Galaxy Tab 10.1

Motorola XOOM Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Comparison

The Motorola XOOM has been one of the most spoken about Honeycomb tablets since its launch because it was the first device to come with Android Honeycomb while the Galaxy Tab from Samsung is the best value for money tablet and is called as the direct iPad competitor. The Motorola XOOM and Galaxy Tab 10.1 are almost similar on specifications but there are minor changes in them when looked in detail.

We have also compared the Samsung Galaxy Tab with some other HoneyComb Tablets too. Do check out Asus Eee Pad Transformer Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Comparison , Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Comparison and Galaxy Tab 10.1v P7100 vs iPad 2 WiFi+3G Comparison while if you’re looking for the XOOM from Motorola in particular, you might also want to read Motorola XOOM Vs Lenovo Ideapad K1 Tablet Comparison andMotorola XOOM Vs Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tablet ComparisonMotorola XOOM Vs Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet Comparison before making your pick. Also, check out Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablets.

We compare the Motorola XOOM tablet and Galaxy Tab 10.1  in this post, looking at all the features and technical specifications in detail:

Table of Contents:

Motorola XOOM vs Galaxy Tab

Form Factor:

The Galaxy Tab is really thin and has dimensions of 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm while the Motorola Xoom is 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm, quite slim in our opinion and the Motorola XOOM weighs 730 grams, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is much lighter in weight, at just 560 grams. The Galaxy Tab is really easy to carry and has a portable design. Though both devices have a 10 inch screen, do consider the extra bezel all around and dimensions before you make the pic, if you are looking for portability and the feel in your hands.

Winner: Galaxy Tab 10.1

Display:

When it comes to the display, the Galaxy Tab has a 10.1 inch screen, which supports upto 256K colors while the Motorola XOOM has a similar screen of 10.1 inches and supports 16M colors. The Galaxy Tab has a proximity sensor and a couple of other sensors like gyroscope, but the XOOM does not have a proximity sensor on the device but it does have an accelrometer.

Galaxy Tab is reported to have a more bright screen while the XOOM’s sunlight visibility is not that good.

The Galaxy Tab from Samsung has a  TFT screen with a maximum resolution of 1280×800 while the  Mototola Xoom also has the same resolution on its screen. Also, both the tablets have a three-axis gyroscope sensor and support multi touch input on their screens.

Both the displays have capacitive screens.

Winner: Galaxy Tab 10.1

Camera: 

Both the tablets come with cameras and the Galaxy Tab has a 3.2MP camera with a single LED flash with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. On the other hand, the Xoom’s camera also has the same camera unit, with a 5MP camera and a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. There’s Geo Tagging on the Motorola XOOM, enabling you to add your position while you shoot photos.

The Motorola XOOM’s camera comes with , auto focus and dual-LED flash and the Galaxy Tab has an LED flash and autofocus. Coming to the video recording capabilities, the both the devices record HD video at 720p at 30 frames per second.

Both the tablets here, the Motorola XOOM and Galaxy Tab 10.1 have a secondary front facing camera, a 2MP one and is used for video calling and by various apps on the Android platform such as Skype, Fring etc.

Winner: Motorola XOOM

Operating System and User Interface:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motola XOOM run on Honeycomb 3.1, a newer version of Android, and Honeycomb 3.2 update is available for all the users of the Motorola Xoom now as well as Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Note that there are quite a few apps only on the HoneyComb platform, unlike the Android Market on smartphones. All apps which run on your Android smartphone will run on the tablet too, however, they will be of a smaller resolution and will appear stretched and pixelated on this huge screen. You can check out the Best Apps for Honeycomb Tablets and Best Games for HoneyComb Tablets also.

Though they run on the same operating system, there is a slight change in the User Interface. Motorola has placed a layer of its own UI on top of Honeycomb, which looks more attractive and is more intuitive to use than the stock HoneyComb UI while Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs TouchWiz 4.0 UI, which is also seen on its high end smartphones like the Galaxy SII .

Winner: Motorola XOOM

Connectivity:

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and XOOM support GSM bands on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and both support HSDPA on  850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 on 3G and comes with a standard SIM Card slot, if you are going for the 3G Model.

The XOOM has dual-band similar Wi-FI support, with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has only single band Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n and both of them have WiFi Hotspot capabalities, thanks to Android HoneyComb which has made it a standard features across all devices right from the most basic Android smartphones. To know how to use your Android HoneyComb Tablet as a WiFi Hotspot ad tether its internet connection, read How to Tether Android HoneyComb Tablets as WiFi Hotspot .

A-GPS support for location and navigation are also present and both devices have Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity, along with a HDMI port on the XOOM and Galaxy Tab making it a true entertainer on the move. The HDMI port allows you to connect your tablet to a large screen and enjoy your HD Videos or games.

Winner: Galaxy Tab 10.1


Memory:

The Xoom has more options, it comes with 16, 32 and 64GB Versions and also has a microSD slot which supports upto 32GB but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Samsung comes with 16, 32 or 64 GB of memory but there’s no slot for further expansion on it.

Winner: Motorola XOOM

Processor and Battery:

The Motorola XOOM has a Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Samsung has a similar 1 GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.

Though both the processors might look similar on the technical side, the Tab 10.1 from Samsung has a Tegra 2 T20 chipset with ULP GeForce™ GPU for quick Web browsing and HD Gaming. The Moto XOOM also has the same GPU based on GeForce.

The Motorola XOOM also has the same setup, with two of 3250mAh batteries while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 also has a 7000mAh battery and both of them can stand continuous browsing and media usage and last for over 10 hours very easily, when used continuously for its multimedia and other features like browsing or social networking.

Winner: Galaxy Tab 10.1

Conclusion: 

Both the tablets have almost the same specifications, but the Motorola XOOM has an edge over the Galaxy Tab, thanks to better build quality from Motorola’s engineers and better looks while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the most user friendly tablet and has good value for money.  If you’d use the tablet just to browse the internet and watch videos, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is worth the buck as it is a very light and slim tablet while the XOOM will be the perfect device if you’re going to watch a lot of movies or use it primarily for entertainment purposes.

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  2. Wadya

    November 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Motorola Xoom has dual LED, 5 MP rear camera. Galaxy Tab is lightweight and has better display. Xoom has better SD card support. Xoom UI is better than Galaxy Tab UI. Xoom will get Google future OS updates quicker than Galaxy Tab.

  3. Don

    November 27, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I purchased the Xoom from a Verizon store in Oct. 2011. It came with 4 G and updated OS. I love this tablet and cannot imagine a better option. I have IPad owners as well as other owners of non-xoom tablets use my Xoom and everyone has suffered from buyer’s remorse. I have played games, surfed the net, accessed emails, watched TV, movies and sports on my xoom and it has been great. I also have a blue tooth connected key board that makes typing on word documents easy. I downloaded a word compatible App which allows me to edit and create documents that I am able to save on Google docs. I would recommend this to anyone. In fact, my 22 and 18 year old use this anytime they can get it from me over their Mac (son) and PC (daughtet) laptops.

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