Apple iPad 2 vs The Competition – A Comparison Chart

Android, webOS, BlackBerry QNX, iOS iPad tablets


Today, Apple announced the iPad 2 and the tech world is buzzing with the details about this latest tablet offering to hit the market. Unlike last year when the iPad was the sole member of this growing class of devices, the Apple iPad 2 will join a growing rank of tablets that come in every shape, size and platform. To help you navigate this complex world of devices, we summarized the major features of the top tablets that are now or will soon be available. Take a look at the devices and see how they compare on paper.

The iPad 2 succeeds the original iPad with twice the number of processing cores, the addition of rear- and front-facing cameras, a new white color option, and an even sexier design. But, as of now, we have no word on how much RAM the new iPad is working with, which could be a potential deal-breaker if it’s not up to par with the competition – multi-tasking apps need lots of RAM, after all.

If money was no object and all five tablets were now available, which one would choose as your primary tablet device?

iPad 2

iPad 2

Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom

HP Touchpad

HP Touchpad

LG G-Slate

LG G-Slate

BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook

Platform iOS 4.3 Android 3.0 Honeycomb webOS 3.0 Android 3.0 Honeycomb BlackBerry Tablet OS (QNX)
Processor 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor
RAM 256 MB (?) 512 MB (?) 1 GB 1 GB N/A 1 GB
Storage 16, 32, or 64 GB internal 32 GB internal, microSDHC expansion 16 or 32 GB internal 32 GB internal 16, 32, or 64 GB internal
Cellular GSM model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Verizon model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)

GPRS/EDGE Class 12, HSDPA 10.1 Mbps, 5.76 Mbps, EV-DO Rev. A 3G and 4G models available later this year 900/1700/2100 UMTS/HSPA+ for T-Mobile US WiMAX, 4G
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Display size 9.7 inches 10.1 inches 9.7 inches 8.9 inches 7 inches
Display resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 768 1280 x 768 1024 x 600
Display type IPS LCD LCD LCD LCD LCD
Video-out HDMI: requires Apple Digital AV Adapter HDMI —— HDMI HDMI
Rear camera Unknown megapixel with 720P HD recording 5 megapixel, AF, dual LED flash No 5 megapixel, LED flash, AF, 3D 5-megapixel
Video recording 720P 720p at 30fps —- 1080P HD 1080P HD
Front camera Unknown megapixel with VGA recording 2 megapixel 1.3-megapixel Yes 3-megapixel
Video calling Yes (WiFi only) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Location, sensors AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope GPS, AGPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, barometer GPS, AGPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope GPS, AGPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope GPS, AGPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
SIM Micro SIM SIM N/A SIM N/A
Weight 601 grams 730 grams / 25.75 oz. 750grams / 26.10 oz. 630 grams / 22.2 oz. 400 grams / 14.11 oz.
Dimensions 241.1 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm 249 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm 240 x 189 x 14 mm 243 x 149.4 x 12.8 mm 130 x 193 x 10 mm
Price & Availability $499 for WiFi-only 16GB version, up to $829 for WiFi+3G 64GB version. Available March 11 in US, March 25 internationally $799 full retail, $599 with two-year contract from Verizon Wireless Unknown price. Available summer 2011 Unknown price; available soon from T-Mobile “Competitive”, under $500; possibly available April 10, officially due by end of March in U.S.
  • http://www.arthurthornton.net/ Arthur Thornton

    The Touchpad has a gig of RAM, not half a gig.

    If you listened to the video (or since I believe you were there, if you had listened while being there) you would have heard them say “Twice the RAM of the Pre 2″ which has 512MB. Last I checked, TWICE means 2 times, not equal to

    • Anon

      nerd

      • http://www.arthurthornton.net/ Arthur Thornton

        If being smart/correct means being a nerd, so be it. What does that make you?

        • Anonymous

          Someone who agrees with you but doesn’t show it? :)

          • Stix2002

            Maybe it was the way you said it not so much as what you said.

  • Anonymous

    I think ipad / iPad 2 are fairly competitively priced and are a working system out of the box (app + apps + OS + UI). Honeycomb is not quite there yet, in terms of optimizations and app support.

    The only thing holding me back is the ipad resolution. It just cries out for a higher res display.

    Thus I’ll pass on the current generation.

  • http://twitter.com/Geek_News Geek_News

    Its rather surprising to me that some of the competition hasn’t come out with a device like the Xoom that is priced significantly better than the iPad. Apple has always demanded a premium for their devices so one would think we’d see some cheaper alternatives. I’m guessing it has more to do with Apple’s business model of collecting more on the backend through app sales and iAds ect.

  • Anonymous

    HP Touchpad has a gig of ram, FYI.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658705272 Kurleigh Leonnard Martin

    the pricing! oh the pricing!

  • Peter

    Battery life is an important metric not present.

  • DeusOTdeuS

    Xoom now only $539 for wifi only 32GB through Sams Club. http://www.bgr.com/2011/03/03/sams-club-to-sell-wi-fi-xoom-for-539/

  • http://www.intomobile.com/ Simon Sage

    Thanks for the corrections on the TouchPad’s RAM. HP has been sketchy about nailing that spec down in black and white. Will look into the battery info, definitely worth including. More suggestions and corrections are welcome!

  • Mark

    Blackberry Playbook all the way!!! can’t wait for it!!

  • Stix2002

    BlackBerry playbook – hands down. Like the size and ability to run Android apps plus flash and java support. Go RIM Go!

  • Stix2002

    BB Playbook rumoured to have 17 hour battery life.

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