Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2
A tablet PC with personality
Ever since we tested the Xyboard 10.1 a while ago and liked what we saw – except the time needed to recharge it – we thought about giving one of its relatives a go as well, and we mean the Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2. The only thing that put us off and maybe you, too, once you find out, is the downright expensiveness of the gadget: $600 without a contract. But, if you have money to spare, we say go ahead and try this tablet, because you won’t be too disappointed. Find out what we liked and didn’t from this following review.
Powered by Android Honeycomb
Launched by Motorola before the iPad craze, the first Xoom tablet was something of a phenomenon, being the first tablet to offer the Android Honeycomb OS and state of the art hardware. Both light and thin gadgets are sought after and sold like crazy these days and the Droid Xyboard 8.2 succumbs to the trend by weighing 0.86 pounds and measuring 8.5″ x 5.5″ x 0.35″. The front of this product won’t surprise you too much, since it looks like any other tablet, except that its corners are tapering inward. The rubber on the edges made the device, when we tested it, very easy to grip. Stopping us from further admiration of the design were the screw heads that could easily be seen at first look. The placement of the camera is very uninspired, because you’ll have to watch out not to have your fingers appear in the photo you’ll take. Other stuff that bothered us was the difficulty we encountered when we wanted to press the keys for volume and power/lock, since they were hidden from view on the tablet’s rear.
1.280 x 800 pixel resolution display
The screen on the Xyboard we’re reviewing is, as the name of the tablet implies, a 8.2″ one capable of capacitive touch possibilities and with a 1.280 x 800 pixel resolution that lets the display shine brightly and colorful and offer viewing angles with enough wideness as to let you enjoy whatever you’re watching on it.
The operating system preferred by the Droid Xyboard 8.2 is Honeycomb 3.2 which, of course, is easy to use even by people who have never owned a tablet so far. It comes with numerous applications that are fun to use, among them a universal remote control, MotoCast and an infrared sensor. The second app will pose a bit of an issue, because if you want to download movies from your laptop to the tablet you’ll have to install the MotoCast software on your laptop.
1.2-GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor
The Droid Xyboard 8.2 uses a 1.2-GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 CPU that makes the gadget respond quickly when you want to open various programs, apps and so on. The one thing that wasn’t as it should have been was the lack of smoothness when transitioning between the pages of the pre-installed applications. Whenever we used the Internet we experienced clipping after doing a quick scroll down. Playing games on this tablet isn’t much to boast about, the iPad 2 clearly being a better choice. Speeds when referring to 4G are quite impressive and the gadget is capable of downloading an app of 19MB in 20 seconds, but the battery life won’t last a day.
The clarity and sharpness of photos taken with the 5MP camera of Droid Xyboard 8.2 were close to very good and the videos had smoothness and accurate colors.
The great thing about gadget diversity is that you can take your time and look at all the possibilities before buying the one that you think will suit you the most. The Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 occupies a pretty good spot in the tablet category and we think it will quickly charm you with its performance and features. That is, if you have the $600 it costs.
|Operating System||Google Android Honeycomb|
|CPU type||1.2 GHz dual-core|
|Data||4G, EVDO, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, 1xEVDO|
|Screen resolution||800 x 1280 pixels 8.2″ display|
|Text Messaging||MMS, SMS|
|Predictive Text Entry||Yes|
|BluetoothYes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR|
|Microsoft Exchange, GMail, IM via Google Talk, push email|
|Camera Features||1.3MP front-facing, 720p video capture, Geo-tagging, autofocus|
|Talk Time||6 hours (360 minutes)|
|Dimensions||139 x 216 x 9 mm|