G Styled: Motorola Xoom vs Apple iPad 2 – Which Has Better Style?

What a treat this week. So far I’ve only briefly had a chance to see the new Apple iPad 2, and not at all for the Motorola Xoom. So to spend some time with both was delightful. But now that begs the question, which is more stylish? Apple or Motorola, iOS or Honeycomb? So let’s dive in!

I’ll start off with the iPad 2. I still feel the same way as I did about the original: to me it is just a big iPod touch. iOS is familiar — so familiar that there is nothing different to look at besides it being on a bigger screen. So, as far as iOS, it isn’t as stylish as when first introduced. As far as the hardware, it looks good. Thinner and available in Black or White — all good perks, but just not enough to make the newer model as “magical” as the first.

On the other hand the Motorola Xoom surprised me. Not so much for the hardware; that I wasn’t feeling too much. This was my first real opportunity to play with a Honeycomb OS device and Honeycomb is hot! I can understand why Google may not want OEMs tinkering with it. The interface is smooth and felt futuristic. I really enjoyed using the Honeycomb OS, and this actually got me excited about an Android tablet.

While the Motorola Xoom may not be the tablet I’d want to use, hopefully another manufacturer will make a device that is nice like the iPad 2, but with Honeycomb. That is the killer combo right there, Apple hardware with Honeycomb!

Can I pick a clear winner? That is a tough one. If I had to choose, I would go with the Motorola Xoom. It’s interface is enough to make me live with the hardware.

G Style Pick: Motorola Xoom

Jason Anderson is a self-proclaimed gadget head and publisher of G Style Magazine where he covers all things “fashionably technical.” He contributes a weekly post on laptop and gadget panache. The views and opinions Jason expresses are his own.


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  1. Bob Hope Says:

    The iPad 2 is selling well online. Xoom may be marvelous technologically but the name iPad sells.

  2. Mark Says:

    I love the Xoom commercial. It highlights an awesome 3D experience while ipad just touts garage band and the fisherprice icons. How do you compare non moving icons to 3D? Nice try have ipad bigger in the picture and Xoom smaller and beneath it, an old, old trick. Xoom wins by a landslide with Honeycomb os.

  3. degustibus Says:

    I took my Zoom back to Staples and got the full refund…only had to use it about 5 hours to see that it was merely an overpriced flashy toy. Yes, fancy touchscreen etc, but I’ve got $200 netbooks that give me more use than this thing. I so dislike the whole apps booshway, there’s not even a native notetaker on the Xoom, gotta have an app for everything (of course you can always log into google docs…I know)…it will play music with tinny speakers, but again, gotta have an app for youtube and Netflix, can’t even read a book without an app (unless it’s in html, you can read with browser). These pads seem to me like electronic status symbols, like something you can whip out and make other a bit envious, like $200 Nikes…It’s a rare person & dedicated who’s going to use a Xoom to get any work done. Bring the price down a couple of hundred bucks, and I may get one on it’s second or third iteration, richt now very little sizzle or bang for the buch.

  4. AlfieJr Says:

    “style” is a tough call? gawd, you must be a total geek. or goth maybe. i’m sure not gonna let you decorate my house or pick my clothes.

    iPad2 is a masterpiece of industrial product design. users almost fondle it. the Xoom – nice black plastic. like all the others. totally forgetable.

  5. Kappa Says:

    According to online data Motorola is cutting production of the Xoom, to 5 thousand a month, based on sales to customers of less than 7 thousand. WOW

  6. Ben Says:

    Degustibus, are you really complaining about the need for an app to do things? Have you ever tried to use one of your beloved net books without any application on it? Good luck opening any document on it then. I have to say, that the xoom is the first none netbok or laptop I consider of being enough to take along with me on business trips. As long as I don’t have to do any complicated excel spreadsheets or Cad designs that is.

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