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. 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.

Motorola XOOM
Motorola XOOM
Motorola XOOM

Motorola XOOM official photos

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 – as usual – 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) – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

Motorola XOOM
Motorola XOOM
Motorola XOOM
Motorola XOOM

Motorola XOOM in our office

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 – the version of Android meant for tablets. We can hardly wait. Jump to the next page and try to keep up.

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