Motorola’s first-gen XOOM was released almost a year ago with plenty of promise, however Honeycomb and a few expensive data plans from Verizon – left the Android option to the iPad looking less than charming. As well, Samsung Galaxy Tab wholly took the limelight away from the Xoom. Now Motorola’s second attempt at the section, XYBOARD 8.2 has been arrived with some special features. For starters, the XYBOARD looks like a perfect and portable tablet at 8.2-inches. It is thin as well as light with one of the brightest screens we have ever seen on a tablet.
The aluminum rear on this tablet feels great and is flex-free, with a nice matte finish that makes it nearly as simple to grip as the rubberized edges. Unhappily Motorola didn’t listen to the nearly universal censure of its power button placement on the first-gen XOOM, and actually chosen to make it even smaller this time around. The power button and volume rocker are placed on the right side of Xyboard and merge with the soft rubber that outlines the back of the device. When coming to its 8.2” IPS-enhanced HD display, with its 1280 X 720 pixels resolution screen, it’s obviously detailed enough to supply ample of clarity, also superior text. In comparison to the pointed edges and cold metallic structure on the Transformer Prime or iPad 2, the Xyboard is rather you will actually desire to hold.
The tablet has a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor and 1GB of RAM under the hood. The tablet seems to handle most fundamental tasks without much of a glitch from a cursory look. Just as the Xoom was often mocked for hiding the power toggle on the back, the Xyboard also does the same with one step ahead by shuffling the volume rocker there too. If you turn out to be holding this tablet portrait orientation in your right hand, those buttons fall flawlessly under your index finger.
The tablet is kept free of ports, plugs and protrusions with the buttons on the back, left and right edges. IR blaster is located in the middle of the top, which could notice this serving as a universal remote down the road, although Moto offers no software to help there. Simply to the left of that is the 3.5mm headphone jack while the first of the two speakers on the right. The other is on the bottom, in conjunction with plugs for micro-USB and micro-HDMI plus the slot for the LTE micro SIM.
The Motorola DROID Xyboard 8.2 uses the Android 3.2 Honeycomb Operating system that preloaded with a range of Google and other apps. User will benefit from the Android experience with a high speed processor and RAM. When looking at the camera, there are dual camera options - 5 mega pixels primary and 1.3 mega pixels of secondary for the video calling. Internet connectivity options include a 3G, Wi-Fi and user will stay connected with many SNS applications. Also the GPS is there and user will like realistic graphics know-how with 3D Graphics accelerator. If you take a look on the price, then it may be a bit hard on the wallet. The price for the 16GB 8.2-inch version starts at $429.99 with on-contract. Let’s see how fine Motorola does with its second take on the full Android tablet scenario.
The Xyboard so far appears to be a step over the Xoom, though it would have been wonderful if it was released with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Honeycomb, even if the Xyboard will be getting ICS sometime in the future. There are a couple of distressing issues with its design and battery life, but one can still enjoy its speed and how good it feels in the hand at the time of using.
Motorola Xyboard 8.2 Specifications:
- Type: HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Size: 720 x 1280 pixels, 8.2 inches (~179 ppi pixel density)
- Weight: 390 g
- Dimension: 139 x 216 x 9 mm
- Internal: 16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
- Talk time: Up to 6 h
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
- USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0, HS
- GPRS: Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
- EDGE: Class 12
- 3G: Rev. B, LTE, HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
- Primary: 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- Features: Geo-tagging
- Video: Yes, 720p@30fps
- Secondary: Yes, 1.3 MP
Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 unboxing and hands-on video from youtube:
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