Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola Xoom: iOS /Android Fight

Here at OSM we like to follow all the latest about tablets and one of the most prominent devices to come out of CES 2011, and maybe the most prominent device was the Motorola Xoom, an Android tablet which will be the first to run on Android 3.0, Honeycomb.

The Motorola Xoom is being seen as a real contender to the iPad, specifically the iPad 2 when it is released in the next few months. So will the Xoom have any chance against the might of Apple, in the tablet wars. It’s difficult at the moment to compare the Xoom specs with those of the iPad 2 as the latter hasn’t been announced yet and is still very much under wraps but Phones Review has made a good attempt at it and given Xoom specs along with rumored specs for the iPad 2. We’ve also previously reported how the iPad 2 is expected to have a higher resolution display.

Brooke Crothers over on Cnet describes the dual-core Motorola Xoom tablet as a “test for life beyond the iPad” and wonders if it’s arrival will mean a much broader market for tablets in 2011, with the Xoom being probably the main contender. Not only is Motorola a top-notch supplier but it also has the might of the Android platform to back it up, against the Apple iOS. As Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been entirely designed for tablets it could prove a worthy match for anybody not sold on Apple devices.

Up to 800,000 Motorola Xoom’s are set to be shipped for the release and although it’s not likely to hit the same sales as the original iPad initially, it could certainly prove to be a quick-grower. What are your thoughts on the iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom? We’d be interested to know which you’d opt for and why and if you think the Xoom really is viable competition, so why not send us your comments to let us know.

  • Douglas Ford

    I don't like the iPad, it feels to much like an large iPhone without the phone when I used it. I want a completely different experience then I get on my iPhone. I will probably get the Motorola Xoom because it looks like a completely different experience then a phone. 😀

  • Tris

    I am sorry, but there is absolute no question as to which is best. The ipad was originally so successful for a reason because it is great and people should still go for apple's products as opposed to some newcomer's attempt at making a tablet computer

    • josiah

      u no friggen nothing it is good there is competition

    • mcgrubber

      Time for you to plug your iTampax, or you'd bleed to death

    • JayD

      Most idiotic and naive statement I have ever heard. I bet your tighty whiteys have a little apple on them! They came free with your Apple purchase as a reminder that they got you by the stones…!

  • iPad owner

    Right…because Motorolas a “newcomer”?…encourage competition and expand your horizons. It makes a better market for the consumers.

    P.S- I wrote this comment on my iPad :)

  • Tom Jeffries

    Hands down Xoom. Apple about to get over run in this department…Period.

    • Joe

      Dream on, phanboy.

      • Hayden

        Dream on, phanboy; Apple surpass any one else in terms of their militarized worship of Steve Jobs and his overpriced products haha

  • Mark

    I recently chose an HTC Desire over an iPhone 4 and am extremely glad that I did. I have an iPod Touch and to me the Android experience is much more satisfying than the Apple experience which feels somewhat restrained and manufactured. So, I would definitely prefer to go for the Motorola if the choice is between these two.

  • Patrick

    The iPad was originally so successful because (much like the iPhone vs. other smartphones of the time) while there were other tablets previously available, none of them gave the presentation that the iPad did. This is simply no longer the case and when you look at things like Apple refusing to enable Flash (which is funny because many student online coursework websites are done with flash), non-upgradeable memory, non-replaceable battery, etc, it really starts to build up in competition's favor outside of rabid/blind fans of Apple. Apple makes a good product, it's just very often overpriced thanks to marketing and rabid fans.

    • Guest

      absolutely true. most Apple users are pretty ignorant about the specs, etc. demographics usually falls in the category of young kids, particularly females, to adults who want to be in the "trend" but are just as clueless about the technology. they simply want a device that works for them and this Apple has delivered. the problem is months after ownership they realize they will want to video chat, but can't, expand memory, but can't, replace battery, but can't, etc. and when its realized they didn't get everything they thought they would get when they first bought the tablet.

