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Motorola XOOM Review

Motorola XOOMThe Motorola Xoom is an Android tablet PC launched by Motorola introduced at CES 2011. The Android Honeycomb 3.0 processor was rushed in manufacturing of the device and it was released on February 24th, 2011 as a competitor to Apple iPad and newly entered Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Motorola Xoom is not an ordinary competitor of Apple iPad among the race of best tablet but it has can play its cards right and the Motorola gave it the best to Xoom.

Table of Content:


Motorola Xoom Design & Hardware

The Motorola Xoom has 10.1 inches WXGA touch screen display with a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. The screen is capacitive in nature and includes 16 million colors with a pixel density of 160 dpi. It also supports multi touch input, accelerometer sensor and Gyroscope and barometer sensors. The tablet with 10 inches makes it perfect enough computing devices. It has landscape as the primary display orientation and screen can be rotated in four ways.

It includes a powerful Tegra 2 T20 chipset with 1 GB of RAM with the processor from ARM Cortex A9. The hardware of Motorola Xoom makes it a powerful computing device.

Coming the the design part, surely it looks attractive and a perfect mixture of glass, metal and plastic finish. It looks better with its round corners edges and thin bezel around the screen. When kept in landscape mode it includes power on/off button at the top, volume up and down button on the left and wired ports like microUSB, microHDMI port, charging port and a dock connector are located at the bottom. The 3.5 mm audio jack, SIM card slot and memory card slot are located at the top.


Motorola Xoom Software & Performance

Motorola Xoom was ready for the released as early as possible but Xoom made rush for Android Honeycomb and it was launched on February 24, 2011 with 3G version. It was the first tablet which got Honeycomb Android processor and the existing 3.0 version can be upgraded to v 3.1.

The additional application installed by the end users is heart of every modern mobile platform. With Motorola Xoom you get the customized Android market interface which allows you to browse and search thousands of apps quicker than ever.


Motorola Xoom Features

Motorola Xoom is one of the best tablets in terms of connectivity. Naturally you would love to see Wi-Fi and if you have 3G + Wi-Fi device you would be able to experience 10.2 Mbps speed through HSDPA connectivity, while HSUPA connectivity can provide a top speed of 5.7 Mbps. This version of Verizon is LTE enabled.

It includes 32 GB as the internal memory and also has a memory card slot for microSD expandable up to 32 GB.

The video player included in this tablet only supports XVid and DVD formats only but with external apps on Android you can play other video formats. The audio player includes quick connectivity option to Google services like Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk.

It includes default android browser Android WebKit. The location based services are provided by e compass and simultaneous GPS. It supports the flash content with added Adobe Flash Player 10.1.


Motorola Xoom Camera

It includes an amazing 5 mega pixel camera with 2592 x 1944 picture pixels. The dual LED flash includes with at back makes it perfect for picture capture during the low light conditions. The maximum camera zooming level are 8X and the rear camera feature anti banding, color effects, scenes and white balance features with autofocus making it as a handy tool. The 720p HD video recording can be easily possible with 30 fps video frame rate and surprisingly you can take 1080p HD videos too is made available with this version.

Processing the requirement of video calls and webcam need, the tablet was rarely seen with front facing camera. But Motorola Xoom has a front facing camera with 2 mega pixels with fixed focus and it can be used for best video quality for video calls and video chat perfectly suitable for Google Talk.

With the pack available accessories includes Motorola Xoom portfolio case, dock, HD stereo dock and wireless keyboard.


Motorola Xoom Gallery

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Motorola Xoom Battery Life

It includes a standard 25 Wh (equivalent to 6500 mAh) Lithium ion battery which provides a continuous music playback of 80 hours, standby time of up to 336 hours during 3G usage and a talk time of 9 hours. Overall the battery very good.


Motorola Xoom Price

The Motorola Xoom is Wi-Fi version is priced at $ 499, Wi-Fi + Verizon 3G with plans is priced at $ 499 and the Wi-Fi + Verizon 3G without plans is priced at $ 599. It can be purchased online from Motorola.com.

You can also purchase Protective Gel Case priced at $ 30, Speaker Dock priced at $ 130 & portfolio case priced at $ 40. Other accessories too are available for purchase.

Conclusion

With all those specifications and features the Motorola Xoom weights at 730 grams despite being a tablet. One would expect its successor to be less in weight as the tablet PC should be portable enough to carry them in hands. Motorola Xoom is priced higher than the Apple iPad and it’s tough to be Apple.

Finally the tablets are more about user experience than functionality & features. If you are able to hands on with this device with real boost in the form of Android operating system can make your work easier.

 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dario

    August 8, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I am not being able to install Flash 10.3 (version in the market) to my tablet Xoom.
    It suggest to upgrade anndroid to version 3.1.
    Any help will be welcome. Thanks.

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