Motorola has made comeback into the tablet market with Motorola Xyboard 10.1, a successor to Motorola Xoom which didn’t do well earlier for many reasons. The business ready tablet includes built-in Wi-Fi support and many office productivity that make the tablet a multitasking powerhouse. Also, it includes government-grade encryption to protect all your data.
Motorola Xyboard appears well built and gives a nice sturdy feel when held in hand. It is light in weight (603 grams)and considerably thinner, just 8.8mm (0.35 inches) thick. It exhibits a sporty look with angled corners, as seen in DROID RAZR – the Smartphone.
Xyboard 10.1 as the value indicates boasts 10.1 inch Gorilla Glass screen with resolution of 1280 x 800. The design however has one shortfall; there is a power/locker button and a volume rocker present but at the backside. These buttons, since on the backside are difficult to find and hard to operate by touch. You are required to turn your tablet over to adjust volume or turn the device on/off. Also there is a headphone jack, battery charging indicator and Micro USB/charger and HDMI ports.
There is a massive 7000 mAh battery under the hood of DROID XYBOARD 10.1 which devotes up to 8 hours of web browsing over 4G LTE and over 10 hours of video playback on a full charge. Also, there is a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor present and to extend functionality even more Motorola allows adding slew of accessories. For instance, you can add a wireless keyboard and use it like a standard laptop. The dual stereo speakers of the tablet with virtual surround sound are capable to create a real theater-like experience.
Motorola Xyboard 10.1 runs on Android OS. It takes a backseat here, as it does not offer the Android’s latest version IceCream Sandwich 4.0 but standard HoneyComb 3.2. Even though it comes with Honeycomb, there is plenty of room for customization with its variety of icons and widgets. We hope it gets Ice Cream Sandwich update, soon. That said, the tablet’s wide-screen display makes it a good E-Book reader. It is possible for you to read entire web pages without much zooming. For drawing and taking notes quickly you can use stylus pen even.
The tablet is outfitted with a 5MP auto-focus camera that is capable of capturing somewhat clear images. Images are not so sharp and to some extent appear dull with auto white balance being difficult to operate at times. However, if not under bright and sunny conditions then in dark environments with LED flash the camera is capable of capturing good quality images. Besides, it records videos at 1280x720p resolution at 30 frames-per-second.
Motorola Xyboard 10.1 comes in 2 configurations
- XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
- XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
In comparison to other powerful tablets which are available at much lower prices Motorola Xyboard 10.1 seems to be under-powered and overpriced. In my honest opinion, if you have to beat or take over your competitor you need to offer cheaper products or offer better features, Motorola offers neither. For more information visit here.