      • Skyler

        Yeah, it really sucks being able to use more than 256mb for applications on my iPhone. Who really buys a rechargeable battery that they actually swap in anymore anyways? The iPhone 4 lasts all day, and there are plenty of portable chargers that function the same way if need be. I'd bet my paycheck that if you actually made the iPhone battery replaceable, only about 1% of buyers would purchase an extra battery, and only about 1% of those would actually use it. Oh, and as for specs? Compare the speed of a phone with similar "specs" to the iPhone 4 – it's immediately obvious that it's not just the specs that matter, but how the operating system uses those "specs," and iOS clearly has a distinct edge. You call others ignorant, but show your own ignorance by failing to recognize those simple facts. Android and their phones are good, no doubt, but the overall product and experience is notably sub-par when it goes head to head with Apple.

        • Millsy

          if by sub par you mean you dont just get a bunch of icons on your phone/tablet and you get to have widgets and friend streams that update you on whats going on, then yes, you are right.. :S some experience! lol. the real winner for apple is the people that make all these great apps for it. and i really dont think we can comment on the experience of android yet, as honeycomb might just be best tablet os ever created, but i guess we'll have to wait and see.

    • The Dag

      I find it funny when people use Flash as a reason to steer clear of Apple. For me, the presence of Flash on a device is almost reason enough to eliminate it as a *candidate*. While Flash has no doubt enjoyed great success in the marketplace and has some things speaking for it, the implementation has always been, and still remains, a gaping security hole. Back in the day, a user could largely protect himself from nasty people with nasty intentions merely by choosing a browser other than IE (which was not only riddled with security flaws, but also the very clear market leader for a long time (if only after killing Netscape through unfair play)). Guess what became the new darling target when IE's popularity had declined significantly enough that criminals felt the need to look for weaknesses elsewhere? That's right: Flash.

      Presumably however it is possible to uninstall Flash, or at least disable it, and enjoy the faster and less ad-heavy web experience that also goes with that in addition to improved security.

      Personally, I find the only thing I ever use Flash for is watching video. More often than not, what I want to watch can be quickly found on youtube. So for me, a dedicated YT client is actually a good replacement for Flash.

  • Harry

    I bought the IPAD MC497/A with 3G top model for $879.99 at Best buy in July 2010 and sold it 2 weeks ago for 700.00. I consider myself lucky to be able to get that. The Ipad is too big and heavy for true mobility. You cant put it in your pocket! In that case why not have a notepad already. The IPAD has a few shortcomings like you have to have a computer to get anything out of it. You cant print from it. You cant even use skype with video since it has no camera. It really sucks for word processing and spread sheet work. It is overpriced if it is a data acquisition device only.

    • Elvis

      you clearly have more money than intelligence.

  • Ray

    The new coming iPad 2 would be the true tablet that stands in front of all tablets.
    Thats that!!! Period

    • Pat

      Based on WHAT??

    • David

      You do realise Ray, that thinking like that is the reason iStuff is so overpriced. No argument from me that what apple sells is some nice kit but they intentionally hold back basic features so that they can re-release the product a few months later with that missing feature now added.

      I'm just saying wait until you see the specs & know what the product is before you vote for it or Apple will continue to enjoy more of your hard earned money than their products are worth.

    • David

      You do realise Ray, that thinking like that is the reason iStuff is so overpriced. No argument from me that what apple sells is some nice kit but they intentionally hold back basic features so that they can re-release the product a few months later with that missing feature now added.

      I'm just saying wait until you see the specs & know what the product is before you vote for it or Apple will continue to enjoy more of your hard earned money than their products are worth.

    • David

      You do realise Ray, that thinking like that is the reason iStuff is so overpriced. No argument from me that what apple sells is some nice kit but they intentionally hold back basic features so that they can re-release the product a few months later with that missing feature now added.

      I'm just saying wait until you see the specs & know what the product is before you vote for it or Apple will continue to enjoy more of your hard earned money than their products are worth.

