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We review the Motorola Xyboard 10.1, the sequel to the failed Xoom. Find out if it's an improvement, or if Motorola needs to rethink its tablet strategy.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. Now that prices are dropping, more people are buying them, but the market was so bad here in the US that Motorola and Verizon have decided to rename the successor to the Xoom (the Xoom 2) as the Xyboard 10.1. We're not sure the new name will help, but hey, it's still the same Xoom experience, and that's not a terrible thing. The 4G LTE speeds aren't bad either. The Xyboard hardware retains some of the odd characteristics of the Xoom, but it's a definite improvement in most every way. Motorola has taken steps to make the Xyboard almost as thin (8.8mm vs. 8.6mm) and almost as light (21.13oz vs. 19.75oz) as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This is an achievement, especially considering the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick and weighs 21.28oz.
This is a short review of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 (which is identical to the Motorola XOOM 2), as it shares many of the same features of the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 that we reviewed in detail here.Last month Verizon released two new Motorola tablets, both of which are the first to receive the “DROID” branding: the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and DROID XYBOARD10.1. The first Motorola tablet that Verizon released which ran on the Android Honeycomb operating system was the XOOM, but it didn’t go over well, as it did not initially ship with LTE built-in (and the LTE Upgrade was delayed for several months). But this time around, Motorola seems to have got their act together, as both of these DROID tablets have LTE right out of the box. So what’s the difference between these two DROIDs? Simply put, it’s the screen size – at 8.2” and 10.1” respectively. This has become common in the Tablet marketplace, as some customers prefer a larger screen, while others want a more compact tablet with smaller screen.Included in the retail box is the Motorola DROID 10.1 tablet (available with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal memory), wall charger, microUSB data cable, stylus pen, and user guides.
Motorola kicked off 2011 with the world's first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet, the Motorola Xoom. In its wake we witnessed a flood of imitators, and eventually a handful of thinner, brighter, more innovative tablets. With the Xyboard 10.1 and its smaller sibling, the Xyboard 8.2, Motorola is revisiting the same formula it used for the original Motorola Xoom. By combining high-end hardware with Google's latest tablet-optimized Honeycomb software and Verizon's high-speed mobile network, Motorola could have another hit on its hands. But will Motorola's recipe for success still work in a time when $199 tablets dominate the headlines and the market is flush with contract-free Honeycomb options? Let's take a look. The Motorola Xyboard is an expensive tablet. Purchased through Verizon, the Xyboard is available for $529 (16GB), $629 (32GB), and $729 (64GB), with a two-year commitment to a 4G data plan. These plans start at $30 for 2GB of monthly data. Over the course of two years, the cost of the data plan adds up to $720 plus applicable fees (such as a $35 activation charge). If you try to bail before your contract is up, the early termination fee is up to $350. If you go with a pay-as-you-go plan, like the iPad's, you'll pay an extra $170 for the device, making it $699 for the lowest-cost 16GB model.
The Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2 tablets pick up where the original Xoom tablet left off. They both offer Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE data speeds, large displays, and a stealth black finish that has been updated to feel better in the hand. It's regrettable that they run Android 3.x Honeycomb, like the original Xoom tablet that they replace when Ice Cream Sandwich is literally already here. Still, as far as Android tablets go, these two devices are quite capable and aren't hard on the eyes. They are a bit hard on the wallet, though, with on-contract pricing starting at $429.99 for the 8.2 and $529.99 for the 10.1, both with 16GB of storage. Keep reading to learn what they do well, and what they don't do all that well. Hardware The two Droid Xyboard tablets are very similar in overall design and components. Both feature 1280 x 800 pixel IPS touchscreen displays in different sizes, and come equipped with a mixture of soft-touch black paint and gun metal gray panels on the rear. The 8.2-inch model offers a bit more rear-panel style, thanks to some visible bolts, but the overall look of the devices is pretty similar, down to the "cut corners" of their bodies and recessed volume controls and power buttons.
When Motorola launched the original Xoom last spring, the first Android Honeycomb tablet turned heads with an attractive, widescreen-friendly interface, but its bulky design, high price, and buggy performance held it back. Now that a slew of other Android tablets have come to market, Motorola's back with the Droid Xyboard 10.1, a sequel with a lighter and thinner design, a new 1.2-GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, universal remote control capability, and Verizon 4G LTE baked in from the start. (No need to upgrade this slate after you buy.) However, the Xyboard 10.1 is only available on Verizon's 4G LTE network, where it starts at $529 with a two-year contract. Is this tablet really worth that kind of commitment?Click to EnlargeAt 1.2 pounds and 9.9 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches, the Droid Xyboard 10.1 is the lightest--and one of the thinnest--10-inch tablets on the market today. It weighs 0.1 pounds less than the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime (1.3 pounds, 10.4 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (1.3 pounds, 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches). The iPad 2 is also slightly heavier (1.3 pounds, 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.3 inches). The original Motorola Xoom (1.6 pounds, 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches) was significantly heftier, so this is a huge improvement.The big question is whether you want to be seen carrying this slate.
When it comes to tablet warfare, Motorola seemed to get out in the open with a weapon of mass excellence with the XOOM pretty early, it being the first to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first Android made specifically for the tablet form factor - now they've come back with the XOOM 2 aka the DROID XYBOARD and we're not so sure it's the same ground-breaking situation. What we've got here instead is certainly a solid package, this XYBOARD 10.1 making some improvements over the original XOOM, especially in form if you were one of the many people who said the XOOM was a hunk of metal with no style, (note: I was not one of those people, I still think the XOOM looks pretty awesome for the workhorse that it is,) and with LTE right out of the box, the XYBOARD provides the promise that the original XOOM took much MUCH to long to deliver on: 4G LTE connectivity. But is it enough for Motorola enthusiasts to want to upgrade from their first 10.1-inch love? Hardware Before we begin, note that we're having a look at this 10.1-inch model XYBOARD first here in this post, then the 8.2-inch version later this week!
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