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Motorola Droid XYBOARD 8.2 hands-on

As the Droid RAZR quickly became a seriously popular smartphone, it is no surprise that Motorola took its looks and solid build quality to its tablet lineup as well. The LTE packing Droid XYBOARD 8.2 for Verizon Wireless is part of this group. The slate has taken the good looks of the RAZR family to go with its impressive build quality.

The Droid XYBOARD 8.2 packs the same TI OMAP 4430 chipset with two 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 cores, and PowerVR SGX540 GPU as its RAZR relatives. There is a gig of RAM and 32GB of built-in memory on board (there is a 16GB version as well), which cannot be expanded further. The screen is an 8.2″ HD-IPS LCD capacitive unit with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. There is a 5MP camera on the device’s back, and a 1.3MP unit at the front. Connectivity is also fully covered with access to Verizon’s speedy LTE network being on top of the list.

With measures of 216 x 139 x 9 mm, and a weight of 390 grams, the Motorola Droid XYBOARD 8.2 is on the skinny side of the tablet party. The slate’s build quality is superb too. With a splash-proof blend of metal, soft-touch plastic, and Corning Gorilla Glass, you will be hard pressed to find something to frown at.

The tablet’s build quality is great

The Motorola Droid XYBOARD 8.2 comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb out of the box (ICS should be coming in the near future). Of course, Motorola have added a few exclusive touches to it, while the amount of Verizon bloatware is surprisingly low. Check it out in action below.

The prices of the Motorola Droid XYBOARD 8.2 start at $429.99 for the 16GB version. Of course, a two-year commitment with Verizon is required here. While it is certainly not cheap, the tablet will offer you a serious amount of LTE-connected productivity, packed in a slim and attractive looking package – enough features, which make it worth a second look.


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