    • alex.showem.up

      motorola xoom is gonna rape the ipad two..plain n simple android is gonna rule n apple charges to much for not enough. the xoom has 10 times the everything that the ipad has n ipad jus costs to much. grantided the xoom is gonna cost a shit ton when it comes out, but it iwill be priced the same as apples ipad and ipad 2 but you get a TON more for your money with the xoom.

      ipad sucks!! and so does ipad 2

    • Millsy

      lol, you are obviously an apple fanboy, dont even know what it is yet and you are voting for it. its a little sad that the apple hype gets to some people so much that they wont even consider comparing devices with anything else. The Ipad 2 im guessing will be just like the first ipad, im guessing the new updated ios will be something new and exciting, oohh i know itll probably be a bunch of icons on the desktop. But this time with TWICE as much power so you can flick through the pages of pointless apps you have that much faster! AND did i mention that the screen will be 27 Times more detailed even higher than is possible to see with the human eye!! QUICK !!! Go buy it! ohh i forgot to mention that they will add a camera BUILT IN!! instead of charging you extra to get it separatly like with the first ipad, and dont forget that you can only use it over wifi, and you can only call other apple devices, even tho phones have had video chat for years ITS AMAZING, its a REVOLUTION I tell you!!

    • JayD

      You better use your iPad to contain your period!
      Shame there's is ignorance such as yours in this world.

  • John

    For me it would really depend on the way the Xoom feels and works. I had the not so pleasant experience of using a Galaxy Tab, and it was nothing more than a bulky version of my phone. Don't get me wrong I LOVE android on my phone but in my experience from using both the GTab and iPad, I prefer the iPad. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Xoom before deciding which tablet I'll actually buy.

  • Android aways

    For me Android Honeycomb + Dual core processor offering 2GHz of processing power ROCK !!!

    • The Dag

      It does sound good. Just remember more power isn't always good, e.g. in power *consumption*… But I don't have a clue what the Xoom's battery life is like, so I'll just wait and see the reports.

  • Andy

    My prediction? IPad will outsell the xoom 8-1 by the end of 2011

    Sent from my iPad (^_^)

    • DAvid

      Is that including the head start or do you mean from the day they are both released?

      • auchegal

        Ipad2 will outsell the Xoom for suer, but the iPad OS probably will not outsell Honeycomp. Same with the iPhone, no Android device by itself outsells the iPhone, but the Android OS outsells the Apple OS.

    • DAvid

      Is that including the head start or do you mean from the day they are both released?

  • Martin

    I am now doubting between both, xoom and Ipad 2. I will wait some months untill I will be able to really compare them. And if finally both are more or least similar I will chose Ipad and I will do so because I trust the company to develope apps that will work fine. On top of that I always have the same thought, and correct me if I am wrong, at the end of the day Android honeycomb will be to tablets the same than windows to computers, meaning that both microsoft and google they have to develope software for a wide range of different hardwares while apple is able to optimise one software for one hardware and that is what make apple products to work better.

    • Hayden

      But Apple has their fingers in every developer's pie, so no one can make the soft ware they chose to make. Sure, some things run better on different Android devices, and they're not all created equal, but any one can make anything for any Android phone. Apple restricts developers so harshly; all this 'Apple equals happiness and creativity' crap is just that, crap. They make great hardware, and mostly, their software is solid, but the freedom of choice is too important to some of us to go the Apple route.

  • TareX

    Xoom kills the iPad 1…. but the iPad 2? Well from the specs we've heard so far, it will be a difficult call. We're talking a retina screen on a 10" display…. that's just too good.

    • josiah

      there is no retina display it is going to be the same large pixel display….xoom wins!

