Choosing a Tablet? Specs Comparison Isn’t Everything

While exploring various narratives online last evening, aimed at guiding potential buyers in their tablet choices by juxtaposing the features of the Motorola Xoom against those of the iPad 2, from multitasking capabilities to processing power and memory, it became clear that the analysts were barking up the wrong tree.

They completely missed the point.

The essence of choosing a tablet isn’t encapsulated by its specifications. It revolves around the user experience, how the device is utilized, and its adaptability to user needs.

Why is the iPad outperforming netbooks? It’s simple. The iPad and netbooks cater to similar markets, but the iPad does so with a device that’s better designed and more intuitive. Those who have switched from using a netbook for basic tasks like browsing, emailing, and media consumption to using an iPad understand this difference. The iPad’s design is lighter, thinner, and its interface is more user-friendly, eliminating the cumbersome physical barriers of a netbook like awkward shapes and clunky keyboards.

Interaction is direct; you touch what you want to interact with, no intermediary device needed.

Then consider the Xoom. Unlike a netbook, the Xoom is essentially a large, powerful computer with a touchscreen. It represents what happens when engineers are left to their own devices without the guiding hand of designers and artists to temper their creations.

Yes, the Xoom might excel at multitasking and it may boast impressive technical specs like advanced chips and multiple ports. However, these are not the primary reasons consumers flock to iPads.

People are drawn to iPads because of their simplicity and intuitiveness. Even toddlers or less tech-savvy pets can navigate its interface.

iPads not only meet user expectations; they exceed them, delivering a seamless, almost magical user experience.

Choosing an iPad goes beyond the allure of the Apple brand. It’s not about a conditioned reflex or any form of brand loyalty, nor is it about metaphorically drinking the Kool-Aid. It’s about appreciating stellar design and a superior user experience, and recognizing the overall value of the product. It’s about what the iPad accomplishes, rather than the potential of what it might do, which ultimately holds little value for the average consumer.

If you have the resources and are considering a tablet, by all means, consider the Xoom. It’s your money and your decision.

However, you might want to wait until this fall when Lion enters the tablet scene, potentially eclipsing the Xoom.

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Linda is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing insightful and engaging content to Apple enthusiasts. With a deep understanding of Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, Linda offers readers valuable tips, reviews, and news updates. His articles reflect a genuine love for technology and a commitment to keeping the Apple community informed. Linda’s clear and approachable writing style makes complex topics accessible, ensuring that every reader can stay up-to-date with the latest in the Apple world.