Galaxy Tab 10.1 Goes Head To Head With Xoom: You Choose?

One of the largest events to take place this year, kicked off yesterday in Barcelona, yes, the Mobile World Congress. Not only will plenty of developers be making their way there over the next few days, but also so will their devices. Starting off with yesterday’s line-up, we gave you reports on 2 forthcoming devices that have been on everybody’s lips, the Galaxy Tab 2 and the Sony Xperia Play.

The Xperia has been a hot topic of conversation since August of last year, followed on about the possible release of the next generation Galaxy tablet. Much to look forward to. With an array of tablets coming to our shelves in the coming months including as some may say, the expensive Motorola Xoom at $799, we wanted to compare this with the Galaxy 10.1 as its been named.

Putting the specifications side by side, we wanted to give you a little comparison when making your choice(s). Firstly getting down to the nitty gritty, in terms of what OS they will be running on, we can quite happily say Android’s Honeycomb 3.0, actual sizing of the devices puts the Galaxy Tab as smaller measuring 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm and weighs in at 599g, on the other hand the Xoom measures a slightly bigger 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm weighing a bigger 730g, therefore if its a lighter model you’re after, then the Samsung is the better alternative.

No comparison can be made for the LCD screen size, both are packing a 10.1-inch with HD playback on a 16:9 widescreen display. Internally both devices score highly with processor, being that of the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform with a 1GHz dual core processor. Unfortunately at this stage, in terms of internal memory, we have no official word from Samsung but for Motorola, their tablet will include 32GB + SD whereas we’re guessing the Galaxy Tab will possibly match this. Pocketlint did go on to state that the Xoom’s current SD card slot will have to be activated once an update to the firmware has been completed.

Battery life for both is a little hard to compare as presently, the Xoom has had no battery size confirmed, we only know at this stage that the tablet will give you up to 10 hour video playback, whilst the Galaxy Tab we do know will pack in an impressive 6860mAh, bigger than Apple’s iPad at 6600mAh.

For those of you who cannot be without a camera now, will be pleased to learn that the Galaxy Tab packs a 8 megapixel rear, 2 megapixel with 1080p video, whilst the Xoom has a slightly smaller 5 megapixel rear, 2 megapixel front with 720p video. If connectivity comparisons are one of the deciding factors when looking to purchase one of these, as Pocketlint stated, the whilst the Samsung Tablet includes HSDPA + WiFi, BT and USB, it is let down by the fact that it does not include no 4G, Near Field Communication (NFC) or DLNA. The Xoom on the other hand may too not include these but it does have one up on its competitor with HDMI-out and talk of an LTE version for higher network speeds in the near future.

I tend to agree with our source by putting the 2 tablets side by side, its a pretty difficult decision to come to both are packing some great features. Although the Xoom in terms of size, it a little bulkier it does offer more such as HDMI output and SD card slot. With no confirmation on the Xoom’s battery size, we really have nothing to go on whereas we already know that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 packs a big 6860mAh. In relation to imaging, the Samsung wins with a bigger rear camera and video recording.

What’s your decision? Which one are you more impressed with, and would you be prepared to pay the high figure for the Xoom?