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Xoom vs. iPad vs. Galaxy comparison chart

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  1. headbanger51

    headbanger51 Well-Known Member

    When Verizon finally announced the introduction of the iPhone 4, I have to admit, I was caught up in the hype. But over at droid-life they posted a chart comparing the Bionic, Thunderbolt, and the Verizon iPhone and it really made a world of difference. I simply don't think I could ever depart from Android, even if it is locked down and messed with by whichever manufacturer.
    I am really, really intrigued by the Xoom. And since none of the phones coming out on Verizon leave me feeling engorged, it makes more and more sense for me to keep my OG Droid that I have so nicely and fully customized and get a tablet device. While leaning heavily toward the Xoom (which I was EXTREMELY relieved would be completely free of MotoBlur), I thought I'd put together my own chart regarding the Xoom.
    For anyone interested, CLICK HERE or the link below.


    If anything on there is incorrect or if I've left out a spec you feel is important enough to mention, just leave a reply.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Ltgk20

    Ltgk20 Active Member

  3. headbanger51

    headbanger51 Well-Known Member

    Good catch! The article I got my info off of was from android central on 5 January (didn't notice the date). So the info was old. It looks like it will have one slot supporting MicroSD and MicroSDHC.
  4. Don S

    Don S Well-Known Member

    Nice job. As has been noted a few times around here though, the real comparison will be between the XOOM and the iPad 2. Once those specs are released, things will be much more even in terms of specs it seems ..
  5. headbanger51

    headbanger51 Well-Known Member

    I agree completely. And I believe the iPad 2 is going to be unveiled around the same time.

    Btw...missed this article over at droid-life...

  6. Janet55

    Janet55 Active Member

    Well, this Comparison arised must bcz the news read that Motorola Xoom to make February appearance.
    But, this is the several tablet to be after iPad? "Come with Google's Android Honeycomb operating system for tablets, a dual-core processor, a high-resolution (1,280x800) display, dual cameras, and the Verizon 3G (and soon-to-come 4G) network. " I would say all this is an imitation of the iPad, though the iPad now don't have these features, but who can tell why the tablet should get dual-core, it's iPad, and high-resolution display , along with dual cameras, all these are bcz the one who used iPad think it's lack of this features, or can be stronger(better in this field), so I'd to say iPad is the king, and now the iPad 2 is on the road!
    Yup, I'm waiting for iPad2. if Apple really do release a greater than Full HD screen on the iPad 2, then amazing! Even though now the 1gen iPad is also not bad with 9.7-inch high-resolution screen, perfect to me for watching HD movies, music videos(though sometimes need the help from iFunia video converter as lack of flash support) and playing around with thousands of iPad apps and iPad games.
    Well, it's Apple creates a tablet market, so it's no need to scared of the competitors, I believe Apple will be dominant for at least two years and probably far longer.
  7. Homan13PSU

    Homan13PSU Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I think you posted on the wrong site.

    Mac Forums | Apple, iPod, iPhone Discussions

    Hopefully this helps you out.

  8. Apple Repair

    Apple Repair Member

  9. Homan13PSU

    Homan13PSU Well-Known Member

  10. Cincybearcatfan

    Cincybearcatfan Well-Known Member

    Um . . . :confused: What? I feel like I just watched a bad 80's movie with Russian accents. I picked up on about every 5th word you said. Yakov Smirnoff is that you?
  11. zipur

    zipur Well-Known Member

    Xoom or Galaxy II or
  12. scottaboshia

    scottaboshia Member

    Is $200 really worth all this worrying? Just get a Xoom! I am extremely pleased with mine so far. It blows my iPad out of the water in so many ways. Also, IMO I think the Moto looks sexier than the samsung or HTC tablets.
  13. reiththestud

    reiththestud Well-Known Member

    I was all ready to buy a xoom or a galaxy tab 10.1 until I saw nVidia unveil its upcoming quad-core Tegra 3 processors. I was even more taken back when they said it would be in tablets by summer. It's gonna be a crazy year for tablets. So yeah, I'm gonna wait a bit.n But I'll be antsy every day until the tablet I want hits the streets.
  14. McDoogs

    McDoogs Member

    the quad core tegra MIGHT be in the hands of the tablet OEMs by this summer, but they won't be in consumers hands until 2012
  15. scottaboshia

    scottaboshia Member

    It makes no sense to wait for a quad core tablet at this point. In fact, it almost never makes sense to wait on buying a new piece of technology for fear of something better coming out. In this instance, the Xoom is the cream of the crop as far as current gen and upcoming tablets within the next 6 months. It makes sense to jump on board and become an early adopter of this device. All the specs are right, there weren't any really stupid moves, and aside from a few software glitches it is working great.

