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Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

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Before even taking the first snapshot, it’s quite evident that there is already a huge gap between the XOOM’s 5-megapixel camera versus the iPad 2’s miniscule less than 0.7-megapixel shooter. But after checking out the results, it’s blatantly obvious that the XOOM has the upper hand in shooting photos thanks to its sharper looking details. Granted that we like the richer looking color production with the iPad 2, it unfortunately is rendered almost useless for low lighting situations. Thankfully you still get some discernible details with the XOOM’s low lighting shots, but with the iPad 2, it’s plastered with an abundance of noise to make it look extremely grainy. Undoubtedly, the XOOM has the tactical advantage of illuminating the scenery with its dual-LED flash.

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Surprisingly enough, the 720p video captures of both tablets are rather identical to one another in quality. Specifically, they produce the same amount of light details and shoot at the same consistent rate of 29 frames per second. Similarly, the audio recording is spot on with both tablets as it records some clear and distinctive voices. Although they might not be the best things to carry around for shooting videos, we’re nevertheless still satisfied with their equal output.

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Sadly, there isn’t any headway with the music player on the iPad 2 seeing that it carries over the same one that we saw with its predecessor. Naturally, it’s more than functional in playing some tunes, but it’s obviously lacking that polarizing presentation that’s found with Cover Flow on the iPhone. However, the music player on the XOOM is tastefully full of eye catching visuals – especially with its 3D like carousel interface. Packing on left and right speakers, the XOOM’s output is naturally glaring, but there’s just too much distortion and crackling evident at the loudest setting. Luckily for the iPad 2, its powerful audio is still tolerable at the highest volume setting.

The music player of the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The music player of the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The music player of the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The music player of the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

The stock music player in Honeycomb - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The stock music player in Honeycomb - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The stock music player in Honeycomb - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

Without a doubt, both tablets excel when it comes down to playing high-definition videos since their processors effortlessly work in producing smooth playback. And since they have the ideal screen size for watching videos, they present a conducive experience for those long trips on the road. However, some will find the XOOM’s widescreen display as the preferred choice since it’s suited perfectly for movies.

The video player of the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The video player of the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

Watching videos with the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
Watching videos with the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

Again, there is nothing new present with the photo gallery on the iPad 2 and it pales in comparison to the glitzy presentation and sharing prowess of the Motorola XOOM. In fact, the 3D stacked look of the gallery app on the XOOM emulates a field of depth as you tilt the tablet accordingly. Besides the bedazzling look of the gallery, there’s just a ton of sharing options that allows you to send photos to places like Facebook and Twitter with the XOOM. Oppositely, the only sharing function that you can execute with the iPad 2 is sending photos via email – that’s all!

The gallery on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The gallery on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

The gallery on the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The gallery on the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The gallery on the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The gallery on the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

By now, it’s well known that the iPad 2 is available in three different capacities – 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors. As for the XOOM, some people might find its sole 32GB capacity to be sufficient, but for those who require more, you’ll be glad to know you can supplement its tow with a microSD card once it’s supported by the platform – not to mention that it will be hot-swappable as well.

As we already mentioned, the XOOM’s inclusion of a microHDMI port is very well appreciated since you don’t have to purchase a separate adapter to output video – which is exactly what you’ll need with the iPad 2. Nonetheless, it’s still nice being able to use either tablets and have their displays mirrored to a high definition television.


Software:

On the surface, the YouTube apps on both tablets might have the same layout with their presentation, but we slightly lean towards the XOOM on this one since there is more control given to the user. Specifically, you can run video in high quality if you’re on a 3G connection with the XOOM – which is only enabled on the iPad 2 if you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Furthermore, the YouTube app on the XOOM packages in the usual variety of sharing functions that we come to expect out of Android.

The YouTube app on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The YouTube app on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The YouTube app on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The YouTube app on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

The preloaded YouTube app in the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The preloaded YouTube app in the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
The preloaded YouTube app in the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

Being a Google powered platform and all, there’s no denying that the Google Maps experience with the Motorola XOOM is going to be drastically better than the iPad 2. First and foremost, you get free voice guided turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps Navigation on the XOOM. Secondly, it provides integration with some of Google’s other services – like Google Talk, Latitude, and Buzz. And finally, 3D map view with select cities just about rounds out the depth of features found with the XOOM. As for the iPad 2, it only delivers the most basic functions with Google Maps – such as getting directions, enabling satellite view, and getting street view.

Google Maps on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
Google Maps on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
Google Maps on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
Google Maps on the Apple iPad 2 - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

Google Maps on the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
Google Maps on the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
Google Maps on the Motorola XOOM - Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM

Primarily because it had a head start, there are more tablet optimized third party apps found with iOS 4.3 on the Apple iPad 2 versus the Honeycomb powered XOOM. Regardless of that, it should be only a matter of time before we see more developers on board in making apps that are precisely set to work with the tablet optimized platform. But as of right now, the iPad 2 has way more apps that should appease users in the short term. In addition, It can flawlessly run almost all of the hundreds of thousands iPhone apps, which supply it with lots of additional funcitonality.

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