Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2
Brand: Motorola
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 8.2 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels, IPS LCD, Ambient light sensor
  • Chipset: TI OMAP4430
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 4.0, 3.2
  • Battery: 3960 mAh
  • Released Date: 09-12-2011



Device Type Android Tablet
Model Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 (also known as Motorola MZ609)
Released December, 2011
Status Discontinued


Dimensions 216 x 139 x 8.9 mm
Weight 386 g
Protection Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Colors Black


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) IPS LCD
Size 8.2 inches
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 184 PPI
Features Ambient light sensor


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), upgradable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Mini-SIM, Splash resistant


Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. TI OMAP 4430
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. PowerVR SGX540
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 32GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers


Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 3960 mAh
Battery Life 6 hours
Charging High Power AC Adapter


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 5 MP
Front Camera 1.3 MP
Video 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Camera Features Autofocus
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) LED flash


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 2.1
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11 a, b, g, n; Hotspot
USB microUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. GPS, A-GPS
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No


User Reviews 1 User Reviews We found the 8.2-inch display to be a unique size that is a nice compromise between 7-inch and 10-inch tablets. The reddish, machined look makes it seem very Droid-like.
We tested media playback from a connected USB flash drive and found it played 1080p high bitrate video smoothly. General performance benchmarks show it's fast but a bit slower than the Xyboard 10.1 likely due to the smaller size and battery. Battery life is decent at 5-6 hours but less than the exceptional stamina of the 10.1.
- Lisa from Mobile Tech Review
User Reviews 2 I tested video playback and confirmed it can play Netflix in HD, unlike some other tablets. The tablet can also serve as a universal remote control through the Digit app.
I like that it runs a 1.2GHz dual core processor for snappy performance. The LTE model launched in December 2011 on Verizon while a WiFi-only version launches January 16th direct from Motorola. Pricing is still unannounced but should cost less than the carrier version.
- Michael from
User Reviews 3 We tested the interface and apps. I noticed Motorola includes some of their own widgets and skins but keeps much of stock Android too. Verizon preloads several of their apps for account management and media purchases.
I pointed out the awkward side button placement which will take getting used to. But the tablet feels extremely lightweight and portable due to the 8.2-inch form factor.
- Jon Rettinger
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Unique 8.2" size is a good compromise between 7" and 10" tablets
- Durable water resistant coating protects against spills
- Can play Netflix HD video unlike some tablets
- IR remote capability saves money over buying separate remote
- Fast performance with dual core processor

- Battery life less than exceptional 10.1" version
- Side button placement is awkward
- No option for carrier-free WiFi-only model at launch

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Display 7 / 10
  • Battery 7 / 10
  • Design 9 / 10

Motorola recently released the Droid Xyboard 8.2, an 8.2-inch Android tablet aimed at consumers wanting a portable slate with distinctive styling. The company markets it under their Droid brand known for signature reddish techno-centric designs.

Sporting a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1280×800 display, the Xyboard 8.2 delivers swift performance whether gaming, web browsing, or streaming media.

This tablet comes equipped to handle work and play. A ample 3960mAh battery averages five to six hours of use. It connects via speedy 4G LTE mobile data or 802.11n Wi-Fi with hotspot capabilities for sharing the connection.

The Xyboard also touts assisted GPS, Bluetooth, and HDMI for driving external displays up to 1080p resolution.

Distinctive Style Cues Stand Out

Motorola gifting their tablet with signature Droid styling helps it stand apart from cookie-cutter slates. The rear panel and edges feature a rigid textured metal frame in matte black.

Contrasting against it, the smooth gunmetal finished front bezel displays the stylized Droid logo when in portrait mode.

The 8.2-inch screen hits a practical sweet spot between unwieldy 10-inch models and cramped 7-inch mini tablets. Motorola took design risks like clipping the corners for a distinctive trapezoidal shape.

Buttons sit nearly flush with rounded edges for turning on or adjusting volume. A dark soft touch coating provides a sure grip.

Real World Features Enhance Experience

Beyond just viewing videos and browsing websites, Motorola packs useful additions enhancing real-world use. The scratch and spill resistant Gorilla Glass screen provides durability.

IPB LCD technology delivers rich colors and wide viewing angles indoors and out.

With the pre-loaded Digit universal remote app, users can ditch the traditional remote. Instead they can control TVs, DVRs, receivers and most other home theater gear directly from the tablet. This also enables easily looking up program listings from the couch.

For travelers, noise cancelling dual speakers make playlist and movies more immersive despite noisy environments.

Business users can access work files remotely thanks to integrated support for Motorola’s MotoCast software.

The Android operating system also provides a deep well of apps and utilities to pick from. Top tablet choices like Netflix, Kindle, social networking and more are accessible here.

Pricing and Availability

The Motorola Xyboard initially launched in a Verizon 4G LTE edition in December 2011. A Wi-Fi only model later debuted in other regions.

The Xyboard 8.2 succeeds at being a sleek and practical form factor with added modern features. Shoppers wanting everyday portable use get attractive styling with ample performance.

While priced as a premium tablet, it still costs hundreds less than comparably equipped iPad models.

In conclusion, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 presents itself as a versatile and capable tablet, appealing to fans of the Droid brand.

Its unique size, durability, and multimedia capabilities make it suitable for e-reading and portable entertainment, though users should weigh their priorities, considering factors like battery life and preferred tablet size.

The upcoming WiFi-only model expands choices for those who don't need the LTE connectivity offered by the Verizon version.

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