Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
iPad 2 delivers slightly better battery life over the Motorola XOOM. Disabling their 3G cellular connections and strictly relying on Wi-Fi, we managed to get 2 days out of the iPad 2 and 1 ½ days with the XOOM on normal usage. Though, it might not be too much of an issue for some people, it’s still nevertheless great to know that you’ll be able to get a solid day without charging with both tablets.
In the end, pricing will always factor into the decision making process of what consumers will end up choosing. Using the same capacities, the 32GB Motorola XOOM will set you back $799 – which is $70 more than the similarly equipped $730 32GB iPad 2 3G. Sure it’s more expensive, but the XOOM’s price is justified when you take into consideration its high count cameras, upcoming support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and built-in HDMI port. But come to think of it more, the first thing to capture our attention is the streamlined look of the iPad 2 – which is overly acceptable for a tablet that costs $500 for its base model. We also shouldn't forget that you can actually own the iPad 2 at such a low price (be it equipped with 16GB and no 3G), whereas with the XOOM you just don't get that option. The W-Fi-only Motorola XOOM will be available on March 27 for $599.
Once you overlook their hardware and design, the biggest thing that will test their longevity is their platform experience. With that, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is already positioning itself as a remarkable leap forward in the tablet space since it heavily improves on the various aspects of Android’s foundation. In comparison, there isn’t anything particularly evolutionary seen with iOS 4.3 on the iPad 2, but then again, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Ultimately, there’s no arguing the fact that these two are the most highly regarded tablets right now on the market. And even when newer ones decide to come around to test their legacy, you can still sit back knowing that these two will still stand prominently over the course of the next year. These aren’t devices that only meet the criteria of being a good tablet; in fact, they push forward in setting the bar for everything else moving forward.
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