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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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Reading Books

Because the Motorola Xyboard is unencumbered in the Android Market, you can download any eReader application you would like to use, most for free. If you already have an account with a service like Amazon or Barnes & Noble's Nook platform, you can install their apps and even download your previously purchased titles onto your device where you left off.

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If you're using one of the major apps, you can tap or swipe to turn pages, open the menu to change font size and color, or even post passages to Facebook or Twitter. While this may or may not have much use to you, the options for the eReader software that is currently popular enables their readers to do quite a lot.

If you find yourself with a bunch of different formats that can't be read cross-platform, be advised that there are a few format converters out there like Calibre with which you can change your titles to different formats like MOBI to be read on multiple platforms.

Buying Books

If you're using the Amazon Kindle application, you can buy titles directly from the shop if you already have an account set up complete with billing information. Once you enter the shop, you can either search for your title, or browse different genres and categories. Once you've found one that you'd like to download or buy, tap the "purchase" button and your title will begin downloading shortly, once your credit card clears.

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The Kindle eBook store.
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eBook Formats

The beauty of the Android Market is the fact that if your current software doesn't support a certain filetype, you can download another client or piece of software to get that file support. Search online for information on your file extensions if you can't read a certain eBook file with your Motorola Xyboard.

Newspapers & Magazines

Much like you can with eBooks, as a user of any of the major eReader apps, you can download or subscribe to periodicals with the same platform, and same buying experience. Once you've set up your account with your provider of choice and your billing info, you can simply find the titles you want and tap to subscribe or download a single issue. The whole process is relatively straightforward.

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The periodicals section.
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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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