Tale of the Tape: iPad 2 vs Xoom vs PlayBook vs TouchPad

Apple just announced the iPad 2, and it adds some sweet features, including a fast dual-core processor and dual cameras. You also get a considerably thinner and lighter design. But how does this much-anticipated tablet stack up to other high-profile slates? For your spec-comparing pleasure, we’ve pitted what we know about the iPad 2 against three other top tablets that are already available or coming to market soon: the BlackBerry PlayBook, the HP TouchPad, and the Motorola Xoom. Let’s get it on!

Apple iPad 2


Motorola Xoom

BlackBerry PlayBook

HP TouchPad

OS iOS 4.3 Android 3.0 BlackBerry Tablet OS HP webOS
SCREEN SIZE / REZ 9.7 inches / 1024 x 768 10.1 inches / 1280 x 800 7 inches / 1024 x 600 9.7 inches / 1024 x 768
CPU 1-GHz dual-core Cortex A5 1-GHz dual-core Tegra 2 1-GHz dual-core Cortex A9 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060
STORAGE 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 32GB TBA 16GB or 32GB
RAM TBA 1GB 1GB 1GB
INPUT / OUTPUT 30-Pin dock Connector, 3.5mm Stereo Jack microUSB, micro HDMI, 3.5mm Stereo Jack microUSB, micro HDMI, 3.5mm Stereo Jack microUSB, 3.5mm Stereo Jack
WIRELESS Wi-Fi, 3G Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G (in Q2) Wi-Fi, Mobile WiMax, 3G and LTE later Wi-Fi, 3G (to come later),
CAMERAS VGA front, 720p rear 2-MP front, 5-MP rear 3-MP front, 5-MP rear 1.3-MP front
SIZE 9.5 x 7.5 x 0.34 inches 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches 5.1 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches 9.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
WEIGHT 1.33 Pounds 1.6 pounds 0.9 pounds 1.6 pounds
PRICE $499 $599 TBA TBA
AVAILABILITY March 11th Now April 2011 (Unofficial) Summer 2011
APPS 65,000+ About 100 and counting A few thousand (according to RIMl) N/A
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  1. John Says:

    Um, I can’t find a Xoom anywhere for less than $799. Is there some lower-priced model that isn’t shipping yet?

  2. Bob Says:

    with contract price

  3. Brandon Goodman Says:

    Lets compare apples to apples here. The iPad at $499 is an outright price. The Xoom at $599 is a subsidized price with a 2 year service contract. The outright price on the Xoom is $799.

  4. TJ Says:

    Lets compare the actual prices shall we Brandon.

    the apple price of $499 u state is a wifi only 16 gig version.

    the wifi only version of the xoom is $539 and it still has 32 gigs.

    Lets keep in mind that the zoom has 32 gigs with the option to upgrade it via microSD up to 64gb more.

    So thats a 32 Gig xoom with wifi and 3g+4g upgradable for $799 outright.

    Ipad 32 gig no room to upgrade size and has wifi + 3g only for $729.

    You cant compare apples to apples when you bend the facts.

  5. the unknown Says:

    I would choose the ipad because its got a lot of apps and all what people want these days are apps, but if you don’t care about that and want a good rear camera then go for the xoom or the playbook they are excellent tablets, if you are more of an internet surfer or want to use a tablet for viewing presentations, talking to your friends on the internet, and the most important thing is that you want it cheap then go for the touchpad.

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