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Tablet Showdown: Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola Xoom vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Blackberry PlayBook

Apple has finally released the New Second Generation iPad that is iPad 2. As expected, the iPad 2 is a gentle evolution of the original iPad, sporting a faster processor, front and rear cameras, an HDMI port, 720p video capture and a lighter, thinner design. It also now comes in a choice of black or white.

iPad 2 has created a great competition with the other tablets around. Motorola Xoom, Samsng galaxy tab 10.1, Blackberry Playbook.

Checkout the comparison below.

Apple iPad 2

Apple’s iPad 2 announced by Steve Jobs to be powered by a dual-core CPU that’s supposedly twice as fast as the current iPad. The new graphics chips are ’9x faster’ too. Impressive, at least on paper. In typical Apple fashion, we don’t have actual figures other than the usual dimensions. Thickness? 8.8mm. That’s one third thinner than the current model.

Interestingly, the new iPad 2 features two cameras, one rear and one front facing and the most interesting specification of them all is the availability of the new white iPad. Apple couldn’t get a white iPhone 4 out the door but no such issues with the iPad 2.

While the iPad 2 is certainly an improvement over its predecessor, the majority of new features are already being mirrored by rival tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung showed off its new Galaxy Tab 10.1 at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with the new tablet hoping to build on the success of its smaller sibling.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Equipped with a 10.1in WXGA touch screen, a 1GHz Dual-Core application processor and an 8-megapixel AF camera, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with all the trimmings you’d expect from a high-end tablet.

Like the Motorola Xoom, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS; an operating system built specifically for tablet devices and smartphones.

Some of the key features new to Android 3.0 include tabbed browsing, a Windows-esque taskbar, improved multi-tasking and up to five customisable home screens. Honeycomb should help to make the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s interface more intuitive and user-friendly.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 measures 246.2×170.4×10.9mm, which is slightly thicker and longer than the iPad 2. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Motorola Xoom

Last week, Motorola released the Xoom in the US, a 10.1in tablet that runs on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform.

Boasting Full HD video playback with 3D graphics acceleration, two cameras (a front-facing 2.0-megapixel webcam and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera), 720p video recording and a bevy of hi-tech sensors, the Motorola Xoom is as feature-packed as they come. Support for Adobe Flash and MicroSD memory cards will also be rolled out in the future.

Motorola Xoom is pretty hefty compared to the iPad 2. While we haven’t physically seen each tablet side-by-side, the dimensions speak for themselves: 250x170x13mm vs. 238x186x8.8mm.

HP TouchPad

Originally expected to go under the Palm name, the TouchPad will run on a new version of webOS. Now at version 3.0, webOS is promising to be a truly tablet-optimized experience. Even during the Pre’s death-throws, many believed the OS was the phone’s best attribute and a tablet was always the logical home for a future updated version.

HP isn’t scrimping on the hardware front either. A 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU is the heart of the machine, with 1GB of RAM keeping the CPU busy. An iPad-like 9.7-inch 1024×768 screen is used, along with all the usual radios we’ve come to expect, including a 4G one. The TouchPad does sport a front-facing camera, though there’s nothing around the back.

BlackBerry PlayBook

With PlayBook, Research In Motion (RIM) is the fourth major platform (in no particular order) after Android, iOS and webOS to enter the Tablet Wars. PlayBook features 1Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 1080p HD video playback and HDMI output.

Powered by BlackBerry Tablet OS with UI designed by QNX, RIM’s PlayBook is expected to hit retail shelves in April this year.

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