iPad 2 versus the Motorola Xoom

The Xoom is Sindy to iPad’s Barbie – they’re both desirable toys; but the former is slower, clunkier, uglier and doesn’t even have the decency to be properly cheaper. In the ’80s, do-gooder Mums plumped for Sindy to challenge Barbie’s dominance and “shallow” good looks, bigging up her more realistic proportions, but which is the design classic? Sindy was only the best of the Barbie copies, not brilliant in her own right. So it is with the Xoom. One day there may be an iPad killer, or at least an equal. This is not it.

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