In our testing, we used the 16GB Wi-Fi only version of the Apple iPad, and of course, the Motorola XOOM is running off of Verizon’s 3G network. With that in mind, we can’t accurately say which one is going to deliver the better battery life, but in our everyday usage with both devices, we’re glad to see that they’re able to provide a solid day without any recharge. Meaning, we can essentially use the tablets and not have to worry about battery life draining all the way down during the entire day. However, we do find it necessary to plug them up at the end of the day to get some needed juice.


When you think about tablets, the Apple iPad and Motorola XOOM should be the first two to come into mind because they’re able to provide a satisfying and appropriate tablet experience. Though, pricing is one glaring item that sways people in making an informed purchase – and with that in mind, the $800 cost of the Motorola XOOM places it at the upper end of the spectrum. However, considering that it boasts plenty of features not found with the iPad, like taking photos & videos, video chat, HDMI output, 4G LTE support down the road, the higher pricing may be considered justified to an extent. However, we can't help but admit that the significantly more affordable iPad, which is now a year-old product, comes in at just $630 when similarly equipped with 32GB and 3G connectivity.

Looking past the hardware and cost, the platform experience is undoubtedly different between the two as the iPad sticks to its usual straightforward approach, while personalization and presentation are at the utmost top of the list with the XOOM. On the surface, it’s clear that Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the truly optimized tablet experience since its overall appearance and characteristics differ from what we see on smartphones. But with the iPad, it still retains the iPhone’s original look and feel of the platform – which isn’t particularly tailored for tablets, although still quite usable. However, we actually see a lot more third party apps available with the iPad that are tablet friendly (read: with better visuals and sporting more functionality).

All in all, if you want to experience a respectable tablet without spending a whole lot of cash, then you should consider the now quite affordable at $399 iPad 16GB Wi-Fi, which got discounted recently thanks to the introduction of its successor, or the $529 iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G if you need more connectivity. On the other hand, if you're ready to spend more money for a tablet, and want to experience a modern-looking user interface the Google way, then the XOOM will do the job for you. However, do not forget that the iPad 2 is right around the corner, adding more functionality and setting new standards in the design field.

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