Ipad 2 or Xoom? - Honest Question

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    I've been following the IPad 2 Forum in hopes of getting my Ipad 2 soon and have recently joined due to it being a great forum with not as much hostility like, say, MacRumors. I ordered online (4-5 weeks) and have gone to some early morning wait lines. I have an IPhone 4 and I knew the IPad 2 was right for me. I even played with a Xoom demo at Best Buy and found it heavy and not as responsive. It also seemed dark for the resolution it was touting.

    However, I decided to play with another demo at a different Best Buy and found it to be better: more responsive and not as heavy as the previously demoed unit was, even though it still looked darker.

    I tend to sway more towards Apple (don't care for the Android on phones) but now it got me wondering on my choice. I'm still planning on getting up early to try a few stores tomorrow for the IPad 2, but with the new WiFi Xoom coming out soon, what are the reasons you went with the IPad 2?

    Was it brand name? Previous use? Hate Android? Faster responsiveness? I'm just curious in hopes of answering my constant mind questions before I make a rash mistake without questioning other avenues out there. Thanks.
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    Thanks for the link. Actually read this before joining, which makes it an excellent reason to sway toward Apple. Thanks!
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    I am an Android user who prefers it over ios BUT chose my ipad over Android tablets because the ipad tablet wreaks quality. I got an ipad 1.
    I say it on Android forums and I'll say it here , both systems have theirs +/-s .

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    I sway towards apple over the Xoom because of the professional reviews. They all point to the fact that the Xoom is the best android tablet out there, but that the overall end product needs polishing.
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    Ipad2....xoom no where near Ipad2 status yet! Apps, functionality, ease of use, overall good feel...ipad1 or 2 wins hands down ;-)
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    Thanks for the replies!
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    erm.. if you prefer flash thing on net, so andriod better choice...

    i not care about flash really, i sure apple will u-turn on flash in future.... HMTL 5 not yet official, they still in plan if flash actually out with hmtl so apple will force u-turn to flash... or other possible about flash u-turn if andriod start win over ipad due flash this will force apple u-turn on flash

    2 option apple will u-turn..

    for me ipad will alway my first choice. because there plenty apps, andriod will have catch up apps it will take very long time..

    correction me if i was wrong... thanks in advances
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    Erm.....html5 is not just official, it's out and about and in the wild on the Internet. Apple are very unlikely to support Flash......very, very unlikely.

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    Too bad about your experience with the xoom, it was probably just the settings they had as a demo unit.
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    YIKES!!! Your first post to this forum is to be pejorative? You won't last long on this forum. In fact, I hope you are still here Nutsnbolts so you can remove your offending note or edit. Play nicely or go somewhere else.
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    HTML5 is already used, as you pointed out. However, the specifications are not yet final. As of now HTML5 is more of a rough draft with many holes still to close, for example specifying which video format to use.

    It is estimated, that the W3C will finish HTML5 specifications and set it as a standard by 2014.
    HTML5 standard by 2014

    So it clearly isn't official, yet.
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    Bless your heart, Matt. Thank YOU.
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    First, Flash on Xoom is still a beta version and does not work well yet. Usually at a lower resolution. Second, there are some sites which video is supported by iOS but not Android, so you might gain some sites, but not get others. My personal feeling is that Flash is dying and nothing Adobe does is going to change that. They may eventually merge it with HTML5 so they can save face, but it is still going away. And just because something is not official, really means little today. At this stage, all that is left is the minor details. Do not forget, that you could get 802.11n wifi servers for a long time before it was official. And all Apple did when it became official was to send out a update to activate it. Amost everyone was using 802.11n by that time.
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    You can already run android on a virtual machine.
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    I ordered an iPad 2 not because I think it's better than the Xoom or the upcoming HP TouchPad (I love webOS). I ordered it because of apps and Apple is on gen 2 and the others are still rushing to get gen 1 products out.

    Apple will have a more polished experience, a more robust ecosystem and far more accessory support than anyone for quite some time. I'll check again in 18 months, but for now, Apple has them beat.
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    Well, the iPad by now is a mature product and with a second iteration-as limited as folks may say it is-it's going to be hard to beat for a variety of reasons. Just about all the others either have barely gotten out of the gate or haven't even gotten to the racetrack to begin with. Even if some other tablet beats it by specifications and features, it won't beat the iPad on price. Or vice-versa. And none of that is to talk about the build QUALITY of the iPad. I'll bet dollars to donuts that an unprotected iPad will fare a lot better than a protected Xoom or other tablet dropped onto a hard floor from, say, four or five feet. And let's face it...the iPad is just a sexy-looking critter. I haven't seen anything else out there that remotely looks as beautiful as an iPad.

    As for Flash, I'll say it again: on a portable device, Flash is dead to me. I don't miss it at all. And I certainly don't miss the bazillion annoying in-your-face ADS throughout the web that are Flash-based! I have seen some HTML5 and it's very nice...and nowhere NEAR as resource-hoggy as Flash. More and more people are sharing these observations.

    Sometimes I think these other tablets are actually trying to do TOO MUCH, which cuts down on the actual user experience of the device's actual performance altogether.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    that what i thought so, adobe flash are dying. as most website covert to simple and easy to use video basic.

    i think adobe flash in race to win video contest on html 5 or bust business... this reason i think flash will on ipad but not yet find suit for tablet platfrom. i think because tablet are operate on weak or same battery people will not buy tablet if 1 to 3 hours on high power flash software that have to charge with lap your leg.. this reason apple reject so they can operate longest that it 10 hours... with low power video software... which you want... longest are better so you can use it in anywhere...

    my girlfriend want RIM playbook as they do have flash as she love play facebook cityville and fronter to west, etc etc they are on flash platfom which ipad not have it due flash. this reason my girlfriend want buy RIM blackberry playbook, she say no mind XOOM as they also have flash...

    for me i stick to ipad as alots best and usefully in your life, also i have on iphone app so they wont not waste money if i buy ipad anyway.... and ipad are cheapest on market that other tablet ie. xoom.

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