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Motorola Xyboard 10.1 review

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Motorola Xyboard 10.1 currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

Frankly, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is a respectable tablet within the Android sphere, even more when it packs additional goodies such as an IR blaster and stylus, but when it’s pitted against the newly available iPad, its cost is by far its kryptonite. Consider this, that the iPad rocks a star...

- John V. , PhoneArena
TabletPCReview

The Xyboard 10.1 is a good attempt from Motorola to provide the enterprise crowd with a reliable tablet option. In some ways, in succeeds: if you avoid video-intensive activities, battery life is solid, it has 4G connectivity, and many of its preloaded business apps are extremely useful. But on the...

- Grant Hatchimonji, TabletPCReview
BitBitByte

The Xyboard is one of the best Android tablets we’ve used despite not possessing any one standalone feature. At the end of the day it is a combination of lots of small things that makes the Xyboard a winner for us — light weight, vivid display, lengthy runtime, etc. As far as a direct i...

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte
Droid Life

The XYBOARD was doomed to a bad release date and poor marketing.

- Eric, Droid Life
GottaBeMobile

The Droid XYBOARD 10.1 is $30 more than the iPad, which could leave some users immediately looking for Apple’s tablet, but in the long run $30 isn’t worth worrying about. THe XYBOARD 10.1 has many features that the $499 iPad does not; like 4G LTE connectivity, an IR blaster, usable cameras and a sty...

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Motorola Xyboard 10.1's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Dual Core OMAP 4 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 7000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 48 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Xyboard 10.1 Specs

Overview
Release date January 27, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EV-DO Rev. B, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual Core OMAP 4 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 7000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 48 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.4 x 17.3 x 0.9 cm (10 x 6.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 603 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Scratch resistant
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features Push Email, Gmail, Yahoo Mail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, White balance, Scene Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PPT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola MZ615, Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi

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PhoneArena

A respectable tablet within the Android sphere

from PhoneArena

Frankly, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is a respectable tablet within the Android sphere, even more when it packs additional goodies such as an IR blaster and stylus, but when it’s pitted against the newly available iPad, its cost is by far its kryptonite. Consider this, that the iPad rocks a...More

Frankly, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is a respectable tablet within the Android sphere, even more when it packs additional goodies such as an IR blaster and stylus, but when it’s pitted against the newly available iPad, its cost is by far its kryptonite. Consider this, that the iPad rocks a starting price point of $630 for the base 16GB LTE model, which is less than the full $700 outright cost of the comparable 16GB LTE version of the XYBOARD 10.1. The more we think about it, they both have their standout features, but when first impressions make all the difference, the iPad has the distinctive advantage in capturing our attention from afar.

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TabletPCReview

Great suite of included business apps, good hardware and performance, 4G connectivity

from TabletPCReview

The Xyboard 10.1 is a good attempt from Motorola to provide the enterprise crowd with a reliable tablet option. In some ways, in succeeds: if you avoid video-intensive activities, battery life is solid, it has 4G connectivity, and many of its preloaded business apps are extremely useful. But on the other hand, the inclusion of the stylus proves to be more or less useless beyond serving as a navigation tool. It had massive potential, especially for the enterprise demographic, but any attempt to use it for input will be inconvenient at best; at its worst, it just won't work at all thanks to the Xyboard's lack of palm rejection....

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The Xyboard 10.1 is a good attempt from Motorola to provide the enterprise crowd with a reliable tablet option. In some ways, in succeeds: if you avoid video-intensive activities, battery life is solid, it has 4G connectivity, and many of its preloaded business apps are extremely useful. But on the other hand, the inclusion of the stylus proves to be more or less useless beyond serving as a navigation tool. It had massive potential, especially for the enterprise demographic, but any attempt to use it for input will be inconvenient at best; at its worst, it just won't work at all thanks to the Xyboard's lack of palm rejection.

There aren't enough serious flaws for me to just write the Xyboard off completely. But there are enough flaws to balance out its strengths and make it a middle-of-the-road option for business users. More casual users looking for a device for content consumption, however, can probably look elsewhere. You can probably knock a few bucks off the price if you opt for a device without 4G, stylus support, and preloaded business apps (and encryption). There is a Wi-Fi only option of the Xyboard 10.1, but it's still $500 with 16 GB of memory. Casual users are better off going with another option rather than paying $500 for a feature set you mostly don't need.

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BitBitByte

Light weight, vivid display and lengthy runtime

from BitBitByte

The Xyboard is one of the best Android tablets we’ve used despite not possessing any one standalone feature. At the end of the day it is a combination of lots of small things that makes the Xyboard a winner for us — light weight, vivid display, lengthy runtime, etc.

As far as...More

The Xyboard is one of the best Android tablets we’ve used despite not possessing any one standalone feature. At the end of the day it is a combination of lots of small things that makes the Xyboard a winner for us — light weight, vivid display, lengthy runtime, etc.

As far as a direct iPad competitor, we’ll say that it is a decent option compared to Apple’s offering though we still do prefer the iPad. That said, the Xyboard isn’t a bad buy. The only big issue we have is that the Xyboard is an awesome 2011 device. This is 2012. Is it still worth shelling out several hundreds of dollars plus several more hundreds of dollars for a monthly data plan? We’re not so sure. In the end, we really want to like the Xyboard enough to recommend it. But being that we’re already beginning to taste quad-core/next-gen tablets, we can’t say that a Xyboard purchase is the wisest decision.

