1. Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar


    Yesterday's iPad 2 announcement threw down the gauntlet to the host of tablet challengers, many of which haven't even gotten their product to market yet. How does Apple's second tablet compare to the first generation of its rivals? We pulled the specs for the new iPad and its closest competitors: the large-format Android tablets - Motorola's Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the LG Optimus Pad - HP's TouchPad, and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    Let's see how they compare:

    Processor
    iPad: Apple A5 1GHz dual-core
    Xoom: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core
    Galaxy Tab: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core
    Optimus Pad: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core
    TouchPad: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz dual-core
    PlayBook: ARM Cortex-A9 1GHz dual-core

    Storage
    iPad: 16/32/64 GB
    Xoom: 32 GB
    Galaxy Tab: 16/32 GB
    Optimus Pad: 32 GB
    TouchPad: 16/32 GB
    PlayBook: 16/32/64 GB

    Network
    iPad 2: 802.11 b/g/n, GSM, CDMA
    Xoom: 802.11 a/b/g/n, CDMA
    Galaxy Tab: 802.11 b/g/n, GSM
    Optimus Pad: 802.11 b/g/n, GSM
    TouchPad: 802.11 b/g/n, GSM
    PlayBook: 802.11 b/g/n, WiMAX, LTE, HSPA+

    Screen
    iPad: 9.7" 1024x768
    Xoom: 10.1" 1280x800
    Galaxy Tab: 10.1" 1280x800
    Optimus Pad: 8.9" 1280x768
    TouchPad: 9.7" 1024x768
    PlayBook: 7" 1024x800

    Rear Camera
    iPad: 720p HD
    Xoom: 5 megapixel
    Galaxy Tab: 8 megapixel
    Optimus Pad: dual 5 megapixel
    TouchPad: none
    PlayBook: 5 megapixel

    Front Camera
    iPad: VGA
    Xoom: 2 megapixel
    Galaxy Tab: 2 megapixel
    Optimus Pad: 2 megapixel
    TouchPad: 1.3 megapixel
    PlayBook: 3 megapixel

    OS
    iPad: iOS 4.3
    Xoom: Honeycomb
    Galaxy Tab: Honeycomb
    Optimus Pad: Honeycomb
    TouchPad: webOS 3.0
    PlayBook: BlackBerry Tablet OS

    Sensors
    iPad: light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
    Xoom: light, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, gyroscope
    Galaxy Tab: light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
    Optimus Pad: light, compass, gyroscope
    TouchPad: light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
    PlayBook: accelerometer

    Video
    iPad: 1080p HDMI, VGA
    Xoom: 1080p HDMI
    Galaxy Tab: HDMI
    Optimus Pad: 1080p HDMI
    TouchPad: n/a
    PlayBook: HDMI

    Available
    iPad: March 11
    Xoom: now
    Galaxy Tab: unknown
    Optimus Pad: "some time in the second quarter"
    TouchPad: unknown
    PlayBook: April 10? (rumor)

    Price
    iPad: starting at $499
    Xoom: $599 WiFi, $799 3G
    Galaxy Tab: unknown
    Optimus Pad: unknown
    TouchPad: unknown
    PlayBook: $499? (rumor)


    While most products have some unique feature or another that sets it apart from the rest, they are fairly comparable, at least to the casual user. What this suggests is that consumers are going to make their choice based on price and brand familiarity. And while many competitors have not released their prices yet - and may decide to set them based on the iPad - if this is the case, it could be that the iPad may continue to have the advantage for a while.

