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.
The Motorola Xyboard is a very impressive, feature-laden tablet that will undoubtedly push other competitors in the tablet arena to focus on capability-driven performance. While many of its performance points like hardware and interface are very formidable, there are a couple nagging concerns mixed with some optimism for the future of the Motorola Xyboard.
To list some of the positives, we were impressed that Motorola crammed so many features like bluetooth, an IR blaster, media streaming platforms, and a bunch more into the tablet without the user interface seeming cluttered or overloaded. The additional office applications are a huge plus if you're accustomed to taking your tablet on the road, especially if you need to access your remote desktop via Citrix, or if you need a videoconferencing application. The streaming support and capabilities for home media consumption are absolutely unreal as well.
In spite of all this, the battery, while large for a tablet, seems to be leaned on a bit too heavily by the hardware, as we got surprisingly low battery life in our labs. We're not entirely sure why this is the case, as many other people report much higher results. Still, our results were repeatable, and we stand by them. A lackluster battery life may color your experience a bit if you're prone to using your tablet for more than 5 hours at a time.
Overall, if the price holds out at its current point, it is a strong contender among the top tier of tablets on the market right now looking at its features and hardware alone. The battery life is disappointing, but there are things you can do to mitigate this setback, even while keeping your brightness at a level comparable to the iPad. If you're looking for a tablet that can be used pretty much anywhere you go with a ton of functionality, you'd be hard pressed to find something better, outside of the Asus Transformer series of tablets.
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