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Xyboard review from a prior Xoom owner.

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1st January 2012, 01:54 AM   |  #11  
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I have the opposite impression of the Micro USB charging: If I need to charge the Xyboard all I need is a standard mini USB cable. If I lose the proprietary charger for the Xoom I'm f***** until I order and receive a new one. I am quite pleased with the change to micro USB charging.

The micro USB charger for the xyboard is not a standard one apparently, if you use any micro USB charger other than the one provided it will still charge, just very slooooooooowly though!

What I like about my xyboard charger though is that I can also charge my phone with it, which is convenient at times!

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2nd January 2012, 04:07 AM   |  #12  
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I have zero interest in the Xyboard because it isn't a Google Experience Device. I will be holding out until the next Google sanctioned tablet. I want Android plain and raw.

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2nd January 2012, 04:44 AM   |  #13  
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I'd rather see usb charging even if it takes a bit longer. I think 1.6A is the highest current for which a microusb connector is rated. Two connectors would be good, but if it had to have one I'm glad its microusb.

Not to nitpick but i would like to point out that the charger for the kindle fire and a Vizio tablet sold at Walmart are both microusb and are both higher. The Vizio charger I am using to charge my Galaxy S right now and it comes in at 2000mAh. It makes charging time drop to less than half the stock charger which was well under 1A.

The rest of your post was dead on the nuts. Happy New Year my friend.


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2nd January 2012, 04:50 AM   |  #14  
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I have zero interest in the Xyboard because it isn't a Google Experience Device. I will be holding out until the next Google sanctioned tablet. I want Android plain and raw.

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Hell yeah, I could've gotten any tablet and only grabbed two Xooms because this is THE GEXDEV. I prefer many other tablets to this for a variety of reasons but i love running wing/stingray nightlies depending on which of my Xooms it is for. The other plus? it's built like a tank which makes it great for my 3yr old daughter to play with provided with an otterbox case; I have zero worries as it's survived many falls. But if it did die that would give me an excuse to get the latest and greatest... I just can't see any other tab out there that I want more than the OG daddy.

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2nd January 2012, 10:28 PM   |  #15  
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I just got a Xyboard from Asurion (Replaced stolen Xoom)
As a Long time Techie and Owner of the Xoom since April 2011, I gotta say I like the Xyboard! Yes no SD Support that is the worse. But Damn I like the way it looks and feels! lol.. way thinner and screen looks better
It also runs smoother than my original xoom (stock rom). I have only played with it for a few days, so far so good. Yes I agree that there are better android tablets out now, but I'm working with what I got and I like it
3rd January 2012, 02:29 AM   |  #16  
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Originally Posted by Elysian893

I'm sure plenty of you saw my Asurion thread here...

I've had the Xyboard for a week now, and while I'm still not happy with the fact they sent me a 16gb model, I've got to be honest, the Xyboard is incredible. I wrote a letter to the regional president of Verizon for my region but I'm going to leave it at that.

The Xyboard is a HUGE upgrade over the Xoom even though the specs on paper don't show it. It benchmarks in every benchmark higher than the Tegra 2, especially the graphical ones. The PowerVR SGX540 may be 'old' but it handles the 1280x800 screen like a champ. The Xyboard is all around faster than the Xoom (at least the Xoom on 3.2, on ICS is a different story but then when ICS hits the Xyboard it will easily be faster than the Xoom) in every day usage too, so its speed extends well beyond benchmarks and gaming. GTA3 runs even smoother on the Xyboard than the Xoom and I was honestly impressed with how it ran on the Xoom.

The screen on the Xyboard is gorgeous, I can't believe they didn't use this panel on the Xoom. TFT is dead to me now, officially. I didn't even realize how bad the screen on the Xoom was until I went back and forth between it and the Xyboard. Color representation on the Xyboard is glorious and it gets bright as all hell.

Battery life is vastly improved, and I found the Xoom to be quite acceptable. The thinness and lightness is nice, although I use my Xoom's portfolio case on my Xyboard so that's negated (surprisingly the portfolio case fits, although it's very very snug!). The new shape is interesting and quite honestly, better. Where the back met the sides on the Xoom was very sharp, and while it's sharp on the Xyboard it's not in a sort of way where it's metal digging into your hand, it's softtouch rubber. The center section of the back is metal (aluminum if I'd have to guess) so that feels nice under the hands.

