Verizon DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 go on sale

Chris Davies - Dec 9, 2011, 3:16am CST
Verizon DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 go on sale

Verizon has thrown the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 tablets up for sale, offering Android Honeycomb on a 1.2GHz dual-core in a choice of sizes, though there are questions around whether the carrier has again overpriced its slates. Announced earlier this week as the 4G LTE versions of the Motorola XOOM 2, and rumored not to hit shelves until next week, the two DROID XYBOARD models are priced from $429.99 for the 8.2-inch model and $529.99 for the 10.1-inch model, both demanding a two-year data agreement.

There are three versions of the larger slate – in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities – while the smaller model, known as the “Media Edition” outside the US, only offers either 16GB or 32GB. Both have front and rear facing cameras, WiFi a/b/g/n and a 1280 x 800 IPS display, together with HDMI connectivity and an infrared port, which – thanks to the preloaded Dijit app turns the XYBOARDs into universal remote controls.

Nonetheless, with data plans at a minimum of $30 per month, even the cheapest of the two Motorola tablets comes in at almost $1,150 over the course of the two-year agreement. We’re having flashbacks to the original Motorola XOOM at the beginning of the year, which Verizon triumphantly secured the US exclusive on but then priced far too richly to compete with Apple’s iPad.

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5 Responses to Verizon DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 go on sale

  1. I’m really curious if anyone can defend Verizon over the Galaxy Nexus launch anymore. Reports indicate that stores got both this and the Galaxy Nexus at about the same time and this goes on sale right away but the Galaxy Nexus? Nah. They’d rather have them sit in store’s stockroom collecting dust then let customers buy them. Stay classy Verizon.

    • I can only confirm what I know. I saw the NexPrim twice this week. It has been in stock (how many who knows) for at least a week. I played with an active one (on 12/8/11) at VWZ for over 30 minutes then bought the Droid razr (which I may return the battery life is bad at least for me during the first 24 hrs)

  2. Who would even get this vs transformer primes 500 dollar price without contract…where the hell is our nexus galaxies!!

    • I have had the Droid Razt for less than 24hrs, got tired of waiting for the Nexus. I did play with a NExPrime live and active at VZW, they have them in stock. I just ended up liking the Droid Razr better in terms of feel.

      HOWEVER, I am trying to keep myself from running back and returning the Razr less than 24hrs later. The battery life stinks. I think I got 7 hrs at the very most. No web browsing and no games GPS nor video.

      Now I know that I was using lots of the 4gLTE/wifi do ti linking and syncing all of my accounts but less than 7 hours?

      I will be waiting for at least 7 days before I make a decision since I have 14 days to return it. But this is not a good sign

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