Basic Comparison of iPad2 and Xoom

I still cannot figure out the actual reasons which makes one hate Apple, as if Apple did something to people who hate it! Sometimes, I think that, do they hate if because it usually gets a lot of popularity from media? In that case, the popularity is not something Apple pays for. It’s products are not cheap which after all that media hype, fails to impress actual users. I will write my take on this issue in multiple posts.

I remember once, one of my friends posting an article where the article was talking about “Apple screwing its customers” The article was for some insane reason, bashing Apple for changing the screws on iPhone. Now, what is that? I don’t think companies are supposed to use the same screws. How does that affect end user? Don’t say that the users will not be able to open up their phones.

One of the reasons, I hear is that “Apple products are priced way too much”. This statement is usually accompanied with some analogies. I definitely agree on this in case of Macs, they are indeed price steeply. Nevertheless, the other products are not priced as such. A case in point is iPad2.

Let’s compare the price of tablets from Apple and Motorola.

Wi-Fi Versions 

  • iPad2 comes in 16, 32, 64 gigs / Xoom comes only in 32 gigs as of now
  • iPad2 32 gigs is priced as $599 / Xoom is priced at $599
  • iPad2 display is 9.7 inches / Xoom display is 10.1 inches
  • iPad2 display is 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) / Xoom display is 1280x 800 pixels; 150 pixels / inch), HD 720p
  • iPad2 has 1 GHz dual-core A5 processor / Xoom has 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • iPad2 has dual camera, though MP information is not there on specs / Xoom has dual camera, back camera is 5 MP and front 2 MP
  • iPad2 camera has HD video recording capability / Xoom has no such information on its specs
  • iPad2 is 601 grams / Xoom is 708 grams
  • iPad2 has 25 W-hr battery / Xoom has 24 W-hr battery
  • iPad2 has 10 hours of surfing over Wi-Fi or video playback / Xoom has 10 hours of surfing over Wi-Fi or video playback. Though Xoom has 3.3 days of mp3 playback
  • iPad supports  HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV playback formats / Xoom supports AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, ACC+ Enhanced, OGG, MIDI, AMR NB, AAC+

3G Versions

  • Technical specs are same for iPad2 and Xoom
  • Weight increases proportionally for both of them
  • iPad2 with Verizon 3G is priced at $729 / Xoom with Verizon 3G is priced at $799
  • iPad2 is also available from At&T on 3G

Do you still think that Apple always demands way too much price for its products?

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2 thoughts on “Basic Comparison of iPad2 and Xoom

  1. Till last year everything was great at Apple . Steve was creating and we were innovating . But things started getting worse after his demise . Creation stopped so as the innovation . The biggest jump we made from iphone 3 to iphone 4 was commendable and above the benckmark for Apple . But after that everything just came to an abrupt halt . Last year because of the inside politics in Apple it started loosing our shine . Iphone 4s and Ipad 3 were the losers in international market . This year it got even more worse . With the release of iphone 5 our sales went down to just 35% of what we had 2 years back . A huge loss that Apple has to bear . Because of the closed OS the app store is getting dried up . Apple is facing serious competition with AndriodOS and Windows . The most awaited iOS 6 has some major bug issues which we are presently working on . But i can say they have not reached to a solution yet . i wanted to tell the world that this company is doing injustice to all it’s supporters . In the coming 6 months every product is going to go down the drains from Apple . Your iphone with a dried up app store and major bugs in the iOS will be like a brick in your hands . So my advice will be if you have an Apple product please get it exchanged because it’s better to be safe than sorry .

    Regards ,
    Richard Stevens .

  2. Thanks for your comments Richard! I don’t own an iPhone, I have an S2. The only Apple product I have, is an iPod touch, which is still doing the best its supposed to. I agree with you, that after Steve, things have been shaky at Apple. The recent Mapocalypse, which we have seen, is unthinkable if Steve would have been there! I have never been a “hater” of any thing without any logical reason, and this was my attempt at comparing iPad and Xoom, when a lot was being said that iPad was not that good. I found it to be far better than the competitors in the market that time. Nonetheless, I am having high hopes from Nexus 7, which am planning to get as soon as its launched here!

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