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Summary True unbiased review of the iPad 2 Vs. Xoom.
Ok, Cnet editors you have had time with both the iPad 2 and Xoom as have I. Here is the true bottom line on which your readers should buy.
I am not going to touch on everything just what stands out to the buying public.
While Cent continues to complain that the cost of the Xoom is too much so they lower the rating to benefit other Android tablets which I think is wrong because the Xoom Wi-Fi cost the same as the iPad 2 Wi-Fi yet they don't seem to be bothered by that even though the Xoom offers more features than the iPad 2. As, to the other Android I have yet to pick one up but from what I know they are made with more plastic parts which reduces cost and durability.
First off let's get some of the needless arguments out of the way.
Cameras: these are tablets not cameras so who really cares if the camera is good or not I really don't see someone going on vacation and pulling out their tablet to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower these two tablets are not made for that.
3G vs. 4G: The idea of paying more for a wireless connection these days is just a waste of money. It cost a $100 plus on both machines then there is monthly fee on top of that. Let's be real here the majority of consumers buying tablets have a smartphone that can tether and be a personal Wi-Fi hotspot. Most of the time this service is free with a high of $15.99 added to your mobile bill still cheaper than what ATT and Verizon are charging. Wi-Fi only is the way to go and with that iPad 2 Wi-Fi and Xoom Wi-Fi are dead even at $599.99 for the 32GB models.
Size and weight:
Yes, the iPad 2 is thinner and lighter the Xoom but not by much, another let's get real moment, you just threw down $600+ on a portable device it is highly unlikely that you are going to hold with one hand at arm's length to use it. Like, me you will probably cradle it like a baby in your arm, place it on your lap, or hold it with two hands in this case the weight does not matter. Also, most will wind up having a case that will stand the tablet up on a desk.
IPad 2 .34in and 1.33lb
Xoom .5in and 1.61lb
A difference between .16in and .28lb not matter how you want to spin it there is not much difference to make this one of the be all end all arguments on why the iPad is better than the Xoom so, stop it.
Prediction for the iPad 3: it will be announced in March of 2012 it will be as thick as a piece of cardboard and weigh as much, it will come with a smart cover that will protect it blowing away on windy days (sold separately of course).
Now, let's get down and dirty on which is a better bang for your buck. I own both the 32GB models of the iPad and the Xoom.
The iPad 2 did not even offer Apples retina display guess you will have to wait until the 3rd to throw more money Apples way. The iPad 2 native resolution is 1024x768 that is a max of 720p HD and the Xoom is 1280x800 also 720p HD. There is not much difference between the two to call a clear winner. The iPad has an odd screen size, 9.7in that works great in portrait but landscape is not true widescreen and when watching widescreen movies you get those annoying black bars. While the Xoom is true 16x9 widescreen and is made to be used that way (just look at where the front facing camera is located iPad top/portrait, Xoom top/landscape) however, when in portrait with the Xoom it very awkward to hold and I really don't like that.
Screen Size bigger is better: Winner the Xoom 10.1in
Rotation: The black bars aside the iPad is more functional in portrait and offers decent landscape function, winner iPad 2
Tiebreaker: Winner iPad 2, there coating causes less fingerprint smudging.
Screen Winner: iPad 2
Tablets are made for one thing and really one thing only full portable web browsing even Apple was advertising that with the original iPad. However, Apple does not support Flash a key element in full web browsing. Even though, companies like Hulu are cutting support to tablets unless you pay Flash is still a big player. Apple states that there is no need for Flash because of their App store you can find whatever you need in an app. Well, searching the App Store just to find an app that will play the video I want to watch seems very unproductive when if iPad had flash I could just push play. Hey, Brain Tong, how can an iPad user view your wonderful and witty Apple Byte segments from there iPad when the video is Flash supported. Well let's see they will most likely have to get the Cnet app or search through the YouTube app to find it and play. Wouldn't it be easier to play from your website? On the other hand the Xoom now has full Flash support where one can experience the web as it was intended to be and also the Xoom has tabbed browsing a gigantic plus for people who love to surf the web. Another big key element is speed in browsing and as Cnet pointed out the Xoom is faster than the iPad 2 (sorry iPad users you did not see the video on Cnet because it was a Flash video however, you can find it on YouTube or through their App).
