Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs. Motorola XOOM 2 vs. Google Nexus 7

The battle lines are drawn. Tension is in the air. Only the fittest will survive. In other words – it’s the war of the tablets. Indubitably, new tablet releases are a dime a dozen these days with every manufacturer worth its salt launching their offerings which try to outdo the competition in features, portability, design, and technology. Let us focus on 3 major players namely Samsung, Motorola, and Google and their popular tablets which are Galaxy Note 10.1, XOOM 2, and Nexus 7 respectively and see how they stack up.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is an amalgamation of the Korean company’s bestseller ‘Galaxy Note 5.3.’ Smartphone and the earlier Galaxy Tab 10.1. The following are the tablet’s main features:

  • It comes with Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) version
  • It has a high power 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
  • Elegant design with 10.1 inch screen and 1280 by 800 resolution
  • Novel split-screen facet making for improved functioning
  • Unique S-Pen stylus with motion sensing ability for feeding and controlling content
  • 2GB RAM and available in internal memory configurations up to 64GB
  • Front and rear (5 MP) cameras; Video player plays HD plus all popular formats
  • Sleek and portable at just 600 grams
  • All the standard connectivity aspects

Motorola XOOM 2

XOOM 2 is Motorola’s new version of its much appreciated XOOM tablet. It is essentially speedier and more portable than its predecessor. Ensuing are the highlights:

  • It comes with Android’s Honeycomb (3.2) operating system
  • It has a decently strong 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 10.1 inch screen with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution
  • Inimitable anti-spill coating affording protection to tablet mechanism
  • Cool ‘Floating Note’ facet that can be used alongside and notwithstanding any open application
  • 1GB RAM and available in internal memory configurations up to 32GB
  • Front and rear (5 MP) cameras; Video player plays HD plus all popular formats
  • Light and convenient to hold at only 603 grams
  • All the standard connectivity aspects


Google Nexus 7

Nexus 7 is the Internet giant’s stylish foray into the tablet sphere. It has allied with Asus to create the tablet and the result is an impressive device with the following chief characteristics:

  • It ships with Android’s latest Jelly Bean (4.1) operating system
  • It has a solid 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 7 inch screen with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution
  • 1GB RAM and had in internal memories up to 16GB; no storage extension however
  • A significant 9 hours of video playing time
  • Smaller size affords weight of only 340 grams
  • All the standard connectivity features – however there is DLNA and HDMI slot


How the 3 tablets compare based on popular criteria used by tablet users

  • Design: Arguably, the Samsung tablet leads the pack here due to its polished packaging followed by the Nexus 7 and then the XOOM 2 bringing up the rear.
  • Hardware: The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the outright winner due to its more powerful 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and the inclusion of the S-Pen. Then comes the Nexus 7 with the XOOM 2 losing out as it features only a dual-core processor.
  • Software: Clearly, the prize goes to Google Nexus 7 for incorporating Android’s latest edition. Galaxy Note 10.1 still has a very contemporary Android 4.0 but the XOOM 2 falls short due to its older Android 3.2 operating system.
  • Display: Both the Note and the XOOM 2 are on par due to their 10.1 screens but the former has an edge due to its Super PLS display technology.
  • Features: Based on the above specification (listed), it’s hard to be the Galaxy Note 10.1 in these stakes.
  • Connectivity: Here the Note and XOOM 2 are again on equal terms. The Nexus 7 loses out due to the lack of DLNA and HDMI slot
  • Portability: Google Nexus 7 trumps the other 2 here as it is much smaller, convenient, and lighter.
  • Price: The Galaxy Note is the most expensive at $499 followed by the XOOM 2 and the Nexus 7.

From the aforementioned discussion, prospective tablet buyers can take their pick. Meanwhile – bring more tablet releases on!

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