Google’s best and Apple’s best face off but the only clear winner here is Verizon. Let’s face it, Verizon is a powerhouse. With its new 8 Android phones launching (Thunderbolt, Droid Bionic, LG Revolution, Sony Xperia Play, Samsung Stealth, Casio G’zOne Commando, Droid Incredible 2, and Droid X2) iPhone 4, iPad, iPad2 and Xoom (that doesn’t cover everything but it’s enough) Verizon is going to win and win big. Let’s not even talk about having the best service in the nation. But let’s face it, you knew that. What you want to know is how the iPad2 stacks up to the Xoom, so let’s see.
First and most likely most importantly, (for all you marketing and price people) iPad2 wins big points, yes I said it! Why you may ask? Aren’t you an Android writer? The price! Let’s look at another example, we all love the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s size and functionality but were they lighting up when they came up with the price? Now you can actually purchase one for $300. The Xoom can be bought for $600 without a contract (if you want to know how contact me, it won’t last forever) but the actual price is $799 vs. iPad2 (Wifi only 64GB) $699. That’s a lot of money, but that’s not the whole picture. If you do opt for 3G (4G on the Xoom) the Xoom is significantly cheaper. The iPad2 comes in several price variations and it’s really based on what you get that shows the real value: see chart.
The bottom line is it really all boils down to choice. Apple is always sleek. Tends to have more apps than any other competitor (although that is changing) and as far as pricing goes: gives several choices (especially the ability to purchase at the app store which with free training is an experience in itself).
Sidebar – Picture and HTC or Motorola store, wow what would that be like? Things that make you go hmm?
The Xoom’s specs are better. Period. For instance if you want to take pictures it has a LED Flash; the iPad 2 does not. It has a high resolution (2MP) Front facing camera for Video conferencing; the iPad 2 does not (.3MP? Come on Apple). Better screen resolution, bigger screen, more RAM, better search and better notifications. A few things to note: microSD support and Adobe Flash Support should be available by end of March. Gtalk can be used on any device. Oh and let’s not even talk Google apps like Google Maps.
Lastly, why does Apple make it so difficult to find full specs? Peter Pachal from PC Mag makes some good points:
‘There are many reasons that Apple doesn't just come out and say that the iPad 2 has 512MB of RAM (among other specs). Steve Jobs himself has said he wants people to look at the iPad as an experience, focusing on the features, not the numbers. Giving detailed specs would inherently invite comparisons to competing tablets like the Motorola Xoom, and Apple won't necessarily come out on top in those side-by-side spec matchups. Apple would rather keep the conversation about things like the number of apps and pricing than benchmarks.’
‘There is another possible reason Apple doesn't give specs. For some important ones, it may not look good stacked against the competition. Looking at PCMag's benchmarks on the iPad 2's A5 chip, both the Motorola Xoom and Atrix scored better on two of the tests, suggesting Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip could probably boast better performance than the A5. But without official specs, any competitor would risk a libel lawsuit for saying so.’