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3 Reasons Motorola's Xyboard Is Better Than the iPad

2. It's made of the right stuff!
Motorola knew enough to frame the edge of this tablet in rubber. That means it does not skid around your desk or airline tray, stands up when you lean it against a PC on your desk (as I am doing now to look at my notes for this story) and has a good grip that means it may literally never be dropped. I haven't dropped it once. Compare that to my iPad, which hit the deck in the first 15 minutes. The Xyboard's case, rigid screen and attention to detail prevents that iPad gonna-bust-mama's-china feeling. You -- and your clients -- can get a hold and keep a hold of it.

And that, friends, is the feeling you want.

3. It's not trying to be a laptop replacement.
Because this unit is smaller and aimed at the consumer, Motorola stayed away from positioning this thing as another PC experience. It's really too cramped for that. But therein lies the sleeper upside: The unit's high-resolution screen, 4G LTE network support from Verizon, excellent Google (GOOG - Get Report) Android 4.0 OS and portable Wi-Fi hotspot make it one seriously productive device. One that works with your PC. Remember, it's light enough that you can slide it in your bag. So the Xyboard gives the best of both worlds -- you can carry it as a work tablet and have your PC, which you most definitely still need to do more complex tasks.

Some things to keep in mind before you before you buy:

Verizon's network worked very well in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane, Wash., and Indianapolis when I tested it recently. But is far from being cheap. VZ caps its data access strictly, and with a screen this good, it's tempting to start streaming in movies like crazy. Don't do it. Use the Wi-Fi whenever possible or watch your bill soar. And that's on top of a fairly hefty purchase price for the Xyboard. This is -- at its cheapest -- a $420 buy.

But as I said, considering all the upside, the Xyboard is the business tablet of the moment.

Without question, the Xyboard is worth the time with the Verizon sales rep to get a firsthand look.

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