Apple iPad 3 vs Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.