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

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Camera and Multimedia:

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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