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Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

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Camera:

For a tablet, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 dishes up some good looking snapshots with its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. It’s not picture perfect per se, but after looking over the results, we find them to be more than tolerable for 4” x 6” printouts. Even though its details are average, and its colors can tend to look washed out at times, but as a whole, they’re acceptable enough.

Camera interface - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

Camera interface


Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

Samples taken with the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2


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Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
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Medium

Low light

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7ft

Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


At the same time, its 720p video recording is also decent enough with its quality to use for some of those in the moment situations that don’t come around too often. Details might not be the sharpest looking, nor is color reproduction perfect with its bluish tinge, but they actually don’t diminish the quality at all. Rather, we’re content with the pleasant visuals we’re given, as it moves smoothly at the rate of 29 frames per second and records clear audio. However, its sensitive exposure is blatantly jumpy and causes the white balance to be inaccurate.

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Sample Video:




Multimedia:

With the stock Honeycomb music player, we’re always pleased by its glitzy presentation, but it’s becoming all too conventional at this point. Nevertheless, our ears are treated to a harmonious experience thanks to its robust tones, commanding volume output, and available equalizer settings.

Music player - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Music player - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Music player - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Music player - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

Music player


Considering it’s an attention grabber on its own, the tablet’s 8.2” IPS display is very easy on the eyes when it comes to watching videos. Loading our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, it smoothly plays the entire thing flawlessly with no problems at all – so yeah, it’s a great companion for those long trips! Supplementing the experience, its 2.1 virtual surround sound literally makes us feel as though we’re watching something in a theater.

Watching videos - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review
Watching videos - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

Watching videos


Mentioning it earlier, the tablet packs along an IR blaster that goes hand-in-hand with the preloaded Dijit personal media application. Essentially, it offers the full functionality of any universal remote – like being able to control all of our home theater equipment. Honestly, it’s neat considering the tablet replaces one common living room gadget we’re accustomed to losing while sitting back on the couch.

The Dijit app - Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

The Dijit app



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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: 2984; 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: 436; 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: 2357; 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: 2984; 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: 466; 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: 5620; 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: 1997; 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: 5620; 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: 302; 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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