Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 59
Rated 5 out of 5 by PTNDSLR I prefer Xoom over iPad 2 and here's why....
First of all I want to say that I own both Apple and Google/Android devices. I own iPod Touch and have played with iPad of family member who own the device. I also played with iPad 2 quite a bit at the store as well as from a friend who got it on launch day. I currently own original Motorola Droid and looking to upgrade to newer Android phone this summer. It is difficult not to compare Xoom to its competitor aka iPad 2. Therefore, this review will entail Xoom features (Wifi version) along with comparison to iPad 2.
Operating System - An iPad is more akin to a smartphone where as a Xoom is more akin to a laptop. Honeycomb feels more like a tablet. It's not just a row of apps and wasted space like iOS. Plus, you have room for customization (widget, live wallpaper, theme etc). There is also little detail that tech savvy will appreciate (outline grid, advanced settings, google labs etc) Honeycomb is still a bit buggy but not to the point that it becomes annoying. I only have several force close (app closed due to error) once in a while after owning it for a week (Not all phone apps work with Xoom..yet). Obviously iOS which is a proven OS and was out almost 4 years ago is more stable than the Honeycomb, a brand new OS (optimized for tablet use) that was out a month ago along with its SDK. Google know Honeycomb still needs improvement, I know Honeycomb is unfinished and I don't mind waiting for even better experience.
Also, it's easy to transfer files between computer and Xoom. Just plug in USB and it acts as a hard drive then you drag and drop the files you want. There's also apps like ES File Explorer and Astro File Manager that help manage files/folder (like Window explorer). I believe iOS requires other softwares unless you just do music/movies through iTunes. Oh and I forget to mention that I hate having to everything tied/synced through iTunes. On Xoom, there's more freedom and you are not stuck with one software like iTunes.
Winner: To each his own but I like Honeycomb better.
Design/Apperance/Screen - Xoom is heavier but that is due to a solid build quality which I love. It is also thicker and has wider screen (more appropriate for movies than iPad 2). Although Xoom has higher screen resolution, iPad 2 still has brighter screen and more vivid look.
Winner: iPad 2 by little bit
User Interface - Some people say Honeycomb is too complicated to use. Well maybe to those who has been using only iPad. For someone who use both, I have to say it is pretty simple to use. iOS is more intuitive and foolproof but there is much more detail/option on Xoom that many people will appreciate.
Multitasking - One button and it takes you to 5 most recent apps for easy switching on Xoom. iPad 2 sort of have multitasking but not a true multitasking experience.
Browser - If you use Chrome browser before, it is pretty much like that on Xoom. I prefer tabbed browsing over having to press button to open various windows on Safari on iOS device. You can type search directly on address bar like Chrome. You can sync bookmarks through your Google account. And yes I know there are other browser apps in the market. But for a stock browser app, Xoom has a better experience.
Apps - iPad is way ahead in term of apps and it is because original iPad had at least 1 year head start vs Xoom. Not to mention Honeycomb is unfinished and SDK was recently released. However, the tablet apps that are available on Android market (about 50 tablet apps), most of them work great and look awesome. Note that you can still use Android phone apps. The phone apps get stretched out but still keep the high resolution thus they don't look bad on the screen whatsoever. Give it time.
Winner: iPad 2
Customization - This is my favorite part about Android. You have open customization from themes, widgets to customized home screen and live wallpapers. iOS has none of that unless you jailbreak the device.
Notification - If you have iPhone and iPad, you know how notification can be quite painful. Xoom has better notification system that show up briefly in bottom right corner as you get new email, app update etc. You can press it to view all notifications or remove them. Additionally, there is also LED light blinking notification on top right of the device.
Hardware Performance - A5 vs Tegra 2 is still up for debate. Xoom seems to be as powerful as iPad 2 with exception of GPU (difference can be seen with gaming and screen brightness). iPad 2 has 512MB RAM vs 1 GB RAM on Xoom.
Camera/Video/Audio - Better camera and video on Xoom thanks to its higher spec vs VGA front and lower MP back camera on iPad 2. Camera app gets a little bit of time to get used to on Xoom. Speaker on Xoom is decent and could have been louder. I wish the volume rocker is more visible on the side. It feels like the button can become stuck into the device.
Also I use DVD Catalyst 4 to convert and transfer movie to Xoom. It can convert most file types as long as it's not DRM protected (like "Digital Copy"). The software is pretty neat, simple to use and the pictures look great. You have option to customize the pictures, add subtitles, and get rid of black bars.
