Motorola XYBOARD 8.2

Behold, the Verizon Motorola XYBOARD 8.2. In a nutshell, it's a scaled-down, slimmed-down, sexed-up verison of the original Motorola Xoom, and it fits right in with the likes of the Motorola RAZR. It's a bit angular, it's industrial design is, well, industrial. But it's also plenty powerful under the hood.

We're very much digging the 8.2-inch screen size (at 1232x800 resolution for, even if it's only 179 pixels per inch. It's a tablet, so it's not as close to our face as a phone might be in normal use. And we're also very much digging that it's using microUSB to charge, instead of, like almost every other tablet out there, a proprietary charger. We'll have to see how much of a difference that makes in how long it takes to chage, though. The volume and power buttons have a new home, too, and they're going to take a little getting used to.

A quick tour through the software on the XYBOARD 8.2 and you'll find Android 3.2. Yes, it's a Honeycomb tablet, but it's already been promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully sooner rather than later. And while the original Xoom was very much a Nexus-like developer device, the XYBOARD is very much a Verizon and Motorola device. It's chock-full of Verizon and Motorola goodness (or bloat -- one man's trash and all that ...), with the framework in place for a dock connector and the MOTOPRINT wireles printing service.

Anyhoo, check out some more pics and quick video after the break.

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Hands on with the Motorola XYBOARD 8.2


Where do you get 1232x800 from? Tech writers should pay a little more attention to detail. 1280x800 has been a standard resolution for many years.

Nice tablet otherwise. They should have put Tegra 3 in it though, as well as ICS.

Only, I was paying attention to detail. Mainly the detail that the you lose 48 pixels to the system bar on the bottom. So, yeah. It's 1232. Or 1280. Your pick.

I see what you did there...and I liked it... lol

Nice tablet, I just want Google to announce a NEXUS tablet line now

The missing detail is where you get the info from, which is what I asked. Other sources claim 1280, which may be wrong in this case but is more common, thus seems more likely.

It shouldn't be "my pick", I read this site for information... As it is, I still don't know if you made a mistake.

Resolution is hardware detail, and according to the Motorola specs, it's "1280 x 800".

Reporting it as 1232 is misleading at best. The loss of 48 pixels is due to Honeycomb, which will be regained with ICS.

If you lose them where do they go?

The screen is what it is. In this case it is 1280 x 800. Nothing to pick, except maybe where to go to get the facts straight.

Only one thing that matters. Does it have an SD card and does it actually work. If so, then why the heck don't they get the one on the Xoom to read and WRITE!!!

I agree. Having had an iPad and an iPad 2 in the household, and then switching to the xoom, I really like it. I don't like the design on the backplate of this one at all, and I'm not loving the move to an 8.2 screen either.