    If you're going to jump, do it, become an early adopter with the right piece of technology, which is this. You can't avoid the fact that something new and exciting is just around the corner so you might as well just buck up and get something good now.
  16. RoboMonkey

    RoboMonkey Well-Known Member

    In what ways does it blow your iPad out of the water?

    Don't give me specs give me day to day usage. Spec wise I think we'd all agree its own the iPad, but specs alone is not enough.
  17. tjreishus

    tjreishus Well-Known Member

    I have both the Ipad and the xoom so I'll list the things I like on the xoom over my Ipad

    First, I just much prefer the android system over IOS. My mind can't seem to get a grip on how to work Apple software. I understand drag and drop very well. I don't understand Itunes very well at all. As a photographer I have a LOT of pictures that I would like to put on my tablet. I feel the Ipad has the most difficult system for taking a picture off of my desktop and placing it in a folder on an Iphone or Ipad. It really doesn't get any easier than android devices. Also, the company I work for has gone to a digital format for manuals, bulletins, and updates. I need the ability to organize all these documents in different folders that I can access quickly. I have sat down with several people who seem to know IOS really well. I showed them how I organize all my documents and we found that there is no way to be able to gain access to these files as quickly on IOS as you can with android. There are ways to do it on IOS, but its a longer process to store them and to access them.

    2nd, widgets. On my main screen I have the gmail and bookmark widgets. Again, I am all about getting to things quickly and I find that these widgets speed things up quite a bit.

    3rd, the browser. Tabbed browsing is the only way to go. Switching between pages is incredibly easy and logical. The Ipad redraws each page when you go back and forth to different pages. The xoom keeps them open so it doesnt have to redraw the page. MUCH FASTER! Also, I travel a lot so I like to track my flight information. On the xoom, after getting to the page that displays my flight information I can click on the star to the right of the address bar. A popup comes up. Select the dropdown menu next to "Add to" and select "Home screen". Now that I have looked up my flight information once, I have added a shortcut to check that flight info to my home screen making it a once click operation to recheck my flight info. I can't do that on my Ipad.

    4th - Video chat. LOVE IT! Not much to say about this. You either like it or you don't

    5th - FREE built in turn by turn navigation on the new google maps 5.0. The large screen makes this absolutely awesome! Using google maps 5.0 allows for prefetching of the map data so you only need a GPS signal.

    Im sure there is more, but I haven't had a lot of time to paly with it. I do know that my wife also prefers the xoom, and I have 2 friends with ipads who are going to sell theirs after seeing the xoom.

    So, in my oppinion, the xoom does blow the ipad out of the water. This is just my opinion though and its based on what I need a tablet for. Others may not need any of the features I brought up making the xoom very comparable to the Ipad.


    I also like the instant notifications of email and gtalk messages. I don't get either one of those on my Ipad.
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  18. reiththestud

    reiththestud Well-Known Member

  19. scottaboshia

    scottaboshia Member

    My line of thinking is pretty much on par with tjreishus. Here is just a quick list. I don't have the time right now to go into much detail.

    1) Adding / accessing files is a MUCH easier task. Adding videos, pictures, etc. It works a lot easier than using iTunes for this. The Xoom has an actual file system you can see when you plug it into your computer. Things have a location and can be access from that location by any app. With the iPad all that data goes off into make believe land. I don't know where or how it exists on the device, it just happens through iTunes. One downfall, I use an iPod and manage an iTunes music library, and I can't find any real easy way to sync my music over yet without dragging and dropping the entire library. I'm sure there's a way. I haven't put much effort into researching it yet.

    2) Integration into my other Google services such as Gmail, Google services for my own domains, calendar, address book, bookmark syncing with my desktop, etc. It all works amazingly well. Again, something you have to plug the iPad into iTunes to do...if it can even do it.

    3) Browsing the Internet on the Xoom is like light speed compared to the iPad. The main thing I use these things for is surfing the web. The Xoom loads and renders pages much quicker than the iPad and the tabbed browsing really allows you to switch back and forth between pages without the page having to reload because of a lack of memory. It makes my life so much easier. This by itself is enough justification for me to use a Xoom over an iPad.

    4) Turn by turn navigation and Google maps... need I say more?

