With the Motorola Xoom's release is right around the corner, it's worth looking at how the Android-based tablet might be able to challenge Apple's iPad -- and why the iPad will probably still prevail.
The Xoom tablet has been praised by many tech enthusiasts for its hi-res display, Nivida Tegra processor and the Honeycomb operating system. But the Xoom is relatively new and has yet to be widely tested.
5 reasons why Apple's iPad can still fare better than Motorola Xoom:
1) Pricing: Motorola Xoom is priced at $799 compared to Apple iPad which starts from $499. Of the six iPad models only the 64 GB Wi-Fi version is priced higher than the Xoom at $829. Other tablets like Notion Ink Adam, another android tablet, has a price range of $375.33 to $549.99. Apple can probably get away with selling a higher-priced product, but Motorola which has yet to make its mark in the tablet market and may not be able to command a premium as Apple has hsitorically done.
2) Design: In fact design is just a matter of taste, but in many cases this is the strength of Apple products. Most of the tablets offered in the market are not able to the match the looks of the iPad and the sleek design.
3) Simple: Apple's iPad user interface is pretty simple and many newbies can easily make their way through the controls. But the Honeycomb-powered Xoom has many widgets and features which might drive some users to ask their geeky friends to help. If you are not aware of how to use many functions you can get lost.
4) First time: Honeycomb is the newest operating system and it is the first tablet from Motorola. Motorola is an experienced player in the field of Mobile technology, and it succeeded in producing quality smartphones like Droid X and Droid 2. But the tablet PC world is a new venture altogether. As the tablet is not yet tested, many glitches are still hidden. Only after it is used widely will the technology prove itself.
5) AirPlay feature: The AirPlay feature in iPad allows users to wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to an Apple TV and stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express. The AirPlay feature is a blessing to iOS devices and Android or Honeycomb powered tablets have yet to add similar features.