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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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Music & Audio Controls

Because the Motorola Xyboard runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), users of the tablet will find a very slick-looking interface before them when they attempt to play back music files. Pictured below is the basic interface, complete with play/pause icon, track forward/backward icons, a volume bar, scrub bar, playlist options, repeat and shuffle.

What's interesting about this tablet is that it integrates the music playback feature with the Google Music app, allowing users to store their music on Google's servers to stream wherever they have an internet connection. This is not terribly surprising, as Google has worked hard to give their Music app the tools to compete with Amazon's cloud storage service, and Apple's iCloud.

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Google's Music App allows you to stream your library wherever you have an internet connection.

For this function, it is important to note that you should set up your account with Google ahead of time from your home PC by linking your Google account to a Music account. Once you've done this, you can begin the arduous process of uploading your massive library of music, for the payoff of access anywhere.

Music & Audio Management

There are a few ways you can organize your music once you've gotten set up with the Music application. For example, you can sort your music by artist, album, genre, song title, or create playlists of your own by tapping the little plus icon at the top of the screen.

From each listing in the list you call up, you can see the song title, length of song, artist, album art, and even call up a menu to add to a playlist or shop for more music by the same artist. If you'd like to browse recently played tracks, you can do so via a cover flow arrangement.

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Isn't the cover flow beautiful?
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Music & Audio Battery Life

If you're just going to use your tablet as a music playing platform and not do anything else like use the screen, turn on WiFi, or stream anything, you'll be golden for over 24 hours straight. Because a 10-inch screen is such a huge piece of equipment to carry around, we don't think you'll be doing this on a regular basis.

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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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