Tablet Shootout: Xoom vs iPad 2

If you are looking for a tablet, the two top contenders are the iPad 2 (read review here) and the Xoom (read review here). Both of these tablets have similar specs and pricing and are close enough that they will typically end up on your short list. But if you are only going to buy one tablet, deciding on Xoom or iPad is not an easy choice. Each have their own unique strengths, but at the end of the day, only one can be the winner.

The chart above shows the two devices side by side at a quick comparison and there is not much difference. The Xoom does have higher resolution screen and a larger screen size, but also weighs more than the iPad and is a bit thicker. The differences between the two devices are moot and should not be a sole factor for purchase of one device over another. 

Boot Time:

 

Starting from a cold boot, the iPad 2 is considerably faster than the Xoom. While the iPad 2 does show that it is quicker out of the gate, the likelihood of consistent rebooting on a tablet device is relatively low. Sure you may do it once in a blue moon, but cold reboots are not a daily occasion.  

Winner: iPad

Cameras:

 

As I said in the Xoom and iPad 2 review, the Xoom cameras are decent and the iPad's are sub-par; the iPad cameras are consistently washed out and grainy. It is clear that Apple cut a few corners when selecting the camera for the iPad 2 and the picture above clearly shows the end result.

Winner: Xoom

Browser:

The browsers are another hot topic in the tablet debate and this one is a true toss-up. Each browser has their strengths here, the iPad feels more finger friendly than that of the Xoom but the Xoom feels more aligned to a desktop class browser in look and feel. It is hard to describe which one is better, but in reality it's going to be a personal choice. The good thing is, no matter which browser you choose, they are both solid solutions. 

If you are looking for a hardcore fact comparison about the two browsers you can see from the chart above that the Xoom browser does eek out ahead of the iPad 2. But the small difference again shows that these two tablets are equally matched in many areas, a consumer is unlikely to see a difference between the browsers on a day to day basis. We should point out that the Xoom will support Flash later this month, while the iPad will never support Flash. 

Winner: Tie

Battery:

Battery life is vital part of any tablet. If you fail to deliver on this front, any tablet is going to be marked down considerably. Besides, who wants to always be looking out for their next outlet to recharge, it is all about using without remorse. If you cant use the product the way it was designed, then the vendor has failed. Fortunately for both Apple and Motorola, the battery life of each device is plentiful. But the iPad did best the Xoom by over an hour which gives it the clear advantage. Both tablets were used in a similar fashion for this testing (YouTube, email, Twitter, Facebook, Pandora).

Winner: iPad

Software:

The software experience is what defines these two tablets. As I have previously said, hardware is ubiquitous for tablets. If the hardware is nearly identical, the only separation is the OS. If you want a deeper description of each OS, see the individual reviews, but for the sake of comparison, the iPad easily wins this category. While the Xoom OS (Honeycomb) is not bad, it still has a ways to go to compete with iOS in fluidity and App add-ons. 

Winner: iPad

Connectivity:

Both of the tablets provided have the same WiFi connectivity as well as a Verizon 3G chip; average download/upload speeds net-out on 3G. Neither one has a distinct advantage when working over 3G but the Xoom does have 4G capability (this comes via a future free upgrade from Motorola). It is a bit dumbfounding why Apple did not include an LTE chip in its iPad, especially since this device is supposed to compete on the market for an entire year. For this battle, the Xoom takes the cake as 4G offers a massive speed advantage compared to 3G

Winner: Xoom

Speaker:

While people will not typically buy a tablet for the built in speaker, the Xoom does take the prize for this category. The built in speaker on both units are average but the Xoom does have a better mid range than that if the iPad. The iPad sounds a bit tinny while the Xoom has a bit more depth to the sound. Neither are going to replace your home stereo but the Xoom does prevail using the device without headphones.

