iPad vs PlayBook vs Xoom vs HP TouchPad: Competition Heating Up?

At the start of 2011, it became apparent that the next 12 months would be the year of the tablet. Ok, so we have some pretty cool smartphones coming our way, but for the tablet device, the list is endless. As well as Apple’s iPad, we can expect to see the Motorola Xoom on or around the 24 February, the BlackBerry PlayBook which currently lacks a solid release date although rumor has it, the month of April is the time to look out for it. Last but not least we reported just a few hours ago on HP’s 9.7-inch TouchPad which will be coming into the frame.

Although these 4 are pretty big contenders in their own right, we mustn’t forget the others such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and news of the second on its way, and also HTC with its Flyer or Scribe. For now, with the aid of Engadget, we decided to concentrate on the 4 side by side and give you a basic rundown of each. We understand that what it really comes down to is individual preference.

Firstly lets start with Apple’s iPad. The 9.7inch LED backlit displayed tablet device, runs on platform iOS 4.2.1, comes with a 1GHz Apple A4 PowerVR SGX GPU processor, 256MB DRAM, resolution of 1024 x 768, unfortunately no front or rear camera, although rumor has it that the next generation will include one if not 2. Models include 16, 32 and 64GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and 6,600 mAH battery.

Moving on to another big contender is that of the 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom. Although not officially released yet, the reports we have had regarding the device have been positive with the only snag being the price. Until its launch date the only price we have managed to get our hands on is of $799. Yes, the price is a little on the high side, but this is something to be weighed up with the fantastic features you get. Being the first to run on platform Android 3.0, it incorporates a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM, resolution 1280 x 800, 32GB storage, 2 megapixel front camera and 5 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, AF, and dual-LED flash, 720p video recording, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, size of battery not confirmed.

Thirdly, the 7-inch PlayBook due to be released sometime in April, is sure to impress. Running on platform BB Tablet OS (QNX), including a 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, resolution of 1024 x 600, 16, 32 and 64GB storage, 3 megapixel front camera and 5 megapixel camera, 720p video recording, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and huge 5,300 mAH battery.

Last but certainly not least is the 9.7-inch HP TouchPad. Running on platform webOS 3.0, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU processor, 1GB RAM, resolution of 1024 x 768, 16 and 32GB storage, 1.3 front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and 6,300 mAH battery.

As you can see there are some similarities between all 4, but the deciding factor we think, will be that of the platforms and software included. On rounding up, the Xoom will be the first to run on Android’s Honeycomb OS whilst the TouchPad on webOS 3.0. In terms of resolution the Xoom tops the rest but while it has a more than a respectable 32GB of memory, that is the only option available, the other tablets give the option of 16, 32 and up to 64GB.

Tell us what you think of the current tablets mentioned? Have you got a favorite?

  • CDHerron

    The arena is getting incredibly overcrowded. But in a good way. Sort of.

    There are plenty of Android (Oversized Smartphones) builds so it is terribly refreshing to see BB and HP developing their "own" OS for this arena. Kudos! I hear everyone screaming how awesome Xoom is but how relevant will it be when other Androids tablet makers update their OS software, Honeycomb, and at a much lower price point?

    I am leaning towards the Playbook because of it's Web rendering and yes, size. HP "should" dominate the arena because they are one of the granddad's in this game. Anyone remember the iPaq? But has anyone REALLY paid attention to BB's Playbook? I mean seriously paid attention. Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI1VgedbMUY&fe…. Apps? Really? Why? Supports Flash has HTML5 embedded and renders webpages as a Desk top would? Heh. Who needs an App?

    But neither will dent iPad's hold at the moment simply because of it's huge marketing budget and market share. The commercials and Apple jargon is everywhere! Other than that it's simply a big a$$ iPhone. Only a small portion of us realize that. I by no means hate Apple and am excited they open this market properly as Windows failed to do this years ago. You're talking to someone who owned a Fujitsu Stylistic (Would love to see them get back in the game but they would never be able to hit a proper price point), worked with a Motion LE1600, iPaq and a Pocket PC courtesy of Samsung. In saying that and aside from drooling over HTC's attempt to break the Apple stronghold (Thats where my money is and the only Android tablet I'd buy) I am digging the Playbook. The hybrid tablet that sits between those iPad/Androids and a real Tablet PC.

  • VuRaL

    Well, at this point we always compare a product released a year ago with the products that are announced to be released. I am not an apple fan but truth to be told, we need to compare fairly when the new thing is announced by the apple. So far only one you can buy is the one it is released :)