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Verizon Compares the DROID XYBOARD to the iPad 2, Kindle Fire and Others

Intrigued by the DROID XYBOARD tablets that Verizon announced yesterday? Then you may want to take a look at these two comparison charts that pit both against the competition, including the iPad 2 and the Kindle Fire.

Both of the new XYBOARDs (10″ and 8.2″) best almost every other tablet (aside from the Transformer Prime) when it comes to specs given their slight bump in processor speed of 1.2GHz, improved screen, and 4G LTE. Is that slight bump along with an improved screen enough to turn future tablet owners away from the market stomping Fire and iPad 2? I’m not so sure, especially at prices well above both. The new tablets from Motorola start at $429 ($529 for the 10″) on contract, meaning you can get into a Fire for over $200 less without signing 2 years of your life away. If you need 4G speeds on a tablet while on the go though, then these may just end up being your option.

A release date was confirmed yesterday for December 12 (Monday), but after seeing the Galaxy Nexus get bumped from the 9th with just days to go, I wouldn’t put money on anything these days.

Versus the Kindle Fire after the break.  

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  • ScottyfromGA

    and I agree…Xyboard is a stupid name.

  • ScottyfromGA

    i’ll take the non-nerding out route here and just talk about whats on the chart here, but I see no reason to buy a 10.1 XYboard over the 8.2.  a 64GB difference?  I’d rather have the smaller one that does the same stuff and obviously will be cheaper.

  • Reedme

    VZW conveniently left the Transformer Prime off the comparison!  Must be because Moto is releasing an obsolete tablet.

    Come on Samgsung and Moto, release a quad-core tablet already, so I can get in the tablet game.

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  • Anonymous

    Droid XYBoard.

    What a truly aweful name.

  • Anonymous

    Its a little sad that they are comparing it to such old tablets as the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab.

  • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

    I have no interest in these new tablets from Moto. 
    I mean…come on…the Transformer Prime? Pssshhhh. Blows all of these out of the water, even just with the cameras. 

  • Chet Stovepiper

    requires a 2 year contract? YES! Overpriced? YES! Slight Spec bump? YES! Unlikely to get updates over the course of the contract? YES! Soon to be obsolete? HELL YES!

  • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

    Odd, their own comparison chart lists the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at 1.5GHZ when it is only 1ghz. 

    • Anonymous

      The 8.9 is 1.5Ghz dual core. The 10.1 was the 1Ghz dual core.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

        Sorry, but it’s not. it’s the exact same internals as the old 10.1

    • Anonymous

      But either way, it’s most likely OMAPs in the Xyboards, that’s the main difference. Between these and the first Xoom as well. It’s a good bump up from the Tegra 2s.

  • GCurry

    Being one of the 99%, I can afford a Verizon data plan on ONE of my devices, if that.  For many like me, a wi-fi only tablet is not as good as FREE 4G, but better than nothing, especially for comfortable media consumption.  So I only consider wi-fi tablets.  

    I’m pre-ordered for a Transformer Prime, but at this point am seriously considering saving $300 or $400, buying a Kindle Fire, and ROMing it with CM9, when it’s cooked.  Only thing I’d miss, for my usage?   Microphone.  Fire 2 might put it back.

  • Cooksta3276

    Are you seriously thinking that there isn’t a ipadHD on the way? I wouldn’t brag up the resolution too much at this point…. Who buys a full feature tablet anyway, especially with high resolution large screen smartphones…..

  • Anonymous

    Verizon can lick my nad sack until they release the G-Nex.

    • Cooksta3276

      Um…..your sack might be awful sore by the time it actually comes out…

  • Anonymous

    I would much rather have any descent priced wifi tab and mobile hotspot then these LTE slabs

  • Bryan Williams

    If they think releasing this on Monday while delaying the Galaxy Nexus (if it’s really is due to the 4G sim cards) is going to be ok, they’re totally wrong.

    If they aren’t releasing the Gnex for this reason then they should just stop selling ALL 4G phones and tablets until the issue is resolved.

    What a shitty PR department they have.  If I were Samsung and Google, I’d be so far up their ass about this they’d just release the phone because they were sick of hearing from me.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I see no comparison to the Asus Prime baby!!!! Imagine that.. everything on that list is old news – and some not even out yet. Bwaa ha hahaa

    • Anonymous

      Now this is something I can agree with you on.

    • ol1bit

      Yea the Prime would Kick it’s butt!

  • Anonymous

    I feel like if you have a smartphone with a high resolution, a tablet isn’t needed too often.  Don’t get me wrong, I bought a cheapo tablet to watch my movies on flights and such but hardly use it.

  • Ohmyboard

    Who ever is responsible for marketing and new product development at motorola needs to go home, they keep on pumping those over-priced devices that no body seems to care about.

