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.

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.



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.


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.



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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