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 video controls of the Motorola Xyboard are slick and familiar, much like the audio controls of Android 3.2. Before it disappears to allow you to watch your video without any other garbage on the screen, you will have a play/pause icon, a scrub bar, and volume control via the physical buttons on the back. Aside from that, there isn't much else you can do, unless you are streaming from a different source, and your application will allow you to do different things.
Videos can be managed any one of a number of ways. For example, you can upload videos to your gallery, or browse videos you've acquired from the Android Market through the Video app. Once you've opened your app of choice, and found the movie you'd like to watch, simply tap the icon to start watching. It's that simple.
Video formats are one of those things that cause many tablet owners frustration. The Motorola Xyboard, despite its slick looks and decent processor, can support a decent range of video formats, but can't support certain formats like.mkv that have become common in the past 5 years. For completeness' sake, the Motorola Xyboard natively supports: AAC, H.263, H.264, eAAC+, AMR NB, and AAC+. Not to fear, though, as you can always download another video player that has the appropriate file support, much like Mobo Player.
In addition to playing your own videos, the Xyboard also allows users to buy titles through the Android Market, as well as watch clips form YouTube, or Vimeo, or any of a litany of streaming sources. Netflix even enjoys great support on Android 3.2 devices, allowing you access to new movies on the go, so long as you have an internet connection.
Video Battery Life
Much like the results we discovered in the eReader battery test, the video battery tests were disheartening to say the least. Lasting only 5 hours and 37 minutes, the Motorola Xyboard falls far short of competitive in terms of battery performance in comparison to the rest of the pack. This may have to do with the super-thin size, or the super-bright screen, but for whatever reason, video playback suffered heavily. Your mileage may vary, however, as we run our tests with the backlight cranked to the max, and the WiFi turned off. Changing your settings may add or detract to your total battery life.
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