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Tablet showdown: Motorola Xoom Vs. LG Optimus Pad Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Motorola was the first to debut its 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb tablet, the Xoom, back in January, but certainly not the last. Since then, tablets have continued to sprout from every electronics manufacturer we can name. However, unlike most, LG’s Optimus Pad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 are competing directly with the Xoom on almost every level.

Upon first glance, all three tablets look identical and have excessively similar stats. Which one should you get? Well, it may come down to price, but we’re going to break down the competition and find as many differences as we can.

Display

Winners: Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

All three of these tablets have LCD displays in accord with the WXGA standards, meaning they’re pretty much identical in pixel resolution as well. The only difference is that the LG Optimus Pad crams all those pixels (1280×768) into a smaller 8.9-inch widescreen display. What’s wrong with that? Well, nothing, but we figure if you’re going to skip out on 7-inch tablets and go for a large sheet-of-paper-sized-pad, an extra 1.2 inches won’t hurt you.

The Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1 each have a 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio and resolution of 1280×800, both slightly larger than the iPad, which clocks in at 9.7 inches and 1024×768 pixels, making it a 4:3 display, much like older televisions or a standard piece of office paper.

Processor

Winner: Tie

All three of these tablets are packing 1GHz dual-core processors, which have become a standard for early 2011. The Xoom and Optimus Pad both pack Nvidia Tegra 2 processors, while Samsung has opted to include its own dual-core processor, as it often does. There will be differences between the Samsung and other two, but we’re betting that they will be negligible, at best. Naturally, all three units beat out the year-old Apple iPad, which packs a 1GHz Apple A4 single-core chip.

RAM

Winner: Motorola Xoom

RAM is the pool of memory a computer pulls from when it is running applications, games, and multitasking. It’s vital. We have to hand this category to Motorola because Samsung and LG released specs for their tablets, but suspiciously left out the amount of RAM included. We’re guessing that they have at least 1GB, but that is only our guess. Anything less would be underpowered compared to most upcoming smartphones like the Moto Atrix 4G. The Apple iPad has 256MB of RAM, which was a bit low even for last year.

Storage

Winner: Motorola Xoom

All three of these tablets can pack up to 32GB of internal storage. However, Samsung has decided to give us the option of 16GB, should we desire. Hopefully, said option will save consumers some money and for that we’d hand this category to Samsung. Nevertheless, all three pale in options compared to the iPad, which can come with up to 64GB of internal storage. Technically the Moto Xoom is the closest competitor. If you choose to spend extra and buy a 32GB SD card, the Xoom can match the iPad’s storage.