      • millsy

        yea well if they do go the retina display lets hope they dont send them out with yellow splotches all over them this time! Lol

  • Elvis

    The key measure of success is product margins, which Apple clearly has the advantage. Apple uses it's extremely high cash position and sales projections to negotiate lower component costs and guarantee availability. All others are cheap imitation with extremely low or no margins which leads to an inferior quality product, which consumers will eventually figure out. Or find out that product is discontinued or no longer supported because the manufacturer can't make any money on it. Apple designs product for 5 years of service life, while all others design for 18 months of life. Hence, you should never need to replace a battery in an Apple product if properly maintained, except in rare mortality cases. If you want to purchase a cheap product and replace it every 18 to 24 months go right ahead, you are helping contribute to the economy. All I ask is that you make your purchase from an American owned company.

    • auchegal

      Your statement about the quality of apple products is absolutely correct, but who keeps any electronic device any longer for more then 2 years. And I can by usually at least 2 inferior products for the same price as and apple product. So I rather get the cheep and buy a new one in 2 years with better specs then have to wait 4 to 5 years since the product was initially so expansive and I need to use it that long to make up for it.

      • Elvis

        As another reader posted, they purchased an iPad for $880 and sold it 9 months later for $700. That's 80% residual value after 9 months. Apple products have the highest percentage residual value than any other electronic or computer gadget. If you want to replace your apple product every two years, you can still do so buy selling your old device to buy down your cost of ownership to match that of a commodity device. I know many people who do this regularly, but there are those that simply will not part with or prefer to had down their old Apple products. Buy the device you really want and you will be a much happier individual. If that ends up being a non-apple product, then go for it. But when you are sitting on an airplane next to someone who bought the apple device, you will be overcome with envy.

      • Elvis

        I can't tell you the number of time I have been sitting in a pub minding my own business when someone with a BB ask me about my iPhone and what kind of things I can do with it. Usually after 10 minutes of showing them how I can control my home security and automation, free live streaming TV, VPN into my home network, etc. they cry uncle and put their BB in their pocket and sulk in their beer. The straw that breaks their will is when I show them I can open my garage door and watch it open on my IP cameras from anywhere in the world or from 40000 ft.

      • Elvis

        BTW, I've been doing this for over 3 years and still don't pay an additional monthly extortion fee to the likes of ADT, Broadview (Brinks), etc. for the privilege. When I factor in the cost if I were to pay for the equivalent services from one of those companies, the cost of the apple device pays for itself. I have read cases of people who paid close to $10,000 in hardware and installation costs, and pay $100-$150 per month for the same capability. I paid $1,000 for the hardware (not including the iOS device) installed it myself, and don't pay a monthly recurring extortion fee. I can do this because of all the apps that are available for iOS devices. Show me a non-apple product that can do all this and control my entire home theater system for the same or lower cost with the elegance of an iOS device and I will take a look.

        • Dood

          Well, you can do all of this on an android phone/product too. It depends on your knowledge of how to do it. I'm sure if those people with 10 grand decided to do about a week's worth of research, they probably could have done it too.

  • John


    • Elvis

      I said American owned company. RIM is Canadian. The only good thing that comes out of Canada is beer, back bacon, comedians, musicians, and strip clubs.

      • Elvis

        … and occasionally hockey players.

      • lns

        Yeah, an American company that uses Chinese workers. Real American. Regardless of your slams on Canada, at least their economy did not tank out of greed.

  • susan

    do any of you have thoughts about the difference between the quantity/quality of the apps associated with the ipad and the xoom?

    • Tijs


      the great thing about android: you dont need apps to show mail, time, agenda, status, facebook etc.

      you can put the widgets on the way better xoom homescreen.

      we all know that app quality on ipad is much better, but we also know that apple is limiting more and more.

      We want to do everyrhing, and android is coming closer to that, while apple is getting farther away.

      The reason for buying an ipad would probably be because the great screen and all the apps. And android 3 hasnt been tested by reality, so: how good does it really work?

      I suggest this: if you like limitations, but prefer gaming, buy ipad. If you like to discover the next generation of tablets, buy xoom.

