What a pleasant surprise the Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1 is! I say that because Motorola Xoom , the world's first Android tablet, traveled a hard road. At first it was the darling of the Android world because it was the first Android Honeycomb tablet. But it was expensive, available only with a Verizon contract in the US, and soon thinner and lighter tablets like the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as more innovative tablets like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer eclipsed it. Happily, the Droid XYBoard 10.1 isn't so much an evolution of the Motorola Xoom, but rather a reinvention of Motorola's Android tablet line. Motorola got gutsy and used the Droid name and the Droid RAZR's clipped corners; they went with better quality components and a thin and elegant design too. The end result? An Android tablet that's got what it takes to compete with the best. The bad news? It's still expensive right now and there's no WiFi only model.
How do you pronounce the name? It rhymes with cyborg and has the same "x" sound as the Xoom-- ignore how I say it in the video, I hadn't yet received proper training from the folks at Verizon . In Europe, this tablet (minus LTE and the digital pen) is known by the friendlier Motorola Xoom 2 name.
The XYBoard 10.1 has a 10.1" IPS Gorilla Glass display that's stunning. It's nothing like the Xoom's dull display, and in fast is one of the better IPS displays on a tablet today. Resolution is the usual 1280 x 800 pixels and it has a dual digitizer with both a capacitive multi-touch and an active digitizer that works with the included EMR pen. The pen doesn't work with the XYBoard 8.2, only the 10.1 has this feature.
The tablet has WiFi 802.11/b/g/n, Bluetooth, a GPS and 3G EV-DO Rev. A and LTE 4G on Verizon's network. Data speeds are as usual impressive: Verizon's tablets have room for larger antennas so reception is stronger than LTE phones and data transfer speeds are faster as well. In our modest coverage area where our Motorola Droid RAZR and Samsung Droid Charge waffle between 3G and 4G all day long, the Droid XYBoard, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has no trouble locking onto 2 bars of LTE and getting 19Mbps download speeds.
The tablet has a consumer IR blaster and Dijit to control your home AV gear. We like this tablet trend, since they tend to hang out on the couch at night. The tablet's design is elegant in that manly Moto Droid way, and this metal encased tablet is seriously solid. No cheesy plastics here. It's thin at 0.34" and light at 1.33 pounds (as thin and light as the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Here's our Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1 video review. We go in-depth in this 22 minute review.