[Motorola Xoom] Specifications and reviews

Started by Xhanch Studio, May 27, 2011, 11:06:41 PM

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Phones far and wide wanted to be the iPhone killer and you know what â€" tablets are no different. The iPad needs to get used to living with a bounty on its head. And always be ready for the likes of the Motorola XOOM.



But the XOOM is no ordinary competitor. We’re talking the first Honeycomb tablet, a cornerstone for Android. It’s Motorola’s first tablet too. If they play their cards right, it could be a big money earner for a company in trouble, so we know Moto gave it their best.

The XOOM has a 10.1” screen of 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Google’s latest Android OS (after the update rolls out in full), purpose made for tablet use, and a powerful Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core chipset with 1GB RAM. Barely a few lines into the spec sheet and we already like the sound of it.



The Motorola XOOM has more to offer than that. The Verizon US version will be getting a (delayed) LTE update, while dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz) sounds sweet too.

But we won’t go on and on about the specs of the XOOM. Here go the highlights followed â€" as usual â€" by what we didn’t like.

Key features

  • 10.1” capacitive touchscreen of 1280 x 800 pixel resolution; multi-touch

  • 730g of weight

  • Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity; Wi-Fi hotspot

  • Optional 3G connectivity (data only) â€" HSPA or 1xEV-DO (LTE via upgrade)

  • GPS with A-GPS support on all models

  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H Dual Core processor

  • 1GB RAM

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb, upgradable to 3.1

  • 16/32/64GB of onboard storage

  • MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)

  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

  • Accelerometer, compass and three-axis gyro-sensor; barometer sensor

  • 5MP auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash

  • 720p video recording at 30fps

  • 2MP secondary video call camera

  • HD TV-Out via microHDMI port

  • MicroUSB with host functionality

  • Flash-enabled web browser

  • 10 hours video playback, 3.3 days of music playback



Main disadvantages

  • Seems quite laggy despite the 1GHz dual-core CPU

  • Screen is very reflective, hard to use outdoors

  • Quite a porker at 730 grams

  • No kickstand â€" it cannot be stood up on a table without a dock

  • Non-replaceable battery

  • Can’t charge off USB

  • LTE-enabling update not out yet for the Verizon version

  • Still waiting for an update to enable microSD slot as well

  • No document editor pre-installed, not even a viewer



We’re really curious to try out the tablet minded version of Android â€" the one we’ve tested before was clunky to use and clearly not intended for big screens. And we’ve had a positive experience with the Tegra 2 platform. It’ll be interesting to see how it performs inside a tablet.

And let’s just say that seeing a standard microHDMI port was a pleasant surprise â€" no need of an adapter to get the TV-Out working. The competition doesn’t even have a standard microUSB port so thumbs up for Motorola and keeping to standards.



The XOOM we’re about to get started with is the 3G-enabled variety with 32GB of inbuilt storage. And yes, it’s got Honeycomb inside â€" the version of Android meant for tablets. We can hardly wait. Jump to the next page and try to keep up.
Best Regards,
Susanto B.Sc
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jemmy78

June 15, 2011, 12:19:15 PM #1 Last Edit: June 16, 2011, 08:06:55 AM by jemmy78
i feel this has pushed ipad aside but yes i have to agree its too expensive as per its cost i believe the quality has to be there too (as we all know motorola had so far taken innovative steps in creating slimmy and compact gadgets so quality wise i wont doubt).  :)

Well as compared to other competitor tablets like samsung galaxy tab, lg Optimus pad and bb playbook, Motorola xoom has got much more but i wont say its superior coz newly asus transformer is on terms with it and i feel it shouldn't be underestimated. :-X

So far i have been highly impressed by what xoom offers ie 3.0 honeycomb android with futuristic interface, tegra 2 processor with 2MP video call camera on the front and a 5MP primary camera at back and as compared to apple ipad that has hyped so many individuals, xoom has got lots more and definitely it will crush ipad.  ;D

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