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What should I get – Motorola Xoom or iPad 2?

I’m tempted to get the Motorola Xoom for £199 from Carphone Warehouse. Is it any good, or should I go for the tried-and-tested iPad 2?

Most Useful Answer breslinc1  May. 26, 2011 at 15:20

1. Better Cameras. Do I really have to lay it down for ya. Google talk is nearly identical to facetime and doesnt require.....although it can use....WiFi.........um, options.
2. HDMI output without having to buy more Apple hardware to make it happen.
3. 4g - not yet but it will and long before there is an ipad 3.....eg....ipad2 will never have it
4. Flash - xoom has it.....ipad1,2,3 never will and until something else is standard on the net....give me the option to turn flash on or off....but no option is not an option
5. microsdHC slot - Ipad 1,2 ????? NOPE. What can i do with that anyhow???? Oh i dont know....have a card for music, one for movies, one for work....etc etc.....options.....Ipad where are you???
6. An LED flash.....is it on the ipad....nope.
7. True multitasking and not some integrated bar that lets me see what I ran and not what is truly running......which one has it....oh ya XOOM.
8. Price - well id pay 75 buck for better hardware...but throw in the WIFI only version with expandability and the prices match for better hardware and more options.
9. OS - okay here is the personal preference part.....if you like limitations.....Apple is your boy. If you like to be able to do what ever you like as far as customization....well.....I think you know where this is going.
10. Speakers......stereo vs mono.....its an actual PHYSICAL DIFFERENCE you cant debate it....um XOOM.
11. Xoom - flagship Google tablet gets updates as soon as they are available.....bye bye fragmentation argument.
12. Battery - APPLE HAS THE EDGE....barely....or so it seems.
13. Apps - poor argument. Android 3.0 hasn't been around long enough to have a pile of worthless apps...yes apple has more, but how many of them are truly usefull.....that aren't already on Android.....hmmmm um not many. The options for piles of garbage apps will be there on Android....they just need more time to give the developers of said garbage some time.
14. Screen resolution - Well....again we know the answer here.
15. Processors - well Apple doesn't want to release the specs because they, "dont think it should be so much a hardware discussion as much as it is about the user experiece"
Um......Thats easy to do when you dumb your OS down sooooo much the user experience is so simple my friends 1 year old can use one.
16. RAM - 1GB vs 512 MB - Xoom wins with 1GB of RAM.

NVIDIA Tegra 2 vs Apple .....give me a break......anyone who knows anything about hardware and video hardware knows NVIDIA is tops......anyone played a game that said, "NVIDIA. The way it was meant to be played" THESE PEOPLE KNOW GAMES AND VIDEO. Apple....okay pretty colors......simple OS...is that who I want making my CPU....a CPU designed for a simple OS....its no wonder Apple doesnt want to release their CPU specs.

oh did I mention the Tegra2 in the Xoom has been overclocked to 1.5 Ghz already?

There are more (little ones like widgets, barometer etc etc), but the above are the big ones. Apple fan boys.....I'm not an Android fan boy....just someone who isn't blinded by the Kool-Aid Apple keeps feeding you. Hardware is hardware. The Xoom and the Ipad are sexy machines...the question is not...."are they sexy", but rather "which is sexier" Xoom is way sexier as an overall package.

The list above (1-16) is just plain ol fact about options. Options Apple refuses to let you, the consumer have. Take off the blinders Apple fan boys and join a truly progressive movement.

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CTPAHHIK  Apr. 28, 2011 at 17:24

I strongly recommend iPad 2. It has better hardware and better application base. Last time I checked it is also cheaper than Xoom.

