The Motorola Xoom was one of the first major Android tablets on the market, & it is still doing well despite strong competition from other tablets such as the Samsung. It has some excellent features that make it a real competitor to the iPad 2, and after you take a look at the pros & cons below before you will decide whether this is the right tablet for you.
Key Specification Points For The Motorola Xoom
* Roughly $588 – $799
* Released in 2011
* Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
* 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches in size
* Weighs 1.61 lb. / 0.73 kg
* 10.1 HD screen
* 1280 x 800 resolution
* 32 GB storage
* NVidia Tegra 2 Dual 1 GHz Processor
* Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connection as standard – can also buy 3G/ 4G model
* Two cameras: 5MP & 2MP
* 10 hours battery life
Motorola Xoom Android Tablet Review
An in-depth video review of the Motorola Xoom Android Tablet. Check out our full written review at: www.mobiletechreview.com The Xoom is the first Android tablet to the market that´s running Android 3.0 Honeycomb and is powered by NVIDIA Tegrat 2 1GHz dual-core processor with graphics acceleration. The Xoom tablet has a 10.1” 1280 x 800 display, a 5 megapixel rare camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, 32GB internal storage and 720p capturing and 1080p playback and streaming capability.
What’s good about the Motorola Xoom
Processor: The processor is one of the best in the world of tablet PCs today. The Xoom has a Tegra two Dual Core processor, up with the best of Android tablets with respect to speed.
Connection: The Xoom is available in 2 main forms. You can get Wi-Fi only option for about $600, or you can choose Wi-Fi 3G /4G + option for $800 (both also come with Bluetooth). The latter is an excellent addition for anyone who wants to connect to mobile broadband on the move, but you must register with a Verizon Wireless contract to do so.
Note that 4G isn’t yet available but will be added with a free upgrade in the coming months. This is something that’s not yet included on many tablets (IPAD, Samsung Galaxy & others don’t yet have it) so is a big plus for Xoom. It’ll mean that you will be able to download large files like movies very quickly. Verizon boasts speeds of around 5-12 megabits per second and songs only takes a few seconds to download!
(Remember that the 4G network currently reaches about one third of Americans, but is expanding all the time)
Motorola Accessories: Although the accessory market isn’t as developed as those for the iPad, there are many useful accessories available for the power of your Xoom to expand. Some notable accessories include speaker docks, & other stations used to charge the tablet. The dock can also send content from Xoom directly to your TV. Motorola have also developed specific instances, but remember that this tablet’s sizes are fairly standard and you can use a range of generic cases to keep the device protected.
Camera: The Xoom comes with 2 cameras. The rear-facing camera for taking pictures and recording videos, comes in a five megapixels (very impressive when you compare it to other tablets on the market) with a dual-LED flash, autofocus and digital zoom. You also have the option to capture HD 720p videos and view them in all their splendour on Xoom’s HD screen!
The front-facing camera is there so you can make video calls when connected to the Internet. This camera comes in at two megapixels, which is more than sufficient.
Flash Support: Unlike the most famous iPad the Motorola Xoom support Flash. This means that you’ve the added flexibility of being able to watch flash movies & videos, play Flash games and display Flash websites. This is a huge advantage for users who know they browse a lot of Flash content – but note that non-Flash-enabled devices like the iPhone can still let you watch YouTube & other online videos in another format.
Battery: The advertised battery life is ten hours – impressive in the world of Tablet computing. This is up with the best of them. Of course, you’ll see that the battery will drain if you use more intensive operations, such as games or playing movies, but the unit charges very quickly which will also come in handy.
Micro SD Card Slot: Some people are disappointed by the fact that Motorola Xoom doesn’t come with any storage options beyond the standard 32GB. If you’re the kind of person who needs more space for music, applications & videos, then don’t worry, because the inclusion of a micro-SD card slot means that your memory is expandable to another 32GB which will match the Top iPad’s 64GB option.
Ports: The Xoom trumps the iPad in the form of ports, including a micro USB port (not used for charging). It also features an HDMI audio/video port which lets you connect up to a big screen using a separate HDMI cable.
What isn’t so great About the Motorola Xoom
Price: The price for this Motorola Xoom may put some people off. The cheapest Wi-Fi only option is still nearly $600, which is a lot compared to other tablets on the market. Is 3G/4G alternatives are more cost effective because it’ll include 4G features that other tablets don’t have, and you can save up to $200 when you buy the tablet on a Verizon contract.
Weight: Although there is very little in between the main tablets on the market, you’ll see that this tablet weighs more than the other big names. This is something you’ll notice in terms of how easy it’s to use and carry it with you wherever you go. The screen is also thicker than tablets like the iPad 2, but it’s not noticeably thick. The Xoom, however, feels solid in your hands (in a good way).
Operating Systems Ease of use: Whether you are for or against this operating system really depends on what you are used to. If you’re used to iOS on iPhone, you may find that Honeycomb isn’t so easy to get your head around. The Android Of course still doesn’t match up to the iPad App Store in terms of sheer numbers of apps available, but the choice is that it is good enough for most users.
Charging: Many users have complained that Xoom won’t charge via the included micro-USB port. This is down to how much power is needed, so you need to use a separate charger.
When it comes to the inclusion of 3G & 4G technologies on an Android-tablet, the Xoom is basically your best choice available (until Samsung release their 3G Galaxy). It has some outstanding features, looks sleek and does perform well. You can not really go wrong with this tablet.
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