Motorola Xoom vs. Apple iPad 2: Tablet showdown

Which is the better tablet -- Apple's iPad 2 or Motorola's Xoom?

Apple's iPad 2 may be flying off the shelves, but the coming months will see a number of challengers aiming for a slice of the tablet pie. The latest is the Motorola Xoom Android tablet, which will launch exclusively through Telstra in May.

Read our comprehensive iPad 2 review and Motorola Xoom preview, and check out our guide to the best upcoming tablets in 2011.

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The Motorola Xoom is equipped with a 10.1in touchscreen and runs the latest version of Google's Android 3.0 'Honeycomb', software which has specifically been designed for tablet devices.

With this in mind, how does the Motorola Xoom stack up against the iPad 2 when it comes to specifications?

Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola Xoom: Specifications

Feature Apple iPad 2 Motorola Xoom Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS 4 Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) iPad 2
Display size 9.7in 10.1in Motorola Xoom
Display technology Capacitive LED-backlit IPS Capacitive TFT iPad 2
Display resolution 1024x768 pixels 1280x800 pixels Motorola Xoom
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Front camera VGA 2 megapixels Motorola Xoom
Rear camera 0.7 megapixels, no flash 5 megapixels, dual-LED flash, autofocus, geotagging Motorola Xoom
Video recording Yes, 720p HD Yes, 720p HD Draw
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB 32GB iPad 2
Expandable memory None microSD Motorola Xoom
Dimensions 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8mm 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9mm iPad 2
Weight 607g 730g iPad 2
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPad 2
Processor Apple A5 dual-core (1GHz) NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core (1GHz) Draw
RAM 512MB 1GB Motorola Xoom
3G networks HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 Draw
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP Draw
HDMI-out No (Yes with optional digital AV adapter Yes Motorola Xoom
Quoted battery life Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours Draw
Adobe Flash support No Yes Motorola Xoom

Apple iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom: Design and display

The new iPad 2 is faster, thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner than the original iPad, weighs 613g, and comes in both black and white models. The curved design of the back of the iPad 2 makes it comfortable to hold, and it is relatively thin given the size of its screen. The iPad 2 is ideal for use in either portrait or landscape layouts, and its built in accelerometer rotates quickly and without delay.

The Motorola Xoom Android tablet features an attractive, industrial-looking black metal finish on the back and sides, and a front that taken up almost entirely by the 10.1in touchscreen. The Xoom is clearly designed to be used more in landscape mode than it is in portrait, though it can be rotated using a built-in accelerometer. At 730g, the Xoom is significantly heavier, thicker and larger than the iPad 2, which may be a deal-breaker for frequent commuters.

Motorola Xoom vs. iPad 2

The Motorola Xoom has an industrial-looking design that features an attractive black metal finish on the rear and sides, but at 730g, its significantly heavier than the iPad 2.

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