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People's choice: Motorola Xoom or Apple iPad 2?

Motorola Xoom has arrived and the Apple iPad 2 has been revealed. These are the two leading tablet contenders of 2011. Which of the two would you prefer to use? Take our poll.

The Motorola Xoom, the first official Google tablet, has officially landed and the early reviews are in. The Apple iPad 2 has been revealed and will shortly be in the hands of the masses. These two are emerging as the top picks in a tablet market that is about to be flooded with innumerable choices. If you had to choose between Xoom and iPad 2, which would you pick?

From a purely technical standpoint, the two tablets are roughly equal. But, the Xoom has a more PC-like feel to it and a much more open ecosystem, while the iPad 2 has a friendlier price and a lot more software apps.

Will technophiles gravitate to the Xoom while consumers buy the iPad 2? Which one will business professionals prefer? Answer our poll below and then jump into the discussion to tell us why you chose the one you did. Or, if you prefer another tablet other than the Xoom or iPad 2, jump into the discussion and tell us us your reasoning.

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83 comments
goodwong
goodwong

To be, or not to be: that is Hamlet's question; but Xoom or iPad 2, it's a hard choices to us. we need some time to think about this.

JAR_2011
JAR_2011

I think new tablets will arrive in the near future to compite with iPad and Xoom. This time, the most important feature will be which OS is better for tables (iOS 4.3 or ANDROID 3.0). Right now, iOS is more mature, Android 3.0 is pretty new to say. I am more oriently to open source, so my natural choose will be Android, but based on actual experience I pick iPad 2 because the OS is more stable.

sschwam
sschwam

Waiting because the providers are going 3g - 4g...

gjoh
gjoh

When I want to play music, watch a movie or a TV show, check my email, tweet, youTube, read a book, read a magazine or the Times, make an online purchase, take an on the spot picture, record a note to myself or just play a game; iPad does all that very well and does it in a nice easy to carry around package. If I want to do more than that, I use my laptop. I don't expect or want my iPad to be a laptop or cell phone substitute. My iPad is personal.... and I love it.

donstan.tech
donstan.tech

Other than Ipad2, I would prefer HTC Flyer.

mark.cooper
mark.cooper

I'm intrigued by the Samsung Slide PC 7.

etherkeiffer
etherkeiffer

Xoom. I couldn't take an IOS based tablet seriously to be honest. It's always apples's way or no way. Apple are too opinionated about how to do things, what protocols & technologies they aren't prepared to work with and what you can be expected and permitted to do with their baby (not yours).. Apple are also too limited and proprietary with hardware connectivity and upgradability for my taste. The only thing apple having going for them at the moment is price IMO. That will change. Android is the logical next rung on the personal computing ladder, IOS was the previous one. Heaven only knows where WP7's ladder is going to.

