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  • iPad 2 vs. The Competition


    Yesterday's iPad 2 announcement threw down the gauntlet to the host of tablet challengers, many of which haven't even gotten their product to market yet. How does Apple's second tablet compare to the first generation of its rivals? We pulled the specs for the new iPad and its closest competitors: the large-format Android tablets - Motorola's Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the LG Optimus Pad - HP's TouchPad, and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    Let's see how they compare:

    Processor
    iPad: Apple A5 1GHz dual-core
    Xoom: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core
    Galaxy Tab: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core
    Optimus Pad: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core
    TouchPad: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz dual-core
    PlayBook: ARM Cortex-A9 1GHz dual-core

    Storage
    iPad: 16/32/64 GB
    Xoom: 32 GB
    Galaxy Tab: 16/32 GB
    Optimus Pad: 32 GB
    TouchPad: 16/32 GB
    PlayBook: 16/32/64 GB

    Network
    iPad 2: 802.11 b/g/n, GSM, CDMA
    Xoom: 802.11 a/b/g/n, CDMA
    Galaxy Tab: 802.11 b/g/n, GSM
    Optimus Pad: 802.11 b/g/n, GSM
    TouchPad: 802.11 b/g/n, GSM
    PlayBook: 802.11 b/g/n, WiMAX, LTE, HSPA+

    Screen
    iPad: 9.7" 1024x768
    Xoom: 10.1" 1280x800
    Galaxy Tab: 10.1" 1280x800
    Optimus Pad: 8.9" 1280x768
    TouchPad: 9.7" 1024x768
    PlayBook: 7" 1024x800

    Rear Camera
    iPad: 720p HD
    Xoom: 5 megapixel
    Galaxy Tab: 8 megapixel
    Optimus Pad: dual 5 megapixel
    TouchPad: none
    PlayBook: 5 megapixel

    Front Camera
    iPad: VGA
    Xoom: 2 megapixel
    Galaxy Tab: 2 megapixel
    Optimus Pad: 2 megapixel
    TouchPad: 1.3 megapixel
    PlayBook: 3 megapixel

    OS
    iPad: iOS 4.3
    Xoom: Honeycomb
    Galaxy Tab: Honeycomb
    Optimus Pad: Honeycomb
    TouchPad: webOS 3.0
    PlayBook: BlackBerry Tablet OS

    Sensors
    iPad: light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
    Xoom: light, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, gyroscope
    Galaxy Tab: light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
    Optimus Pad: light, compass, gyroscope
    TouchPad: light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
    PlayBook: accelerometer

    Video
    iPad: 1080p HDMI, VGA
    Xoom: 1080p HDMI
    Galaxy Tab: HDMI
    Optimus Pad: 1080p HDMI
    TouchPad: n/a
    PlayBook: HDMI

    Available
    iPad: March 11
    Xoom: now
    Galaxy Tab: unknown
    Optimus Pad: "some time in the second quarter"
    TouchPad: unknown
    PlayBook: April 10? (rumor)

    Price
    iPad: starting at $499
    Xoom: $599 WiFi, $799 3G
    Galaxy Tab: unknown
    Optimus Pad: unknown
    TouchPad: unknown
    PlayBook: $499? (rumor)


    While most products have some unique feature or another that sets it apart from the rest, they are fairly comparable, at least to the casual user. What this suggests is that consumers are going to make their choice based on price and brand familiarity. And while many competitors have not released their prices yet - and may decide to set them based on the iPad - if this is the case, it could be that the iPad may continue to have the advantage for a while.

    So is 2011 going to be "the year of the iPad 2?" We'll have to wait and see, though if competitors' offerings continue to be late out of the starting gate, the iPad's lead may be hard to overcome.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 2 vs. The Competition started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 120 Comments
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Comments like "its all about software" -> wrong
      Comments like "its all about hardware" -> wrong
      Comments like "its wtf/ololo my ars is better etc." -> wrong

      It is about symbiosis of hardware that is powerful enough and apps that ppl want to use without hassle.
      Optimization is what most of todays software lacks, so it does not uses HW resources at maximum efficiency, that what makes "less paper stats powerful" iOS devices work smoother, soft is optimized better than the competing one.
      And from this point of view as of now competition are miles behind iOS devices (unfortunately).
    1. pachi1972's Avatar
      pachi1972 -
      Didn't you all know that crApple is a nickel and dime company.
      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      I think apple missed it with the iPad 2. They're doing just enough to get by. I think it's time to implement flash. F what you think apple,what about the consumers? The iPad 2 is nice, but I think they could've done a little more to ensure that they smoked every other tablet in every category w/o leaving doubt.
    1. Niner1000RR's Avatar
      Niner1000RR -
      I would LOVE to buy the iPad2, my only issue is I need a tablet for work. 2 things that I really need is the ability to use an excel spreadsheet that includes data validation, which I couldn't get to work on the iPad.

