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Comparing the Samsung Tab, Apple iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: M.S. Smith•updated: 5/18/2011

Unofficially, three of the leading tablets right now are the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple iPad 2, and Motorola Xoom. We compare these three tablets based on specs and features. Which one should you buy? Read our comparison of these three tablets to find out.

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    The Basic Facts - OS

    motorola xoom It's pretty interesting to compare these three devices because they all have different operating systems. Although both the Galaxy Tab and Xoom run Android, their versions are different. The Xoom runs on the made-for-tablet Honeycomb OS while the Galaxy Tab is still running on Android 2.2 Froyo which was meant for smartphone use. The iPad 2 is of course running on latest iOS 4.3.3. Initial feedback of those who were able to use Android 3.0 says that it is comparable if not better than iOS 4.3.3. The loser here is of course the Galaxy Tab with Android 2.2. which is inferior to both Android 3.0 and iOS 4.3.3. This is probably the reason why Samsung is rushing up to release its second-generation Galaxy Tab which was recently introduced during the Google I/O event and was even distributed to some 500 participants of the event for free.

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    The Innards - What's inside?

    Let's have a look under the hoods of these cutting-edge tablets.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab

    • ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1 GHz processor
    • 16GB/32GB storage
    • microSD card slot

    Motorola XOOM

    • NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor
    • 32GB storage
    • microSD card earmarked for update

    Apple iPad 2

    • A5 1 GHz dual-core processor
    • 16GB/32GB/64GB storage
    • no microSD card support

    When it comes to processors, both the iPad 2 and Xoom obviously have the edge over the Galaxy Tab. When it comes to storage capacity, it's a toss up between the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab. While you can load up 32GB of SD card it will cost you extra. Compare this with the cost of the 64GB iPad 2 model and you'll know which one is more expensive to get.

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    Features

    galaxy tab All three tablest sport dual cameras. But when it comes to the question of which camera is better, the Xoom is definitely the winner with its 5MP front-facing and 1.3MP back-facing camera. In fact, even the Galaxy Tab beats the iPad 2's VGA front-facing camera with its 1.3MP.

    One area of contention between these tablets is multi-tasking capability. All three tablets have this feature thanks to their respective operating systems. However the iPad 2 pales in comparison when it comes to the Honeycomb's sweet and more robust multi-tasking feature. I've used both multi-tasking features and I have to give this win to the Xoom.

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    Adding It Up

    ipad2 hero 20110302 These are just some of the major points of comparisons among these three tablets. There are certainly other points which can easily distinguish one from the other. But to enumerate them one by one would take three or four pages so we'll sum up our comparison at this point.

    Which is the better tablet? Being an iPad 2 user right now, I'm incline to declare the iPad 2 the winner. But then I won't, because the Xoom is definitely a tough rival to beat. I'll leave it to you our dear readers to decide which among these tablets is really the best for your needs.

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    References

    • Motorola: http://www.motorola.com/staticfiles/Consumers/xoom-android-tablet/us-en/overview.html
    • Samsung: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxytab
    • Apple: http://www.apple.com/ipad
    • Image credit: Apple, Motorola, Samsung.