Sunday, May 22, 2011

Xoom vs. Galaxy vs. iPad2

I've recently wrote a comparison article on the Motorola Xoom vs. the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I'm currently seeking to buy a tablet device and was aiming only at Android tablets. The conclusion on that article was, that both reviewed devices were almost identical, in terms of design, hardware/software and price tags. (Very uncompetitive in my opinion) So I'll do a follow up to that article , throwing Apple's iPad in the game. Let us see what conclusions we can draw up after that. I should also state at this point that I generally don't like Apple and their products due to bad personal experience. I'll try my best for a un-biased comparison/review.

As before, I'll start with the design.

-Galaxy 10.1XoomiPad2

The iPad compared to the other devices is larger in surface area (442 cm^2). Weighs almost the same as the Galaxy, but it is a bit thinner. The body is made of aluminum and it is of high build quality. Since again I don't have one on hand to be sure, I base my assumption on that Apple is consisted in build quality of their products and since I've held and used the iPad 1, I can tell for sure that that iPad2, will be of the same build quality. Overall it is again an oversized iPhone.

The hardware.

Galaxy 10.1XoomiPad 2
Processor1 GHz Tegra 2 Dual Core1 Ghz Tegra 2 Dual Core1 Ghz Apple A5 Dual Core
Memory1 GB DDR2 RAM1 GB DDR2 RAM512 MB (speculated, not confirmed by apple)
Internal Storageup to 32GB32GBup to 64GB
External StorageN/AmicroSD (after software update)No Card Slot, but there are some accessories
Display10.1" WXGA 1280x80010.1" WXGA 1280x800 (150 pixels/inch)9.7" IPS 1024x768 (132 pixels/inch
ConnectivityWiFi, Bluetooth, HSPA, EDGE/GPRSWiFi, Bluetooth, HSDPA, EDGE/GSMWiFi, Bluetooth, 3G/HSDPA GSM/EDGE
Camera8MP with LED flash (rear), 2MP front facing5MP Dual Led Flash (rear), 2MP front facing?MP No Flash (rear), ?MP (VGA) front facing
InputMulti-touch ScreenMulti-touch ScreenMulti-touch Screen
GPSYESYESYES (3G Models only)
Battery6860mAh up to 10hr continuous usage6500mAh up to 10hr continuous usage (WiFi)???mAh up to 10hr/9hr continuous usage (WiFi/3G)
OSAndroid 3.0 HoneycombAndroid 3.0 HoneycombiOS
SensorsGyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, ProximityGyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer, Digital Compass, ProximityGyroscope, Accelerometer, Ambient Light sensor
Video1080p@30fps playback+capture720p playback+captureup to 1080p playback, 720p@30fps recording
Audio/VideoMP3, ACC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB, Surround sound speakers, 3.5mm JackAAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, ACC+ Enhanced, OGG, MIDI, AMR NB, AAC+, 3.5mm JackHE-ACC, ACC, Protected ACC, MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Dolby Digital 5.1, 3.5mm jack
ConnectorsSamsung PDMI-like proprietary interfaceMicro USB, HDMI out30-pin dock connector

We mentioned on the previous article that the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy 10.1 were identical in terms of hardware. This time we see that the Apple iPad2 is completely different and in some cases inferior to the competition. For example, the screen features lower resolution than the other two devices. No expandable memory, you can buy some accessories for that problem like Seagate's GoFlex Satellite for 200$, but that would mean carrying around extra stuff which you can avoid with the microSD cards. Adobe Flash support. At Apple, they can argue as long as they like, but Flash is still in use in the majority of websites. According to some websites, the camera, both front and rear, are of less quality than the competition. I can't say for sure, but I saw some good pictures taken with the first iPad. My personal opinion is, that the iPad2 is lacking behind compared to the competition.

Now let's see the last comparison. That is: The Price Tag !!

Galaxy 10.1XoomiPad 2
16 GB 3G+Wifi--$629 (~440€)
32 GB 3G+Wifi-$799.99 (~560€)$729 (~510€)
64GB 3G+ WiFi--$829 (~580€)
16 GB WiFi Only$499 (~350€)-$499 (~350€)
32 GB WiFi Only$599 (~420€)$599 (~420€)$599 (~420€)
64 GB WiFi Only--$699 (~490€)

It is very clear that Samsung and Motorola deliver superior products, in the tablet market, at the same price as Apple does. I would never consider buying an iPad, but don't let my personal feelings and opinions get in your way. I delivered the details, you make up your mind on what to buy.