If you are looking at getting a tablet in general I can tell you my latest expedition. I first purchased an I pad 2. I played with it for a few days. I have a Droid phone so the I pad was basically my first apple product. I found the I pad to be a bit limited on everything besides the apps. My Droid phone seemed to do more. It also seemed kind of slow when downloading apps. If you download apps on your computer to iTunes you need to plug the ipad into the computer to sync... xoom syncs with your Google account flawlessly, and never needs to be plugged into the computer. If you want an app while on the computer, you just say install, then pick the device you want it to go on. And next thing you know, its there. Xoom has two cameras just like I pad for video chat which I'm finding to be really cool.
Other reasons why I went to xoom in lieu of I pad.... duel core processor at 1ghz, not single. Standard 32 gigs. HDMI input' .. you can add an additional memory card. You can personalize with Widgets and live wallpapers. Only thing xoom is lacking right now is the apps. There aren't many.... however, several developers are on board now and the quantity of apps are geared to outnumber I pad by December, drastically.
Other than that, its just awesome doing apps on a much larger screen. I rarely use my laptop anymore. Actually I'm typing this on my xoom now. I don't think you would be disappointed, just don't expect a ton of apps right off the bat. Its awesome for kids also, if you have any. Good luck on your decision...
Also... I JUST NOW SAW THE "AS OPPOSED TO GALAXY" damn, sorry. Maybe this will find its way to another thread :-)