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Motorola Xoom Poses a Serious Challenge to Apple's Ipad as Samsung’s Tab Prepares to Land in the Turf

Updated on April 2, 2012

The Motorola Xoom Tablet

News from the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show indicates that a new product has graced the tablet market in the name of Motorola Xoom. The gadget looks good and has already been chosen as the “best electronic gadget” which has all it takes to challenge the current best seller from Apple, the iPad.

This tablet operates on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and features a large 10.1 inch (25.6cm) touchscreen display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. For connectivity, the gadget has 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, including Bluetooth. On internal storage, it features 32GB and also has a micro-SD card slot and a USB port.

The gadget incorporates 2 cameras front and back with 2 and 5 megapixels respectively, with a LED flash. It is also has capability for shooting HD videos apart from being armed with Adobe Flash support.

This gadget’s computational prowess is powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual core processor with RAM of 1GB, guaranteeing smooth faster service, compared to its competing precursor. It measures 24.9cm by 16.8cm by 1.3cm (length, width, thickness) and only weighs 730grams. It is set to retail at approximately $1100

Motorola Xoom MZ603


iPad 2


Motorola Xoom Demonstration

Apple’s Ipad Tablet

By comparison, the highly acclaimed Apple’s iPad which was described by the Wall Street Journal as a “computer killer” at one time features a display of 9.7 inches with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It is powered by a 1 GHz Apple A4 Processor, a RAM of 256 MB, a conspicuously absent camera that Motorola capitalized on and no Adobe Flash support. It has both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth.

The gadget measures 24.3 cm by 19 cm by 1.3 cm (length, width, thickness) and weighs approximately 705 grams. The power pack is a rechargeable lithium battery. With these attractive endowments, will the iPad cope with such stiff competition even as it launches its new iPad 2 on March 11th2011? Only time will tell as they brace for a run for their money. Motorola seems to occasionally present a touch of class in their products which makes this tablet “a must buy” for tablet users.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Another more serious and worthy competitor that has officially announced the coming launch of its tablet is Samsung with its Galaxy Tablet 10.1. This tab is expected to officially make its appearance by April 2011 this year or shortly thereafter. It also operates on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and proudly features a display of 10.1 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels like Xoom’s.

The tablet is powered by a 1 GHZ NVidia Tegra 2 Dual Core processor similar to Motorola’s Xoom MZ603. It connects to networks via 3G HSDPA + 21 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, has Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Its RAM has not yet been announced but expected to be 1 GB or more. The tab has storage capabilities of 16 GB up to 32 GB which are quite enormous compared to other tablets. It has an 8 megapixel camera that is better than most tablets.

It weighs 599grams, far much less than the heaviest tablet so far. Samsung is yet to declare its price. LG has also announced a future launch of its LG Optimus Tablet which has features similar to Samsung’s Tab except for its slower 3G connectivity, a smaller 8.9 inch display screen and an 5 megapixel camera.

By comparison, the Motorola Xoom has an edge in performance (4G connectivity) above all the other three tablets, except of course for the price that has been considered rather stiff by interested consumers. Below is a table that compares Motorola Xoom’s MZ603, Apple’s iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the LG Optimus Tablet at a glance. Well, we can only wait and see how iPad 2 will cope with this challenge.

iPad 2 Official demonstration

A Comparison of Motorola Xoom MZ603, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and LG G Tablet Specifications at a glance

Motorola Xoom MZ603
Apple’s iPad
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
LG Optimus Tablet
Operating System
Android 3.0
1GHz Apple A4
Android 3.0
Android 3.0
1GHZ NVidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
1GHZ NVidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
1GHZ NVidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
1GHZ NVidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
4G, 3G (HSPDA), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Bluetooth Class 2 USB 2.0
3G (HSPDA), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, USB 2.0
3G (HSPDA), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Bluetooth Class 2.1+EDR, USB 2.0
3G (HSPDA), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Bluetooth Class 2 USB 2.0
1 GB
326 MB
32 GB
16GB, 32GB
32 GB
Display Diagonal Resolution
10.1 inch, WXGA (1280 x 800) pixels
9.7inch, (1024 x 768) Pixels
10.1inch, WXGA (1280 x 800).
8.9 inches
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
5 megapixels
8 megapixels
5 megapixels
GPS Locator
E-Compass, GPS
Adobe Flash Support
Adobe Flash Player
6860 mAh
599 g


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  • Anjili profile image

    Anjili 7 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

    Hi Dee aka Nonna,

    It is nice to hear from you and glad to know that the info was of use to you. Welcome again.

    Hi Lady_E,

    There actually seems to be a challenge for the popular iPad which has been selling very well of late. I hope they cope with the competition. Thanks for passing by and God bless.

  • Lady_E profile image

    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    Mmmmh... Stiff competition. I am surprised because many of us have high expectations from Apple.

  • Dee aka Nonna profile image

    Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

    Great information. I love it when someone else does the heavy lifting (reasearch) and all I have to do is read it. LOL. I'm in the market for and iPad or similar and this really does help. Thanks