Functionality and Internet:

The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 comes with the standard Android 3.2 Honeycomb user experience, which offers plenty of personalization with its variety of icons, wallpapers, and widgets, but it doesn’t particularly bring any new to the table from what can be found with other Honeycomb tablets. We hope it will get an update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.


Entering text on the 10.1” screen with the virtual QWERTY keyboard is easier than on the 8.2” model, as the keys are larger in size, allowing for a more natural typing experience. You also have the choice of using the stock keyboard, Swype, and Swift Tablet X keyboard. There is also a new MyScript Stylus input that shows a white square on the screen that you use the included stylus pen to draw the letters on, which is then converted to text. We didn’t really care for this method of text input, but the stylus is handy for drawing images or making quick notes.


The GMail and standard email app are appropriately laid out to take advantage of the spacious screen available with the tablet – so organizing emails is a pleasure to handle. Moreover, setup is a breeze seeing it simply requires your email address and password for automatic completion, though you can do it manually for POP and IMAP accounts.



Processor and Memory:

Located in the bowels of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is the 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. It does a good job with loading and running pretty much any app that you can through at it – though we did notice some stuttering when using Live Wallpapers and moving between the 5 homescreens. When running the Quadrant Benchmark app, we got a score of 2957, which is good, but still slightly less than some of the competition. Next up was the AnTuTu benchmark app, which gave a score of 5745, again nothing to sneeze at, though it is much lower than quad-core the Asus Transformer Prime.



Internet:

One of the best uses of the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is its internet functionality. The web browser is a pleasure to use with the large screen, and makes viewing web sites a more enjoyable experience. Making use of Verizon’s 4G LTE data network, we were able to fully load our PhoneArena.com web site in 20 seconds. Also, when using the SppedTest.net app, we were able to achieve downloads of 10 Mbps and uploads near 5 Mbps. But if you are outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, the tablet can also use 3G EVDO Rev A, as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and has built-in HotSpot capability.


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