Winner: Xoom OVERALL
Flash - Yes, Flash is still in beta but it works great so far with a little bit of lagging but barely noticeable. Pretty smooth most of the time. I tested it on sites that use Flash like Engadget (video), Honda (car animation), Vice Versa restaurant in NYC (heavy flash site), Myspace and bandcamp (with music player on artist page). iOS has no Flash AT ALL as we all know when it comes to browsing.
Winner: Xoom by a mile (until HTML5 is fully functional)
Battery Life - Xoom gets about 8 - 9 hours for heavy multitasking usage. Will have to test standby time but I expect it to be less than iPad 2. iPad 2 gets at least 10 hours of heavy usage.
Winner: iPad 2
GPS - Just want to mention that GPS and full Google maps navigation is available on Xoom wifi. While on iPad 2, it is only available if you get 3G+wifi version. And if you use Google maps app before on Android you know that it is more extensive than map on iOS (turn-by-turn voice navigation, layers etc). Since this is a Wifi version, THERE IS cache settings on Google Maps where you can prefetch map tiles by panning over the city/region while on Wifi (up to ?? MB. Need to verify the cap). Then you can navigate to desired destination just like normal with voice navigation. You cannot change the destination halfway obviously since there is no 3G connection. The other alternative will be to tether the device with 3G/4G smartphone.
Winner - Xoom
Nitpick - SD card slot on Xoom is still not enabled at this moment. Also, I wish Xoom can be charged through micro USB but I believe it may be because micro USB doesn't supply enough current to charge a tablet.
In the end, you may prefer one device over the other and it is to each his own. However, based on the overall factors I mentioned above, I prefer Xoom.
Rated 5 out of 5 by silearth2 Beats all others
This is the best tablet I've used so far. I've used I Pad, archos, iPod touch and coby, and so far this one beats them all. The build quality is excellent, not as pretty as I pad. I have not had any troubles yet at all, but my one complaint is that you can not use the SD card until motorola updates software that will enable it. The battery lasts about 8 hours with heavy use. I have only used my laptop twice since I've had this.
Rated 2 out of 5 by guest21 great but not worth the price
i bought it, and it was clearly superior to all of the android tablets but i was not satisfied with it for the price its worth. the biggest disappointment for me was the android market. as a healthcare professional, the android market was lacking many key names is healthcare, ie micromedex. and lexicomp isn't available for honeycomb systems. this limitation was also for other apps as well, like netflix was not available for honeycomb.
although i liked the tablet, i returned it and went to an ipad, figuring it wasn't worth all that money
to sum it up android tablets have a back bone but no accessories, and an apple product has no back bone but all the accessories.
FYI for those we are familiar with the android market and prefer it over the apple app store, then this tablet rocks! looks great, comfortable to hold, the weight wasn't a real issue and the graphics were unreal.
Rated 5 out of 5 by IowaGeek Love it!
The Droid Honeycomb OS is so great. Has such better features than Ipad 2 - including flash and also mini usb.
Rated 5 out of 5 by ImTheMommyThatsWhy Glad I choose the Xoom instead of the iPad2
I love my Xoom. I did a lot of research trying to decide the best tablet for them money. Before I started my research I was convinced that I would be getting and iPad but I had to research my options just in case. I ended up purchasing the Xoom (pronounced Zoom just in case you are wondering...I was curious so I looked it up on the Motorola website)and I totally do not regret it. There are four main reasons why I choose the Xoom over the iPad 2. These reasons are not in any particular order.
1. Cost: I purchased the WiFi only Xoom with the 32gig of memory for just over $500 from walmart (I was to impatient to wait for shipping so I was willing to pay a little more and have it right them). The 32Gig, Wifi only, iPad 2 from walmart was about $600. The 32gig Xoom is the same price as the 16gig iPad. I did not purchase the Xoom just because it was cheaper.
2. The Xoom has a microSD card slot. I put in a 16gig card so now I have 48gigs of memory. Do I love the was the Xoom handles the microSD, well no. It is not as user friendly as I'd like it to be but I am willing to bet that it will get better as time goes on.
3. I like Adobe Flash. I think it it cool and the iPad can't...and probably won't use Flash.
4. I prefer the Android market. I iPad market is way to proprietary for me. I agree that there are not as many apps available in the Android market as there is in the Apple market...but the Apple products (iPhone, iPod, iPad...) have been around a lot longer that the Android market. It is only natural that there would be more available. So far, there hasn't been a single thing that I've wanted to do on my Xoom that I haven't be able to find an app for. The Android market is in full speed and I don't doubt that it will surpass the Apple market very soon.
