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Toss up: Android tablets

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Adam Turner

We compare two Android tablets. Which one wins?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Flagship Android tablets are taking the fight to Apple's iPad. Both these Android tablets are about the same size and weight as Apple's latest wundertablet. The key differences are the user's options for connecting them to other gadgets.

The Motorola features micro-HDMI for connecting to televisions and a microSD slot for boosting onboard storage. You'll also find micro-USB for connecting to computers.

Unfortunately, the Samsung lacks these sockets and has just a proprietary 30-pin connector for charging and USB connectivity. (You can buy extra adaptors if you need them.)

Motorolla Xoom 2

Motorolla Xoom 2

Neither can tap into Telstra's new super-fast ''4G'' LTE mobile broadband network but they can still squeeze reasonable speeds out of Australia's existing ''3.5G'' HSDPA mobile networks. The Motorola offers up to seven megabits per second, while the Samsung boosts this to about 11 Mbps. The new iPad doesn't support LTE in Australia but relies on Dual-Cell HSDPA to hit almost 20 Mbps.

As you would expect, both Android tablets offer wi-fi connectivity but, unfortunately, Motorola doesn't offer the option of a cheaper wi-fi-only Xoom 2 in Australia. This makes the Samsung more attractive as a coffee-table companion.

In terms of software, both come with Android 3.2 ''Honeycomb'' but a free Android 4.0 ''Ice Cream Sandwich'' update will be available this year.

Meanwhile, Samsung comes out in front thanks to extra software such as Music Hub for subscription music.

ADAM TURNER

Samsung Galaxy

Tab 10.1

from $579

samsung.com/au

THE VERDICT

If you can live without the Motorola's extra sockets, the bonus software makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 the pick of the two.

Motorola Xoom 2

from $720

motorola.com.au

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