So let's get started.
I'll start by comparing the designs and dimensions of the two devices.
Galaxy 10.1 Front:
Galaxy 10.1 Side:
Galaxy 10.1 Rear:
In terms of design both devices look almost identical making the "what looks better" decision easy. The dimensions are also very similar, although the Xoom is 2mm thicker, but 2mm is barely noticeable. There is a big difference in weight with the Xoom weighing 110 grams more than the Galaxy. I can't say much about built quality since I don't have the models on hand right now. I've found some details Googling about it and found that Motorola used aluminum for the Xoom with soft touch (I don't know what that is, probably the soft plastic parts of the device?) and Samsung , according to some reviews I've read, used plastic for the entire body making it lighter than the Xoom.
Let's move on to the hardware part of the comparison.
|Processor||1 GHz Tegra 2 Dual Core||1 Ghz Tegra 2 Dual Core|
|Memory||1 GB DDR2 RAM||1 GB DDR2 RAM|
|Internal Storage||up to 32GB||32GB|
|External Storage||N/A||microSD (after software update)|
|Display||10.1" WXGA 1280x800||10.1" WXGA 1280x800 (150 pixels / inch)|
|Connectivity||WiFi, Bluetooth, HSPA, EDGE/GPRS||WiFi, Bluetooth, HSDPA, EDGE/GSM|
|Camera||8MP with LED flash (rear), 2MP front facing||5MP Dual Led Flash (rear), 2MP front facing|
|Input||Multi-touch Screen||Multi-touch Screen|
|Battery||6860mAh up to 10hr continuous usage||6500mAh up to 10hr continuous usage (WiFi)|
|OS||Android 3.0 Honeycomb||Android 3.0 Honeycomb|
|Sensors||Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity||Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Video||1080p@30fps playback+capture||720p playback+capture|
|Audio||MP3, ACC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB, Surround sound speakers, 3.5mm Jack||AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, ACC+ Enhanced, OGG, MIDI, AMR NB, AAC+, 3.5mm Jack|
|Connectors||Samsung PDMI-like proprietary interface||Micro USB, HDMI out|
Well hello there! Both devices are almost identical again in terms of hardware! This makes it difficult to decide which one to get. Same processors, same amount of memory, same displays. I haven't found an indication of an external memory slot for the Galaxy 10.1. Maybe they forgot to mention that on their site. The cameras are more than sufficient on both devices since MPs don't play much of a role while having a pin-hole sized lens. Battery life is rated up to 10hrs for both devices under continuous usage. Well... now what? Same everything... but how about pricing?
|16 GB 3G+Wifi||-||-|
|32 GB 3G+Wifi||-||$799.99 (~560€)|
|16 GB WiFi Only||$499 (~350€)||-|
|32 GB WiFi Only||$599 (~420€)||$599 (~420€)|
I don't care about 3G personally, so I'll be looking for the WiFi only models and since both 32GB models are priced, again identically... getting either of them is basically the same thing. There is one thing that will make me get the Xoom over the Galaxy 10.1. The fact, if it is true, that the Galaxy 10.1 doesn't possess an external memory slot.
I would also like to hear your thoughts about it, so don't be shy and post a comment or two. :)