TechSpot: Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 & Xyboard 8.2 Tablets Review

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.

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.

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That's gotta be the ugliest sounding product name from Motorola yet... When I first read the article title I thought it would be for some Keyboard or something like that...

Looks nice actually. This alone is proof that all tablets don't have to be designed like the iPad *cough*Samsung*cough*
It should be running ICS though.

The thing is I understand the dominance that Apple have with the iPad, but I still wouldn't get one. I would rather pick up a similar priced Android tablet and use that. It all comes down to what you want. Personally I hate the look of the OS on iPad/Phone/Touch, it's just a dull bank of icons. Nothing stylised about it. I prefer being able to add widgets to the desktop that give info instantly when I want it.

este said,
So getting a contract is REQUIRED when you purchase one of these devices? That cant be...

Most carriers in the US don't sell devices like this (or even most phones) without a contract. Nothing unusual about that.

roadwarrior said,

Most carriers in the US don't sell devices like this (or even most phones) without a contract. Nothing unusual about that.

That sucks, I dont want to get into any sort of long term deal with Verizon at all. I just want to buy the device and use it when I'm in Wi-Fi range. Doesnt sound like a far fetched request to me..

I have to agree with the above comments. As much as Apple gets slammed around here for their prices on other things, you have to admit that they kill the majority of the Android tablet makers out there, other than the cheap Chinese crap you find on eBay or at stores like Big Lots or dollar stores.

When are these companies going to learn that the iPad dominates in this price range and that if they want to compete, they have to come up with something that's REALLY compelling to buy over an iPad (which nothing has been so far), or at a much cheaper price point?

Seriously, every tablet that's tried to go head to head with the iPad has failed miserably and ended up costing the companies a crapload of money. Then Motorola decides to come out with a tablet running Honeycomb @ $529.99. WTF were they thinking?!?!?