    So is 2011 going to be "the year of the iPad 2?" We'll have to wait and see, though if competitors' offerings continue to be late out of the starting gate, the iPad's lead may be hard to overcome.
    2011-03-03 04:22 PM
  2. StealthBravo's Avatar
    it's all about software IMO
    2011-03-03 04:26 PM
  3. Sem656's Avatar
    Is that because hardware is like the same?
    2011-03-03 04:33 PM
  4. The6uest's Avatar
    I wish Apple was clear about the camera's MPs instead of just saying VGA front and 720p rear. Also they should tell how much RAM it has. It makes me think they don't want to tell because its not as much as other tabs. Did no one think to ask those questions at the event yesterday or would Apple not say even if they had asked?
    2011-03-03 04:34 PM
  5. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
    You can't outsell apple at the same price point, the average consumer will get the apple product for the same price
    2011-03-03 04:35 PM
  6. mmaboi21's Avatar
    Definitely year of the iPad 2.
    2011-03-03 04:36 PM
  7. mmaboi21's Avatar
    I wish Apple was clear about the camera's MPs instead of just saying VGA front and 720p rear. Also they should tell how much RAM it has. It makes me think they don't want to tell because its not as much as other tabs. Did no one think to ask those questions at the event yesterday or would Apple not say even if they had asked?
    I heard the ram was the same.
    2011-03-03 04:37 PM
  8. cpotoso's Avatar
    So, still the ipad2 lacks in features compared to the others, but it is shiny and apple...
    2011-03-03 04:37 PM
  9. Go Gators's Avatar
    it's all about software IMO
    If its all about the software for you then you don't need to buy the iPad 2. The iPad 1 will run 4.3 fw just like the iPad 2. You're all set!
    2011-03-03 04:40 PM
  10. iliveudie's Avatar
    So, still the ipad2 lacks in features compared to the others, but it is shiny and apple...
    Check into AA (Apple's Anonymous)
    2011-03-03 04:42 PM
  11. kuhndsn's Avatar
    If its all about the software for you then you don't need to buy the iPad 2. The iPad 1 will run 4.3 fw just like the iPad 2. You're all set!
    Concur... However, I believe what Stealthbravo meant was its all about software with the latest versions of the tablet manufacturers. I know from comparing side by side, I have found that for what ever reason the iPad 1 is faster. Even if the specs were lower on paper. The OS if written well makes use of the hardware installed. Take my MBP 13" for instance. It is smoking fast in parallels and blows my sony i5 away running Win 7.
    2011-03-03 04:51 PM
  12. MalayZN's Avatar
    one important thing that should be added is the amount of ram each device contains.
    2011-03-03 04:54 PM
  13. The6uest's Avatar
    I heard the ram was the same.
    I sure hope not! They should have at least 512MB in there. I heard to output 1080p it would have to have 512 or more for it to run smoothly.
    2011-03-03 05:09 PM
  14. Poseidon79's Avatar
    one important thing that should be added is the amount of ram each device contains.
    Amount of RAM is kind of meaningless actually. It all has to do with the efficiency of the OS. Even with multitasking the iPad 2 will not need more than 512MB of RAM since the screen is the same resolution. Apple has not reported the amount of RAM either so until ifixit does a tear down no one will know for sure.
    2011-03-03 05:15 PM
  15. samurai_vara's Avatar
    It's not about specs IMHO
    ios all the way...
    2011-03-03 05:33 PM
  16. athleticswimmer's Avatar
    IPAD FTW!!! why? because it's literally almost the same as all of the tablets and even better than some. But the ipad has what no tablet has, APPS!!! ever heard the saying "theres an app for that" yea well with apple that has become true and you can't beat the apps. My friend has the galaxy tab and he hates apple but never says why ( jealous much?) lol. But when were playing games we always end up sharing my ipad. Once I show him the ipad 2 hopefully the android spell will stop controlling his brain and then he can be set FREE!!! jk but seriously android messed with the bull and got the horns, let the games begin.
    2011-03-03 05:49 PM
  17. daffysam22's Avatar
    FYI: The "720p HD" rear camera is <1 Megapixel... not that megapixels has much to do with the quality of a digital photograph anyhow (I'm sure all of those devices suck), but don't expect to print a nice high-res photo.
    2011-03-03 05:52 PM
  18. cengkadad's Avatar
    its all about the amazing app apple got. not the spec of the hardware.
    2011-03-03 05:53 PM
  19. steve-z17's Avatar
    What competition....?
    2011-03-03 05:59 PM
  20. hopethemodworx's Avatar
    The IPAD2 is already behind on the screen resolution and camera for FaceTime and doesn't even have flash;both kinds! I'll skip the ipad and wait for the wifi XOOM. Now more than ever,the IPAD is just an overgrown IPhone 4. 512mb of ram??...come on Apple!
    2011-03-03 06:02 PM
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