Winner: Xoom

Build Quality:

Apple is known for their build quality and the iPad is no different. The Xoom is also handsomely built too, but when you put the two tablets side by side, the iPad takes the prize. It is not because the Xoom is poorly made, that is far from the truth, it is that compared to the iPad, the Xoom feels thick, like really thick. The best analogy that I could come up with is that the iPad feels like a sheet of paper while the Xoom feels like an entire notepad. There is a fit and finish to the iPad that is unmatched by any tablet on the market today and while the Xoom does feel solid, well built, and looks handsome, it falls second class to the iPad.

Winner: iPad

Conclusion:

At the end of the day, there can only be one winner, and the crown stays with the iPad. It is not about the individual components that make up the iPad, but the entire ecosystem around it that makes it the winner. While the Xoom has the Android marketplace, it is still in its infancy; Honeycomb works well on the tablet too, but still needs a bit more polish to compete 1:1 with iOS. If you buy either tablet, you will be happy with your choice. Neither of these tablets are going to disappoint the consumer, but iPad users will get the overall better tablet experience.  

Winner: iPad

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My hats off to Brad for this review. I tend to be a bit hyper critical on the newsies, most likely due to my very short stint being one at one point in time. But this review was really well done. Succinct but still covered the more important aspects of why one would own a tablet. Kudos for the review.

DirtyLarry said,
My hats off to Brad for this review. I tend to be a bit hyper critical on the newsies, most likely due to my very short stint being one at one point in time. But this review was really well done. Succinct but still covered the more important aspects of why one would own a tablet. Kudos for the review.

He missed multiple tabs open on the browser. Since the original iPad suffered greatly from this, why not review it on the newer version? I wonder if the result would still be a tie?

Men, been trying to get an iPad 2 since friday, no Luck, Apple stores are always out of stock, same with Walmart, i'm going to try Best buy today.

To be fair, the reason they couldn't go with an LTE device is quite simple. The WiFi Only version and GSM version would be what they are no and the CDM/LTE would be thicker.

Also, LTE is a huge battery drain. The power consumption on LTE devices would have differed completely (GSM & WiFi vs CDMA/LTE).

Apple had no choice but to sacrifice this spec on the iPad.

I'm greatly disappointed but the quality of the iPad's front facing camera.

What is the res on the front facing camera on the iPhone and iPod?

Build quality? Build quality and apple shouldn't be in the same sentence together. build quality, glass gate, antenna gate. child labor gate. what build quality?? zzzzz and I don't even like Motorola...

PatrynXX said,
Build quality? Build quality and apple shouldn't be in the same sentence together. build quality, glass gate, antenna gate. child labor gate. what build quality?? zzzzz and I don't even like Motorola...

Happy trolling!

PatrynXX said,
Build quality? Build quality and apple shouldn't be in the same sentence together. build quality, glass gate, antenna gate. child labor gate. what build quality?? zzzzz and I don't even like Motorola...

You forgot Suicide Gate.

I think the review is not so good as it doesn't show the real-world implications of such features/benchmarks. For instance, a javascript test?

One thing I found annoying is the touted '4G' feature. This is only good if you use a CDMA carrier. There isn't that many people who will do this in the grand scale of things.

In the end, you can only show where the tablets beat against the other but cannot really provide a winner as it entirely depends on the situation.

Myself, I cannot pick the iPad simply because it requires iTunes on a computer (is not a standalone device), it cannot run my favourite Flash TV website (even with Frash, Skyfire, ..), cannot utilise the Bluetooth 3.0 on my laptop and cannot connect my external hard drive. If it were able to do these things - none of which were mentioned in this review - I would purchase it. iDevices purposely restrict these though which is quite unfortunate for me.

honestly, I think the Xoom has a better UI, the iOS UI is getting old feeling to me, which is odd since I find the OSX theme to feel fresh and its about 10yrs old now (minus minor revisions to it)...

I really wonder how long people use their tablet for on a day-2-day basis. Also, I think about the amount of money people will spend buying out their iPhone/iPad contracts just to get the latest model.
People should remember it's like a gym membership (if you don't use it, it's a waste of money!).

