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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. jsweeney800's Avatar
      jsweeney800 -
      The camera specs are a prank. Back is only like 1MP.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      I wish Apple was clear about the camera's MPs instead of just saying VGA front and 720p rear. Also they should tell how much RAM it has. It makes me think they don't want to tell because its not as much as other tabs. Did no one think to ask those questions at the event yesterday or would Apple not say even if they had asked?
      dude, Its glad to see someone wake up to apple's business practice. they ipad 2 was clearly rushed into production in response to the recent Android tablets. the ipad 2 is DOA and dont be surprised to see the ipad 3 in stores by this holiday season.

      apple intentionally withholds features from their devices to inflate sales., they release "new" firmwares that do nothing but unlock hidden features our devices are already capable of. they intentionally built the ipad without any cameras so they could dupe people into buying a "next gen" ipad 2 (similar to what they did with the 3g/3gs)
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      I wish Apple was clear about the camera's MPs instead of just saying VGA front and 720p rear. Also they should tell how much RAM it has. It makes me think they don't want to tell because its not as much as other tabs. Did no one think to ask those questions at the event yesterday or would Apple not say even if they had asked?
      Number of MPs is one of the most meaningless specs around. It's all about how the images are processed. A 5MP camera may very well put out 8x10 images that are visually superior to an 8MP camera, because of the processing. And if you're primarily viewing these images on a small screen, it's even less important.

      Bottom line -- you just have to see the finished product when it comes to digital photography output. At least that's been my experience.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      dude, Its glad to see someone wake up to apple's business practice. they ipad 2 was clearly rushed into production in response to the recent Android tablets. the ipad 2 is DOA and dont be surprised to see the ipad 3 in stores by this holiday season.

      apple intentionally withholds features from their devices to inflate sales., they release "new" firmwares that do nothing but unlock hidden features our devices are already capable of. they intentionally built the ipad without any cameras so they could dupe people into buying a "next gen" ipad 2 (similar to what they did with the 3g/3gs)
      If by clearly rushed into production you are referring to them putting it on sale a few weeks earlier than their typical yearly refreshing calendar, then yes it was rushed.

      Bad troll.
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Niner1000RR View Post
      Yea that's difficult when I'm walking a project, I'd have to have MyWi running and deal with the lag. And I've tried every office app I can find (Doc to Go, Office Premium, Office2, Office HD)

      lol

      Think I'm just going to take a shot at writing an app.
      Why would you need MyWI? All you would need is a desktop somewhere that's connected to the internet and the rdp or vnc app from the appstore.
    1. Amishasdf's Avatar
      Amishasdf -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      I sure hope not! They should have at least 512MB in there. I heard to output 1080p it would have to have 512 or more for it to run smoothly.
      Nah my iPhone 3GS can playback 1080p like a charm. Video playback requires very little ram as little as 10 mb for 1080p. Ram is more important for video generation like in gaming.
    1. Amishasdf's Avatar
      Amishasdf -
      Those who are complaining about the camera the camera is better than the 5 mp or8 mp cameras unless Ur gonna zoom the picture on a high res screen. Video quality of the iPod touch cam is at the top of the list along with the iPhone 4.
      Ps:No I don't work for apple
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      dude, Its glad to see someone wake up to apple's business practice. they ipad 2 was clearly rushed into production in response to the recent Android tablets. the ipad 2 is DOA and dont be surprised to see the ipad 3 in stores by this holiday season.

      apple intentionally withholds features from their devices to inflate sales., they release "new" firmwares that do nothing but unlock hidden features our devices are already capable of. they intentionally built the ipad without any cameras so they could dupe people into buying a "next gen" ipad 2 (similar to what they did with the 3g/3gs)
      Steve Ballmer, is that you?..
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Moreno53 View Post
      LMAO at idiots still asking for flash!! 100 million + iOS devices sold and NOW flash is needed?? GTFOH!!!

      iPad2 smokes the competition and to talk about the damn cameras....REALLY?? Are the people on this board so out of touch with reality that they dont understand that how many gigapixels you have on your camera means NOTHING! RAM? WTF does it matter if the iPad is super quick (which all initial reports say it is).