Speed: Winner Xoom
Full browsing support: Xoom
While both tablets offer more than what I have listed below most users only really care about how fast there systems are and how they can connect them.
Chip: 1GHz duel core A5
Storage: 32GB not expandable
Connection: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Connectivity: 30pin dock connector (all items sold separately besides the USB cable) 3.5mm headphone jack.
Chip: 1GHz duel core Tegra 2
Storage: 32GB (expandable to 64GB)
Connection: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Connectivity: HDMI, USB, 3.5mm headphone jack and SD slot
Take out the Chip and wireless connections and the Xoom is the clear cut winner.
Components: Winner Xoom
Android 3.0 vs. iOS 4
The most annoying thing about Honeycomb is the obvious fact that even with a duel core chip the UI is still sluggish. However, the fact that you can make it fit you personality in more ways than just changing the wallpaper is another huge plus. Unlike, the iPad in which the only thing you can change is the wallpaper and move the tiles around. Personally I am quite tired and board with the same old tiles Apple is on its fourth version of iOS and nothing has really changed in the UI which had become mundane and is not productive. Android has constantly changed the user experience each time they have updated their OS. As, someone who likes to make things their own the Honeycomb OS allows you and me to create a completely personal experience, be more productive with their widgets. With Honeycomb you can see your calendar, e-mail, books, weather, popular videos, and much more on your home screens without opening the app. Also, Xoom and Android have a wonderful notifications system so you don't miss out on important events. The force close is single most annoying thing about Android all versions and both OS's freeze from time to time which is also quite annoying.
Clear cut winner: Xoom:
App store Vs. Android Market:
This one is simple (sort of) the App Store has thousands of apps way more than the Android Market, however, not all of them are good or even worth downloading. The majority great apps are available on both stores and as Android continues so will their apps. I will still have to hand this one to the iPad because they have (at this time) more productive apps to make the tablet more useful than just an entertainment device. Since Double Twist for Android came out so one can use their iTunes playlist on Android OS it kind of nullifies the whole which is the better Mp3 player.
For now: Winner iPad.
I am sure there have been a lot of test out there on battery life on both machines but we only here praises for the iPad when both tablets have about the same battery life. In my normal everyday used of the tablets I had to charge my iPad before I did my Xoom.
I am going to call this one a tie.
I am not a portable gamer I have Xbox 360 and PS3 for gaming, however, I do play Angry Birds when I am on the move and I know it is not the ultimate test on frame rates and graphics but it looks good on both tablets.
Both tablets are very good but not yet excellent both have their drawbacks but overall the Xoom has a better feature set for the same price as the iPad 2. It also has a ton of features that are more notebook/netbook like. The Xoom is also faster in the areas where you want it to be and the iPad is .28lb lighter so you can carry it longer. Anyway, the best buy would be the Xoom because it will have a longer life span giving you more bang for your buck because we all know that the iPad 3 will be out next year with a retina display and better camera and everyone will flock to it but be saddened that not enough changed to drop another $600+. On the other hand I am sure that Google and Android continue their advancements with their OS and developers will add more apps and you will more change unlike Apple where they keep on giving you the same Kool-Aid to drink just in a lighter thinner glass.
I am going to give to the Xoom 3.75 stars to 3.25.
