XOOM vs. iPad vs. iPad 2

DroidLife posted a chart comparing the Motorola Xoom tablet to the iPad. This made me think about about how the upstart Android tablet might compare to the iPad 2. Here's a chart.
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor

I was just checking out the nifty chart that DroidLife posted comparing the forthcoming Motorola XOOM tablet to the iPad. It got me thinking about about how Moto's Android tablet will compare to the iPad 2 -- which is probably a more fair comparison.

Sure, all of it is speculation right now and the iPad 2's rumored specs seem to change with the wind, but I bet that Apple has something up its sleeve -- and I don't think that it's a barometer.

I hope that the recent rumor that iPad will ship with an extremely weak 1MP rear camera doesn't come true though. 1MP doesn't bode well for video and if true, you can toss out 720p video capture. Putting a low-res rear camera in iPad 2 would be a huge mistake and allow a whole generation of Android tabs to move in on its turf. iPad 2 needs to include a camera as least as good as the iPhone 4's.

I'm also starting to lose hope that the iPad 2 will have a Retina Display, although I still hope that Apple finds a way to pull it off. I wouldn't be surprised to see Apple settling on 1280 x 800 -- it'd be bump up from the iPad 1 and would match up better against the likes of Samsung, Motorola and Toshiba.

Let's all collectively cross our fingers that Apple finally comes to its senses and includes a removable memory card slot and Micro USB port in the new iPad. Since it's unlikely that we'll ever see a removable battery from Apple again, SD and USB would be huge steps in the right direction.

What are your minimum specs for your iPad 2?

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