  • Anonymous

    Removing the microSDHC card slot made these things all that much less attractive.  Perhaps a sign to come of expandable store support disappearing completely from Android Jellybean as Google races to be more like Apple (fixed batteries, fixed storage, all virtual keyboard?) 

    Perhaps  Google is bowing to pressure from the hardware companies that would like for us to purchase another SKU for $100 more to get 16GB more storage instead of popping in a $20 SD card?

    Nexus S started the trend, Xoom for all intents and purposes might not even had a microSD slot since Honeycomb’s support is so broken, then the G-Nex and Xoom2/Xyboard continue it even further. 

    • Evan Knofsky

      You do realize that is ALL the manufactures? Google didn’t say hey Motorola make the batteries non removable! Don’t add a physical keyboard! etc

    • Anonymous

      Yeah since Google bakes in fixed battery code right into the software??? Then Google put in that no removable storage code.

      You must be right, Google only added more Keyboard, and Mouse support to ICS.

      ur a genious!

  • Anonymous

    The good thing about this chart is it just shows how old, out of touch and far behind apple is falling.

    The bad part is, the rest of the world (including ifans) don’t see apple falling behind at all.

    Brainwashed

    • gregwilliams

      Can’t say that I agree. I am android all the way, but it is way easier to purchase a big ticket item (such as a tablet) when the item you are purchasing isn’t going to be outdated in two weeks by another device from the same manufacturer.  One piece of hardware a year leads to increased sales…since the customer isn’t holding their money waiting for the next best thing, they’re spending it.

      • Bryan Williams

        But you’re going to spend it eventually, whether it be on that tablet now or in a month.  They don’t care, as long as you spend it.  I think the manufacturers think that the more they flood the market, the more of a chance there is that you’ll buy their product.  It used to be that way but now people are smart and research their investments before diving into them.  It’s just too bad the companies don’t see it yet.

    • Cooksta3276

      1st off, im not a fanboy. But I’d imagine even with lower specs, an ipad would still hang or better with this thing. The way they optimize hardware and software together is actually done very well. I hate the stuff, but an ip4s runs 800mhz and 512 ram, and outperforms most phones with double those specs. A Nexus is about the only device that can outperform it…..

    • CoFoltman84

      Apple releases a tablet once a year. Android has how many different companies putting out devices? Samsung, Moto, Sony, Acer, etc…I’m hoping apple comes out with something mind blowing when they release an iPad3…gives competition and pushes Android to be better.

    • CoFoltman84

      Apple releases a tablet once a year. Android has how many different companies putting out devices? Samsung, Moto, Sony, Acer, etc…I’m hoping apple comes out with something mind blowing when they release an iPad3…gives competition and pushes Android to be better.

  • Anonymous

    Moto tablets are superior than the others.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Hope this is a joke, as it is so fundamentally wrong on several points

    • Evan Knofsky

      Hey a Moto fanboy! I guess they have atleast one. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=16820511 Alex Waller

    SNL/Seinfeld: “Who are the ad wizards that came up with that one?”

  • Dominick DeVito

    Overpriced, obsolete hardware, old OS, terrible name. Yes, my company will love it.

    • Anonymous

      It has the best specs and features and let me remind you Moto build quality.

      • http://profiles.google.com/iankellogg Ian Kellogg

        and motorola software…..

      • Lmrojas

        The best specs? You haven’t heard of the prime have you?

      • Cooksta3276

        Specs don’t mean a whole lot. An ip4s runs 800mhz and 512 ram iphone and can punish about every stock phone besides a Nexus. Not that I even like Apple products, but there is a lot to be said about optimization’s effect on real world output speed. Home I didn’t come off as a fanboy cuz I’m far from it…

        • Anonymous

          The only thing you will get from your comment is the label of “fool”. He doesn’t care for non Moto praise. I however agree with you.

        • Anonymous

          i know the iphone works flawless but so does the Razr. It is google’s fault that they have not optimized android as of yet.

          • Anonymous

            Google can’t optimize Android for every phone. It would be damn near impossible.

          • Anonymous

            at least have of them then. They are just optimizing the nexus.

          • Noyfb

            motorolas fault for not running with vanilla android

          • Anonymous

            Moto had an idea how ICS was going to look. The UI on the razr has similar features. I love ICS, but like i have said many times i also love the new Moto UI GB 2.3.5 :) I cant wait to get the ICS that moto is building.

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    Verizon to Motorola: hey dudes, your Xoom isn’t selling. Any ideas?

    Motorola: call it a Droid!Verizon: yeah good idea! People will definitely overpay if we call it a Droid! Good idea!

  • David Hayden

    Out of those four, I’d probably take the Fire and put CM7/9 on it.

  • Anonymous

    don’t take this the wrong way … but, we really don’t care about this tablet now … for sooo many reasons.