Motorola Xoom vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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If you’re a lover of tablets then 2011 is shaping up to be your year, with huge releases on the agenda from all the big players in the mobile field.

Two of the most highly anticipated are Motorola’s Xoom and the eagerly awaited follow-up to Samsung’s impressive Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and we’ve decided to place these two great devices head-to-dead to see which one flies and which one falters.

Operating System
Both devices feature the latest iteration of Google’s Android OS, version 3.0 (Honeycomb) which has been totally overhauled with tablet use in mind.

New features include updated and enhanced multitasking support, new holographic UI, customisable home-screens and an updated on-screen keyboard which makes typing out long e-mails or documents a much more pleasant experience.

Owing to similarities in their hardware both tablets implement this new software brilliantly and it’s a breeze to use!

Winner – Draw

Imaging
It’s dual cameras across the board with the new breed of Android slates and these two pack in plenty of optical goodness.

Motorola’s Xoom comes packs 5-megapixel rear-facing and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras, with the primary snapper offering 720p video capture and benefitting from autofocus and a dual-LED flash.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 however, kicks things up a notch with an impressive 8-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and autofocus, capable of stunning still images and 1080p video capture, as well a 2-megapixel video-call camera.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Display
Both tablets feature splendid 10.1-inch displays imbued with multitouch support and three-axis gyro-sensors for pin-sharp gaming control and are, quite honestly, a pleasure to use.

Viewing photos and movies on either is a great experience and surfing the web feels intuitive and immersive.

One sensor we weren’t expecting to see any time soon was a barometer but Motorola has stepped-up and secreted one within its tablet which should give the outdoorsmen among you a warm, tingly feeling as it will be able to offer much more accurate weather readings and even measure altitude! For this foresight we’re tipping Motorola the nod in this round.

Winner – Motorola Xoom

Drive-Train
Both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Xoom are powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2 chipset, which looks set to bring a new dimension to the world of mobile gaming.

Along with the 1GHz dual-core chip the devices are augmented with a GPU and 1GB RAM, so you shouldn’t have any trouble with lag or rendering bulky web pages.

It’s also worth noting that the new UI included with Android 3.0 runs beautifully on this hardware, with no stuttering or lag.

Winner – Draw

Battery Life
As with any mobile device, battery life is a make or break thing and thankfully both of these tablets can hold their own.

Motorola’s offering is powered by a 6500mAh battery which affords it 10 hours of usage time and 14 days of stand-by.

Samsung has erred on the side of caution with its cell, preferring to add just a little bit more at 6860mAh, giving it a projected battery life of 10 hours plus, but we don’t feel right commenting specifically because we haven’t given it a thorough test.

You can be sure it will at least rival the Xoom though, in both standby and usage time

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Verdict
It’s been closely contested battle this time around but Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has managed to pinch it at the close thanks to its expanded battery and higher quality optics.

There’s still plenty to like about the Xoom though which, with its excellent build quality and impressive feature set, will likely gather plenty of devotees when it hits stores later in the month.

But if you’re after a device which confidently ticks all the boxes, you’d be best served opting for the Samsung!

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