Samsung Galaxy Tab vs. Motorola Xoom

Posted on Wednesday, May 18 2011 on 04:00 PM

The most common question I’ve been asked since receiving the Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition is “How does is stack up against the Motorola Xoom?”, so I decided to put together a series of photos to show you exactly how they stack up!

It’s no surprise that the Tab is a little bit bigger and a whole lot thinner. Side by side, the Tab is really only an eighth of an inch longer than the Xoom on all side. From the front, the cameras are in the same place, the headphone jacks are almost in the same place, and the power ports are in the same place. However, the weight and girth of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 compared to the Xoom will make all the difference in the world to many.

It’s clear to see that the Tab boots way faster, and the Xoom even lags a bit when it first boots, though eventually balances out to be just as smooth as the Tab. For a performance test, I loaded Pinball THD from the nVidia Tegra Zone on the tablets at the exact same time. Since they are both running Tegra 2 processors, I expected this to be the same, but was proven wrong three times in a row when the Galaxy Tab 10.1 loaded the app nearly 5 seconds faster every time, as is demonstrated in the video.

It’s important to know which one takes a better picture. When comparing the rear cameras, I was surprised to find that the Motorola Xoom took brighter pictures than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the Tab’s pictures are much clearer when you zoom in on the center of this Chrome ball. As for the Front Facing Camera, the lighting wasn’t such a huge difference, and the colors were pretty close, but again the Xoom lost out when you zoom in on the picture. See the image of me (in the Android hat) in the gallery below.

It’s a handful of little tiny differences, but more than enough to see that the clear winner here in a side-by-side is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.


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