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iPad 2 vs. Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry PlayBook, TouchPad, Xoom

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Updated September 30, 2011

While Apple's iPad may have started the trend of affordable, exciting consumer-centric tablet computers, it's far from the only model on the market. With the iPad's success, lots of competitors - from those running the BlackBerry OS to Android - are hitting the scene.

The question is, of course, how do they stack and which one should you buy?

This chart compares the iPad 2 to some of its leading tablet competitors so you can see in one glance how their hardware and features stack up.








iPad 2 vs. Galaxy Tab vs. HP TouchPad vs. Motorola Xoom vs. PlayBook

  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 HP TouchPad Motorola Xoom BlackBerry PlayBook
Capacity 16GB, 32GB,
64GB
16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB 32GB 16GB, 32GB
Expandable
Memory?
no up to 32GB
microSD
no no TBD
Screen size
(in inches)
9.7 10.1 9.7 10.1 7
Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 600
Operating
System
iOS 4.3 Android 3.0 WebOS 3.0 Android 3.1 BlackBerry
Tablet OS
Connectivity Wi-Fi,
optional 3G
Wi-Fi/3G W-iFi/3G/4G Wi-Fi/3G/4G Wi-Fi
Cellular
Provider
AT&T, Verizon Verizon,
T-Mobile, Sprint
AT&T Verizon n/a
Contract Price (monthly) $15 or
$25
$20-
$60
TBA $20-$80 n/a
Assisted GPS? iPad 3G only yes 3G model only yes yes
Camera
Resolution
(front, user)
HD video, VGA 8 megapixel with
flash, 2 megapixel
1.3 megapixel 5 megapixel, with flash,
2 megapixel
3 megapixel,
5 megapixel
Records Video? 720p @ 30 frames/second 1080p @ 24 frames/second no 720p 1080p
Plays HD Video? 720p 1080p no 720p 1080p
Apps? App Store Android Market App Catalog Android Market yes
Size (inches;
w x t x d)
7.31 x 9.5
x 0.34
6.7 x 9.7
x 0.43
7.48 x 9.45 x 0.53 6.61 x 9.8 x 0.51 5.1 x 7.6
x 0.4
Weight
(pounds)
1.3 1.3 1.6 1.6 0.9
US Price $499 - $829 $399 (2-year contract)
$599.99
$499-$599
(discontinued)

$599-$799

$499-$699
Review iPad 2 Review Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review Coming Soon Motorola Xoom Review PlayBook Review
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