Rated 5 out of 5 by manlyrob Great Tablet!
I have to say that I’m not very good with all the tech knowledge of this kind of thing, however I have used this Xoom and would like to point out a few things. I hope what I have to say will help you make a decision for the Xoom. I did my home work before buying and was trying to make up my mind between the IPad and the Xoom. I read all the reviews and someone stated that if you are looking for a tablet that was more like a pc then the Xoom was the choice. I have not been sorry about buying the Xoom. Let me make it easy for you. It’s super fast on the web, transfers data easy, the price is half of what you will pay for an IPad, and it’s so easy to use. I just love it and you will too.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rcdone Great tablet, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is exceptional
I purchased the Xoom back in the spring of 2010 when it first went on sale. I had a 7" Android 2.2 tablet and was quite frustrated with it due to short battery life, not having access to Droid Market ( only had Getjar... very limited on Apps and no Angry Birds) and many apps not running or working correctly.Front camera was useless. It was great for surfing the net and listening to music but not much else. I wanted more so I returned it and decided to fork out more money as in general... you get what you pay for. I had to check out the Ipad2 and see if it was up to the hype. I was totally disappointed. No Adobe Flash, no external memory capabilities, no SD card slot, no HDMI slot, no USB port no external connectivity at all. Many videos I wanted to watch on Ipad2 would no play them even though they were from Ipad Apps store. I picked up the Xoom and it had it all and did it all. It ran quickly and flawlesly while checking itn out in the store. It was slightly thicker than the Ipad 2 but that's because it has external connectivity (got to have the extra room for the ports) It's really not.much bigger than Ipad2. It was a no brainer... I purchased the Xoom. It Goes with me everywhere now and in general the laptop stays home. I use it for most everything and am quite skilled with this tablet now. I've got tons of apps that I use regularly and most of which are free including the movies. I often stream the movies to my TV via HDMI and watch them free. Its a joy to have. Initially new it was not so great on battery life. Had to recharge each day. The Droid system initially sucked the battery quickly and it occasionally crashed when the Cashe exceeded 32k and I would have to manually empty the cashe but Since the springtime it has automatically upgraded to Honeycomb 3.2.1 and battery life is fantastic now. I only recharge about every 3 days. It stopped crashing when
the Cashe gets full. The upgrades work out the few little kinks. It works like a champ now. I fully reccomend it to anyone. It even now comes at a much lower price than when first released. I paid $599 back in the spring. It's now $389. Wow what a bargain. The front and rear camera works well. The videos are fantastic, and I skype and use Goggle Video chat often. I don't feel bad about the higher cost as one of the first customers. Spent an extra $40 bucks for a 32k SD card and increased the memory to 64k. An Ipad2 64k would cost you $799 and you still don't have the external connectivity or can read flash. If you go with the Xoom you will not be disappointed.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Skully7780 The tablet is awesome! Ordering and pickup EZ!
I did my homework shopping around for the best tablet for the price around $500. I am amazed at this tablet and wonder how I got along not having one. BETTER then I pad by 10x. The tablet has not left my possession since I picked it up, which was also a charm. Friendly people too. If your looking for your new tablet, this is it!
If you want a fully functional GPS get the 4g pad as it needs internet to generate directions. Other then that, there is nothing bad I can say about this tablet......
This review was entered on my tablet, sitting on the beach!
Rated 4 out of 5 by Xoomity The Xoom is an excellent Android 3.x tablet!
I did a lot of research on all the tablets running 3.x Android. While the Xoom didn't have absolutely everything I wanted (fullsize USB and fullsize HDMI), it is a fully featured device and is very well built. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thinner and less weight, but has no SD Card support or USB, except via the proprietary connector. Like other Xoom users, I am waiting for the 3.2 update to enable the SD card slot, but it will come, like the 3.1 update. The Xoom screen and system speed are excellent. The Gorilla Glass is solid and scratch resistant. The 32 GB internal memory is devoted to programs and data, so plenty of user memory, even without the SD support for the next few weeks.
I think all the negative press against Motorola has hurt them, but their device is really solid and well worth the new $499 price. Since Walmart didn't have the $499 price in the store, without ordering online first, I bought mine at Sam's for $489. Prices will probably come down a little lower too, especially if Moto introduces a Xoom 2 later this year!