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Droid Life

The tablet is light, easy to hold and thin

from Droid Life

After spending almost two weeks with the XYBOARD I have to feel bad for the device. The form factor is the most pleasing that I have seen in any tablet to date. Motorola really went out of their way, on the outside at least, to improve on everything that the XOOM did poorly. The tablet is light,...More

After spending almost two weeks with the XYBOARD I have to feel bad for the device. The form factor is the most pleasing that I have seen in any tablet to date. Motorola really went out of their way, on the outside at least, to improve on everything that the XOOM did poorly. The tablet is light, easy to hold and thin. 4G speeds built in and some major processing power waiting to be harnessed sets this tablet up to be something special. But it’s not.

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GottaBeMobile

Great design and build, good battery life, useful preinstalled apps

from GottaBeMobile

The Droid XYBOARD 10.1 is $30 more than the iPad, which could leave some users immediately looking for Apple’s tablet, but in the long run $30 isn’t worth worrying about. THe XYBOARD 10.1 has many features that the $499 iPad does not; like 4G LTE connectivity, an IR blaster, usable cameras and a stylus without a soft tip....

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The Droid XYBOARD 10.1 is $30 more than the iPad, which could leave some users immediately looking for Apple’s tablet, but in the long run $30 isn’t worth worrying about. THe XYBOARD 10.1 has many features that the $499 iPad does not; like 4G LTE connectivity, an IR blaster, usable cameras and a stylus without a soft tip.

The included apps for business users and speedy connection pair well with the build quality and in-hand feel to offer an attractive option for small business users, travelers and college students who need a tablet that offers more than a WiFi iPad at this price.

While $30 isn’t a big price difference, you will need to take into account the monthly cost of the XYBOARD 10.1, which adds up to $720 to $1920 over two years. Unlike the iPad WiFi+3G, you cannot turn your data plan on and off.

If you need a fast connection for your tablet, and all the apps you need for work and play are available on Android, the XYBOARD is worth the $529 asking price. Unfortunately not everyone will fit this category.

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PC Magazine

Very expensive for what you get

from PC Magazine

The Motorola Xyboard 10.1 is not quite enough tablet, for too much money. While it's much more handsome than the Xoom tablet it replaces, the Xyboard can't overcome its high price or Google Android Honeycomb's ongoing trouble with third-party apps.

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The Motorola Xyboard 10.1 is not quite enough tablet, for too much money. While it's much more handsome than the Xoom tablet it replaces, the Xyboard can't overcome its high price or Google Android Honeycomb's ongoing trouble with third-party apps.

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Digital Trends

If you have the money, the Xyboard is a good buy

from Digital Trends

Still, if you want a solid Android tablet that competes with the iPad on weight and thickness, plus 4G LTE connectivity, this is probably your best bet, unless you’re in one of the few markets served by AT&T’s blossoming LTE network. It’s constructed well, has standard specs, and it should...More

Still, if you want a solid Android tablet that competes with the iPad on weight and thickness, plus 4G LTE connectivity, this is probably your best bet, unless you’re in one of the few markets served by AT&T’s blossoming LTE network. It’s constructed well, has standard specs, and it should be getting an Android 4.0 update soon. If you have the money, the Xyboard is a good buy.

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PhoneArena

Excellent build quality, long battery life

from PhoneArena

When it comes right down to it, it’s a tough choice to choose a Verizon 10-inch tablet. When comparing he Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, both offer an array of high-end features and have the exact same price ($629 for the 32GB models with 2-year contract). We prefe...More

When it comes right down to it, it’s a tough choice to choose a Verizon 10-inch tablet. When comparing he Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, both offer an array of high-end features and have the exact same price ($629 for the 32GB models with 2-year contract). We prefer the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 as it has a better overall feel to it, due to the premium materials used, which gives it extra durability for daily use. However, it comes a few months later but doesn't bring any significant improvements. In addition, with technology continuing to improve, it seems like there’s always a new tablet coming out, making it only a matter of time until the next big thing.

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Mobile Tech Review

An Android tablet that's got what it takes to compete with the best

from Mobile Tech Review

I'll be honest here: I don't understand the hate some reviewers have heaped on Moto's second gen Android tablet. It does a very good job of addressing complaints with their first gen Xoom: it's as thin and light as the most anorexic and popular tablets on the market and it has a clean OS that's n...More

I'll be honest here: I don't understand the hate some reviewers have heaped on Moto's second gen Android tablet. It does a very good job of addressing complaints with their first gen Xoom: it's as thin and light as the most anorexic and popular tablets on the market and it has a clean OS that's not cluttered with overlays that might stand in the way of performance or timely OS upgrades. It has a very good IPS display that shames the Xoom's. Yes, it's expensive, but it's also priced the same as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Verizon and the LTE HTC Jetstream on AT&T. Carrier support and endorsements along with LTE mean higher prices, but you do enjoy the convenience of walking into any Verizon store for support and very fast data speeds that aren't tied to the nearest WiFi hotspot. The Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1 is stylish, light, slim, very well built with quality materials and we trust that Motorola's new found ties with Google can only mean good things for software updates. We like the little extras like the AV remote, dual digitizer with included pen and USB host for USB peripherals. Sure, we'd love to see a lower price, and we'd rate the tablet higher if it were more affordable, but we see it as a solid competitor to the sexy Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Verizon's shelves, especially for business users.

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Android Community

It’s too expensive to recommend over its competitors

from Android Community

I was surprised at just how solid the hardware and software of the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 turned out to be. But for the lackluster battery life, it’s a worthy successor to the first Honeycomb device. But the simple fact is that it’s too expensive to recommend over its competitors. Those wanting h...More

I was surprised at just how solid the hardware and software of the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 turned out to be. But for the lackluster battery life, it’s a worthy successor to the first Honeycomb device. But the simple fact is that it’s too expensive to recommend over its competitors. Those wanting high-end power should wait for the Transformer Prime, those wanting always-on data should check out the cheaper options at T-Mobile.

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