This is a pretty balanced review, but I have to take issue with the 4G section. The promise of 4G is nice, but the tablet doesn't offer it yet. Seems a little odd to compare a feature that doesn't exist yet against features that do.

But if we are factoring promises and things that don't exist yet, I think it's worth mentioning the current state of 4G. Have you looked at an actual 4G coverage map? It looks like someone sneezed on the US. There are tiny pockets of existing coverage with lots more promised over the next 2-4 years

This is a not an objectif review in my opinion.
I disagree on The build quality. I think everything Apple made is easy broken.
Yes Apple got a bigger App store but google software is open source
to my opinion that's an improvement.

Whether you agree or disagree (and what your opinion is) isn't a factor in whether it's an objective review or not. In fact it's totally the opposite.

This comparison is an epic fail! Most of your comparisons are lacking, you fails to test any 'real world' scenarios and never mention most of the important details like hardware, screen quality, apps speeds ect.

Browser - a single benchmark isn't a very good test. Real world web page rendering would be nice.

OS - well clearly iOS which is on build 4.3 vs Honeycomb with is one its initial release has an advantage. So I'd hope it comes out on top.

Build quality - really? The glass is reportedly thin and from the sounds of it may be prone to breakage given iFixit cracked it just trying to get it open. The Xoom is about the same weight/size of the iPad which most be raved about so it can't be all that bad.

Hardware - I see no comparisons there and no mention of some of the areas the Xoom clearly wins. Micro SD slot for upgraded storage, Mini-HDMI for 1080p out w/o added hardware...ram, cpu, lcd screen? what about any of that stuff. Particularly the screens, you should have added a side-by-side on those.

Honestly I don't think any of those factors tested would convince me either way. It all comes down to the quality of the OS, in which the iPad wins by a long shot. Honeycomb is basically beta at this point and I can't see why anybody would buy a product with software that is 'okay' at best. With the nice specs that the Xoom has, it's pretty unacceptable that it lags badly.

And just as a side note, I don't have either of them and don't plan on getting one in the future.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Honestly I don't think any of those factors tested would convince me either way. It all comes down to the quality of the OS, in which the iPad wins by a long shot. Honeycomb is basically beta at this point and I can't see why anybody would buy a product with software that is 'okay' at best. With the nice specs that the Xoom has, it's pretty unacceptable that it lags badly.

I understand where your coming from and your opinion. But if I am going to put out the money for a tablet I don't want a huge iPod Touch. I really don't think iOS is really a tablet OS. I love how Honeycomb looks and feels on a tablet. iOS really only features applications, with the icons all on the screen. Honeycomb actually allows interaction with the OS itself. Widgets, multitasking, ect. all make Honeycomb much batter than iOS on a tablet.

There maybe bugs in it atm, but I am willing to bet that that won't be a problem for too long.

And just as a side note, I don't have either of them and don't plan on getting one in the future.

Kutster said,

I understand where your coming from and your opinion. But if I am going to put out the money for a tablet I don't want a huge iPod Touch. I really don't think iOS is really a tablet OS. I love how Honeycomb looks and feels on a tablet. iOS really only features applications, with the icons all on the screen. Honeycomb actually allows interaction with the OS itself. Widgets, multitasking, ect. all make Honeycomb much batter than iOS on a tablet.

Sorry about that, clicked the wrong spot.

Kutster said,

I understand where your coming from and your opinion. But if I am going to put out the money for a tablet I don't want a huge iPod Touch. I really don't think iOS is really a tablet OS. I love how Honeycomb looks and feels on a tablet. iOS really only features applications, with the icons all on the screen. Honeycomb actually allows interaction with the OS itself. Widgets, multitasking, ect. all make Honeycomb much batter than iOS on a tablet.

Sorry about that, clicked the wrong spot.

