Phones far and wide wanted to be the iPhone killer and you know what 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. Were talking the first Honeycomb tablet, a cornerstone for Android. Its Motorolas 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.
Motorola XOOM official photos
The XOOM has a 10.1 screen of 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Googles 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 wont go on and on about the specs of the XOOM. Here go the highlights followed as usual by what we didnt like.
- 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) 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
- 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 it cannot be stood up on a table without a dock
- Non-replaceable battery
- Cant 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
Were really curious to try out the tablet minded version of Android the one weve tested before was clunky to use and clearly not intended for big screens. And weve had a positive experience with the Tegra 2 platform. Itll be interesting to see how it performs inside a tablet.
And lets just say that seeing a standard microHDMI port was a pleasant surprise no need of an adapter to get the TV-Out working. The competition doesnt even have a standard microUSB port so thumbs up for Motorola and keeping to standards.
Motorola XOOM in our office
The XOOM were about to get started with is the 3G-enabled variety with 32GB of inbuilt storage. And yes, its got Honeycomb inside the version of Android meant for tablets. We can hardly wait. Jump to the next page and try to keep up.