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.
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.