Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Xoom, iPad 2 Comparison

It is tough to compare the Motorola XOOM to the Apple iPad 2 since the tech specs of the XOOM are available, but the rumored iPad 2 has yet to be officially announced. But we will attempt to compare what we know about both of these new rumored tablets.

Wireless Data Carrier

With the introduction of the CDMA Verizon iPhone 4, this has brought the carrier availability of the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 pretty much out of the equation. Both the XOOM and iPad 2 is expected to have early access to the Verizon 4g LTE network, which is attractive to the high data volume tablet customer.

Tablet Processor

NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual core processor has been announced to be included with the Motorola XOOM officially with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. The iPad 2 has been rumored to have a dual core Apple A8 processor, no official word has been given regarding the processor.

Tablet Display Size/Resolution

The Motorola ZOOM features a 10.1-inch, capacitive multi-touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The weight for the XOOM has been released at 1.62 lbs (26 ounces) with a thickness of 12.9 mm. This weigh and thickness is nearly equivalent of the first generation iPad which weighs in at 1.5 lb (24 ounces) and a 13 mm thickness for the WiFi-only version. The 2nd generation iPad is expected to have a thickness of closer to 10 millimeters with a flattened back. The original iPad has a 9.7-inch display with a 1024 x 768 pixels resolution. The iPad 2 is supposed to have the same 9.7-inch screen with doubled resolution at 2048 x 1536, bringing the iPad 2 display to "retina" status at 260 DPI.

Tablet Storage

The iPad 2 is expected to include a 128 GB solid state drive comparable to the base model MacBook Air. A base model iPad 2 will likely include a 16GB drive to reach the price point of the original iPad. The Motorola XOOM will contain 32GB of flash memory, with an expandable memory slot for additional storage.

Price Comparison

The iPad 2 is expected to reach the price point of the original iPad, likely $500 for a 16GB WiFi model and $600 for a GSM/CDMA 3G base model. This will likely result in the original iPad price being cut in half to around $250 for a base model, leading to a carrier-subsidized model to chump change with a contract. Motorola has yet to announce an official price structure for the XOOM Droid, but it is expected to range from $600 to $800 without a contract. The XOOM price will be announced shortly, probably to include carrier-subsidized price structures.

Feature Comparison

The XOOM specifications include...
  • GPS Capability
  • EV-DO Rev. A Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 3Axis Accelerometer Compass
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • Gyroscope, Barometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
  • 5MP rear-facing with 720p HD video capture
  • 2MP front-facing camera for videochat
The iPad 2 is expected to include a USB port, larger (dual) speaker ports, front and back cameras with FaceTime support.


The Motorola XOOM and rumored iPad 2 both appear to be upcoming quality tablet, giving people a viable option to the iPad after nearly a year of limited competition (Galaxy Tab). With the lighter, thinner iPad 2 arriving at the same time or before Motorola makes the more bulky XOOM available...Motorola may be scrambling to create the XOOM 2 before Christmas. Both tablets are expected to be upgradable to Verizon 4G LTE network, and both will have the latest in software with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and iOS 4.3.

The year of the tablets will be 2011, this was delayed from 2010 mainly due to Google's delay in developing and polishing a tablet compatible operating system in Honeycomb. I'm probably going to buy them both in 2011!

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