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Is Apple's iPad 2 Better Than Motorola's Xoom? Be the Judge

Updated on May 6, 2012


Apple's announcement of its iPad 2 tablet pc made the glamour that came with iPad 1 fade by comparison. This announcement shot Apple’s shares a percentage higher by approximately $3.

The iPad 2 comes with mouth–watering features that might make current iPad users and recent owners of Motorola’s Xoom tablets to consider tossing their tablet PCs in the bin. iPad 2 features the iOS 4 operating system, which Apple touts as the world’s most advanced mobile operating system for tablet PCs which also works on the iPhone and the iPod.

The tablet enables you to read, browse and view everything by touching the touch screen. It works on a dual-core A5 processor which is two times faster than the A4 processor in the former iPad. The iPad 2 connects onto Wi-Fi networks automatically and with ease. It is also available with 3G connectivity on either AT&T or Verizon Wireless networks.

The iPad 2 retains the previous 9.7 inch screen of high-resolution but displays superfast graphics that run 9 times faster than the previous iPad, hence deemed suitable for gamers.

The input method relied upon is solely the multi-touch approach where one uses their fingers to perform tasks, surf the web, type, send email, read books and swipe through photos.

Works with Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later versions and Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later platforms.

The tablet measures 24.12cm by 18.57cm by 0.88cm, making it one of the thinnest PC tablet in the market. It weighs only 601grams, making it one of the thinnest, lightest and fastest PC tablets today.

Two cameras are fitted on the iPad 2, one camera is on the front and other one is on the back. The tablet has several locational sensors which include a gyroscope, accelerometer, and a digital compass. The two camera allow for video conferencing during communication.

With a 10-hour battery life surfing duration, browsers can get quite a kick out of this tablet PC. It also comes endowed with a folding iPad Smart Cover to protect its front and base.

The tablet is due 11th March 2011.

Compare iPad 2 technical specifications given below with those of Motorola’s Xoom MZ603 tablet PCs and judge for yourself.

The iPad 2


A comparison between iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom MZ603

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Motorola Xoom MZ603  
Apple’s iPad 2  
Operating System
Android 3.0
iOS 4.3
1GHZ NVidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
1GHz Dual-Core Apple A5
4G, 3G, HSDPA/HSUPA, GPRS/EDGE CLASS 12, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth Class 2 USB 2.0
Wi-Fi + 3G model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/EDGE, CDMA EV-DO Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0
Secure Storage
16GB up to 64GB
Display Diagonal Resolution
10.1 inch, WXGA (1280 x 800) pixels
9.7inch, (1024 x 768) Pixels display technology- IPS (in-plane switching), 178° wide angle viewing
Primary Display Orientation
Portrait and landscape
Screen Rotation
Four way
Four way
Touch tablet, Touch Screen-capacitive
Multi-Touch on iPad’s Touch Screen, Microphone
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
Three-axis gyroscope, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor
Two cameras front-5 megapixels, Back-2 megapixels with Facetime
Two cameras-front and back with Facetime
E-Compass, Simultaneous GPS
Wi-Fi, Digital compass Assisted GPS, Cellular
Audio/Video Output
HDMI 1.4
HDMI 1.4
Built-in 25-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery. 10-hr surfing the web
730 g
601 g
$499 - $829

YouTube video on ipad 2 demo

iPad 2 Smart Cover



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  • Anjili profile image

    Anjili 6 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

    Hi Dee aka Nonna,

    I agree with you that habits are indeed quite hard to break. On the other hand, I've found technology rapidly changing the familiar perspectives we are used to, to the effect that we instead strive to catch up with new things and trends that help ease our stressful lives. Some of these things are sincerely worth trying. You never know. Kindly do come again

  • Dee aka Nonna profile image

    Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

    Great review of both..I haven't taken the plunge yet mostly because I am attached at the hip to my laptop and I have a kindle to carry and read books, but the more I hear the more I want one of these devices...can do a lot without the bulk, etc. ec.

    Thanks for a great hub. I will take the time to go at least look at theme and get a feel for it.