Tablet PC continues to be one of the hottest trends in 2011 mobile computing, attracting quite a number of tech giants to rush to grab a slice of tablet market share by releasing more high-end tablet. With no doubt, the hot-selling Motorola Xoom and iPad 2 premium tablets’ rivalry is huge in a highly fragmented market. Anyway, some of you might feel that Wi-Fi only tablet is good enough, and no point to pay more for 3G capability. If you are considering to purchase either Wi-Fi only Apple iPad 2 or Motorola Xoom, and would like to check out the differences of features and specifications between both devices before making a decision, then you can refer to the simple comparative table (iPad 2 versus Motorola Xoom) below for a quick comparison.
|Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi
|Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi
|1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
|1GHz Apple A5 dual-core processor
|Larger 10.1-inch wide multi-touch HD display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
|9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS multi-touch screen with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution
|(Better) 5MP camera with dual-LED flash and HD video capture plus front-facing 2MP camera
|720p/30fps HD camera plus front-facing VGA camera
|Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb
|Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
|Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
|Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, 3.5mm audio jack, Micro USB, HDMI out, proximity, ambient light, barometer, gyroscope and accelerometer
|Facetime support, 30-pin dock connector port, 3.5mm stereo port, HDMI out, digital compass, accelerometer and ambient light sensor
|Size (Height x Width x Depth)
|9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
|9.5″ x 7.31″ x 0.34″
|(Lighter) 601 g
|Battery Capacity And Usage Time
|3250 mAh (24 W-hour) Lithium-ion battery delivers up to 10 hours battery life
|25-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery supports up to 10 hours of usage time
From the table above, you can notice that Motorola Xoom packs a slightly better specifications than iPad 2, such as bigger memory of RAM and larger touchscreen. However, iPad 2 has gained a great reputation with its innovating team and brand, and constantly topping the list of best-selling mobile tablet.
For pricing information, the iPad 2 Wi-Fi version that offered in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB model is now available for a MSRP of $499, $599 and $699, respectively. While the 32GB Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi tablet is priced at $599.
Note: The WiFi-only Motorola Xoom also will hit Sprint stores on May 8 for around $600.