Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 Vs Apple iPad 2: comparison


    Xyboard 10.1 is an upgrade to the Motorola’s Xoom tablet. It is a premium Android tablet with 4G LTE capability and it has a nice design and look. It runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the same version of firmware Xoom has. Apple iPad 2 still makes buzz in tech markets even after its launch nearly one year ago. In fact, a comparison between the iPad 2 and Xyboard 10.1 doesn’t make much sense. The former is such a successful tablet in global markets, while the latter has made no real impact. However, we make this comparison taking Xyboard 10.1 as one of new tablets with Android, which confronts iPad.

    Display: The Xyboard 10.1 mounts a 10.1-inch HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 800 x 1280 pixels at 149 ppi. The multitouch display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass technology. Apple iPad 2, on the other hand, features a 9.7-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen multitouch display with IPS technology. iPad 2 falls short to Xyboard in both screen resolution with its 1024×768 and ppi rate with its 132 ppi.

    Processor: The Motorola tablet is up with a 1.2GHz Cortex A9 dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor. Apple has put in its own Apple A5 custom designed chip and a 1GHz dual core processor inside iPad 2. In clock speed, Xyboard simply wins over iPad, which has A5 chip as the biggest highlight, however.

    Storage: Both iPad 2 and Xyboard 10.1 come with three internal storage options; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It is highly useful for customers, as they can choose a model that better suits their memory requirements.

    Operating System: Motorola Xyboard 10.1 has the same Android 3.2 Honeycomb. See, its predecessor Xoom, which came out a year back, was the first tablet to run on Honeycomb. But Motorola has missed to launch its Xoom successor with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the mobile OS. Apple iPad, in the meanwhile, is running on iOS 5, the new version of the OS. The iOS 5 has brought some incredible features like multitouch gestures and iCloud to iPad 2.

    Camera: The Xyboard 10.1 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with 2592Ñ…1944 pixels, autofocus and LED flash. The tablet also highlights geo-tagging and 720p HD video capture capability. It mounts a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video chatting. The iPad 2 has only a below 1-megpaixel HD (720p) rear camera and a VGA camera in front for video chatting.

    Connectivity: You have Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR, infrared port and microUSB v2.0 as connectivity options on Xyboard 10.1. You may know that the iPad infamously skips a USB port. It has Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology as major connectivity options.

    Battery life: The Xyboard 10.1 mounts a standard Li-Ion 7000 mAh battery that provides 10 hours of playback. The iPad 2 features a built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that also offers 10 hours of life.

    It is not easy to find a winner of these two tablets. Apple iPad 2 is the world’s most popular tablet. It has iOS 5, multitouch gesture input capability, iCloud and many other features. The Xyboard 10.1 is also a great tablet, but sans the name of Apple.

    What others say?
    Let us see what the CNet reviews of both Xyboard 10.1 and iPad 2 conclude,

    “The Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 is a premium Android tablet from the company that defined the category, held back by a high price and uninspired design,” says the Xyboard review.

    “The iPad 2 refines an already excellent product. Its easy-to-use interface, vast app catalog, and marathon battery life bolster Apple’s claim to being the king of tablets,” comments the iPad 2 reviewer.

    Many analysts have blamed Motorola for making not many modifications on Xyboard 10.1 from its predecessor. Motorola has just made some finishing work on both the display and body of the tablet. It has the same operating system, dual core processor and other features. The iPad 2 is still making movements in tablet market, though Apple is about to upgrade it with a more powerful 2012 version of iPad in next couple of months.