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Motorola introduced the TXTR at this show, but didn't have any to show off until later in the week. Although we were unable to pair the device to a phone and really put it through its paces, we did get some hands-on time with one.

The TXTR feels great. The keypad is wide enough to allow a decent amount of space between the large keys. It might actually be even easier to use than the Hiptop 2's keyboard. The keys are slightly domed, so they are easy to feel out and they have a nice positive click without requiring much effort to press.

It is quite thin and light. In fact it reminds us of the size and weight of the Samsung P300 mentioned previously. It slides easily into a tight pocket and should make an excellent companion to a standard Bluetooth phone without taking up hardly any pocket or bag space.

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The TXTR has a 4 line monochrome LCD with a bright blue backlight. It is very easy to read under all lighting conditions and could really make a statement when you want to fire off a text from the club or use it to enter some prospective date's digits.

Although it uses Bluetooth instead of IXI's Personal Mobile Gateway technology used in the Ogo, the TXTR is truly the embodiment of the same PMG concept. It will be interesting to see if this better hardware implementation will make this device more successful than the ill-fated Ogo. If nothing else, it is definitely smaller, better-looking, and has a superior keyboard.

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