Conclusion: We found the Motorola Xyboard 10.1 to be a decent device, if a bit after its time, and the same could apply to the Xyboard 8.2. Despite the original Xoom floundering at its $600 to $700 price point, Motorola hasn’t lowered the bar much. A 16GB Wi-Fi Xyboard 8.2 will run you $400, with an LTE version costing $430 with a two-year contract (and who wants to sign a two-year contract on a tablet?).
Pros: Compact 8.2-inch screen, High resolution for screen size (1280 x 800), Thin and lightweight, Ergonomic design with thin bezel, 4G LTE connectivity
Cons: $400 is a lot for an Android tablet, Specs are decent but not impressive, No microSD or external storage, Camera sucks, Battery life could be better
Conclusion: The Motorola Xyboard 10.1 is a decent device, if a bit after its time. Though one of the chief reasons the original Xoom didn’t sell well was its $600 to $700 price, Motorola hasn’t lowered the bar much. A 16GB Wi-Fi Xyboard will run you $500, with an LTE version costing $530. This pricing is in line with the Apple iPad 2, but far more expensive than most Android tablets these days, which are now priced between $200 and $400 by most manufacturers.
Pros: Thin and lightweight, Ergonomic design, 4G LTE connectivity, Decent battery life
Cons: $500 is a lot for an Android tablet, Specs are decent but not impressive, No microSD or external storage, Camera sucks
Summary: No Android tablet to date has manage to unseat the runaway champ, Apple’s iPad. Can the Motorola Xyboard do it? While such a question is actually more complex than just a simple “yes” or “no” answer would give, we seek out to find just how comparable Motorola’s latest and greatest tablet is compared to not only the iPad, but other high-end Android tablets as well.
Excerpt: The Motorola Xoom was the first tablet to run on Android Honeycomb and have no external navigation buttons, and even though it was a critical success, with most reviewers and potential users being excited about it, it did not do anywhere nearly as well as Motorola, or anyone else for that matter, had expected. Despite offering quite a lot for a nice price, there weren’t that many buyers and ultimately, Motorola probably even lost money on the tablet.
Summary: Like its larger sibling, the Xyboard 8.2 is a sleek-looking tablet with a bright screen and fast LTE speeds on Verizon's network. But, it's plagued by poor design decisions, especially the placement of the volume controls and power button. Plus, $529--plus a two-year contract--is absurdly expensive for a device that lasts less than 4 hours on a charge (in LTE mode).