breslinc1  May. 26, 2011 at 10:45

CTPAHHIK are you mad? If you're going to give reasons then clarify, don't give the wrong ones. here's the truth:
OS Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Display 10.1-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 Pixel Resolution Touchscreen
Weight 730 g
Dimensions 9.80 x 6.61 x 0.51 inches
Color Black [USA], Silver [EURO], Gold [SE] – all variations in back panel
Cameras – front, -back
Processor Dual-Core NVIDIA Tegra 2
Battery 8 hours heavy use (so says we), up to 14 days standby
Price $799 Verizon, $600 Verizon Wifi-Only, £499.99 Euro Wifi-Only
Connections accelerometer, CDMA800 /1900 LTE 700 (4G), Rx diversity in all bands connection, GPS, headphone jack, Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n, microUSB, HDMI out, Bluetooth 2.1, mic, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, miniUSB
OS iOS 4.3
Display 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD 1024 x 768 Resolution Touchscreen
Weight 613g [AT&T], 607g [VERIZON], 601g [WIFI]
Dimensions 9.5 x 7.31 x .34 inches
Color Black or White – both variations in front bezel
Cameras VGA Webcam (unknown quality) – front, 720p Video (additional qualities unknown) -back
Processor Dual-Core Apple A5
Battery 10 hours heavy use (says Apple), up to 1 month standby

CTPAHHIK  May. 26, 2011 at 15:12

breslinc1, what is your point? Only thing that stands out is higher resolution screen on Xoom.

breslinc1  May. 26, 2011 at 15:20

1. Better Cameras. Do I really have to lay it down for ya. Google talk is nearly identical to facetime and doesnt require.....although it can use....WiFi.........um, options.
2. HDMI output without having to buy more Apple hardware to make it happen.
3. 4g - not yet but it will and long before there is an ipad 3.....eg....ipad2 will never have it
4. Flash - xoom has it.....ipad1,2,3 never will and until something else is standard on the net....give me the option to turn flash on or off....but no option is not an option
5. microsdHC slot - Ipad 1,2 ????? NOPE. What can i do with that anyhow???? Oh i dont know....have a card for music, one for movies, one for work....etc etc.....options.....Ipad where are you???
6. An LED flash.....is it on the ipad....nope.
7. True multitasking and not some integrated bar that lets me see what I ran and not what is truly running......which one has it....oh ya XOOM.
8. Price - well id pay 75 buck for better hardware...but throw in the WIFI only version with expandability and the prices match for better hardware and more options.
9. OS - okay here is the personal preference part.....if you like limitations.....Apple is your boy. If you like to be able to do what ever you like as far as customization....well.....I think you know where this is going.
10. Speakers......stereo vs mono.....its an actual PHYSICAL DIFFERENCE you cant debate it....um XOOM.
11. Xoom - flagship Google tablet gets updates as soon as they are available.....bye bye fragmentation argument.
12. Battery - APPLE HAS THE EDGE....barely....or so it seems.
13. Apps - poor argument. Android 3.0 hasn't been around long enough to have a pile of worthless apps...yes apple has more, but how many of them are truly usefull.....that aren't already on Android.....hmmmm um not many. The options for piles of garbage apps will be there on Android....they just need more time to give the developers of said garbage some time.
14. Screen resolution - Well....again we know the answer here.
15. Processors - well Apple doesn't want to release the specs because they, "dont think it should be so much a hardware discussion as much as it is about the user experiece"
Um......Thats easy to do when you dumb your OS down sooooo much the user experience is so simple my friends 1 year old can use one.
16. RAM - 1GB vs 512 MB - Xoom wins with 1GB of RAM.

NVIDIA Tegra 2 vs Apple .....give me a break......anyone who knows anything about hardware and video hardware knows NVIDIA is tops......anyone played a game that said, "NVIDIA. The way it was meant to be played" THESE PEOPLE KNOW GAMES AND VIDEO. Apple....okay pretty colors......simple OS...is that who I want making my CPU....a CPU designed for a simple OS....its no wonder Apple doesnt want to release their CPU specs.

oh did I mention the Tegra2 in the Xoom has been overclocked to 1.5 Ghz already?

There are more (little ones like widgets, barometer etc etc), but the above are the big ones. Apple fan boys.....I'm not an Android fan boy....just someone who isn't blinded by the Kool-Aid Apple keeps feeding you. Hardware is hardware. The Xoom and the Ipad are sexy machines...the question is not...."are they sexy", but rather "which is sexier" Xoom is way sexier as an overall package.

The list above (1-16) is just plain ol fact about options. Options Apple refuses to let you, the consumer have. Take off the blinders Apple fan boys and join a truly progressive movement.

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