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Motorola Xyboard Tablet Review

For those of you looking for a media powerhouse, this tablet has the most features we've seen in a long while.

February 15, 2012
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Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison

Device & Specs
In addition to the obvious differences in size to the Motorola Xyboard, the Kindle Fire has rather lackluster hardware (less RAM, lower HDD space), but a screen that holds it own despite being smaller. That said, the Motorola Xyboard has a bunch more bells and whistles like an IR blaster, bluetooth, GPS, and the whole host of Google services on the tablet.

Screen

Both screens are impressively bright, though they are also disappointingly reflective. Really, the biggest difference here is size, and those of you who don't have huge pocketbooks or messenger bags with space may want to consider carrying around a smaller tablet like the Fire.

Battery

While neither battery is what we'd term "good," but the Kindle Fire's is etchnically better. Neither will do you well for a long flight, but your mileage may vary if you turn off all wireless or take down the screen brightness.

eReader

This is an interesting comparison because as eReaders, these two machines are very different. Though both can have the Amazon Kindle app, the Motorola Xyboard can pick from any other eReader software, and the Kindle cannot (though it is theoretically possible to put the Nook app on there). Both tablets are light and easy to hold, but the Motorola Xyboard is better-suited for those of us who are vision-impaired, and the Kindle Fire is better suited for those of us who can't lug around a 10.1 inch tablet.

Internet

f you're an app fan, or if you want to do more things online that aren't limited to basic games and streaming media from services (and not your own computer), you're going to want to stick with the Motorola Xyboard, as it really enables you to explore this new world with unclipped wings. The same can't be said with the Kindle (yet).

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Motorola Xoom Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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