Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 vs Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Vs Paul Briden 14:00, 21 Feb 2012

This time Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Tab 2 takes on Motorola's Xoom 2 Media Edition

We chuck the Galaxy Tab 2 into battle with the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition to see which device has that killer instinct.

Form
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 - 193.7x122.4x10.5mm, 344g
Motorola Xoom 2 ME - 216x139x9mm, 386g

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 2 isn't a huge leap from the original 7-inch model visually, although the numbers are a little different with it being slightly taller, wider, thinner and lighter this time.

The back panel is the same slightly curved brushed aluminium and the device has quite a bit of bodywork space around the touchscreen, which looks a little weird to us.

We don't find it particularly inspiring to look at but you can be pretty sure it'll be well put together.

Motorola's Xoom 2 Media Edition has a much more creative and interesting shape with its tapered design format.

It's also the thinner and proportionally larger of the two devices, though it's a little heavier. There's not really much else we can say about it but it's far more pleasing to look at than Samsung's latest in our view.

Winner - Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Display
The new Galaxy Tab 2 features a 7-inch PLS LCD capacitive multi-touch screen with a 1024x600 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 170 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

The Xoom 2 Media Edition has a slightly larger display with an 8.2-inch TFT reinforced by Corning's Gorilla Glass. Its multi-touch capable and sports a higher 1280x800 pixel resolution, giving a pixel density of 184ppi.

If you're looking for earth-shattering visuals you might be a little disappointed with both these devices. Otherwise, they'll give a reasonable tablet experience and of the two the Motorola certainly has the upper-hand.

Winner - Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Storage
Both devices have different storage variants and each has options for 16GB or 32GB of internal capacity with 1GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab 2 also has a lower-end model with 8GB of onboard space.

The Galaxy Tab 2 is fitted with a  micro SD card slot which can boost the storage by up to 32GB but there's no such luxury on the Xoom 2.

Samsung has the advantage here with its card support.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

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