Conclusion: The Xyboard is one of the best Android tablets we’ve used despite not possessing any one standalone feature. At the end of the day it is a combination of lots of small things that makes the Xyboard a winner for us — light weight, vivid display, lengthy runtime, etc. As far as a direct iPad competitor, we’ll say that it is a decent option compared to Apple’s offering though we still do prefer the iPad. That said, the Xyboard isn’t a bad buy.
Excerpt: We recently reviewed the Motorola Xyboard 10.1 tablet, the next generation of the manufacturer’s less-than-popular Xoom tablet from early 2011. Co-developed with Google, the Xoom was supposed to usher in the Android tablet era much as the original Droid helped prove Android was ready to compete with the iOS. Unfortunately, it’s been a rockier start for Android than Motorola had wished, but nobody is giving up yet.
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
Excerpt: Motorola made a big bet on the original Xoom tablet in early 2011. Developed with Google, it was supposed to usher in the Android tablet era much as the original Droid helped usher in Android smartphones . Unfortunately, it’s been a rockier start for Android than Motorola and Google had wished. Nearly every Android tablet faced low sales last year.
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
Excerpt: Motorola’s Droid Xyboard a slick, well-performing tablet that’s easy on the eyes. Too bad it has such a stupid name.
Pros: 8.2-inch size is convenient and easy to hold while staying large enough to enjoy reading full page articles or watching videos on. Pixel-packed display. Decently powerful stereo speakers housed along the shorter edges of the tablet.
Cons: Battery life is pretty weak — around 4 hours for video at the highest brightness setting. Ships with Honeycomb, not ICS (although it is upgradeable). Price is too high.
Conclusion: The Xyboard (which sounds like Cyborg if you think about it 10.1 is already available from Verizon, and if you need a good tablet that means business this Christmas, do take a look at this device.
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).
Summary: The Droid Xyboard 10.1 is a vast improvement over the Motorola Xoom . It's dramatically thinner and lighter, offers a much better display, and boasts best-in-class sound. We also appreciate the super-fast 4G LTE speeds and this slate's ability to double as a remote control for your TV. However, the Xyboard's sometimes-laggy performance and glacial charge time give us pause, especially when a minimum commitment of $1,249 over two years is involved.