Pros Best of the tablets. Sleek, smooth, fun. Fantastic for gaming, checking some news headlines, quick weather reports. I don't see it as a powerful travel device as much as a fantastic little house gizmo. A coffee table / couch novelty if you will. The graph
Cons Let's be frank. The tablet market, not just Apple - but the industry as a whole has yet to define its purpose. What is it doing better than laptops, netbooks, and especially the new super slim laptops like MacBook Air or comparable PCs? iPads, like all ta
Summary So while tablets are fun toys, I don't think they've justified themselves just yet to be more than gaming / casual surfing / movie devices. I don't like the lack of Flash on the iPad, a huge setback in terms of maximizing the web experience - why pay for Hulu when its free on your laptop? I don't think they or anyone has yet to come up with a viable solution to the difficulty of inputting data on these things. I think that will come, I imagine the future being a more effective multi-part laptop of sorts, or a re-introduction of the stylus, or lip reading recognition. Thought recognition? This issue needs to be addressed because as smooth as the interface is, the beauty of the web is the two way conversation you can take place in, not just mindlessly paying for apps and viewing content slobbering all over your little thing in your lap. That's the other struggle, I find using an iPad or any tablet, you eventually want to set it down. This means on your lap, or on a table and in either instance, it's far more awkward on your neck and body than a basic laptop.
The up-close screen intimacy and the feeling of it not being a computer is what we're falling in love with. One can realize that an iPad actually feels like a bigger screen than even a huge screen computer because you're so close to the image when you use it. There is something to this, and there is something to the ease of use of touch screens. Clearly, it's a natural thing to touch reach out and grab what you want to manipulate, but thus far tablets feel more like prototypes. I'm excited about them, and patiently waiting to see where the market goes, but I don't think we've found the laptop replacement just yet as so many are claiming.
Pros Great form factor, fast processor, bright display...
Cons Fonts on the screen are fuzzy and bleed. Camera is a complete joke.
Summary I have the iPad1 and the iPad2 64GB models. I don't understand why no one seems to be mentioning how bad the font resolution is. Reading a email the font clear is fuzzy and not crisp, side by side there is a huge noticeable difference between iPad1 and iPad2. I even went to the Apple Store and looked at every iPad2 they had on display and every one of them had a fuzzy/bleeding type font when in email, then i went to the Verizon Store and SAME thing. So this is not just my iPad, this is all of them. I would take it back but i just realized you have to wait 10+ days to get a company check for a refund. Im very disatisfied, for the kind of money i spent on this i assumed the quality was above average but it wasn't. Also... not that i take pics with my iPad but if I wanted to i couldnt, ive seen camera phones from 3 years back with a better picture res than the iPad2. Why slack in such important areas such as the display and the camera? Anyways, waste of ALOT of money.
Pros Good quality construction
Cons No USB , NO SD card, No HDMI, No Flash support. It is very hard and inconvenient to get you pictures documents etc. on this device It is hard and almost impossible to connect to any TV device, No possibility to expand hard drive capacity via use of SD ca
Summary Look I am not a computer wizard or else I just an average consumer who happens to be like an option of connecting through usb because this type of connection is widely available, established and support by huge number of devises I am a person who likes to have the option of expanding the memory through SD card and transfer favorite pictures and all kind of files from SD card to my device because it is very simple and convenient. People who blindly support Apple can say whatever they what to defend and explain why no usb why no sd why no flash, no hdmi in my strong opinion it is just example of super duper marketing strategy from Apple where they (Apple) trying to sell you a very thin and no question, manufactured with high quality standards device that are lacking in functionality so basically it is easier(cheaper) to produce for Apple thinner, good wrapped device(toy), then pay fee for usb, sd, hdmi connectivity. However at the end of the day when you will need productivity from your device and not just a good looking toy look, I would prefer something more substantial that can be used today with today technology, connectivity and standards. Not just excuses from Apple's experts with dumb explanation why not ...... and in the future it will be.... and something like O you don't need it because we will connect everything through thunderbolt connector..... our connector so we don't pay anybody else... or like flash is not good enough because ..... Basically Apple for 90% is a huge marketing machine which I can give them quite successful.
Pros Very thin and sexy; Smart Cover is cool; near perfect UI; lots of apps; long battery life
Cons No Flash support; still too heavy; so-so cameras; same resolution display; still not great at multitasking; needs SD expansion
Summary No Flash support is a major drawback. That's why I'm looking at alternatives such as Xoom, PlayBook, and TouchPad. For everything but web surfing, it's great. But I rely on the web...