonearena once again gives a comparison without a clear winner? Don't you have reviews on all of these devices? If the point of a comparison is to decide which device is superior then I would say that PA has once again failed to do so. I am not an apply fan, however I think it is safe to say that value wise the iPad2 is the best device out there currently. I have used a XOOM (we have one at work) and I love it. If price is no factor I think it is the best device, but price considered the iPad currently takes the cake.

I only wish PA could have made a decision so I could contrast my views to theirs....

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 20:49 1

20. IOS5 (unregistered)


I try out all of those tabs still ipad2 the best for lot of reason:
- faster than all those tabs
- better battery life
- more apps 65000 and better garpics and lots of HD games that xoom and can't offorded play book it's a nice tab but no apps, no mail client, no Facebook client the best thing on play book the browser with full flash and you tube client and by the way honey comp multitasking it's a copy of iPad multitasking no different freez the app! The real multitasking is only play book admit that.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 10:26 1

24. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


try using a period once n a while.. then you wont sound like your a babbling idiot.

-faster how? they are all relatively similar dual core set ups.
-better battery life because it does less.
-The android app store is set to overtake apple by July so thats not a good arguement.
-the ipad doesnt have true multitask. Its the only one of the 3 that cant. -both Android and QNX have true multitasking. Android and QNX dont just "freeze" the app. It can continue doing its thing in the background. And it can do that with multiple apps at a time, not just certain special apps.

posted on 03 May 2011, 12:01 2

27. phonefan4 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Have you ever actually used all those tabs? I tried them and yes the ipad 2 is more smooth and fluid than all of them. It also has proven the battery life on more than one review. The apps are where it really shows its best. Android may have a lot of apps now but the quality of those apps suck! I have had android, palm, blackberry and now ios, and ios has way better games (real games like madden, dead space, resident evil 4, infinity blade, etc) and quality of apps.

posted on 04 May 2011, 14:56

28. me (unregistered)


big suprise Iphonearena.com picks Ipad 2 as best tablet. This is why I come on here maybe once a month.

posted on 13 May 2011, 12:15

32. benjamin4567 (unregistered)


Unfortunately, I'd have to say based on this review Apple Ipad 2 has the competition beat. Though blackberry boasts impressive hardware the lack of apps software wise just dumps them into the toilet plus lack of email service on the blackberry really? And the android ones are nice and they do have excellent multi tasking but cmon don't you think they should have fixed the lagging somehow? As far as hardware minus the camera the Ipad 2 is better than the android tablets. Even though i am very partial to android and love their products i think at least right now apple has them beat. I am looking forward to the new Samsung tab Which will have all the things we're expecting from a android tab and more.

posted on 13 May 2011, 15:11 1

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


Ipad wins hands down in applications which is huge for the functionality. Also wins in smoothest and easiest ui and battery life. Playbook was rushed to market. Android is ok if you like the os. I don't because I don't like buggy and glitchy.

posted on 19 May 2011, 21:32 1

35. DaveMTL (unregistered)


I bet both Moto and RIM had guys like the ones responding here decide on their essential specs. All which are pretty much useless to actual users. Fancy camera? No... who wants to place this big slab in front of their face and say "cheese!".
Fast CPUs? Only useful in making things seem to flow naturally, which iOS does well... and BTW, the A5 beats both the XOOM and Playbook handily (see any credible tests).
Apps are by far the most important, unless you're a geek who spends his days repeating specs to himself. People want to do things on their tablet. Why did the iPad2 smash to pieces the XOOM which was introduced earlier? Because Apple actually delivered a WORKING MACHINE! The specs on the box were in the consumers hands day one... no missing apps like email or SD slots which did not work or promises of eventual upgrades. You usually pay cheaper to get less, not more.
The iPad and iPad2 simply work and work well. Period.
And the A5 squashes the Playbook and XOOM processors! (Yeah! I'm repeating myself there)
Just for geek info, look into the history of Apple and ARM. You'll see a relationship that goes back nearly 20 years. Not 12 months like the playbook or 18ish months like motorola. Add to that the fact that Apple has chip engineers with experience with ARM, PowerPC and Motorola chips. Apple is plenty techie, they simply prefer to brag about delivering products people like, more than their tech credentials.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 03:49 1

37. Applethebest (unregistered)


Hey you all dont forget that any apple product in the world can't get a VIRUS. a virus can enter any other product of any other company but apple leaves them behind.

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