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Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

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Interface and Functionality:

We’ve mentioned it many times already in previous comparisons, but when it comes to these two quality tablets, they both offer their own unique experience to cater to our needs. Don’t want to be hassled? Then the iPad is going to be the right fit for you, since it doesn’t require being a rocket scientist to understand – even more when it’s barebones with its operation, though, its compromise is found with its lack of personalization. However, with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and its Honeycomb experience, it’s not an issue since it’s stacked to the roof with various widgets, live wallpapers, and shortcuts to fill its interface. Well, it doesn’t end there with Motorola’s pride and joy, since it features an ever-useful IR blaster that turns the venerable tablet into a universal remote, and a stylus for additional interaction.

The iOS 5.1 interface of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
The iOS 5.1 interface of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
The iOS 5.1 interface of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
The iOS 5.1 interface of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

The iOS 5.1 interface of the new iPad


The Honeycomb interface of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
The Honeycomb interface of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
The Honeycomb interface of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
The Honeycomb interface of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

The Honeycomb interface of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1


Since they’re blessed with generous sized displays, we don’t have too many problems typing away long passages of text with their respective keyboards. In fact, they exhibit the same level of responsiveness and accuracy – plus, they also have voice dictation as alternative as well.

On-screen keyboard of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
On-screen keyboard of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
On-screen keyboard of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
On-screen keyboard of the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

On-screen keyboard of the new iPad


On-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

On-screen keyboard of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1


At their core, the interface of their respective email applications may look different, but they’re very similar as they utilize a familiar 2-panel layout that’s practical to work with. However, if you’re into the whole Gmail thing, there’s no question that the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is the hands-down choice as it features all of the wonderful aspects of Google’s email service on a desktop, but in tablet form obviously.

Email on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
Email on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
Email on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

Email on the new iPad


Email of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
Email of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

Email of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1



Processor and Memory:

Flexing its muscles and showboating its processing prowess, the new iPad is unequivocally the faster performer between the two – well, that’s hardly a surprise considering it’s also the newer one. With its new Apple A5x SoC, which features a 1GHz dual-core processor and a quad-core GPU, it maintains a steady response with all of its actions and operations. Furthermore, it doesn’t exhibit any bit of slowdown or choppiness with its performance – unlike the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 Yes, it’s no longer deemed as a top-notch offering, the 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor of the XYBOARD is effective with most things, but at times, we’re still finding some mitigating distractions with processor intensive tasks.

Interestingly, both tablets are available in 16GB, 32GB, and 32GB capacities – with no expandable option whatsoever.


Internet and Connectivity:

Honestly, we can never get tired of 4G LTE speeds, and rightfully so, that’s the case with both of these LTE enabled tablets. In fact, complex web sites rich in multimedia load in no time at all, but difference is found with their web browsing performance. Specifically, the iPad’s performance is filled with consistent fluidity with navigational controls such as kinetic scrolling and pinch gestures. In comparison, the XYBOARD presents us with a top-notch experience as well, but it’s noticeably choppier with its movement – though, we gain that desktop-like experience thanks to Adobe Flash support.

Web browsing on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
Web browsing on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
Web browsing on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
Web browsing on the new iPad - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

Web browsing on the new iPad


The web browser of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
The web browser of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 - Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

The web browser of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1


Certainly, we dig that these two are able to surf on 4G LTE speeds, but they also share some other common connectivity items – such as aGPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality. However, since the iPad is newer, it’s packing Bluetooth 4.0 – as opposed to Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR on the XYBOARD.

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posted on 20 Mar 2012, 07:25 5

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


im really beginning to think you guys are scared to compare it with the prime

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 08:40

8. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The Tablets Next in Line to Battle the iPad 3:

Blackberry Playbook 4G
Kindle Fire
iPad 1st Gen
iPad 2nd Gen
Galaxy Tab 10.1 2
Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE

then, there is Asus Transformer Prime Series // Huawei Mediapad 10 FHD (w/ 2GB RAM, HD screen, quad core, and 8MP, which i'm looking forward to.)

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 15:17 2

25. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


In a few months, those android tabs might be nothing.

If Microsoft does it right, Windows 8 will be the new tablet OS, no longer android.

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 19:16

31. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


I would like to see that =-)

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 07:27 4

2. bloodline (Posts: 694; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


they are still going to to say the ipad 3 is better than the prime - its iphonearena.

anyway, its obvious the ipad 3 is better spec'd than 1 years old tablets. review is pointless

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 08:42 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12714; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It wouldn't have benn pointless if the xyboard had won. Devices r compared to what's on the market,people didn't complain when the year old iPhone 4 was being compared to brand new android phones. Both of these tablets rock, but just know some people actually appreciate apples approach. Just saying.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 15:16 1

24. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Very much in agreement with you. The performance of my iPhone 4 is almost identical to my RAZR MAXX. I have done tons of test just for kicks.
Apple devices are just made to max the hardware with the software. When the two go together, its great. Microsoft is doing the same with WP7 (who would imagine) and its REALLY fast and smooth. I think that iPad isn't against android, but its against Windows 8.

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 19:20 1

32. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


I had a XYboard 32 gig 10.1 and I am actually sold for The New iPad. I loved it for a awhile however throughout all the things that it can do are a slew of things that it cant do that I am finding out that the iPad can it really all comes done to what you do with it and if you like the brand or not I never have been a motorola person and everytime I want to try it out I find out why I am not a motorola person.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 13:47

23. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


And one thing i dont get is, if for instant iPad 2 was considered to be better than the Xyboard, whats the point of comparing the New iPad with it?