josephhyde
josephhyde

I just bought a Motorola Xoom last Friday from the Motorola website and fulfilled by Amazon I believe...it came in a Xoom/Verizon box...but it was used, that is it was previously opened and the plastic parts covering it were mangled and scratched all over...I was somewhat dissapointed since I had paid full non-contract price plus big tax on it. I would have kept it even then but after playing with it for two days I could see that it was severly limited without a $20 - $80 permonth internet access through Verizon and other 'gotchas'. To much downside for me so I'm sending it back... Here is a 'review' that you won't read in any of the tech sites including this one...why?...maybe just my lack of understanding when I do read these indepth reviews but it seems that maybe you have to actually have your hands on one and play with it before the reviews come to life or you know what they were saying...? Anyway here is mine as shared with a Yahoo Group that I belong too; (it's kinda long)... Joe I am just returning the Motorola Xoom tablet that I just bought last weekfrom Motorola to Motorola...because I received it 'used' when I bought it for full price (none contract price plus tax) off of Motorola's web site and fulfilled by Amazon. That is the initial reason. The full reason is that without an Internet connect for from $20 - $80 a month from Verizon...if you can figure out how to sign up for it on their web site!!! it is pretty much useless. That is without an Internet connection about the only two things you can do 'out of the box' is maps(a dumb map at that) and the camera...and maybe some games. I gave a 'full' if 'two part' review to a Yahoo Group that I belong too and detailed my learning experience. My final conclusion is to either get a Galaxy Tab 10.1 or to get a 'convertible tablet' say by Dell or some such, unless you get an eInk eReader or something similar it will be very hard to see anything in full day light. I'll include my email to the group below so you can get an idea of whats what. I have not read or it has not been made clear to me, maybe you only get it through experience...by reading the reviews of the tablet that I did read. I mentioned that I had acquired the Motorola Xoom and I have played with it for a few hours and it is interesting, not only that, it is usable in it's present incarnation,...although I bought it off of Motorola's website and it was fulfilled by Amazon by sending me a returned or 'refurbished product'...how do I know? The plastic attached laminate that is attached to the Xoom and is intended to be peeled off once you get it was scuffed all over and the back piece of plastic over the on/off button and speakers and rear camera was half way off and badly mangled. I am somewhat disappointed since I did pay full price for it and you expect a product hot off the presses instead of that. I'll complain but it seems to work fine except for a 5 mega-pixel camera the focus does not seem sharp at all, more like some cheap camera. I have not had many crashes yet, and I suppose that that depends on the aps that you are running to a large extent compared to the built in aps which seem alright. It's 'Motorola Xoom/Verizon', I have not found out if Verizon is just for data access or if it can be a phone too? It has an Gyro/accelerometer and I read, somewhere, that it also has a barometer in it. It is a GPS as well with Google Maps and Navigation (3D - although I have not tried it or seen that option yet), it also has 'Places' that lists your geographic location with your name and a little 'person icon' that showed where I was (at work) to within a few feet...ideal for 'precision ordinance delivery'...if needed!!! A few applets that are interesting is some Astronomy programs that turn it into a 'star map' with the planets and asteroids and galaxy's...with some of them you run the app and go outside and put it out in front of you and put it/point it over your head or in any direction and it will show you on the screen what is up there and the objects names and such...that is the better apps do that, now I like that! you can even point it down or around and see the constellations that are under your feet, you can also do it in the daytime while the suns out too. It's an eReader too and you can load different eReader software in to it although it comes with a built in reader and about three or four books. There are a lot of free books/apps and such, and others for generally $2 - $10 - $15 or such. I have not figured out yet how to view or read MS Word documents or Adobe PDF files yet, although I have turned them into a popular eBook format and copied them into the 'Download folder I don't see them come up in the book app's, so that is something I have to find out about. I would rather not have to convert the documents and just would rather read them in their native format. Turns out there is a lot you can do with it. I primarily bought it because of the 'advertised feature set', which it will have with a firmware upgrade and maybe a unit replacement when the 4G model comes out... Flash is not implemented as yet nor is the MicroSD slot enabled...I guess that will take a firmware upgrade. It of course does Music and Photos and will take pictures and movies. It has a front and back facing camera, which I like and it has a micro USB and Micro (small) HDMI connector and a head phone jack and charger and also it can be docked to a dock with speakers and you can attach a full size keyboard to it...I assume through the dock, don't know if you can directly. The screen is 10.1 or so inches on the diagonal which is one of the main reasons that I bought it. If it didn't have the external computer/video(video not so important to me) connections I would not have bought it, that was the deal breaker for me. Having said that I would be just as well off buying the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that has many of the same features except for an 8 mega-pixel camera instead of the Xoom's rear facing 5 mega-pixel camera and no direct computer connection, as far as I know. I have it on our wireless network at work and it will do the usual wireless protocols including the relatively new 'N'. It also will do Wi-Fi and Bluetooth although I have not tried that, don't have the capability too at the moment. It seems fast enough for everything so far, the only slow to a crawl that I have seen is when I was downloading files over the USB connection to it, and then sometimes it would take three or so seconds to response or a little longer. I also don't know how, and have not seen, a way to 'Exit' out of apps or programs. Some I have been able to get out but most of the time I think they are still running in the background. Sometimes I have been in an app and the screen goes back to the desktop or somewhere I was not expecting and the two of the three 'buttons' at the bottom left of the screen don't seem to act the same in all apps or programs so that has taken some figuring out. There are 'five screens' that you can scroll between and you can put program and app icons in each of them where you want generally but I have not seen how you can remove them either, or for that matter deleting pictures or movies or files. You do everything by 'touch' since there are no buttons except for the on/off and the sound control. The speakers, two, are rear facing(???) which