Enterprise Mobility: iPad 2, Motorola Xoom Face Off in Quick Comparison at Best Buy
Apple's iPad 2 launched March 11, selling out within hours across the country, as Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said the device sold as many as 500,000 units for the weekend. The iPad 2 sold out across 236 U.S. retail stores and in more than 10,000 other stores, including AT&T and Verizon stores, as well as retailers Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart, in the United States. After the release of the iPad 2, eWEEK took its Motorola Xoom review unit to the local Best Buy here in Connecticut to compare it side-by-side with the iPad 2. The Apple tablet is slimmer and lighter than both the first iPad and the Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet it is designed to rival. Disclosure: This is not intended as a full review of the iPad 2, since eWEEK spent only 15 minutes taking pictures of the iPad 2 together with the Xoom. Instead, this is a quick-and-dirty comparison of the look, feel and performance of the two tablets. We hope you find this useful in your own comparison shopping. But chances are good that if you're an Apple fan, the Xoom isn't up for consideration any more than the iPad might be for an Android partisan.
Best Buys iPad 2 Showcase
Here is the Trumbull, Conn., Best Buy's rather lonely iPad 2 showcase at opening time, 10 a.m. March 12. This Best Buy sold out of the popular tablet when it launched the night before. When eWEEK covered the first iPad launch April 3, 2010, this same store had a small line of people lined up to buy the few dozen available units. While that launch featured four iPads on display for consumers to play with, the iPad 2 curiously received just this simple display. However, eWEEK was able to walk right up and slap down our Xoom test unit from Verizon Wireless right next to the lone iPad 2 test model.