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Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 hands-on

Published Dec 12th, 2011 3:31PM EST

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Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 tablet

In addition to the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2, Motorola and Verizon are launching a larger tablet option today: the XYBOARD 10.1. The big difference? You guessed it — a 10.1-inch display compared to an 8.2-inch LCD panel on the XYBOARD 8.2. Both units look almost identical, though the XYBOARD 8.2 has a better rear case design that definitely adheres to the new Motorola DROID personality, complete with metal screws and more. The XYBOARD 10.1 is a bit more plain, yet you do get better speakers positioned on the back of the tablet instead of on the top, and a microUSB port on the bottom as opposed to the side. Compared to the original XOOM, the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is 33% thinner, lighter and more or less is exactly what the first tablet should have been. Since it’s more of a direct competitor to the iPad, we’ll have to see how it holds up in our full review. In the meantime, make sure to check out some hands-on photos in the gallery below, including some comparison photos with the XYBOARD 8.2 and iPad 2.

Jonathan S. Geller
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