Grudge Match - iPad vs OlivePad

And so the war begins once again. It was the iPhone against the world for a long time and it was only a matter of time before all of Apple’s portable computing devices were under fire. Since the Apple announced its iPad there have been clones, copies and of course Android has had their say on the matter as well. With that sentiment, although the iPad isn’t here officially, the Olive pad will soon be and if naturally you’ll be spoiled for choice. So here they are, take you pick.

Form Factor
Weight – 680g, 725g - 3G Model
Display – 9.7-inch, capacitive touchscreen, 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, multitouch
Connectivity – Proprietary USB/Charging, 3.5mm earphone jack, Micro SIM slot

Weight – 600g
Display – 7-inch, capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 480 pixels, multitouch, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Connectivity – Mini USB/Charging, 3.5mm handsfree jack, Standard SIM card slot, MicroSD hot swap slot

UI – Proprietary Apple OS and UI, multiple page support, downloadable apps and games via AppStore, accelerometer, graphics accelerator
Media transfer – via proprietary software (iTunes 9.1 +)
Hardware – 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed processor, Light sensor

UI – Android 2.1, multiple page support, downloadable apps and games Android Market, accelerometer,
Media transfer – No software necessary, compatible with Windows Media Player for media transfer, drag and drop media playback.
Hardware – Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset with a 600MHz processor, Light sensor, 3MP autofocus camera with secondary front facing VGA camera for video calling

Format Support – AAC, protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Settings – EQ presets, no customizable EQ settings on the device
Other Audio Features – built in speakers and microphone
Playlist Creation – Genius Playlist selects songs of the same kind based on the first selected option. On-the-Go option allows you to create a singular playlist

Format Support – MP3, WMA, and WAV,
Settings – No presets or audio enhancements on native player. Alternate players are free to download and come with settings.
Other Audio Features – Microphone for voice recording and calls, built-in speakers
Playlist Creation – multiple Playlists can be created on the fly

Format Support – H.264 video, m4v, mp4, and mov file formats; MPEG-4 video. Files will need to be transferred via iTunes
TV Out – Yes, cable not included

Format Support – H.264 video, MPEG4, 3GP. Files can be copy pasted via USB to drive or memory card
TV Out – No

Connectivity Options
Stand alone Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi with 3G for internet browsing and accessing net based apps for social networking, chatting, email etc. Supports Push Mail, Microsoft Exchange and Active Sync
Bluetooth v2.1 +EDR with co-op gaming support
USB 2.0 (proprietary)
GPS with A-GPS support, Google Maps

Wi-Fi and 3.5G, EDGE/GPRS for internet connectivity, making phone calls and video calls, social networking etc. Supports Push Mail, Microsoft Exchange and Active Sync
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and Data transfer support
USB 2.0
GPS with A-GPS support, Google Maps

25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

3240mAh lithium-polymer

Price (Approx.)
16GB (3G and Wi-Fi) - Rs. 41,500
32GB (Wi-Fi) - Rs. 39,000
64GB (Wi-Fi) - Rs. 45,000
64GB (3G and Wi-Fi) - Rs. 55,000

512MB + 16GB memory card – between Rs. 22,000 and Rs. 25,000

Our Verdict
The iPad definitely has a suave look and classy feel to it. Let’s not forget the super fluid operating system. But with the lack of standard USB connectivity or a built-in camera for video calling and in this case not being able to make voice calls, the Olive Pad tends to be a little ahead in the race. The Android OS is also highly customizable but the iPad does offer a much large clearer display, better response time and a much better gaming solution. It’s really tough choice, but in the end the OlivePad does just slip ahead simply because you’ll never be with a connection as long as there’s even 2.5G connectivity available, plus there’s the addition of a camera and standardized modes of connectivity at your disposal.

Published Date: Aug 20, 2010 11:07 am | Updated Date: Aug 20, 2010 11:07 am