Apple iPad 2 vs Honeycomb tablets vs webOS HP TouchPad: fight!

Apple iPad 2 vs Honeycomb tablets vs webOS HP TouchPad: fight!

The battle of the heavyweights has officially been staged – the Apple iPad 2 is the successor to the original iPad, which dominated the tablet segment in the last year, but the new contenders appear with an equally mighty dual-core muscle and tailor-made Android Honeycomb not breaking a sweat under its power.

The iPad 2 comes with a lot of swagger – Cupertino is saying that with it the company aims to retain a nearly 80% market share in 2011. Honeycomb on the other side comes in a variety of tablets like the already released Motorola XOOM and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. But it's not the only one who wants a piece of the tablet pie as the webOS-based HP TouchPad is expected to make an appearance in the Summer months.

We shouldn't omit the rest of the tablets out there, but it seems that most of them fall in a slightly different category by either having a smaller screen or not having the type of carrier support these heavyweight will get. That – of course – doesn't make them less of a capable rival to the iPad, but for the time being let's focus on the biggest ones and see who wins in the first round where we clash the specs!



1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

This is the first time I have paid any real attention to the HP touchpad- that looks like a serious contender. Heavy guy tough.

2. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Wow the iPad 2 specs are GARBAGE and yet tons of people will go stand in line for one lol Side by side it doesnt even compare with the rest, it's BELOW average specs and still offers no expandability, flash support, no option to upgrade later to 4g when supports in the customers market, vga camera on the front.... Have fun showing off your over priced, below average, but yet very shiney tablet, fanboys. "But its soooo thin!" lmao If the iPad 2 gets 80% of the market, it will just prove how pathetic people are to show off shiney and not substance.

4. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Haha well said. Couldn't agree more. "But its by Apple!"

7. QWERTY unregistered

It could be the fact that Apple products are known for their quality. If you go by specs alone, your an idiot. So stand in line with all the uneducated, follower android fanboys who think their device is the shit because the specs chart has big numbers. Specs wont mean anything if its slapped together with bubblegum and duct tape. I refuse to purchase Apple products for reasons of my own, but your comment is just idiotic and typical of an Android fanboy.

12. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Couldn't agree more. You have to look beyond specs. I've seen really shitty computers by deal that look amazing on paper, but are crap in real life. I was having this discussion with my roommate yesterday. I told him I was going to get the iPad 2 because I trust Apple. And that's not blind trust. There are people who bought the Galaxy S phone that are still waiting foran update to come from Samsung to fix bugs in the phone (I think they may have finally released the update they promised last year). Samsung, on the other hand is coming out with a brand new Galaxy phone. Same thing with all the other manufacturers. With Apple, I know my iPhone/iPad is going to get updated on a timely fashion. Plus, it's always a plus to have a ton of apps.

14. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

LOL, how do you TRUST a company that makes ONE phone device PER year and still cant work out their hardware issues, or when they tried these great updates, screwed up most of their older devices. Obvioulsy it IS blind trust you build your position on. Less features + higher cost + no insurance + paid tech support= Shitty Company 4 The Sheep 2 Follow

16. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I'm not dissing Android at all. I'd go for an Android phone if it were from Google. The Nexus One is a good example of that. No SenseUI or Motoblur. Just Android. My problem is the bloatware they put on top of Android. I can trust a company that makes one product a year because they only have to focus on that ONE product. How many Android devices has...say...Motorola made? When Google releases a new update to Android, Motorola has to modify the OS even further to work on all the different devices...some are high end others low end. Plus, they have to worry about all the new phones coming out...where do you really think their priorities are in that one? Apple has to worry about 4 phones and two iPad. They update the iPhone every year and the moment your phone is not fully supported (there is still some support behind it) you're able to upgrade.

19. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Lets ALLLLLL keep in mind, I am NOT an ANDROID fanboy. I hate just about all of the low end Android phones out there and I hate MotoBlur...(I do love my Atrix though) So, I never say any OS specifically is better than Apple. I would rather however have a High-End Android like the Atrix over any Apple product so far. I even like WP7 over the iPhone (once it gets more apps). Until Apple offers affordable insurance options, removable batteries, free tech support, expandable memory, more durable units and options like these for the consumer I will not support anything that they sell, especially when their "retail" prices are 9 times out of 10 higher than all of the other devices that it contends with. At least Android gives customers the option of LOW END and HIGH END, different price points, insurance and other options where as Apple says "take this, pay top dollar, and leanr to hold ur phone differently". -Legacy

34. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

whats wrong with having a phone do what the company wanted it to do?? people keep talking bout bloatware is and that im a phone geek and my phone does super well straight out of the box, if you never knew what bloatware and all that jazz was u wouldnt be complaining bout it, YOU GIVE PEOPLE GOLD AND THEY WILL SURELY TURN IT INTO STERLING, EVERYTIME on that note GO APPLE, GO ANDROID, GO WP7, HP, and whatever else is out there keep doing ya thing it doesnt f'ing matter if you like just buy it and shut up if not then just get a flip phone or just use your laptop and landline phone GOOD WORK DEVELOPERS AND COMPANYS no sarcasim im serious good work shut up everybody even me, they are just toys might be useful and make thing more convient but are just toys

135. marshefen

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

The Xoom doesn't have Motoblur. It's just stock Android.

15. coolkalpesh

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

totally agree with need to look beyond specs..good product is combination of hardware & software...just putting in high end hardware won't out perform apple.. it is the optimal combination of hardware/software that is giving an edge to apple over other doubt competitors are getting closer with every new product..but just looking at specs to decide who is better is little stupid.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes, you have to look beyond specs to quality of the product... and Motorola is a serious contender there too. The various generations of the iPhone rank about with the rest of the major smartphone manufacturers in terms of reliability. They aren't really any more reliable. They're good, but not necessarily the best.

32. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

whatever i have had a iphone 3gs a 4th gen ipod touch both i used over wifi cause i refeused to have at&t as a carrier so I know first hand how iphones work in general my mom has the iphone 4 and i teach her everything about it, i was with at&t and left right before the iphones came out i wanted one oh so bad thought it was the best thing ever so i was in the hype myself i was a fanboy, but got a samsun alias from verizon then blackberry curve,samsung saga, samsung omnia then blackberry tour, storm 1, storm2, blackberry bold, got crazy and added a second line and got the original motorola droid, i still wanted a iphone and while i had a motorola droid i received a iphone 3gs from a person that had left at&t iphone for droid so they just gave me there 3gs, my wife purchased a 4th gen ipod touch, the droids blow the iphone out of the water no fanboy stuff here just by experience alone the flash the removable memory, the free apps that offer for the most part any song that you are searching for ringtomes games, etc etc etc etc etc. hands down android took the game over everyone i know are either switching from blackberry to droid or from iphone to droid, and once i fell in love with my droid i gave the 3gs to my sister in law so that she can listen to music on here mail delivery route and she uses it only for music just like i did but she has a droid as her phone with verizon then i just got the xoom tablet my god the google people got a jackpot of a device and in android period. google maps turn by turn voice, so fast on the internet in barely i mean barely used my laptop and with the xoom tablet im seriously thinking of selling my laptop i mean why do i need it and the xoom has 32gb of internal memory and i have a 32gb sd card that i won in a drawing so that 64 gb of memory and when that runs out if it ever does then i'll just pop in one of the eight other memory cards that i have from all of the other smartphones that i had in the past so that gives me about 120gb of memory can ipad iphone ipod do that NOPE so i dont go by spec i go by experience did you see how many devices ive had i know from experience not hearsay or fanboyism or spec sheet from pure expeince android is the best. but dont get me wrong i im seriously thinking bout getting my wife a ipad 16gb just cause it 499 and she dont do much on laptop or phone or computers so flash doesnt matter toh hear expandable memory, long battery life removable battery so it would be good for her cause it dosnt do much and she doesnt do much so its perfect for not much of doing, almost everything you want on app store you have to pay for and that the truth forget super quality people want cheap and free and inexpensive

33. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

and after the original droid i had the htc incredible, wife got the lg ally, then she upgraded to the droid 2, and i know have the droid x waiting for the motorola bionic to come but might stick with my droid x cause the xoom tablet kinda of fulfills all my needs really and my droid x does the rest,

108. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Wow. It's funny to see you use commas because the utter lack of a period in your paragraph makes It a little hard to read there buddy.

37. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I remember a problem with iPhone antenna was discovered. Fanboys expected Steve to come out, fess up and take responsibilities. Well, he came out, said other phones do the same (shifting blame somewhere else) and don't hold it that way (arrogance and no responsibility for his fail). Is that fixing bugs in a timely fashion?

148. deloris unregistered

I agree. I'm still waiting for bluetooth streaming fix for my Android phone - Droid X. I don't think they will fix it as they will want to sell me another device with updated software. With Apple's iPhone, at least I would get iOS updates that made my iPhone better and I was able to use it for a few years.

35. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

It doesn't look like the 3 better tablets in this comparison chart are "slapped together with bubblegum and duct tape". Specs don't mean anything? But PA brought this up and wanted to compare the specs...

3. alc

Posts: 17; Member since: May 19, 2010

I assume the bolding in the comparison is to point out who "wins". How come the Samsung doesn't win the weight category and ipad2 is bolded? Great job phonearena.

5. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Because PhoneArena works for apple, havent you noticed, they are so biased they cant even bold FACTS properly without screwing things in their favor.

13. E.J.Su

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I was wondering about the same thing...

29. hi unregistered

this is pretty fail phonearena

36. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Not only weight needs to be fixed. How about to highlight the winners of memory, memory expansion and front-facing camera categories?

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because that would mean the ipad2 doesnt come out on top of many categories. we cant have that now can we. Hey how about this promise from apple. Since 17 people died at the ipad plant this year by stupicide from the roof. (so bad they installed nets around the buildings), why doesnt apple promise better working conditions so there is less death surrounding their electronics. how do all you liberals stand for the slave like conditions that apple puts on its employees?!? frikkin hippocrites.

6. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Which one has the brightest screen with the highest contrast and fastest refresh rate? I think Phonearena forgot about the "Arena" part of their namesake on this article. Just sayin'.

8. hello-dirty unregistered

The HP was stated to not have a rear camera in the pres release, just a FFC. I really do not know why one would need a RFC on a tablet. It would be easier to just use your phone or any tiny point n shoot to do the job. I'm sure that someone out there will have need to take pics or vids, like an insurance adjuster snapping pics all on the same platform so there is no need to send multiple emails or transfer files, but most consumers do not NEED one.

9. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

i've never own a tablet yet apart from my Nokia N900 but i'm a big fan of technology,to me,naivety that i've been observing for the past few years now its just rediculous,speaking precisely to the apple fanatics,let us all be real,we want tablet to be as a mobile pc if not a pc second. Let us all take a closer look at these spec,who in their right mind can say,Ipad 2 has won,if you come to look at it well,apart from the apps that everybody knows they got more than other but we're fogetting the reasons why we need this mobile devices,to me Ipad 2 among the other contenders come last,for most importantly noooo flash on it,that alone sucks enough and i'm sure there are other important spec it hasn't got aswel

10. AJ unregistered

Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lighter.

11. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Apple is definately the worst value.

21. coolkalpesh

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

humble question.. have you ever bought any apple product..or u just make these comments becoz u r anti-apple.

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