      Another plus would be the ability to load some Windows based photometric software. If the excel spreadsheet would work I would do without this one...

      Only option I see would be to develop an app that does what my spreadsheet does. Which could be pretty time consuming.

      I've been looking at the eee Slate as a solution to my issue, being windows based I could install office which would allow my spreadsheet to operate and even load my photometric software. But I would really like to have the iPad that weighs less, out sooner and has a MUCH better UI.

    1. DubbaCTrumpetMSU's Avatar
      DubbaCTrumpetMSU -
      Apple has survived and outsold practically everything since 2007 without Flash. Let that crap die. And pachi1972, if you don't like apple, what the hell are you doing on an apple related forum with an iPhone? GTFO troll. Bring on March 11. Niner--even with the other office type apps like DocumentsToGo?
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      The only flash you will see on an apple product is for the camera , which they failed to install on the ipad 2 . Along with not installing GPS which would have put it over the top IMO . They dont even offer an app to connect a bluetooth GPS that I know of.
      Anyway the HDMI dongle is a cool feature , just wish it wasnt $40.
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      it's all about software IMO
      +1
    1. chillihound's Avatar
      chillihound -
      Ram matters, commonly known that more ram equals better performance although I agree that os optimization is as important it's foolhardy to say ram is meaningless
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      All these stats mean very little once you start to compare how all these devices actualy WORK.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Amount of RAM is kind of meaningless actually. It all has to do with the efficiency of the OS. Even with multitasking the iPad 2 will not need more than 512MB of RAM since the screen is the same resolution. Apple has not reported the amount of RAM either so until ifixit does a tear down no one will know for sure.
      You think too highly on the aspect of iOS efficiency. IMHO it will need more than 512mb ram to run multitasking smoothly. I find myself running low on memory with iPhone 4 all the time.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by supr2nr View Post
      Listen I'm no Apple fan nor am I no Android fan by any means but your statement is just ridiculous. I have an iPad that I was given for free and I have an Motorola Droid X phone. Stating that there are not as many apps on the android market is just plain ridiculous. 99% of the time the same app that is in the Apple app store is also in the Android Market. The other 1% of the time you will find an app that is in the Android market and not in the Apple app store.

      Granted there are not a lot of Tegra based HD apps out yet in the android market aimed directly for the tablets. But that is because until recently there were no Android tablets. Which if I remember correctly iPad had the same issue as well at launch with the iPad 1. People complained about there being no optimized ipad apps available in the app store and then eventually people began to make ipad optimized apps.

      The truth of the matter is it comes down to the individuals taste. Do they prefer to have the option of a more customizable user interface such as what Android tablets offer or do they prefer to have the simple UI that iOS offers. You can't set someone free. You can't make someone like something that they don't already like.
      Im not saying there are barely any apps in the Android market, im saying that your not going to find much POLISHED games on the android market than in the app store, im not talking about android tablets but with the whole android market in general. tell me does the android market have any games like INFINITY BLADE? let me answer that for you, NO. And face it, the app store is more user-friendly on finding apps for you and the ones you like, GENIUS anyone? I have nothing against the android market but I do find (now this is my opinion) the app store is slightly better than the market for the reasons I have stated above, and can't you see I was joking with the "being FREE!!" part, I even used the words SPELL and BRAIN, obviously Im stating my opinion and im not saying people have to forced into buying apple stuff, I too hate people saying android is better just because it is, and vise versa, I am on no android or apple side I just go with whats right to me, and right now I feel the ipad is a bit better than all the other tablets(again my opinion. long story short I I was acting like a fanboy in that being free part and the whole reason for my earlier post is to state the app store is better than the android market not that there are no apps in the market.
    1. southpole504's Avatar
      southpole504 -
      iPad 2 killed the competition
    1. augustgriggs0's Avatar
      augustgriggs0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DubbaCTrumpetMSU View Post
      Apple has survived and outsold practically everything since 2007 without Flash. Let that crap die. And pachi1972, if you don't like apple, what the hell are you doing on an apple related forum with an iPhone? GTFO troll. Bring on March 11. Niner--even with the other office type apps like DocumentsToGo?
      not to mention pages
    1. squassss's Avatar
      squassss -
      This comparison is skewed in many ways. You need to pick a benchmark model and compare it in that aspect. You cant pick the best qualities of each price point and then stack them against others. Example... the ipad comes in 64 gig versions, however it offers no expansion slots of any kind. This is a big feature for those who are storage hungry.

      Network is not a valid comparison point unless you are going to compare actual speeds the device is capable of. The iPad is behind some of the heavy hitting competitors in regards to network speed and there is no option to upgrade to 4G once the network is available on AT&T or Verizon.

      Screen: Everyone is thinking it but half the people out there won't say it.. Why no retina display? This alone is a negative IMO.