You've clearly never even used an iPad. Sure, it might be "like" a big iPod Touch, but what's your point? It's as functional as a tablet could ever be. You pick an app (out of the hundreds of thousands that are available), and then you use it. But, that's a given for any tablet. Point is that Honeycomb is junk at this point. If it improves, then yeah it might get some recognition. But until then, it will just sit in the background like all the other failed attempts to compete with the iPad.

Astra.Xtreme said,

You've clearly never even used an iPad. Sure, it might be "like" a big iPod Touch, but what's your point? It's as functional as a tablet could ever be. You pick an app (out of the hundreds of thousands that are available), and then you use it. But, that's a given for any tablet. Point is that Honeycomb is junk at this point. If it improves, then yeah it might get some recognition. But until then, it will just sit in the background like all the other failed attempts to compete with the iPad.

My point is, its all about the apps. Period. There is very little interaction with the UI, meaning very little customization, as my about reply stated. Honeycomb is really how a tablet OS should be like, sorta a mix between a desktop but like iOS. iOS was made for the small screen on the iPhone and iPod Touch. All that was changed for the iPad is they spaced out the icons on the main screen and changed the way the music/video features look on the screen. The biggest thing I hate about the iPad is that it is a huge iPod Touch. Maybe my thoughts on what a tablet should do are still on the "desktop replacement" ideology, but honestly the improvements and concepts in the Android OS are quite simply awesome. Widgets, true multitasking, live wallpapers, ect. are just a few GREAT improvements that Apple just doesn't think customers need. These features work very well on larger screens like the Xoom, but work just as fantastic on the smaller screens in the Android phone lineup. iOS is just simple/basic, which works very well on the iPhone and iPod Touch. With the bigger screen I really think there should be an overall better and more efficient way to use the large screen area than having up to 20 app icons on the screen. Have no extra apps? You have a very blank black screen. Just saying. My android, if it had no extra apps, can still have a background that moves or expresses my own individuality and plus many widgets that come with the phone.

You say Honeycomb is junk, why? Because it is still a bit buggy and that it was just released? Anyone remember the glitch in the Mac OS that erased users data? Does that make the Mac OS junk? Of coarse not. All it takes is an update to bring this fledgeling OS up to par and with how Google has been sending out updates it shouldn't be long at all.

Kutster said,

My point is, its all about the apps. Period. There is very little interaction with the UI, meaning very little customization, as my about reply stated. Honeycomb is really how a tablet OS should be like, sorta a mix between a desktop but like iOS. iOS was made for the small screen on the iPhone and iPod Touch. All that was changed for the iPad is they spaced out the icons on the main screen and changed the way the music/video features look on the screen. The biggest thing I hate about the iPad is that it is a huge iPod Touch. Maybe my thoughts on what a tablet should do are still on the "desktop replacement" ideology, but honestly the improvements and concepts in the Android OS are quite simply awesome. Widgets, true multitasking, live wallpapers, ect. are just a few GREAT improvements that Apple just doesn't think customers need. These features work very well on larger screens like the Xoom, but work just as fantastic on the smaller screens in the Android phone lineup. iOS is just simple/basic, which works very well on the iPhone and iPod Touch. With the bigger screen I really think there should be an overall better and more efficient way to use the large screen area than having up to 20 app icons on the screen. Have no extra apps? You have a very blank black screen. Just saying. My android, if it had no extra apps, can still have a background that moves or expresses my own individuality and plus many widgets that come with the phone.

You say Honeycomb is junk, why? Because it is still a bit buggy and that it was just released? Anyone remember the glitch in the Mac OS that erased users data? Does that make the Mac OS junk? Of coarse not. All it takes is an update to bring this fledgeling OS up to par and with how Google has been sending out updates it shouldn't be long at all.

The whole point was to make the iPhone and iPad similar. The iPhone itself was just like a small tablet, so why not scale the interface? It makes sense to continue producing what people are used to with the iPhone/iPod touches, simplicity, and user friendliness.