The power button and volume rocker is a huge improvement. I hated the volume buttons on the Xoom, absolutely terrible until I got my gel case. I haven't tried either camera on the Xyboard really so I can't say much about those.

The one complaint I have is that they went back to USB charging. The Xoom had a proprietary connector that allowed it to charge VERY fast. The Xyboard is limited to 5v and 1.6A, meaning it charges VERY slowly compared to the Xoom's 12v 1.5A plug. That is extremely disappointing to me, but I'm glad I don't have to charge as often. The Xoom's battery life got worse after the 4G upgrade, it was very usable before that. The Xyboard doesn't have that problem, probably because it doesn't have to power an add-on card. Overall I'd probably give it a 9 out of 10 rating, it's pretty damned good... This is the tablet the Xoom should have been. Not to say that I would advocate others upgrading to the Xyboard, I only got one because it was cheaper this way.

Unfortunately it's going to be completely eclipsed by the coming quad core rush. I have no idea why they didn't wait for Tegra 3 or an OMAP quad core.

Oops, I have 1 other complaint. The Xyboard has a locked bootloader, meaning it's going to be incredibly challenging to root it. Honeycomb 3.2 sealed up all vulnerabilities that worked on prior versions of HC. I've already tried them all, there's just no way around it right now and I'm not experienced enough or plain intelligent enough to figure it out.

at first i totally hated having a propriety charger for my xoom but then i realized how much faster it charges because of it. Yes i think it would be better if it could charge via either usb or via the propriety moto charger
3rd January 2012, 06:04 PM   |  #17  
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Really debating picking up one of these but I just can't bring myself to pay the 80GB fee on top of the $400+ for the 16GB based on the hardware.

If only they would have went with Tegra 3 or their own quad core I think this would sell a lot better. Motorola was first to the game with the Xoom, and now way way behind in the game. WTF Motorola. Also they're really screwing the pooch in keeping their bootloaders locked. XDA and it's devs, while a small number of us, are the ones that truly test all the devices, find the bugs, fix the issues, etc. We are the beta testers for all gadgets known to man today.

May run to the VZW store across the street and compare one to my Samsung 10.1.

I really want a 4G tab, but like I said, just not sure I can justify the 80/mo pricetag that comes with it while I enjoy 4G LTE on my phone for $30/mo grandfathered in unlimited.
3rd January 2012, 06:25 PM   |  #18  
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Really debating picking up one of these but I just can't bring myself to pay the 80GB fee on top of the $400+ for the 16GB based on the hardware.

If only they would have went with Tegra 3 or their own quad core I think this would sell a lot better. Motorola was first to the game with the Xoom, and now way way behind in the game. WTF Motorola. Also they're really screwing the pooch in keeping their bootloaders locked. XDA and it's devs, while a small number of us, are the ones that truly test all the devices, find the bugs, fix the issues, etc. We are the beta testers for all gadgets known to man today.

May run to the VZW store across the street and compare one to my Samsung 10.1.

I really want a 4G tab, but like I said, just not sure I can justify the 80/mo pricetag that comes with it while I enjoy 4G LTE on my phone for $30/mo grandfathered in unlimited.

Where are you getting the $80/month figure? I pay 30/month for 2GB for my xyboard.

If you have a 4g phone with unlimited data why don't you just tether that to your Samsung tab by using either wifi hot spot or Bluetooth? Problem solved :)


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3rd January 2012, 10:29 PM   |  #19  
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I do that already with the 10.1 but a wifi xyboard is not available ATM and who knows if one ever will be. I suppose paying for two gigs wouldnt be bad then just never use the data and rely on my unlimited on my phone to tether...I got the 80 from the 10 gb plan bc I know i would go over the other two options.
3rd January 2012, 10:56 PM   |  #20  
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I do that already with the 10.1 but a wifi xyboard is not available ATM and who knows if one ever will be. I suppose paying for two gigs wouldnt be bad then just never use the data and rely on my unlimited on my phone to tether...I got the 80 from the 10 gb plan bc I know i would go over the other two options.

Kinda what I do right now.... Use the 2GB from Verizon whenever I need it on the xyboard... If I feel like I will start going over I switch to tethering through my Atrix 2 and my unlimited data plan on at&t via Bluetooth!


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