Friday, December 9, 2011
Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 12:30 PM
"Verizon has made the DROID XYBOARD Android tablets official, the 4G LTE versions of Motorola’s XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition slates. The 10.1-inch and 8.2-inch tablets each have a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 5-megapixel main camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, along with WiFi a/b/g/n and that all important EVDO Rev.A/LTE. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is expected in the new year."
A great feature of this tablet is that the 4G LTE network can be shared with up to eight (8) tethered clients, otherwise, not much else is different (that is readily apparent) from Motorola's initial versions. I'm intrigued by the 8.2-inch screen, as I've found that a 7-inch form factor is a bit too small for my old eyes, and the 1280x800 IPS screen should make things crisp and clear! On a two-year conytract, the 8.2 will cost $430 for a 16GB model, and $530 for a 32GB model, while the 10.1 starts at $530 for 16GB, $630 for 32GB, and $730 for 64GB. In addition, data plans start at $30/month. Seems a bit pricey in today's market.