The iPad does expand on the iphones UI, allowing for more robust an immersive applications.

Yes, somethings need to change, such as notifications, need to work better with the iPads bigger screen.

However I'm sure iOS 5 will make the changes needed just as honeycomb expands on androids offerings.

It takes time to perfect these things, but I do not think apple should make totally different UI's for both the iPhone and iPad, it's unneeded and fragments the devices to much for the app store to be viable for universal apps.

Faisal Islam said,
OHK....It's all about OS, iOS is always better OS

So far it is... better performance, less bugs and way more apps = better OS

Owatonna said,
Biased imo.
No it's not, there is no denying the iPad 2 is still king of the hill. The Xoom may have better specs in some areas, but better specs don't make a better tablet From what I've heard Honeycomb is still a mess and needs alot of work to even come close to iOS. The Xoom is a good effort and shows the competition is getting closer but I don't think Apple are too worried about losing the top position anytime soon. That is my two cents, take with a grain of salt.

Owatonna said,
Biased imo.

I agree. The Xoom has a better build quality. The size is perfect for 16x4 movies, the cameras are placed in better positions over the iPad. The Xoom has two LED flash for the rear camera for better pictures.

Lets face it, most of the time you will hold the tablet device in Landscape. Having the power button where the iPad has it is just awkward. Having the camera on the very top corner is just awkward for the iPad as well.

UndergroundWire said,

I agree. The Xoom has a better build quality. The size is perfect for 16x4 movies, the cameras are placed in better positions over the iPad. The Xoom has two LED flash for the rear camera for better pictures.

Lets face it, most of the time you will hold the tablet device in Landscape. Having the power button where the iPad has it is just awkward. Having the camera on the very top corner is just awkward for the iPad as well.

Right.... so having a bigger plastic case, makes the Xoom a device with superior build. Way to go!
I really want to see you running around with a 10 inch tablet and taking pictures That will be a great experience.

Euphoria said,

Right.... so having a bigger plastic case, makes the Xoom a device with superior build. Way to go!
I really want to see you running around with a 10 inch tablet and taking pictures That will be a great experience.

Who said anything bout running around with it taking pictures for leisure? However, I know something you don't know and that is the ESRI (http://www.esri.com) released an API that will work with iOS and Android. One can develop GIS Apps on these devices. Do you know how useful it is to GeoTag a structure out in the field for GIS work? That is one application I can think of off the bat as it relates to me directly.

Apple doesn't get certain things. Why bother putting a rear camera on the iPad without flash? I agree, for most everyday people, a rear camera is not need on Tablet devices but Apple could have been innovative and not put a rear camera at all and focus on a better front facing. But since they did put one on the rear, it is now open to comparison to it's competitors products.

UndergroundWire said,

Who said anything bout running around with it taking pictures for leisure? However, I know something you don't know and that is the ESRI (http://www.esri.com) released an API that will work with iOS and Android. One can develop GIS Apps on these devices. Do you know how useful it is to GeoTag a structure out in the field for GIS work? That is one application I can think of off the bat as it relates to me directly.


I can probably do that with my phone and it will be much more comfortable.
UndergroundWire said,

Apple doesn't get certain things. Why bother putting a rear camera on the iPad without flash? I agree, for most everyday people, a rear camera is not need on Tablet devices but Apple could have been innovative and not put a rear camera at all and focus on a better front facing. But since they did put one on the rear, it is now open to comparison to it's competitors products.

Actually they get things quite well, and that is why they are so successful.
The cameras on the iPad 2 are there for one purpose only, FaceTime and Skype.
It is more likely that you will have your phone at all time than the iPad or other tablet, thus the camera on their phone is of better quality.
Every single reviewer of iPad 2 and of Xoom said that is a bit awkward taking photos using the tablet, so why put in something that will increase price increase usage of memory and lower battery life, when is not needed.

Euphoria said,

...

