7 expert reviews - 0 user reviews
We have collected 7 reviews of the Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2. Experts rate Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 6/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 and Motorola Touch Pad.
Don't call it a Xoom. For the Motorola's second stab at an Android tablet, the mobile maker is leaning on its vaunted Droid branding by giving us the Droid Xyboard in two sizes, a 10.1-inch Xyboard and a smaller 8.2-inch tablet. These two tablets are known as the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition in Europe, but it seems Motorola was hesitant in keeping the Xoom name following the original Honeycomb tablet's lukewarm sales reception stateside. But what's in a name anyway? The team at TabletPCReview rather liked the Xoom, particularly its decent build quality and zippy dual-core-fueled performance. Let's find out if Motorola retained and added to that with the 8.2-inch Droid Xyboard in this full review. This Xyboard has an 8.2-inch display, and is the only major tablet to hold that distinction. I haven't been shy about my love for the seven- and 8.9-inch tablets as they are much more portable than the sometimes unwieldy 10.1-inch devices, so I'm a fan of this screen size. Also, unlike most other tablets, the Xyboard is not a rectangle. Instead it borrows from the Droid RAZR aesthetic with slightly angled edges, which really do nothing for performance or ergonomics, but look cool and distinctive nonetheless.
The Motorola Xyboard 8.2, like its very close sibling the Xyboard 10.1 ($529 and up, 3 stars), is a great-looking Android tablet that costs too much for what you're getting. Since this Xyboard costs a little less, the Xyboard 8.2 is a slightly better buy than its brother. But it still doesn't manage to snag our Editors' Choice. Physical Design, Pricing and Battery Life Verizon tends to market Droids as terrifying killer robots which will scare your children and set your farm on fire. True to form, the Xyboard 8.2 looks like military technology from the future. The front is the usual black slab, with an 8.2-inch, 1280-by-800-pixel screen—the same number of pixels as on the 10.1-inch model, just denser. Measuring 8.5 by 5.5 by 0.35 inches (HWD) and weighing 13.8 ounces, the Xyboard is still comfortable to hold in one hand, unlike a 10-inch tablet. It's the back that brings the military flavor: it's made of gray metal riveted to a soft-touch material around the edges. The power button, volume rocker, and main 5-megapixel camera are on the back. There's a VGA camera on the front. Like the Xyboard 10.1, the 8.2 has a non-removable battery and lacks a memory card slot.
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. 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.
This week we've seen two Motorola tablets, both of them with essentially the same name DROID XYBOARD, this the smaller of the two at 8.2-inches in screen size. While the 10.1-inch display sized iteration costs a bit more and does afford you a bit more screen real-estate, what you're about to see is an account that'll let you know how little you're missing when you go with the slightly more convenient sized 8.2. That and we've got a couple of accessories to peek at as well. Also note that if you're looking for the 10.1-inch version, you've only to check out the timeline after the second paragraph to head on down the rabbit hole. This is the next step in the Motorola like of devices, and not just in the tablet lineup, in the dual-core and above lineup as well. Starting with the Motorola Atrix at the start of 2011, the dual-core processor-toting handset craze began, and with it Motorola started their lineup of dual-port-toting smart devices that continues to this day. The XYBOARD is the latest Motorola tablet to fit into this puzzle. The Atrix and the Motorola XOOM were the first to have a microUSB and a microHDMI port at the bottom of them, and starting with this most recent wave of Motorola devices including the Photon, Atrix 2, Droid RAZR, Droid 3, and the XYBOARD tablets, the ports are equally spaced, allowing you to use basically any Motorola accessory with any Motorola Android device.
Xyboard. It’s a portmanteau that could mean a number of things: a skateboarding robot, a xylophone mashed up with a keyboard, maybe even a science fiction novel about a xenophobic cyborg named Board. But sadly, the Xyboard, or at least the one of 2011, isn’t any of those crazy things — it’s just Verizon’s wacky name for its new family of Motorola tablets. However, don’t let that diminish your interest: the Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 may just be LTE variants of the European Xoom 2, but they aim to right the wrongs of Motorola’s original Xoom, which launched exclusively on Verizon almost a year ago. The 8.2- and 10.1-inch tablets have thinner designs, better cameras, IPS displays, 1.2GHz processors, IR blasters for controlling your TV, and LTE baked inside (let’s not rehash the Xoom’s nightmare upgrade process). But, they again have high price tags: the 10.1 starts at $529.99 and the 8.2 at $429.99, both requiring a two-year contract. That's pricey indeed, but do the Xyboards at least correct the issues of Motorola's original tablet? Or is this a similar story of Xoom and gloom for both Motorola and Verizon? Read on for my full review.
Although consumers' appetite for subsidized tablets has never been strong, carriers keep rolling them out. Case in point: the Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2. Riding Verizon Wireless' blazing 4G LTE network and sporting a 1280 x 800 IPS display, this Android Honeycomb tablet certainly looks the part, and can be stashed more readily in a small bag than its larger sibling, the Xyboard 10.1. But with a price of $529, portability doesn't come cheap. Read on to find out if the speed is worth the price.Click to EnlargeLike an oversized Droid RAZR, the Droid Xyboard has slightly angled corners with a glossy black bezel. The edges of the back are a rubberized black plastic, while the center is a gray metal held in place with six screws. It's an industrial look, but we like it.What we don't like, though, is the placement of the power and volume buttons on the back along the upper edge. Not only are they hard to reach, but they're also hard to identify by feel. Too often we pressed power when we wanted to change the volume. This issue by itself could be a dealbreaker for some.Click to EnlargeWith the tablet held in the orientation Motorola intended, the company's logo is on the left side of the screen, along with a 1.3-megapixel webcam (which can be accidentally covered by your thumb).
The original Xoom arrived in a pre-iPad 2 world. Given that context, Motorola's original tablet was well-designed, with great hardware, and since it marked the debut of Honeycomb, it was arguably the first Android tablet with a capable operating system. Less than a year later, given what Samsung has done with its Galaxy Tab line of tablets and what Asus was able to pull off with the Transformer Prime, a company would be crazy to release a tablet with specs and features identical to the Xoom. Not if it had any reasonable expectation of success, that is. So, as we prepare to enter yet another year of constantly advancing technology, the release of the Droid Xyboard 8.2 demands the question: did Motorola push the design, performance, and features of its follow-up to the Xoom far enough to make it worth considering, or is this a stopgap on the road to something far more impressive? The 8.2-inch version of the Xyboard is, not surprisingly, both thinner and lighter than the 10.1-inch Xoom. It's also lighter than the 9.7-inch iPad 2, but Apple's tablet is still a hair skinnier. From the front, the Xyboard looks like a typical black tablet, except for its corners, which taper inward.
|Motorola Xoom 2 - MZ609 XYBOARD 8.2 With 4G LTE||$239.99||See it|