For now, this is an awesome tablet! Don't worry about negative comments against Moto or the Xoom. Just remember that any tablet is going weigh similar to a hardcover book - 1.2 - 1.6 pounds. At first it feels heavy (compared to an Android phone!), but handles well.
Rated 4 out of 5 by ComputerBank Xoom needs some help
the unit is built well, it operates smoothly, however, the browser and email included with the software are poor at best. The operating system is reasonably consistant but will require some set up to get the most out of the tool. I have used most all of the other tablets and this one rates above the rest from my experience.
Rated 5 out of 5 by kc5ezs I am very happy with my Motorola xZoom Wi-Fi 32GB
I'm new to tablets and so far it has been very easy to use. . I have an iPod touch to make a comparison. I like the bigger display which make it much easier to read and the bigger on screen keyboard makes it easier to type. The apps that I am disapointed with is Skype - no video. I tested Team Viewer and am able to control my desktop from the xZoom. There seems to be lots of free apps for it. I have connected it to my TV via a HDMI cable (optional) - also looks great. So far I am pleased with the battery life. Hope I can say the same in a year or two.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Dissappointedone Not set up for US use
Not a US product upon opening the carton. Had Singapore based operating software rather than US based. The power supply had a US adapter for the plug end to be able to plug in. Looked like it belonged in UK or Europe. Returned it for a refund.
Rated 3 out of 5 by xoompilot Beware - you may not get the US Version!
I ordered this product in mid-April. When it arrived by mail I immediately noticed that it was packaged with international power adapters and a different power cord than the US model. On the back it said it was manufactured for the Singapore market. Very quickly I booted up and was able to confirm this was not the US version of the product.
This is VERY important if you want to get the latest software updates. Whereas the US version of the Xoom is already running Android's latest operating system, Ice Cream Sandwhich, the international versions of the Xoom have not yet been pushed this update and are using the old operating system, Honeycomb.
If you are purchasing this hardware because you want to run the latest and greatest software from Google (as the Xoom is the first/only tablet to get update directly from Google for now) then I would suggest purchasing elsewhere.
That being said, Walmart.com customer service and processing of the return and refund was handled very professionally with great/friendly customer service.!
And if you get a US version of the Xoom, it is a great tablet!
Rated 5 out of 5 by jckathie Love the Xoom
Does everything expected. Have an ipad and it does more than the ipad.
Rated 5 out of 5 by waukesharc Love it!!
I just purchased the Xoom yesterday after doing extensive research of various tablets. Due to price, I was aiming to purchase a tablet with 16 gb at no more than $400. More than likely a Toshiba. Then I saw Walmart had dropped the price on the Xoom (32 gb!) to $400. I could find no other tablet at 32 gb at this amazing price. So off I went and got the second to the last one they had. Set up was amazingly easy and it is hard to believe how fast this tablet is. It might even be faster than my laptop (which is under 6 months old). I love it!!!! Anyone buying this will not be disappointed.
Rated 5 out of 5 by dub531 great product instead of laptop
Was more than pleased with product. Performed above expectations. Size is a plus.
Rated 1 out of 5 by millerpro Not a USA...Its a Singapore
I must say very disappointed in Walmart sending the Singapore version...I just returned it with a full refund with no problems but, still dont have the Motorola Xoom I wanted and thought I was getting. It should be marked clearly on box. It will not update to the latest software. I spent 30 mins on chat with a Motorola rep and she said "it is almost the same as the USA version" I dont want an almost for over $400 ...I want the real thing....I hope this helps someone that is looking to buy a Xoom on the Walmart website
Rated 5 out of 5 by rew0001 One of the best deals for the money!
This is the second Motorola xoom I have owned and is an amazing tablet for the money. It has twice the memory of almost all the tablets like it for around 100.00 less.it's speakers are in a class of their own and the ability to install up to a 32 gig micro sd card gives you a 64 gig tablet for very little money. The cameras are outstanding as well with both front and rear facing cameras. only negative about the unit is the seam on the back which seems to not stay tight on the Xoom. Overall an awesome tablet and a great deal.
Rated 5 out of 5 by damnyankie Xoom better value for your money
I researched the Motorola Xoom and the I-pad and after reading reviews on both, I decided to purchase the Xoom. This is more like a computer as opposed the the smart phone feeling of the I pad. I have been totally satisfied with the Xoom and would recommend it to anyone. I feel there is too much hype over the Ipad and believe I got more bang for my buck with the Xoom. There isn't as many readily availabe assessories for the Xoom as opposed to the I pad but they are there. If you want a tablet that is more like a computer then the Xoom is what you are seeking. It being less expensive is an added bonus. That money is better in my pocket than apple's.
