As the latest round of tablet PCs come available, consumers will be looking how they compare against each other when using features that are going to be used most. Web browsing is one feature which will be used a lot with these devices, so how do the iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom match up when tested with HTML5.
Aditya Bansod of Sencha has recently tested both devices to see how they perform. With the Motorola Xoom they were really looking forward to the first purpose built Android operating system for tablets. But unfortunately the Xoom and Honeycomb were found to be disappointing. It had issues in both CSS3 Animations and CSS3 Transitions, and the browser crashed and hung.
Besides the HTML5 features there were also web rendering issues including form element borders disappearing unpredictably at various zoom resolutions, the accelerometer object being upside down, amongst other things. It is hoped that a patch will soon fix this.
With the iPad 2 it was concluded that the Safari browser was the best implementation of WebKit on a mobile device. The browser had everything thrown at it but it still managed to keep up with the most advanced CSS3 and HTML5 websites.
There were a few minor issues such as Acid3 rendering artifacts, and a couple of inconsistencies in the Modernizr results. In the future it would be nice to have support for Media Capture APIs, but Apple’s products are great for the HTML5 developer. Aditya Bansod of Sencha has done detailed tests on both the iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom which you can read by clicking the links provided.