You are still not understanding me. Pay attention. I agree with you with the rear cameras. However I can think of one useful feature for it (that's only for me). My point is if Apple really wanted to be innovative, they should have focused on a really good front facing camera for Face Time and forget about the rear camera. Or maybe just one camera that rotates so you can do both if need be.

For the masses, a rear camera is not needed on either a XOOM or an iPad.

Just so you know, I always carried my netbook around. Until I got my XOOM. Now I cary that instead of the garbage OS that Microsoft puts on Netbooks. Windows 7 is great for better hardware not for Atom processors.

P.S. IMO, Apple is successful at brainwashing idiots. You don't have to agree with, it's my opinion.

But the fact is, the reason why Apple is successful is not because they make great products. It's because they are a huge company that can by huge volume of parts at a great discount. Thus making it cheaper hardware (iPhone and iPad only) for the end user. Motorola, Samsung and HTC doesn't have the buying power that Apple has. Google and Microsoft do however they don't make hardware.

Xoom should win because of twice as much ram, better front facing camera and 4G. Better software on xoom because of widgets and live wall papers more options to customise, true multitasking. Xoom is sure winner.

The Xoom review says that Honeycomb is still buggy. iOS works and works well. I'm sure when Honeycomb is updated and runs more smoothly it will be better, but a fundamentally glitchy OS is a pain to use regardless of the features.

You should read the review on Xoom posted here on Neowin. It wasn't really that positive about Android 3.0 at all. The OS lags, the animations aren't smooth, lack of third-party apps etc. If that's really the case it doesn't matter how fast the hardware is when the software running on it performs poorly.

SteelToast said,
Xoom should win because of twice as much ram, better front facing camera and 4G. Better software on xoom because of widgets and live wall papers more options to customise, true multitasking. Xoom is sure winner.

iOS has hundreds of thousands of apps - how many does Android have? iPad 2 boots faster, it's thinner, it's got a longer battery life and it doesn't feel like a brick.

Jan said,

iOS has hundreds of thousands of apps - how many does Android have? iPad 2 boots faster, it's thinner, it's got a longer battery life and it doesn't feel like a brick.

Past the top couple hundred apps or so, most apps for both platforms are pretty much junk anyways. For the stuff that 99% want to do, both will have apps that accomplish that very well..

alarson83 said,

Past the top couple hundred apps or so, most apps for both platforms are pretty much junk anyways. For the stuff that 99% want to do, both will have apps that accomplish that very well..

When I buy a product I'm not going to look what the situation will be like a year from now, I'll be looking at what the situation is today. Being an Android phone user myself I'm finding the overall quality of Android apps extremely disappointing compared to the iOS counterparts.

alarson83 said,

Past the top couple hundred apps or so, most apps for both platforms are pretty much junk anyways. For the stuff that 99% want to do, both will have apps that accomplish that very well..


So then why pay the extra for the Xoom when you can get a low-end iPad 2 which will do much the same?

SteelToast said,
Xoom should win because of twice as much ram, better front facing camera and 4G. Better software on xoom because of widgets and live wall papers more options to customise, true multitasking. Xoom is sure winner.

Having used the Xoom when my wife picked up here Droid X at VZW, the Xoom felt sluggish and stuttered. I would hope when the update for Honeycomb is released it gets better, but currently that is a huge stumbling block to me.

jasonon said,
anybody else notice how xoom sounds exactly like zune?

Really? Zunes are known for their excellent audio. Thanks!

Or did you mean the names sound similar?

COKid said,

Really? Zunes are known for their excellent audio. Thanks!

Or did you mean the names sound similar?


I bet he means the name…

jasonon said,
yep i mean the name. i was wondering if Motorola did that intentionally?

My guess they were referring to the LTE speeds. As great as the Zune is, it doesn't have a market share that companies want to mimic.

To the Reviewer: Let me get this straight, you based your opinion of Build Quality on the fact that the iPad is thinner? That's it?

