iPad2 thumping the Xoom?

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Does it have to do with the price and the fact you have to pay for a data plan for 2 years?

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Wow, the Xoom got stomped. It costs more than the iPad 2 and can't even outperform it.

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Everybody keep in mind the iPad2 also has a lower resolution than the Xoom and the software doing the benchmarking could be better optimized for iOS. Its hard to benchmark across platforms and truly tell the real results. I think these are more Apple fanboys just trying to bash Android and make the Xoom look bad. I'd take these results with a grain of salt.
 
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Everybody keep in mind the iPad2 also has a lower resolution than the Xoom and the software doing the benchmarking could be better optimized for iOS. Its hard to benchmark across platforms and truly tell the real results. I think these are more Apple fanboys just trying to bash Android and make the Xoom look bad. I'd take these results with a grain of salt.

Anand is no Apple fanboi. I've been visiting his site for over a decade for hardware reviews. I have never seen him lean one way or another. As I said in my first post this was a preliminary review. A more in-depth review that covers everything will be available soon. I'm sure it will cover all the hardware aspects including cpu power.
 

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Everybody keep in mind the iPad2 also has a lower resolution than the Xoom and the software doing the benchmarking could be better optimized for iOS. Its hard to benchmark across platforms and truly tell the real results. I think these are more Apple fanboys just trying to bash Android and make the Xoom look bad. I'd take these results with a grain of salt.

Let me let you in on a little secret, just because someone likes or gives a favorable review to something you don't like, that doesn't make them a fanboy. Please act mature.
 

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It's a little bit surprising... I would have thought that nVidia's Tegra 2 would have a better showing, considering nVidia has been in the high performance graphics game for so long.

PowerVR makes a hell of a chip though, I've got to hand it to them.

The iPad2 is a seriously impressive piece of hardware.
 

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Its all good with me, just means the xoom2 will drop sooner.. lol. I already promised myself I wound until second generation android tablets before grabbing one.

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It's a little bit surprising... I would have thought that nVidia's Tegra 2 would have a better showing, considering nVidia has been in the high performance graphics game for so long.

PowerVR makes a hell of a chip though, I've got to hand it to them.

The iPad2 is a seriously impressive piece of hardware.

Yea but as people, myself included, have been saying for quite some time you can throw quintuple core processors and 40gb of memory on something but if the software doesn't utilize it correctly you're not going to see results. Apple has software/hardware interaction on lock. I am not in the least bit surprised that the ipad outperforms the zoom. And we're not talking barely, we're talking leaps and bounds.

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Its all good with me, just means the xoom2 will drop sooner.. lol. I already promised myself I wound until second generation android tablets before grabbing one.

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Good choice

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Everybody keep in mind the iPad2 also has a lower resolution than the Xoom and the software doing the benchmarking could be better optimized for iOS. Its hard to benchmark across platforms and truly tell the real results. I think these are more Apple fanboys just trying to bash Android and make the Xoom look bad. I'd take these results with a grain of salt.

Anand is no Apple fanboi. I've been visiting his site for over a decade for hardware reviews. I have never seen him lean one way or another. As I said in my first post this was a preliminary review. A more in-depth review that covers everything will be available soon. I'm sure it will cover all the hardware aspects including cpu power.

Actually Anand is a HUGE Apple fanboi. All of the hardware he uses daily is Apple and he constantly gushes about it. While his reviews are thorough and show the true picture, his Apple device articles are my least favorite to read because of all the pro-Apple rhetoric he sometimes throws in.

Yea but as people, myself included, have been saying for quite some time you can throw quintuple core processors and 40gb of memory on something but if the software doesn't utilize it correctly you're not going to see results. Apple has software/hardware interaction on lock. I am not in the least bit surprised that the ipad outperforms the zoom. And we're not talking barely, we're talking leaps and bounds.

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Bingo. This is why I didn't jump on the Xoom bandwagon. Need to let Android mature on the tablet platform another generation or two. Same with the multi-core systems we are now getting. (Thus why I'm getting a Thunderbolt, if it is ever released :icon_evil: ).

In many ways Android is just like Windows. You get a new version and it runs OK on new hardware but it isn't optimized for a few months as drivers mature and Windows gets patched. This is why Google seriously needs to take more control of their OS and be the ones mandating patches and forcing manufacturers to push those patches.

Android 3.0 isn't remotely close to being optimized enough (or even truly completed) and many people know it. Honeycomb was rushed to try to get into the market before iPad 2. Unfortunately that was a very bad idea. Android 2.3 isn't optimized for dual-core either thus why we have rumblings about the rumored 2.4 that will supposedly improve on that.

This is one area where Apple's Iron Fist makes it very easy for them to release optimized devices. Apple has most likely had a year or more to optimize for their dual-core devices and honestly I won't be surprised if iPhone 5 mops the floor with most dual-core Android devices come June/July.
 
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