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Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

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Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Introduction:

As we take a trip back down to memory lane with the Motorola XOOM, the very first device to feature Google’s pure tablet-optimized platform, we realize that things didn’t necessarily go as planned for the tablet. Besides the late incorporation of a 4G LTE radio, it was quickly overcome by other Honeycomb tablets that snatched the spotlight – like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Coming back for round two, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is looking to uphold its founding father and reclaim the prestige now that it’s part of the beloved DROID line.

This is a review of the CDMA/LTE tablet offered by Verizon Wireless. The XOOM 2 Media Edition is identical but has a global GSM/HSDPA radio instead.

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

If you’ve checked out some of Motorola’s recent smartphones, namely the PHOTON 4G and DROID RAZR, you’ll instantly recognize the design of the DROID XYBOARD 8.2. It’s probably one of the more solidly constructed tablets we’ve had the pleasure to hold of late – thanks to its premium choice of materials and sturdy feel. Literally built like a tank, its metallic back plating provides plenty of strength, while its soft touch sides and miniature bolts perfectly accent its tough exterior. Looking beyond its aggressive appearance, it’s remarkably lightweight (13.62 oz) and svelte (0.35” thick) to keep it in good light with the usual company.

The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is probably one of the more solidly constructed tablets of late - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is probably one of the more solidly constructed tablets of late - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is probably one of the more solidly constructed tablets of late - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is probably one of the more solidly constructed tablets of late


Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

Complementing its sturdy build quality, is its brilliant looking 8.2” IPS-enhanced HD display, which boasts a reasonable 1280 x 800 resolution. Naturally, it’s more than detailed enough to discern fine text within the web browser, while its high contrast, neutral color reproduction, strong brightness output, and decent viewing angles make it a wonder to look at with our eyes. Simply, it perfectly complements the tablet’s overall radiance.

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
The 8.2” IPS-enhanced HD display has decent viewing angles - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
The 8.2” IPS-enhanced HD display has decent viewing angles - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
The 8.2” IPS-enhanced HD display has decent viewing angles - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

The 8.2” IPS-enhanced HD display has decent viewing angles

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

Easily worth noting, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is deemed as a multimedia-centric tablet because it features 2.1 virtual surround sound with the aid of the speakers built into its sides. Furthermore, it also packs the usefulness of an infrared blaster, which is something that’s becoming more prominent amongst tablets. In fact, it works in tandem with the preloaded Dijit app to turn the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 into a universal home theater remote control.

microUSB and microHDMI ports (bottom) - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Left edge - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
3.5mm jack (top) - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Right edge - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

microUSB and microHDMI ports (bottom)

Left edge

3.5mm jack (top)

Right edge


microUSB and microHDMI ports - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Power and volume keys - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

microUSB and microHDMI ports

Power and volume keys


Besides those two items, everything else is fairly straightforward seeing it packs a microUSB port, microHDMI port, 3.5mm headset jack, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with flash, power button, and volume control. With the latter two, they’re flat and rather difficult to feel out with our fingers – though, we find their placement fitting to reduce accidental presses when holding the tablet.

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Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
5-megapixel rear camera - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

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5-megapixel rear camera



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posted on 16 Dec 2011, 06:19 2

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Maybe a tad too small for my taste, and I thought the Kindle Fire would start making tablets cheaper. you also have to compare it to other tablets with the same price, the HTC Jetstream got a 7 and it was more expensive.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 08:27 4

2. roldefol (Posts: 3180; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


All the Android tablet makers need to take a page from the Amazon playbook. I know they're not willing to sell at a loss like the Fire does, but look at how that model is selling. If Google wants to make a serious (ie >15% US market share) dent in the tablet market, the major manufacturers need to be willing to sell at smaller margins. Being as good or better than the iPad isn't enough to match it on price, especially on contract. They need to make a credible argument that an Android tablet offers something an iPad doesn't. Since they can't really do that yet, they need to fight with dollars. $300 for WiFi-only would significantly undercut Apple, yet make it easy to argue more functionality than the Kindle for not much more money.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 09:26 3

3. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


The xyboard is a day late, a dollar short, and has the worst name in the biz.

Seriously though, I'm sure it's a fine tablet, but given the price, it's just not worth it. On the market right now it's not even the top tablet and in a week or so the Transformer will come out and crush the Xyboard in performance and since the Xoom2 (better ring to it) isn't available on WiFi it's severely limiting it's market since it is more expensive than the WiFi tablets like the iPad, Transformer, Galaxy, Sony Tabs, Toshiba tabs, etc.

Motorola right now looks like they're slowly correcting launch errors of old. First by offering a smaller cheaper option, second by having a 32 gig and 16 gig model. Now they need to work on launching a WiFi model at launch and lower the pricing point about 50 bucks

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 13:06 2

4. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Did Motorola learn nothing from the launch of the Xoom?

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 15:25 1

5. roldefol (Posts: 3180; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


They learned that they should make their tablets uglier...

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 19:59 4

6. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I wonder what the score would be if price wasn't an issue? an 8 maybe?

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 00:39

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5646; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i LOVE what Motorola did with the Interface! every OEM should pay attention here because this is what they need to do. Stock w/ customized Icons, Fonts, Widgets & Function Keys. the Droid Xyboard would be an ideal Tablet for me. i have a pretty ballin' Laptop so i can't really justify a big Tablet that's not portable enough to just grab on a whim and i don't want something so small that it just seems senseless to use over my smartphone for much so between this and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 they just nail it with me. price is in serious need of adjusting though.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 15:18

8. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I was playing with one at a Verizon store and they want $600 without a contract or $420 with a 2-year contract.

Motorola is doing EXACTLY the same thing wrong when they introduced the first gen Xoom -- it's overpriced and a poor value given other tablets in the marketplace.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 16:28

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5646; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i saw one yesterday too and i definitely came out wanting one. great Tablet for me.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 23:15

10. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 304; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


conversely? i'm pretty sure that choppy = live wallpaper and smooth = static.. im really not usually a grammar nazi (i promise!) but that's pretty much the opposite i think of what should have gone there.. who writes these? do they get grammar check?

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 13:11

11. Pugs53 (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Can someone please tell me which currently available tablet is better in all areas than the Xyboard? IPad is 3G vs Xyboard is 4G.

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Display8.2 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (184 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size8.50 x 5.47 x 0.35 inches
(216 x 139 x 8.9 mm)
13.62 oz  (386 g)

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