    5) The notification system is leaps and bound better than iPad. There's really nothing else to say here. It's not obtrusive and is easy to understand.

    6) Customizations such as with the homescreen, adding widgets, etc. It's awesome.

    7) Dock in LANDSCAPE mode. Simply not possible with an iPad unless you have some weird dock.

    When it comes down to it, I am not a huge user of apps. I have a few installed on my iPad but it isn't what I primarily use it for. My primary uses are email, calendar, and web browsing. The whole "app gap" between iPad and Xoom doesn't bother me. That gap will be closed soon enough.

    I own both devices and use my iPad all the time (before I got the Xoom) and they are both great. It really depends on your use case. Although it does have a few bugs, I prefer the Xoom so far.

    mulder_fbi, you don't own either device so all you can offer is a vague regurgitation of what you hear others saying online. Take it from people who actually own and use both like tjreishus and myself. I am offering a valid opinion and a glimpse into what I use it for and how it is better for that purpose. Don't trash something just because of the price or because it doesn't have 50,000 games available. That will all come in time.
  20. tjreishus

    tjreishus Well-Known Member


    You don't think its worth it, but others do. Something that will exist with every product made. I also have the droid X, but in 3 days of using the xoom, I much prefer it over the phone.

    We'll just agree to disagree on this one. And there's nothing wrong with that.
  21. Germwise

    Germwise Well-Known Member

    I have a droidx though I don't have my xoom yet. I have had several iOS devices including ipod touches and 2 ipads.

    To say that the xoom is crappy because you can run more software in your droid x is a statement that sounds similar to people saying that the ipad is stupid because its just a large ipod touch. Its like saying a pool is just a big bathtub.

    Size does make a significant difference in how you use a device. Also the xoom seems to be much faster (I haven't actually tested this, just from reviews).

    When the ipad first launched I remember being bored because all I could do was surf the web and try 10-20 applications. Look at it now! Give the developers some time to work on new software and you will see this platform become just as useful as the iPad.

    Finally, 800 dollars is a lot of money. People are comparing a 32g 3G ipad at 729 and saying that the xoom should have gone lower.

    But take into account that this device adds a bigger screen, 2 cameras, and INCLUDES a free upgrade to 4G radio which requires motorola to open your device and install a new radio module. Now the extra 70 bucks don't look so bad after all.

    Having said that, I agree, the barrier to entry is too high. I bet 80% of people would have preferred a wifi 16g for under 500 bucks. Also, the rush to ship without flash and sd card support is a let down. However, if you asked people in forums whether they would prefer to wait another 4 weeks for release for working flash, SD card, and more developer support, I'm sure most of us would have wanted to get our hands on it and wait.
  22. scottaboshia

    scottaboshia Member

    LOL, you're comparing phones and iPods to tablets with large screens? Give me a break! I'm not sure what you're trying to get across. You complain about the price yet you haven't spent any money on one so you should have anything to complain about. Until you own one and have first hand experience, your negative comments are still based on a whole lot of nothing. I think myself, and others on this forum, have done a fine job of "invalidating" your jiberish.

    By the way, the experience IS the screen. The Droid X is nice (I own one) but it's a runt (and it's slower) when compared to the Xoom.
  23. scottaboshia

    scottaboshia Member

    No, you have to spend $800 to use the device and make your opinions based on experience with this particular device. Your arguments are invalid because you fail to relate them to any baseline and without any direct personal experience.

    1) Define "buggy".
    2) Define "no apps".
    3) Define "gimped".
    4) What's your definition of expensive? Relative to what? What is "expensive"? It's different for everyone. Is it $800? Is it $1000? Is it $600?

    I could claim these same points for the iPad right now in fact, much less when it was first released. Please, humor me.
  24. aohus

    aohus Well-Known Member

    so you're essentially bitching at the fact that its $800. ok?

    wait until the wifi only version comes out. moto is doing same roll out as how apple did it. 3g first, then wifi. we'll see how pricing is then. looks like you're mainly complaining that its $800. understandable.
  25. aohus

    aohus Well-Known Member

    well, i haven't used it yet, its coming via mail (ordered via price mistake on motorola's website).

    in terms of specs, this definitely blows the iPad1 out of the water as it is a dual core processor + 1 gb ram, compared to that of the iPad's single core processor + 256 mb ram.

    anandtech's benchmarks confirms the speed increase.

    yes, theres not many apps that are compatible with the xoom, but that will change over time as the adoption rate increases as the months/years go by.

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