The Motorola XOOM and Notion Ink Adam are two of the first Android tablets to ship with NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processors. But there are a number of differences between these two devices. One comes from a small Indian company while the other comes from a long-established hardware maker known for producing phones, set top boxes, and other consumer electronics. Surprisingly, it’s the Adam tablet from India’s Notion Ink that’s the cheaper model… although you may have to jump through some hoops to actually purchase the tablet.
YouTube member Inspiron41 happens to have both tablets on-hand at the moment, and he’s posted a video showing how the machines stack up against one another. The short version? If you already bought an Adam, there’s not a heck of a lot of reason to switch to a XOOM unless you really need a higher resolution display or you just can’t wait for Android 3.0 Honeycomb to make its way to the Adam. But each machine has its strengths and weaknesses.
The Adam tablet has an optional Pixel Qi display which is readable in direct sunlight. But it’s a 1024 x 600 pixel screen which doesn’t look as good indoors as the 1280 x 800 pixel LCD on the XOOM.
The Adam can handle a wide range of video formats including MKV and DiVX files with resolutions up to 1080p, while the XOOM struggles with many of those video codecs. The Adam can also play videos from a USB flash drive and the tablet sounds better than the Xoom when you crank the speaker volume all the way up.
The Motorola XOOM, on the other hand, gets better battery life and is significantly smaller than the Adam, even though they both have 10.1 inch displays. That’s thanks to a slimmer bezel and thinner case design.
You can check out the Inspiron41’s comparison video after the break.