Apple iPad (Gen 3) Tablet Review
The new iPad is here, with an incredible screen.
Device & Specs
Android devices made their name off of blowing Apple products' hardware out of the water, but the new iPad makes a bold statement. Catching up to the Android pack by offering its dual core processor, it matches the Xyboard in RAM as well. The Xyboard isn't without its own tricks up its sleeve, however, as it has an IR blaster to control your entire home theater without additional purchases. Still, it can't match the performance of the new iPad's screen, nor can it boast the same app store support. Ultimately, it's up to you what you want, but there are some key differences like the Xyboard's waterproof nano-coating to consider here.
The Xyboard's screen can't compare to the new iPad's in terms of resolution or raw performance, but it is much brighter, allowing it to be taken outside.
Because both tablets have access to almost all of the same eReader apps outside of iBook, there is virtually no difference here, aside from the fact that the Xyboard is easier to hold for long periods of time.
Whether Android fans like to admit it or not, Apple has the larger application store, but that doesn't mean the Google Play Store should be dismissed: it has a lot of the apps that Apple doesn't tolerate (think torrenting, using bluetooth for off-label use, etc.). You'll have to decide for yourself, but Android's Play Store warrants a second look if you're most concerned with apps.
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