Steve Jobs was a showman as well as a genius innovator, as witnessed by his dramatic recent resignation as CEO of Apple. He injected this sense of showmanship into the introduction of each of Apple’s new products, and the iPad2 was no exception. It just added a new note of competition to the already raging tablet war.
Who are the combatants in the tablet war? The main contenders against the Goliath, Apple, are Motorola with their Xoom tablet and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.
It is difficult for competitors to compete with Apple, both in terms of drama and the superb features of their products. The iPad2 did not disappoint, with its thinner and lighter frame and cool new features. But the competition is up and running, and here are some of the features that are heating up the war.
- Thin is in. The iPad2 is only .34 inches thick and weighs in at 1.3 pounds. The Xoom is and 1.6 pounds, while the Galaxy Tab is .4 inches and 1.2 pounds. It’s hard to imagine that lugging around an extra ounce or two will be a deciding factor at this point.
- Oh say, can you see. The iPad2 has 9.7-inch display, Motorola Xoom has 10.1-inch and Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with 10.1-inch display. All small enough to be convenient, but large enough to be easy to read. Not much difference here, so let’s have a look at the technical features of all of these tablets.
- Make a resolution. Apple iPad2 has the resolution of 1024×768, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab are closer to a laptop with 1280 x 800 each. The Androids definitely win here.
- Capacity. The Apple iPad 2 should be the fastest, since it comes with 1GHz dual-core A5 processor and 32GB storage. Samsung Galaxy Tab has 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a choce of 16GB or 32 GB storage and the Xoom has a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor with 32 GB storage.
Thanks for the Memory
Neither the iPad 2 nor the Galaxy come with expandable memory. On the other hand, Motorola Xoom offers 32GB micro SD expandable memory. If you have a lot of data to store, Motorola Xoom may be the only answer.
Yes, the war is heating up, and new fighters will be arriving; this may really only be a battle in a greater war.
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