Tablet Camera Tests: iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab

At a Glance

The iPad 2 remains a solid choice, thanks to its lower price and strong app choices.

Pros

  • Slimmer design with curved edges is easier to hold
  • Comparatively light at 1.3 pounds

Cons

  • Tediously slow to charge
  • Relies on PC link to iTunes for updates, backups
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At a Glance

The Galaxy Tab is a compact and solidly designed Android tablet. Its cost seems pricey when you factor in the monthly data plan, but T-Mobile allows you to use the Tab as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot at no extra charge.

Pros

  • Manageable size is conducive for one-handed use
  • Wi-Fi sharing included in T-Mobile's monthly plan
  • Has a MicroSD Card slot
  • Brilliant, bright screen

Cons

  • Proprietary connection port
  • Screen doesn't support high-definition video
  • Slow to recharge
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At a Glance

The first Honeycomb tablet remains a solid choice in large part due to its strong overall performance and complement of ports. But newer models are lighter.

Pros

  • HDMI-mini output
  • Runs Android 3.0 for smoother tablet OS experience
  • Good performance
  • MicroSD Card slot allows additional storage
  • Solid design

Cons

  • New OS has a few stability issues
  • Images don't render properly in Gallery viewer
  • Expensive
  • Heavy, at 1.6 pounds
  • Middling display
  • Video looked blocky
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