To me, you simply prefer a thinner device. What on Earth does that have to do with build "quality"? Heck, it could be argued a thicker device is more durable. You are talking about aesthetics, not quality.

Sorry, but you misfired in your "Shootout".

COKid said,
To the Reviewer: Let me get this straight, you based your opinion of Build Quality on the fact that the iPad is thinner? That's it?

To me, you simply prefer a thinner device. What on Earth does that have to do with build "quality"? Heck, it could be argued a thicker device is more durable. You are talking about aesthetics, not quality.

Sorry, but you misfired in your "Shootout".

Even though I wont be buying either device, I agree with this. Thinner doesn't mean better.

COKid said,
To the Reviewer: Let me get this straight, you based your opinion of Build Quality on the fact that the iPad is thinner? That's it?

To me, you simply prefer a thinner device. What on Earth does that have to do with build "quality"? Heck, it could be argued a thicker device is more durable. You are talking about aesthetics, not quality.

Sorry, but you misfired in your "Shootout".


I agree, thinner doesn't automatically mean better quality.

You took one sentence out of the entire comparison and claimed that's how i made my judgement? Next time read the entire review, including Xoom review too:

"the Xoom does feel solid, well built, and looks handsome"

They both feel well built, which i stated, but because the iPad is thinner, it doesn't feel like a brick in your hand.

bdsams said,
You took one sentence out of the entire comparison and claimed that's how i made my judgement? Next time read the entire review, including Xoom review too:

"the Xoom does feel solid, well built, and looks handsome"

They both feel well built, which i stated, but because the iPad is thinner, it doesn't feel like a brick in your hand.

But still, thinner doesn't mean better built, or better build quality.

metallithrax said,

But still, thinner doesn't mean better built, or better build quality.


Well considering they share similar features and specs, apple have clearly done better at fitting it into more portable package. This is better engineering, thus a better build.

saxondale. said,

Well considering they share similar features and specs, apple have clearly done better at fitting it into more portable package. This is better engineering, thus a better build.

No. Smaller, Thinner etc does not mean it is a better BUILD QUALITY.

COKid said,
To the Reviewer: Let me get this straight, you based your opinion of Build Quality on the fact that the iPad is thinner? That's it?

To me, you simply prefer a thinner device. What on Earth does that have to do with build "quality"? Heck, it could be argued a thicker device is more durable. You are talking about aesthetics, not quality.

Sorry, but you misfired in your "Shootout".

Honestly, I have to agree with this. I read the whole article and you based the over all win for the build quality over how thin the iPad is to the Xoom. You DID base the win over the 2 on the thickness so to say you didn't is incorrect.

hows the pinching and zooming and text/graphics redraw on both browsers? a video loading the same site and zooming simultaneously would be killer

Nice review, although there will always be people with different views.
Personally I think the iPad 2 is the best for my needs

acnpt said,
Nice review, although there will always be people with different views.
Personally I think the iPad 2 is the best for my needs

What are your needs? You want a censored web? Because iPad doesn't do flash. So in essence, Apple censors what you are allowed to see on the web.

Personally my needs was for a netbook replacement that can view flash sites, has a great email (work) and GMail client, can connect to my Google Docs and being able to read PDFs and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint files) and of course GPS navigation (because I was tired of using my Droid Incredible as a GPS device and not being able to call friends on long trips). If it couldn't do flash, I didn't consider it. My netbook runs so slow with Windows 7. It sits on top of my bookshelf collecting dust.

Also, it has to do Angry Birds. Best game to play for killing a few minutes.

UndergroundWire said,

What are your needs? You want a censored web? Because iPad doesn't do flash. So in essence, Apple censors what you are allowed to see on the web.

I hardly miss Flash. All the main sites I visit don't use it, its just a few random sites which can't play video.
I bought it(ipad1) as a leisure device. Not everything has to be for work Instant On/off web browsing, Apps, reading technical PDFs, Maps, stream radio and so on. Plus I'll appreciate the thinner/longer battery life, than built in HDMI tbh.
Now I only have to use my netbook for ides, thankfully!