seems strange to me, maybe if you dumped your tea, coke or coffee on it they didn't want the liquid to run down into the speaker holes??? Anyway the sound loudness has been adequate but could be much better. Oh! You have different settings and effects for the camera/video and there is also a flash that you can set to on/auto/off and different settings for different backgrounds and low light, it's just to bad that the picture quality is so poor with their 5 mega-pixel camera. I would say for the price it's not worth it until they fix these issues and get the picture quality much higher, same with the speaker loudness/tone. I won't throw it away immediately...but I could have bought about 4 Galaxy Tab 10.1's for the same price! The main reason I bought it was to read the Gigabytes of Word doc's and Pdf's and watch video's (not movies) that I have saved and to browse the web with my saved shortcuts. With my desktop machine I download whole web sites so if they 'go away' for what ever reason the material is not lost. I have not seen any program for the Xoom or Android tablets that will capture websites for offline browsing yet. I was looking at a 'Dell Convertible' which is a cross between a tablet and a laptop but it didn't have enough features that I was looking for, or should I say that most of the things that I could do on the computer would be faster or easier on a tablet...maybe I should have looked at HPs offerings... My conclusion is that tablets are not quite there yet as far as being a desktop or laptop replacement. However some of the things you do on a tablet are quite a bit more of a chore on desktops and even on laptops presently. There are some more tablets coming out of the next year or so and I don't really expect any of them to really hit the nail on the head as far as all of the features, quality, software and size and price! So I think it's best to 'prioritize' what you want and then go out and get your hands on a few and see if they fit your needs or if in fact your needs change a little and you see that they will or not work until something better comes along. The first thing I got my hands on was a Barnes and Noble Color Nook eReader and I liked it, even though it was to small for my liking, but I decided not to buy it (on impulse!) when I found out, to my surprise, that a magazine or publication on it could only be zoomed once and it was still to small to read without glasses. That was a deal breaker for me. By the way for the most part I have not had to wear glasses to interact with and read things on the Xoom except some dialogs or web pages that were too small to read. You can set the text size for some things on small, normal, large, enormous... I set it on enormous and even then they were just readable, but for the most part the normal setting worked for me... All of my life I have been quite near sighted and it's only after having passed my forties eons ago that I can now hold a book at a normal distance to read, but small and smaller stuff I can't see without glasses or a magnifying glass...it's almost enough to make you want to go out and take a teenager or a 'twenty something' and 'suck the youth' right out of them, as you walk away with better eyesight, muscle/skin tone and hearing, as they are left there in a shriveled mess, wondering "...what the h__l just happened to me!"...poor things...they would just never understand...since 'youth is wasted on the young'...!!!...until 'the next time' and your batteries need a 'recharge'... I hope this will be useful to some and maybe a little more informative then some reviews that I have read...If I had read this one I don't think that I would have, on impulse, that I regret, gone out an bought one so quickly! I have an addendum to the Motorola Xoom since I have now used it for about a day. It is heavy enough to where you could say to a person..."I'm going to have to hurt you now...", at least it doesn't feel cheap, on the other hand it makes it more tiring and harder to hold. Also if you don't have an Internet connection it is almost worthless, none of the Internet apps will work of course which means navigation, places, location... Maps did work but then they are just dumb like the old paper maps...although I think the GPS still worked and showed my location at home. My downloaded free books that I had marked 'make available offline' were not available! in fact none of the 15 or so books I got plus the ones that were on it when I got it were available either. I did manage to download a free office app and a document viewer and they both worked after a fashion...they both were supposed to be able to view MS Word documents and Adobe PDF's and they mostly did but one of the apps could not view some of the files and the other could, particular files that is. If you downloaded an eReader like Kindle or something maybe you would have your book available offline but not from the Motorola store, at least I didn't, and maybe some games. But if you (I) didn't have an Internet connection about the only thing that worked fully was the camera. So all in all there are a lot of limitations and if you are going to be using it to read books or map or navigate I suspect it will all take that $20 a month of 1G of data minimum and up to $80 a month for non contract data access of much more Gigabytes per month. There is a range of plans and such. So a large part of what you will be doing with the tablet requires an Internet connection which means money... But going to Verizons web site I could not see how to sign up for any of their plans without having first bought it from them on-line... I wanted to buy a 'pay as you go' none contract plan but I could not figure out how to do it! The short of it is I am returning it for a refund because I can see the limitations, for what I want to do with it, outweigh what it does do. I can get 80% to 90% of the functionality from a, say, Dell convertible notebook and have a full size keyboard to boot, but you will not get the front and rear facing camera unless they put it on the back side of the keyboard or have some hole through the keyboard...but I think about everything else, and it is a computer so you will have a full computer that you can do things with even if you don't have an Internet connection at the moment... I think Microsoft is on the right track with a Windows 7 or 8 tablet optimized for the 'table form factor' if they can only pull it off...I didn't think that they would every get the OS right since I had been with them every since the early DOS days but they finally got it right, at least more right, with Windows 7 in my opinion, it seems to run about as good as XP and on older hardware to boot and it looks great like Vista does...IMHO! of course. What an Adventure! I'll look into the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and into a 'convertible tablet' by whoever... it seems that the present tablets do have something to be said for them...but an eReader might be worth it too...but if you want to read MS Word docs and PDFs or other formats it might be impossible or require a lot of back-bending... It has certainly been a learning experience and none of the reviews on the web have ever told me this stuff or at least to where I can understand what the limitations mean or really entail, I hope this illuminates the subject for you to some extent. Thanks!