Rated 5 out of 5 by darbyjt I've only had the tablet a week, and I'm new to Android, so it's easy to go high on the review. It does run smoothly, and quickly. Maybe takes a bit longer to boot than I expected. I did want it for the usb interface, micro SD card and HDMI interface. I liked that versatility.
Rated 5 out of 5 by rwalloway Great Unit!
I purchased this unit after much research. I found it to be everything advertised and a bit more. A bit more weight that is. I loved the size, feel, screen, everything about it. But I have arthritis in my hands and it was too heavy to hold for long. The images on the screen were crisp and clear. Over all it is a beautiful tablet, well built, and everything I wanted except it was too heavy. I returned this unit and purchased a 7" tablet. The weight is much better and I can hold it for long periods without too much trouble. If you want a 10" tablet and don't mind the weight I would highly recommend this unit. I gave a 5 star rating because it isn't the fault of the tablet I have arthritis.
Rated 4 out of 5 by cyberlaze for me this is better than ipad
i will say this xoom tablet better than ipad because of expandability of the storage with USB port too. i can easily transfer my pictures and videos using my microSD. ipad don't have this external storage and if you need additional storage you need to by new ipad for larger capacity :(
Rated 5 out of 5 by foodiedb Awesome Tablet...crushes the ipad
Great tablet, that has better graphics, camera, and a bigger screen than the I pad. Plus it is much faster.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Williemc seems to work as expected. touch screen is a bit tacky.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cadd2002 Don't buy this piece of junk.
It isn't as good as my Evo 4G phone. My 4G phone is only a 1 GHz CPU single core and its faster. It drops the Bluetooth connections all the time to my head set to my PC and to my phone. Its is multitasking so it says but if you open a web page that say has music playing and open another tab the music stops until you go back to the original tab. Many of the web pages that my phone which is also an Android will open fine but, wont open on the xoom or if it does only partially works. They xoom did auto upgrade to 3.1 when I got it then the other day it upgraded again now the Micro SD card slot works. Many of the market apps don't work on the xoom when I try to get them they say sorry this app does not run on xoom but runs perfectly on my Evo! I will say the battery life is excellent the screen has a great picture and is nice and bright its not that heavy after having it for a few weeks of carrying it around and using it all time. All I seem to do with it is access the few web pages that work and if they don't I end up using my phone to access them. So lately I find my self just using my phone all the time and not the zoom. You cant access Netflix on it or HBOGO they both say sorry we do support Android but not the xoom. So my advice stay away from the xoom.
Rated 3 out of 5 by SleepNumber Zoom Not Ready For Prime Time
If you have an Android smartphone, like the platform, AND think it would be great on a tablet you will be disappointed. I love my Evo 4G and if all the applications on the smartphone were available on the Zoom this would be a winner. But that is not the case. The 60 or so apps that are in the Android Market for the tablet work well. But there simply are not enough apps to justify keeping it. In regards to surfing the web the Zoom is zippy clocking in at 22.0 on a 20.0 cable connection. That's faster than my quad-core I7 desktop that is wired to my router. It's also faster then my iPad 1. But that's the only good thing I could find about the Zoom. I am glad I bought it at Walmart because I can take it back. Other on-line stores will not allow a return or will charge a restock fee. I have read on-line that many Zooms are being returned. If you are thinking about a tablet just get an iPad 2 and stop trying to find the new iPad killer. It isn't out there.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Essexview Motorola Xoom Tablet
Fast processor, however for the money & limited functions, a latop with a i5 processor with Wifi & full MS Office capabilities would be a much better buy for less money. The only advantage is it is lighter in weight & you have a digitizer screen- however a good smartphone has better functions and can do more. Motorola's Atrix with a lapdock would be better. Maybe when this has real pc functions it would be a good deal.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Delawarejeff This Xoom was a gift! My daughter-in-law loves it!
She is very happy with it! Delivery from Wal-mart was right on time for her birthday!
Rated 3 out of 5 by sdm0904 xoom
I personally did not like the xoom. It works fine but i just did not care for it. Everytime i would try to choose an option if i didn't hit it just right it would take me to another site. Also it does not come with instructions on how to operate the thing. I kept mine for 10 days and then returned it for a laptop.
Rated 3 out of 5 by TOBERUA stuff it said it had they don't YET
even as far a flash goes, the camera does not work with anything but google talk does not work with skype or others