Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Initially, we thought that the tablet was running some sort of new customized interface, due to the different looking clock widget, but after scoping the scene, we realize it’s nothing more than the usual Android 3.2 Honeycomb experience. Of course, it offers plenty of personalization with its variety of icons, wallpapers, and widgets, but it doesn’t particularly bring any new things from what we find with other Honeycomb flavored tablets. Yes, it’s pretty with its TRON-like presentation, but at this point, it doesn’t come off as awe-inspiring.
Unlike some of the 7-inchers out there, typing in landscape on the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is a bit more practical and convenient thanks to its spacious layout and responsiveness. Additionally, we’re presented with the stock, Swype, and SwiftKey keyboards – all of which have their own strengths.
Not surprisingly, the Gmail and standard email apps are appropriately laid out to take advantage of the spacious confines available with the tablet – so organizing emails is a pleasure to handle. Moreover, setup is a breeze seeing it simply requires our email address and password for automatic completion.
Processor and Memory:
Providing all of the muscle power, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is running a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor with 1GB of RAM. Obviously, it has enough horsepower to get the job done, but we still experience some hints of choppiness when navigating the homescreen with a live wallpaper. Conversely, its movement and execution is more fluid when using a static one instead, but to tell you the truth, its performance is very typical of any other Honeycomb tablet we’ve reviewed.
Strangely, the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 lacks the usefulness of a microSD card slot, which is a bummer to tell you the truth – meaning, you’ll need to think things over before choosing either the 16GB or 32GB version of the tablet.
Internet and Connectivity:
Growing Big Red’s selection by one, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 features the always-lovable 4G LTE connection to get complex web pages loaded in a jiffy. As much as we take kindly to its peppy data speeds, we’re soured by the tablet’s choppy web browsing performance. Although it handles basic sites with no problems, others rich with Flash content can literally be a test of patience – albeit, it’s still tolerable to accept.
The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 features 4G LTE connection to get complex web pages loaded in a jiffy
Being the one of the tablet’s starry points, its 4G LTE connectivity presents us with average download and upload speeds of 10Mbit/s and 7Mbit/s respectively. Outside of 4G LTE goodness, you still have EV-DO Rev.A as a backup. On top of that, it packs all the usual suspects we normally find – like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n/a Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.
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.
2. roldefol (Posts: 2855; 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.
3. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; 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
4. downphoenix (Posts: 2231; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Did Motorola learn nothing from the launch of the Xoom?
5. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
They learned that they should make their tablets uglier...
6. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
I wonder what the score would be if price wasn't an issue? an 8 maybe?
7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; 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.
8. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; 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.
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i saw one yesterday too and i definitely came out wanting one. great Tablet for me.
10. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 284; 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?
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.