rjquiz
rjquiz

Xoom would be my choice because Apple is on version 2 of their device/software and Xoom is on version 2.2. I also think that one manufacturer working all by themselves is not going to come up with as good a product as a consortium of them. Apple is a monoculture and is limited by that. Android tablets are evolving at a rate that Apple will never match. Everybody and his dog is developing an Android tablet. You can get them with almost unlimited options within what is possible. I picked up one that does everything I need for $180! For another $20 I put 16GB of storage in. That gives me total storage of 18GB. To make it even more insane, I have a full USB port and can connect mice, keyboards, or even flash drives! Why would I choose such a limited product as an iPad of any generation?

secular0ne
secular0ne

Apple users were clamoring for front and back cameras by the millions. Apparently Motorola wasn't listening or simply doesn't care. Since Motorola doesn't seem to listen and/or care I'm buying an iPad2. I already own a macbook but I was hoping to move away from Apple as they seem to be moving toward a walled in digital space but when other digital Corporations refuse to deliver, Apple wins by default. Sad.

patrad
patrad

. . I can jailbreak it.

Lockwoodj
Lockwoodj

I will be looking for the new IBM slate running windows 7 with an 10.5 in screen! I need a compatable opperating system that lets me do what I need and isn't as restricted as the iPad! But if I had to choose of those two I might go with the Ipad2.

aaronangelle
aaronangelle

I am new for my point of view Apple ipad2 is marvelous.

nedvis
nedvis

I have both Motorola Android X cell and Ipod Touch and the more I use them the more I really apreciate what my oldie Dell Inspiron 2600 can do for me. Although I have high hopes for Android ( Linux) based devices nothing's even close to Apple polish and reliability. Unfortunatelly I do not like Apple business aproach much less price! Tablet computing devices are for consumers and if you really want to be productive ( not only stay current with all your social networks and with what you piad for) you better look for cheap 350 Dell or Asus laptops.

exspook
exspook

wanted a Pad, but for now, I'll stick with a laptop.

shakeeiil
shakeeiil

The Apple Ecosystem is great, they do charge bits but at the end they really delivery what exactly they clams. I just love the Apple Experience.............and the Price is also an important fact. if other competitors might drag the price half to what apple offers then we may think of giving them a shot.

no1kilo
no1kilo

I'm still waiting for the next big thing....iPads and Xoom are only also rans...Wait another three years and they'll be twice as powerfull for the same price. I think of these as 386 I'm waiting for the quad core pads. But if I had to chose I would go for the Apple version since there are far more apps for that.

josephhyde
josephhyde

I bought the Motorola Xoom because of the feature set...however I am disapointed in Motorola for not releasing a stellar or almost perfect product...what gives...I would have hoped that realizing Apples 93-95 percent of the table market would inform these people that if there product is going to cost an arm and a leg it should be polished...how else are you going to take market share away from Apple! There are so many lackluster products introduced these days that are not quite ready! Companies never learn! If I don't like it after spending a while with it I'll sell it for a loss ($300) and buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1 that has almost the same feature set (a better camera but no direct pc hook up, I think) for about $165... I just wanted a bigger screen and something that was more like a PC. I wish Motorola had listened to it's tech people instead of Marketing or Sales, because Motorola is a 'tech company' that is 'we' expect better products from Motorola and not a 'follow the heard' mentality'...Motorola you can do better! Also I wonder will firmware application upgrades come out at a fast pace to get it where it should be so there are not as many application crashes and to actually be able to use Flash and that MicroSD Slot. All of this should have been taken care of before the units ever shipped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With Apple's 90+% market share you can afford to wait and get it done right 'the first time'! it's not like your going to lose the company or the niche...heck if your product is no good there will be no nitch for you to fit into! Getting premature products just doesn't hurt it hurts Motorola's reputation! With that said I'll see what my experience is...whether I can live with the product or buy two or three Galaxy's for the price of one Xoom.

