Apple iPad 2 vs The Competition – A Comparison Chart


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

PlatformiOS 4.3Android 3.0 HoneycombwebOS 3.0Android 3.0 HoneycombBlackBerry Tablet OS (QNX)
Processor1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ80601GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor
RAM256 MB (?) 512 MB (?)1 GB1 GBN/A1 GB
Storage16, 32, or 64 GB internal32 GB internal, microSDHC expansion16 or 32 GB internal32 GB internal16, 32, or 64 GB internal
CellularGSM 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. A3G and 4G models available later this year900/1700/2100 UMTS/HSPA+ for T-Mobile USWiMAX, 4G
WiFi802.11b/g/n802.11b/g/n802.11b/g/n802.11b/g/n802.11a/b/g/n
Display size9.7 inches10.1 inches9.7 inches8.9 inches7 inches
Display resolution1024 x 7681280 x 8001024 x 7681280 x 7681024 x 600
Display typeIPS LCDLCDLCDLCDLCD
Video-outHDMI: requires Apple Digital AV AdapterHDMI——HDMIHDMI
Rear cameraUnknown megapixel with 720P HD recording5 megapixel, AF, dual LED flashNo5 megapixel, LED flash, AF, 3D5-megapixel
Video recording720P720p at 30fps—-1080P HD1080P HD
Front cameraUnknown megapixel with VGA recording2 megapixel1.3-megapixelYes3-megapixel
Video callingYes (WiFi only)YesYesYesYes
Location, sensorsAGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscopeGPS, AGPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, barometerGPS, AGPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscopeGPS, AGPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscopeGPS, AGPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
SIMMicro SIMSIMN/ASIMN/A
Weight601 grams730 grams / 25.75 oz.750grams / 26.10 oz.630 grams / 22.2 oz.400 grams / 14.11 oz.
Dimensions241.1 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm249 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm240 x 189 x 14 mm243 x 149.4 x 12.8 mm130 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 WirelessUnknown price. Available summer 2011Unknown price; available soon from T-Mobile“Competitive”, under $500; possibly available April 10, officially due by end of March in U.S.

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