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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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Email

Because the Motorola Xyboard runs Google's Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), you can pretty much determine how you'd like your email experience to be by either downloading apps from the Android Market, or using the native email apps (including GMail). If you do decide to use the native email applications, be advised that the whole process is far easier if you already have an Google account for this, as the level of integration with the GMail app is outstanding in its alerts, functionality and aesthetics.

One thing that does feel a little awkward is the size of the inbox you're greeted with once you open the application, as the font remains somewhat small in relation to the screen, but the application takes up the entirety of the display. Minor quibbles, but your tastes will probably vary.

Web Browsing

Users of the Chrome browser by Google will find a lot of familiarity with Android 3.2's web browser. Making the most of multi-tabbed browsing, flash support, bookmarks, wireless printing, and Chrome's famous incognito browsing, which does not save any personal data to your cookies folder.

Web Browsing Image
Google's Chrome-like browser.

Because the browser has to marry the tablet experience with the existing framework of a web browser, some of the controls may not exactly seem straightforward, but you will get used to them in time. SHould you want to click a link, simply tap on the appropriate area to follow it. To zoom or pan to different parts of the page, you can pinch your fingers inward or outward to manipulate the page's size in relation to the screen.

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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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