ijoe79
ijoe79

From a detailed nuts to soup perspective these two tablets are fairly different, but when you look at the big picture both the Xoom and iPad 2 are just more early tablets until the good ones start rolling out next year. With true power under the hood, almost limitless application potential and easier to use interface, newer 2012 tablets will finally show us true robust mobile computer in a slate form. Until then, this question on this site is reduced to asking the IT community whether they like Apple or not. The answer seems obvious here...

rkoenn
rkoenn

I really don't care for Apple's very controlling manipulation of its' products but the big bad mark against the Xoom is the price and the contracts. I actually will likely purchase an Android based pad when one of the other manufacturers comes out with a nice product at a more reasonable price. You can get an ultra powerful laptop for much less than the price of these tablets although the convenience obviously isn't as good for certain tasks, for others it is better. So until they drop the price, with no contracts, to under $400 for a similar product to these I will not be purchasing one. If I were today it looks like I would pick the iPad.

gvanderlek
gvanderlek

I still have a problem with the virtual keyboard proposition with both platforms. I literally have fat fingers and the "glass" keyboards are a problem for me - and likely would be for persons with intellectual or motor skills disabilities. An external keyboard option for both is a must!

chrism
chrism

The Notion Ink Adam, it has USB ports and a MicroSD slot. It is not tied to a wireless carrier (but it does have a port for a SIM card). It also has two cameras (one front and one in back) before Apple did, and the price point is similar to Apples. Now, if they could only speedup the distribution of the devices

tim
tim

You just gotta have an iPad

jmcgarvey
jmcgarvey

I have both iPad and an android tablet (G tablet) As botched as the G-tablet interface is, and as easy to use as the iPad is, there is one MAJOR read on I don't use the iPad as much. Removable memory. All my Docs and data and debris on a jump drive allows me to work read and play on whatever device works best. Workstation, net book, G Tablet, wife's laptop... Whatever. Except the iPad which STILL can't do it and would require me to go through a third party service inn order to have access to all my stuff. No deal. Won't spend another dime for a tablet that does less than every other computing device I own.

weserphillip
weserphillip

No question. Apple is nice, if you have a ton of money for apps and all of the extra pieces and accessories that cost extra on top of the up front costs. Honeycomb is not perfect, but its already better than what Apple has to offer, and they update it.

alfred.nims
alfred.nims

I personally don't have to have a gadget because it's cute and new. Laptops for the price offer so much more bang for the buck then any tablet.

pivotmac
pivotmac

Ok, I'll admit I'm old and cranky. My eyes are about shot, and my fingers don't like typing on the Incredible(ly) small keyboard. I can't figure out why somebody doesn't just bite the bullet and put a phone in a tablet like the Zoom. Add a Blue Tooth headset for real hands-free operation and you have the perfect device for the boomer generation. Big enough to read and hold comfortably, easy to pack in a purse on map case style tote. Add a little stand for desktop use (calendar, email watching etc.). Perfecto.

dfaucher
dfaucher

I will continue to love my Android phone, but the iPad is the only tablet I can use due to its VGA out for customer presentations. HDMI out isn't common for digital projectors yet. Also, I use SharePoint frequently and the iPad browser supports NTLM authentication where no Android browser (beside the unusable Firefox) supports NTLM.

Xargenius
Xargenius

Preface: I'm some what of an Apple fanboy. The iPad 2 wins for me because it's the best media consumption device there is and that's what all current tablets are about. Even though simple video, music, and photo editing is possible on current tablets I think they are 2-3 years from being serious laptop replacements. That means tablets are for consumption. The simple and stable environment of the iPad can't be beat right now. Like it or not-there is an app for that, and that, and that too. Right now there's just a nice shinny Android tablet.

Stajilov
Stajilov

iPad is not as good as it seems... Xoom is more flexible... and if you look carefully at iPad 2's page you will see that you can have its specific features, only if you pay for special services... PAY PAY PAY! Moneywashing!

m@rcel
m@rcel

for that kind of money I'll be buying a laptop with much better specs. I recently boutht an asus 17,3", 4Gb, 1Tb, 1600*900, 1Gb graphical memory, etc. etc. etc. for less than 800 euro's. Eat that Ipad and Xoom.

warwickwakefield
warwickwakefield

I'm a writer. I often write in cafes and a tablet would be great. But I always make a backup to a memory stick. When I can get a tablet that has this function I will buy it. I am surprised that the Ipad 2 cannot do this already.