      This is why Steve and CO are so far ahead of the competition, they realize this nonsense about spec wars is useless and all it does is it turns the market into a battle on sheets of paper. Its all about how well the product integrates into the users life and how well the product addresses the consumers experience with the product.
      SD Slots? Megapixels? I have said it over and over again, the best way to fail at a product is to base your design on the idiotic comments on tech blogs and message boards.
      The iPad 2 is not smoking the competition. You really should crawl out from underneath that Apple you have been living in. Apple is doing what they do best right now...spoon feeding you tech as they empty your wallet. I own the Xoom and my wife owns the iPad. She is hating on me right now. The Xoom is a very clean tablet with many awesome features. Don't get me wrong, I love my i4 and she loves hers too, but she is seriously considering skipping the iPad 2 and moving over to the Xoom as well.
    1. ventodivino's Avatar
      ventodivino -
      so i bought a 16gb wifi ipad new for $415.
      i'm selling it for $300 and paying $500 for the same model ipad2.
      which means i'm paying $200 for an upgrade to a better processor and a video camera.

      keep in mind i don't own an iphone; i currently have a prepaid-level-of-crap phone (I'm a forgetful person)
      and i don't want to sign term contracts (i'm currently waiting out my 2 year period with at&t) to get an iphone.

      so its sensible, right?

      i mean i see a lot of you talking about how its not really worth it, but it seems you spent a lottt of money on the top models and have other smart devices.
      my ipad is like a portible laptop replacement (my mpb is now a desktop and my ipad is my new laptop lol) and an e-reader (primary reason for initial interest in purchase)
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      It's all about user experience, when people see Apple products they always go "Wow". There has been hardware that was faster then macs but they ran whatever-the-latest-name-MS-gave-the-new-dress-on-dos which usually made people go "huh".

      Apple has an advantage that others don't they can coordinate the hardware with the software to create the "wow" experience.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      If by clearly rushed into production you are referring to them putting it on sale a few weeks earlier than their typical yearly refreshing calendar, then yes it was rushed.

      Bad troll.

      NO, I mean rushed as in it doesn't offer much more than the current model. rushed as in its already obsolete, rushed as in the ipad 3 will be in stores this holiday season.
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      so with all that was said...do you think the iPad 2 is worth it? thought they were going to put a retina screen in it...how's the screen look? is it still pretty clear? so many questions...


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    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      The original iPad is still worth buying IMO

      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      NO, I mean rushed as in it doesn't offer much more than the current model. rushed as in its already obsolete, rushed as in the ipad 3 will be in stores this holiday season.
      How is it obsolete? And how do you know that iPad 3 will be out this holiday season?
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      The original iPad is still worth buying IMO
      yeah StealthB, plus its like onehundred less...I held out waiting for the retina but seein they didn't come with it this go round may jump in the iLine fir the iPad2 come the eleventh...


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    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by chevymusclecar View Post
      yeah StealthB, plus its like onehundred less...I held out waiting for the retina but seein they didn't come with it this go round may jump in the iLine fir the iPad2 come the eleventh...


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      I sold my iPad 30 mins before they announced iPad 2 and have been dying without it. I use my iPad everyday and constantly. This week is going to suck
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I sold my iPad 30 mins before they announced iPad 2 and have been dying without it. I use my iPad everyday and constantly. This week is going to suck
      lol. at least you recouped some cash, makes it easier to get the shiny new one!


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    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I feel bad for the guy I sold it to because you know the moment he got home he tried the iPad out by going to Apple.com and saw his mistake
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      lol! maybe he can sell it too...rofl!


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    1. Aero26's Avatar
      Aero26 -
      Xoom looks like a beast on paper but a mouse in comparison. Why? Doesn't justify that no-contract price.