Don't be a sheep and go to apple. You're doing the right thing by asking questions first. I think the iPad2 was released to snatch up those people that haven't bought the first iteration yet as it wasn't THAT big of an upgrade (except for its processor, maybe). If you must go iPad either get the first gen one or wait another 6 months for the next one.
I've heard nothing but good things when it comes to the Xoom, but of course I can't add in any first hand info. My main goal was to make sure you didn't hop on the iBandwagon just because.