Rohit Kadam
Rohit Kadam

I love Xoom..... why i prefer any other......?

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

I'd rather go with the iPad; it's more refined and has fewer problems than any other similar device I've studied so far.

ctrogers
ctrogers

You can't really compare version numbers from disparate platforms as they are highly arbitrary. Also, you are comparing version 2 of the ipad that runs iOS 4.3 to version 1 of the Xoom running Android 3.

Aragorn7
Aragorn7

I may be confused by your point, but it appeared you were implying that Motorola wasn't listening because they failed to hear iPad users screaming for front and back cameras. The Xoom has front and back cameras. If you were referring to something else, would you care to elaborate? Thanks.

gfeucht
gfeucht

I second the Asus EP121 but is pricey.

JonGauntt
JonGauntt

I write a lot. I quit using USB memory quite some time ago. When I have something finished, I email it to my writing address. That way if something happens to my computer, I have a copy I can get to from anywhere from any device. Much faster and simpler and better chance of it being saved when you really need it. Cause let's face it hard drives, usb drives and cd-roms are going to fail at some point. Not saying an online service can't fail too, but they are paid to put in a lot more redundancy than I want to endure on a daily basis.

jmackeyiii
jmackeyiii

will charge and allow hard disk connection, forgot all the details but looked like a solution.

johnpall
johnpall

You seriously think that Ipad is not an option cause of a lousy USB slot? what a bozo you are use some brains there are plenty ways you can store files other than usb.

dcolbert
dcolbert

It does less. A tamborine has less problems than a drum kit. From what I am following about the Xoom, I'll wait. It is nice that it is unlocked, so you can develop and flash alternate ROMs onto the device (without worrying about the manufacturer trying to turn you into a criminal by invoking the DMCA on you). But I am getting conflicting information from different sources. I've heard it can be used as a MiFi hotspot, and I've heard that it can't be. I've heard quite a bit about it not having a USB host mode - and that is kind of a deal breaker when even the Coby Kyros has this functionality. But all the caveats of the Xoom are things that require jailbreaking at least, and which Apple constantly and actively tries to prevent owners from doing. When one device manufacturer allows you to use the device as you see fit, and the other tries to dictate how you can use your own device, the choice seems obvious to me. I'll deal with some rough spots. The iPad is a tablet with training wheels. I'm sure it will remain a favorite among technology consumers with a low tech IQ - and there is nothing wrong with having a device that caters to technology knuckle-draggers. But for those of us who are comfortable in the deep end of the technology pool, iOS devices are frustratingly limited, and Android devices offer us much more freedom.

kpotter
kpotter

Gorilla glass screen, Wacom digitizer, bluetooth keyboard, folio case/stand, i5 Processor, 4GB RAM, solid state hard drive, SDXC slot (extra 64GB of storage today, potential for 2TB)... For $300 more than a Xoom or SheepPad, its a real laptop alternative with a real OS that cold boots to browsing in ~25 seconds. And Big Brother can't limit what peripherals you use or what software you can run on it.

dfaucher
dfaucher

Thank you for your comment. I was stating that the iPad already has VGA out and SharePoint support so fits my needs better. No Android tablet on the market today (except the Viewsonic ViewPad 10 Android 1.6) has VGA out and Android SharePoint browser support is limited.

bboyd
bboyd

Yes USB, the single most ubiquitous communication port on the planet. Its how Apple restricts what devices can link and makes more profit.

Xennex1170
Xennex1170

Dependence on wireless is the crux here.. If there is no network, iPad has no way of receiving or sending info.. USB/SD cards are what some people use to store their info in a portable industry standard format (well, outside the Apple iPxd world anyway). There is a dongle you can attach to the iPad to read or delete data from a camera (I believe its called The Apple Camera Connector), but does nothing for Office type document files. This is probably why some say Apple limits the type of devices that can connect to it and seems more 'closed'.

ctrogers
ctrogers

Being in IT support, you would be amazed at how many failed USB ports I've come across. They just aren't robustly engineered. Apple is probably just limiting hardware failures, protecting people from themselves and reducing returns and complaints.