      Rear Camera: Why do you have the ipad rated at 720p for the rear camera but you only list the still megapixels specs of the other devices? Both the iPad and the Xoom for example record in 720p and next firmware update the Xoom is supposed to be able to record 1080i. This is a very important spec left out of all the devices.

      Front camera: Seriously who the heck uses VGA quality anymore? Noone looks at a photo and says "Gee.. I wish this could be a little more grainy".

      Video output: Don't forget to include that some of these devices do not require you buy an accessory to enable the use of HDMI. Noone likes having to carry a dongle around with them just for the sole use of HDMI output. Any company (not just apple) who does this is just doing it wrong.

      Why is there no category for speaker output?


      Like someone said previously. It all comes down to how they work. Although one problem is that being an Apple fanboy for so many years people are resistant to change. It's like trying to wipe your rear with your opposite hand, you just don't want to do it. The iPad to me has always felt like a big iphone and nothing more. Sure it allows you to do things with more room but it's still an iPhone at heart. Combine that with the fact that Apple has once again spoon fed us minor upgrades for yet another 800 bucks. Let's not fool ourselves, if you have the money you are getting the 64gig model. These products have right around a 12 month life cycle so myself.. I'll keep my original iPad and wait for the iPad 3 or go with a competitor who offers all the things that apple should have included this round.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by hopethemodworx View Post
      The IPAD2 is already behind on the screen resolution and camera for FaceTime and doesn't even have flash;both kinds! I'll skip the ipad and wait for the wifi XOOM. Now more than ever,the IPAD is just an overgrown IPhone 4. 512mb of ram??...come on Apple!

      True... But the Xoom is a overgrown mot handheld as well. Have fun with your xoom. I am sure it will work fine. My money for this one goes to the iPad... as far as screen res... really? I don't see too many people noticing a difference. My MBP has a lower res than my i7 sony. However, to the eye my MBP looks better.

      People often worry about numbers and size. side by side comparison will be needed with regards to speed and resolution for visual appeal.
    1. squassss's Avatar
      squassss -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      True... But the Xoom is a overgrown mot handheld as well. Have fun with your xoom. I am sure it will work fine. My money for this one goes to the iPad... as far as screen res... really? I don't see too many people noticing a difference. My MBP has a lower res than my i7 sony. However, to the eye my MBP looks better.

      People often worry about numbers and size. side by side comparison will be needed with regards to speed and resolution for visual appeal.
      You can clearly see the difference between the Retina display and the iPad display. If Retina wasn't that much better Apple wouldn't tout it as a key selling point.
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Quote Originally Posted by xclusiveiphone View Post
      You think too highly on the aspect of iOS efficiency. IMHO it will need more than 512mb ram to run multitasking smoothly. I find myself running low on memory with iPhone 4 all the time.
      You are the only person I have ever heard complain about the iPhone 4 being low on memory. I could run all my apps, and still have ram to spare on my iPhone 4. If you think the iPhone 4 is bad, I would like to see what you would have to say about all the crapdroid devices out there. Trying to use one of those p.o.s phones is a f-ing nightmare!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      That is EXACTLY why...you see, Apple does not ALWAYS have the best but they are clever when it comes to marketing. I've never used any of the tablets above...I owned an iPad 1st Gen...I've tested the Galaxy Tab but it was the 7" version. I believe the RAM is 512mb, the 1st iPad was 256. I don't really care about the camera's, as i won't use an iPad to take pics, only use it for Facetime. It's all about the OS as stated previously.

      agreed...Apple should have taken the time to give us the Gig all other tablets have...hopefully we'll see a 4th quarter upgraded version. After all, it is the year of the handheld :]
    1. chinkynigwap's Avatar
      chinkynigwap -
      **** apple. they still dont have flash support.
      imo, id go for the galaxy tab 2 out of the rest.
      if ipad had flash support, maybe the ipad, but they dont.. so fk it
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Quote Originally Posted by xclusiveiphone View Post
      You think too highly on the aspect of iOS efficiency. IMHO it will need more than 512mb ram to run multitasking smoothly. I find myself running low on memory with iPhone 4 all the time.
      Are you sure it's an iPhone FOUR?? 512 is more than enough to handle all the ridiculous crap I install and run: and I'm a heavy user.

      Many people who are brand new to purchasing an apple product still believe that processor speed and ram are somehow comparable to other products or even relevant to the purchase. Apple (recent as of post-2000 era) does not release a product that isn't guaranteed to work smoothly. CPU and RAM are irrelevant. Compare actual usage. The os's of apple are so much better than the competition that apple has been selling hardware to accompany it's software for longer than most competitors have been in the computing industry.

      In the end, Os efficiency makes all the difference. Don't believe me? Compare your iPhone four to that motorola brick or the htc drywall.