Are google docs compatable with the iPad now?

ashpowell said,
How is the browser comparison a tie? Xoom won...

30ms wouldn't be enough to justifiably declare xoom the winner I think.

ashpowell said,
How is the browser comparison a tie? Xoom won...

Yes, but a pretty insignificant difference, and I think on a few other browser related stats the iPad comes out on top, I'll check.

ashpowell said,
How is the browser comparison a tie? Xoom won...

You actually think you'll be able to notice a minute difference like that?

ashpowell said,
How is the browser comparison a tie? Xoom won...

I'd agree, although not because of the speed difference but rather due to having Flash (soon).

ashpowell said,
How is the browser comparison a tie? Xoom won...

I think the software aspect is underplayed here, the iPad is a clear winner in that regard and I think the minor losses in terms of hardware are more than compensated by that.

Saying that, I won't be upgrading my iPad 1, not enough reason this time round....Xoom is a good looking device though, can't wait to see it when the OS catches up....

Google need to concentrate on marketplace to make the platform truly outstanding, at the moment there's little money to be made developing for android in comparison to iOS (android users don't spend nearly as much on apps as iOS users do...). If google can break this issue then they will have a winner on their hands.

IMO "how fast can I run a javascript benchmark" is probably the worst test of a browser. Something like "How many of the most popular sites work correctly" might be something interesting. Does Flash matter? Does one have a more 'functional' browser than the other?

It's a much harder test to perform, but it's one that people are more likely to care about.

Something on text-input accuracy would be nice to see, though again difficult to benchmark, accuracy of finger tracking would be helpful. How visible are the screens in daylight?

How do the iPad's unique features (wireless printing/camera connection/library streaming/etc) hold up and how do they compare to Xoom equivalents (if they exist). Likewise how valuable are the Xoom's unique features (ie; assuming one day you get 4G installed on the damn thing, how much faster does it make browsing the web? How long can you 'fake mifi' with it before the battery dies?)

Do they work with exchange, how easy is it to move documents for editing onto each (ie: movies, spreadsheets, etc)

What's the software compatibility like? Should Mac users avoid the Xoom? Should Linux users avoid an iPad?

Edited by the evn show, Mar 12 2011, 8:40pm :

ashpowell said,
How is the browser comparison a tie? Xoom won...

SunSpider on its own (or at all) doesn't prove which one has the better browser. However, they do mostly tie anyway, because they both run on WebKit.

evn. said,
IMO "how fast can I run a javascript benchmark" is probably the worst test of a browser. Something like "How many of the most popular sites work correctly" might be something interesting.

Thank you.

ashpowell said,
How is the browser comparison a tie? Xoom won...

I would have the say having Flash is over all a HUGE win over the iPad. The iPad and Xoom have huge screens on them, not like the iPod touch. So the way the browsers are look and feel is not necessarily something to compare on. Safari is made for smaller screens. Also, though the load speed is very close, the Xoom did technically win and with Flash support while iPad has nothing comparable to Flash, the Xoom really should have won this category.

evn. said,

How do the iPad's unique features (wireless printing/camera connection/library streaming/etc)
Just for your info android do have wireless printing, using google cloud print

UndergroundWire said,

How about a browser that does flash (http://goo.gl/SyXrc)? Winner Xoom!
How about screen resolution that actually display 16 x 4 Movies correctly? Winner Xoom?

Yes check out the video on Engadget.net of Xoom doing flash, it's a beautiful sideshow experience. I wonder how it affects its battery life....

Euphoria said,

Yes check out the video on Engadget.net of Xoom doing flash, it's a beautiful sideshow experience. I wonder how it affects its battery life....

I've been using flash since Friday and it hasn't affected the battery much. However with the latest update to the Xoom, The YouTube HD bug has been fixed and apps don't FC.