  • michell o bombshell

    the apple logo is just too good!

    anyway, the official specs for ipad 2 is not available yet.
    iOS/apple is tried and tested. everyone know they make a quality product
    ask yourself why despite its price people are still buying their products?
    microsoft's zune tried to kill ipod but where is zune right now?
    samsung's galaxy tab tried to kill ipad1 but where is it now?
    google tv? dead?

    i rather choose a close-minded OS than an open-source one

    • Rakesh

      have you verified what Android is doing to iPhone Market ? Android (from Google) captured 44% of smart-phone market. Android Phones are kicking iPhone all over.

      Now Xoom has Android Honeycomb….I am sure iPad dominance is short lived if Motorola doesn't mess up in pricing and offer WiFi version for $499.

  • kps

    There are far more people supporting and developing in an open OS than Apple can compete against. Hardware is hardware, the software/usability is key to extending the tablet to a true usable device and not just a toy.

    Look how far android has come. the cell phone volumes and acceptance alone should show you something. BTW, I am sending this from my HTC EVO rooted with CM7 gingerbread. Someone earlier mentioned IPAD outselling xoom 8 to 1, I would venture a guess that there are 8 or more people developing on android platform than apple employees. Its just a matter of time……

  • Joseph

    I really don't care which one is better. Neither tablet has been released yet……..

  • Prince

    Android 3.0 hmmmmm google map in 3D with building appearing when you zoom……………

  • Chad

    I felt like a slave to the whims of Steve Jobs for the year and a half that i had my iphone. yes it was neat, and fun, and capable. However, just about every other week i would find something on it and wonder why such a capable device is under so many restrictions. Switched to Evo last september and couldnt be more happy. all the utility. none of the BS rules. Until apple itself takes its heavy hand off its hardware, i see no reason to ever purchase another apple device.

  • DroidRules

    If it wasnt for the army of New Media Sheep that MUST use Apple products they would be nowhere. They are inextricably infused into these mindless drones becuase their proffesion ensures that Apple products are shouted from the rooftops (News, marketing, web, et al). You dont see Mac's in a regular business do you ? Then along come all the other blinded sheep and go hey, thats cool, I need one. Ching. And as for the Apple brigade, they cant for one minute see that if anyone does software, Google does. Apple products are niche, and for people that think they are cool, and smart, but actually are loathed by those around them for being a smart arsed twat. Lets face it, Microsoft had tablet computers 10 years ago, and monkeys were particpating in experiments with touch screens in the 70's. If only some of the Apple brigade knew the truth they wouldnt foolishly shout their mouths off so much. contd ….

  • DroidRules

    Yes Apple brought Iphone and Ipad to market but its nothing new. Since 2009 Google launched Android, and in that short time Android is now outselling IOS 2:1 globally. Android 3 makes IOS look like a toy, so all together now u Apple pad monkeys, wake up, or f*ck off, cos trust me, the core is about to to rot. Your precious Mr Jobs aint gonna be around forever, and user are starting to realise, like they did with Windows, that Apple are so far up their own arse they cant even see it and a credible real alternative is now on the block. Im a proffesional software engineer, over 20yrs in the business, and I cant wait to get my hands on a Xoom.

  • dave

    all i can say is last weekend i was visiting some folks one person had an ipad and a xoom. they told me they wish they could sell their ipad. after 10 min with the xoom they dont even want to touch the ipad. i only spent about 10 min with it and have been tempted to get one. i am just not sure i would use it very much. i currently have a tower, laptop, and smartphone. i just don't seem myself getting much use out of a tablet. my understanding is that they are hard to read in direct sunlight so taking it out to read a book, or watch video's would be a waste of time. i am not one to hang out at a coffee shop and say look how cool i am i have a laptop. maybe if i spent time on train's, or planes it may possibly be worth it. in the car i am normally the driver maybe if i go back to school it would be nice to have my books on it other than that i just don't see myself using it much.