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Motorola Xoom Tablet Review

The Android answer to Apple, it does everything the iPad can do, but without iOS.

May 23, 2011
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Device & Specs

Someone hit the bell, because this is the matchup we've been waiting for: the best of Android versus the best of iOS devices. Round 1 will concern which has the better device, and from what we can see, the Motorola Xoom is absolutely pummeling the iPad with a higher DPI, bigger internal hard drive and the support of a network with better support nationwide than AT&T. Both devices have 2 cameras, similarly decent processors, HDMI output and a great user interface, so you can't go wrong with either. Still, if you're looking for raw performance, look no further than the Motorola Xoom.

Screen

Both the iPad and the Motorola Xoom have slightly differing screen sizes and intended orientations, but the Motorola Xoom has the better resolution score. Unfortunately for the Xoom, the iPad does get in a nice right hook here, as its screen is slightly less reflective than that of the Android tablet. Both tablets provide a crisp and bright image, with the iPad displaying a higher peak brightness than the Motorola Xoom.

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Battery

As far as battery life is concerned, you will get about the same performance out of either, as they both can play audio for over 24 hours straight, last about 8 hours reading eBooks, and over 8 hours watching video. You really can't go wrong with either here.

eReader

Because both devices are forced to use very similar apps from the same content providers, this one is a draw, as they even use the same interface.

Internet

While the App Store for the iPad is huge, the Android Market is gaining ground rapidly, and soon both app stores will be nigh-indistinguishable, save for some third-party apps that will be available only to one store or the other. The edge here goes to the Motorola Xoom for having a better web browser, pre-loaded Google apps and software support.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet T301 Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle DX Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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