Myb im d only person who thinks like this, but what is the point really? cos the new ipad is better than the old ipad, why still compare it with old devices?

i'm an ifan and want to see apple products bn d best but this is way pointless if u ask me. Just an axcuse to promote the New iPad. Apple marketing department dont need to go to work anymore, cos sites like phonearena makes their job a whole lot more easier.

#JustSaying

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 07:27

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


also i wanted to know, where did you get that the a5x was 1.5 ghz

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 07:39

4. denmcdon (Posts: 88; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)


Its 1.2 by some sources

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 07:47

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


When the reviewer calls the device magical you know where comparison videos are heading.....

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 10:26

13. robocopvn (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


agree, and he called the other device "shame". What a funny comparison

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 08:20

6. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


The camera on the new ipad is F2.8 ...
Whats goin on with Iphonearena..

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 08:20 1

7. jacko1977 (Posts: 406; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


the ipad does not have a retina display ffs its under 300ppi

they saying its from how far you hold it so that means my 42" full 1080p tv that i sit 5 meters away as a retina display

even if it as 52.45ppi

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 08:45 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 12714; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Who r u to say what it does, or doesn't have unless u design screens. My foot is in my mouth if u do,u need to hush if u dont.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 17:25

28. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Then i guess my galaxy nexus has a retina display too.

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 10:42

29. jacko1977 (Posts: 406; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


well steve jobs own words is retina display is over 300ppi so i guess it does at 316ppi

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 12:47

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it technically does. i think the ppi difference between a 4.65" HDSA display and a 3.5" Retina display is only like 10... o:

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 09:17 1

11. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


With reports coming in on websites or the new ipads overheating to the point of it shutting down then perhaps the new ipad should not be compared to any product currently!

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 11:32 1

15. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Here you go trolling away and acting like yesterday never happened

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 11:47 1

16. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Im not sure what your on about but today its seems like apple has another faulty product and is yet again denying it

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 11:54 1

17. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


And when you're proven wrong you'll just troll on again and pretend it didn't happen

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 15:28 1

26. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Proven wrong on what? I already said i'd be as stupid as you if i claimed the ipad would not have good sales,everyone knows ifans were salivating at the mouth for an ipad 2$ and hand over any amount of cash for it,I said apple were claiming massive sales without giving proper figures and ifans were simply regurgitating the apple pr of massive sales. You really struggle with comments and tech debates,perhaps theres an iApp to help you on that.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 10:21 1

12. theoak (Posts: 322; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


To be competitive ... these Android tablets need to drop their price.

The Android tablets are priced higher than the "New" ... and so one might conclude that "if it costs more it must be better" ... obviously that is not the case here.

So its like looking at something priced like a Kia (New) and something priced like a BMW (XY) and assuming the XY is better because it is priced higher and that the XY has something more to add.

In this case the New is priced like the Kia AND has additional tech and features.

So ... unless the XY has a feature that you MUST have ... the "New" is a no-brainer here.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 11:15 1

14. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


I've been saying that for awhile now. For Android tabs to gain any type of competitive edge on the ipad they would have to come in at like 249.00 under contract and like 399.00 full retail.
Get the os out there at a loss initially. Once consumers see that android does everything the ipad does( which is a clean, crisp, controlled os), and then some, they'll put Google in position to actually compete.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 15:31 1

27. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Your right about the pricing and as PA has said in an article recently the kindle fire and its extremely competitive pricing has already helped Android gain a large chunk of the tablet market share. So if the Nexus tab does come soon with the good specs and quality but rock bottom pricing we should see as PA said android gaining the lions share of the tablet market by 2013/2014

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:48

34. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


THis is true the XYboard outright on a 32 is 799.99 where as the outright on an iPad 32 is 729.99 Boo on me for wanting to save a little and have a tablet that suits what I do better. Regardless of faults because they all have some sort of fault beucause just like the makers they can't be perfect.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 12:50 1

18. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i still want a Xyboard 8.2. it's really the only tech remaining that i actually want. o:

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 13:03

20. greyhulk (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


It's good that there's at least one person out there who wants one.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 13:02 1

19. Metalspy8 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


john v...he tries to cover it up lol. I love how they () are trying to put the ipad2s against all the android tablets...but when the prime was out we didn't get the same love...or heck when the note was out ...they didn't glorify it...i cant wait till we start rolling out the big boys...

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 13:03 2

21. Metalspy8 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


john is a i whore....he tries to cover it up lol. I love how they () are trying to put the ipad2s against all the android tablets...but when the prime was out we didn't get the same love...or heck when the note was out ...they didn't glorify it...i cant wait till we start rolling out the big boys...

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 13:08 2

22. Metalspy8 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


when it comes to the ipad 2s there will never be no if or buts everything is always perfect...when it isnt...john v you know who made the retina display...n you still will not give samsung props on it...are you really afraid of apple.We lost all the outlaws in this world...everyone is afraid to unveil the truth..

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 12:28 1

33. CashGap (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)


XYBoard also might (might!) have the current version of Android available in Q4 2012. Or maybe not. Per Motorola. https://forums.motorola.com/pages/00add97d6c

Meanwhile, two year old original iPads were upgradeable to iOS 5 on the day the software was released.

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