Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1

Introduction and Design

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.

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