Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

Moving right down the list, the next tablet deemed fitting to take on the heavy-handed punches from the new iPad, is none other than the very best from Motorola’s camp – the DROID XYBOARD 10.1. Regarded as the first tablet worthy enough to bear the DROID moniker, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is still a formidable competitor in this day and age, since it offers that persistent DROID DOES durability combined with its powerhouse approach. Staring down at its latest rival, however, the new iPad seems to be hell bent on eradicating the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 from existence. Knowing that, let’s find out how these two premium tablets stack up against one another.


Right off the bat, these two tablets boast impeccable designs that prove to be memorable in many ways, so it’s rather difficult to say which one is the better between the two. On one hand, we like the premium feel and luxurious nature of the new iPad, while on the other, the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 stands out for being well-protected thanks to its rugged construction. Indeed, the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is lighter and skinnier on paper, but holding them in the hand, it’s hardly noticeable. Ultimately, it’ll depend on your specific tastes – so yeah, we’re fond of both actually.

More often than none, we find ourselves fumbling around trying to feel and activate the dedicated power button and volume control on the DROID XYBOARD 10.1, but it’s not an issue with the iPad. Oppositely though, we dig that the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 packs standardized connections such as a microUSB and microHDMI ports for easy charging and video-out functionality. On the new iPad, everything is accomplished via its proprietary 30-pin port, but it requires an optional adapter for video-out. Lastly, the new iPad pumps out audio through its single speakers – whereas, the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 has stereo support thanks to its left and right speakers.

Flaunting 5-megapixel cameras in the rear, the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 complement its snapper with an LED flash, while the iPad’s iSight camera features an F2.4 aperture lens and a sensor with backside illumination. As for those of you who aren’t shy to video chat, it’s worth mentioning that the new iPad packs VGA front-facing camera for the occasion, while seems paltry in comparison to the higher count 1.3-megapixel one on its rival.


Looking at the specs sheet, it’s undeniably evident that the iPad’s 2048 x 1536 resolution puts to shame the 1280 x 800 one in use with the DROID XYBOARD 10.1. Visually, there’s no comparison whatsoever in the display department because the new iPad’s stunning Retina display is such an amazing thing to behold. Stunning in every way imaginable, it stands out for its sharper details, punchier color production, and higher contrast. Additionally, looking at the two very close, our eyes are actually able to distinguish the pixels on the DROID XYBOARD 10.1’s display. To put it lightly, the iPad’s display outshines its competition in every way, shape, and form.



1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.)

25. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

31. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

I would like to see that =-)

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31326; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

24. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

32. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 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.

23. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

4. denmcdon

Posts: 90; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Its 1.2 by some sources


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

13. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

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

6. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

7. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 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

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31326; Member since: Feb 05, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

29. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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:

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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!

15. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Here you go trolling away and acting like yesterday never happened

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

17. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

26. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

12. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

14. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 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.

27. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

34. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 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.

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

20. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

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

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