Verizon Droid XYBOARD 8.2 Review

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Our friends over at Verizon have sent us the Verizon Droid XYBOARD 8.2 for us to review. We have already given you a hands-on with this device, and just from that we were very impressed with the device. But, after testing the unit out does it still live to its greatness. After all it is one of the first “DROID” branded tablets. Now, let’s get started with the full review of the Verizon DROID XYBOARD 8.2!

 

Design

Comparing the design of the 8.2 XYBOARD to that of the Motorola XOOM, they are quite different. It is much lighter and thinner, which is great. It is only .35 inches thick and weighs in at .84 pounds. While some other tablets beat it out, it is still very thin and light. The XOOM didn’t have the best design in the world. Motorola and Verizon have fixed this, and they got their inspiration from the Droid RAZR. It has the same corners and relative design as the RAZR. They are more edged out, than curved. It makes it much more comfortable to hold in your hand. The one thing that they overlooked was the button placement. When the XOOM was released, people did not enjoy where the power/sleep and volume buttons were located. Well, they are still on the back of the XYBOARD 8.2 . When holding it in portrait mode, you can usually easily access the buttons. However, at times you will have to flip the device over the find them. In the middle of the device on the back it has an aluminum back. I personally think that this is a nice touch and i have a feeling that it helps with the antenna. Located on the aluminum panel is the Verizon, 4G LTE, and Motorola logos. Also, on the back you have the 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash. On the top of the device you have the headphone jack and a IR(Infer-Red Sensor). On the front you have the 1.3 mega-pixel front facing camera and the Motorola logo. Overall, the design of the XYBOARD 8.2 is very user-friendly!

 

Hardware And Network.

Now, the XYBOARD 8.2 doesn’t just have a great design it, also features some great hardware. Let’s start off with its display. It has a 8.2 inch IPS Display, with a resolution of 1280 X 800. In terms of viewing angles, the screen’s quality is good in all of them. However, you will get the best performance when looking right at it. Now, for speed on the XYBOARD 8.2 you get 1.2Ghz Dual-Core Processors and 1GB of RAM. Plus access to Verizon’s insanely fast 4G LTE Network. The processor makes the XYBOARD 8.2 run very quick, at times it may slow down for a moment but, for the most part you are good to go. Now, for some reason the XYBOARD 8.2 has given us the best Verizon’s 4G LTE Speed that we have seen. I’m assuming that the metal back may be an antenna booster, but I am not sure about this. However, take a look at our speed test’s below.

  • Verizon Droid XYBOARD 8.2 Speed Test’s
    • Download 18.36Mbps, Upload 6.28Mbps, Ping 86ms
    • Download 23.05Mbps, Upload 9.22Mbps, Ping 86ms
    • Download 23.40Mbps, Upload 9.07Mbps, Ping 70ms
    • Download 19.17Mbps, Upload 10.88Mbps, Ping 94ms

As you can see the speeds that we were getting on the XYBOARD 8.2 are insane. During these tests we had around 4 bars from Verizon’s 4G LTE Network. Just imagine what 5 bars would do to these speeds. We hit download speeds of up to 23.40Mbps and Upload speeds of 10.88Mbps. Browsing the web or streaming a movie from Netflix is insanely fast on this device. Motorola and Verizon have done an amazing job with hardware and network on the XYBOARD 8.2!

 

Operating System

Now, the XYBOARD 8.2 does not have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. The good news is that it will receive an updated to android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The operating system runs very fast on the device, this thanks to the 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core Processor and 1GB of RAM. There is no Motorola User Interface on top of the Operating System. It is very clean version of Honeycomb, with some pre-loaded apps. Like Motorola’s own MotoCast. This allows you to sync photos, music, video, and other things to your XYBOARD over the air. My Verizon Mobile is also included, this way you can manage you Verizon Account from your tablet. You also have the entire Google App Suite, Netflix, Amazon Kindle, MotoPack, Settings, Quick Office Pro, and many more. You also have a nice Droid background, that is pre-set on the device. Of course you can change to what ever you like. There are also some other Droid and Android wallpapers to choose from. Overall, having a clean version of the Operating System is great.

 

Bottom Line

The Droid XYBOARD 8.2 is a great tablet. Now, if you’re looking for a larger screen tablet you can go with the Motorola XOOM or the Droid XYBOARD 10.1 . Our review of the Droid XYBOARD 10.1 will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that. The one issue with the 8.2 XYBOARD is the price. For the 16GB Version it will cost you $429.99 with a 2-year contract or $599.99 with out a contract. For the 32GB Version it will cost you $529.99 with a 2-year contract or $699.99 with out a contract. Either way the price is a little high, however if you are looking for a solid 8.2 inch tablet with access to some of the best speeds we have seen(yet) on Verizon’s 4G LTE Network. Than the Droid XYBOARD 8.2 is for you. You Can Get More Info On The Verizon Droid XYBOARD 8.2, By Clicking Here. We would like to thank Verizon for providing us with a copy of the ‘Verizon Droid XYBOARD 8.2″.

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