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Motorola Xyboard Tablet Review

For those of you looking for a media powerhouse, this tablet has the most features we've seen in a long while.

February 15, 2012
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Apple iPad 2 Comparison

Device & Specs

By the numbers, the Motorola Xyboard is a better tablet, but hold on: the raw statistics aren't the whole story, and the user experience is what really defines a tablet if the performance is close enough. Such is the case with the iPad 2 and Motorola Xyboard. Though the Xyboard has the better hardware in many categories, and virtually identical in others, the difference in performance isn't huge. Consider though, that the iPad 2 does not have an IR blaster, so it can't be used as a universal remote in the traditional sense. Also consider that the iPad isn't water-resistant.

Screen

From a performance standpoint, the iPad has the marginally better screen, as it performs right on par with many of the performance points of the Motorola Xyboard, but has a better color gamut. It does not have a great peak brightness for a tablet, however, whereas the Motorola Xyboard does. Still, both are equally bad in the outdoors.

Battery

The iPad 2 has the better battery hands-down. Lasting over a full hour better in both reading eBooks and watching video.

eReader

Both tablets have access to relatively identical apps, so this comparison comes down to handling, which both are very ergonomic devices. This one's a wash, outside of the iPad 2 having the better battery life.

Internet

Both have outstanding internet features, despite both tablets having access to different markets. Really, both have their appeal, and much of the differences here lie in that the user interface and available apps are a bit different. Though the Motorola Xyboard has more productivity software pre-loaded onto the device, the iPad has similar apps for purchase. One thing you should weigh is the fact that the Motorola Xyboard has better streaming support for all your devices without paying a premium for Apple hardware. It's something to think about.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Motorola Xoom Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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