Published On: Fri, Dec 9th, 2011

Review Of The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 (MZ617)

After the release of the Motorola XOOM 2 edition tablets, Motorola launched two more tablets naming Droid Xyboard, underneath the tablet lies 1GB of RAM, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. It sports a 5MP camera on the rear and 1.3MP camera on the back. The tablet comes with the Android 3.2 Honeycomb but Verizon has promised that the tablet will soon get an Ice Cream Sandwich update soon.


This review is of the 10.1 inch edition that comes with 16/32/64 GB versions.

Chassis Band 259.9 x 173.6 x 8.8 mm dimensions
599 grams weight
Band 2G Network – GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 19002G Network – CDMA: 800 / 1900

3G Network – HSDPA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

3G Network – CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

4G Network – LTE 700

Display HF-IPS LCD (Capacitive Touchscreen ), 16M Colors
Screen 800 x 1280 pixels resolution
10.1 inches screen size~149 ppi pixel densityCorning Gorilla Glass Screen

Multi Touch input technique

Proximity Sensor for using Auto turn off

Touch Sensitive Controls

Accelerometer sensor designed for User Interface (UI) auto-rotate.
Sound Alert No Alert Types are there as the Droid Xyboard dosent support GSM calling, MMS, SMSDownloadable polyphonic MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker3D surround sound
3.5 mm jack
Storage Practically unlimited fields and entries Phonebook with Photos
1 GB RAM16/32/64 GB Internal StorageROM – N/A
microSD card slot not available
Data EDGE – Class 12
GPRS – Class 12 (4+1 / 3+2 / 2+3 / 1+4) slots with 32 – 48 kbps speed
USB (microUSB v2.0) HS
Camera 5 mega pixels
2592 x 1944 pixels resolutionLED Flash

Auto focus

Video – Yes (720p@30fps)
Geo – taggingSecondary Camera – Yes (1.3 MP with 480p@120fps)
Features Android OS, v3.2 Honeycomb, can be upgradable to Andorid v4.0 ICS

1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, TI OMAP 4430 chipset, PowerVR SGX540 GPU

HTML, Java (MIDP emulator)Splash resistantOrganizer

Voice memo

Digital Compass

Has Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps

Facebook, MySpace & Twitter integration

YouTube, Google Talk

Quick office document viewer

Photo editor and viewer

Adobe Flash support

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM (Predicts inputs)

Games – Yes

Wireless Interface
  • Wi-Fi 802.11  a / b / g  / n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR and A2DP
3G , LTE – Rev. B, HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps, HSDPA: 42 Mbps
Supported Digital Audio and Video Standard Audio-MP3, WMA, / eAAC+, AAC+, WAV playerVideo- H.264/ H.263, MP4, WMV Player
Battery Battery- Lithium Ion 7000 mAh
Rated talk time – 10 hours
Rated stand-by time – N/A

Music Play time – N/A

Price:  16GB $529.99, 32GB $629.99, and 64GB $729.99 (approximately) in USD

N/A in INR


Coming to pros and cons


  • Nice and sleek design
  • 64GB memory
  • Gorilla Glass display
  • LTE (4G)


  • 16GB memory is not enough for tablet
  • No expandable slot available
  • Camera should have been 8MP
  • Please read Editors Verdict for more…

Editors Verdict-

Is this the price for a tablet that doesn’t have all the latest technologies like the 8MP camera, better battery and faster processor? Definitely not, we would like to remind our readers that these prices involve the 2 year agreements on the service of data plans that charges more $30 as a rental for every month. So overall if you quote the price of the Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 (64GB), you pay a sum of $1449 inclusive of the tablet price and the monthly rental amount. Whoa!

Compare this tablet with the $249 Nook Tablet or $199 Kindle Fire and you will know why people won’t opt for this Droid and are going for the Fire or the Nook. Another reason that bothers is why the Moto guys released more two tablets when the XOOM duos were just released. Moreover we think the sales of the Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 are going to be as same as the XOOM because the quad-core tablets will soon be capturing the markets. Maybe that would be the best time to buy the tablet as the prices will obviously drop by then or worse the tablets would be nowhere to be seen because of shame.


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