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. Winner: Tie 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. Winner: Xoom 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. Winner: Xoom 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. Winner: Xoom 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. Winner: Xoom 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. Winner: ??? 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.
- Screen Size10"
- Operating SystemAndroid
- Memory CapacityYes
- Resolution1280 x 800
- RAM Memory1 GB
- Assembled Product Weight1.60 lbs
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MOTOROLA XOOM has a super-powerful dual-core processor and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) -- the Android platform designed specifically for tablets. With its 10.1-inch HD widescreen display, you'll enjoy HD video in a thin, light, and powerful tablet.
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It also consists of 802.11b/g/n, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing web cam.
|Manufacturer Part Number|
Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android
|Assembled Product Weight|
NVIDIA, Zebra Technologies Corporation, ARM
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)|
9.80 x 9.80 x 0.50 Inches
I prefer Xoom over iPad 2 and here's why....
out of the box and charged up..back into the box and wraped as a gift. My wife opened it up and was off and running in about 10 mins. Her comment was, "this works just like my smart phone". Music to my ears. Motorola does it again. Plus it was a great price. All software updated on its on.
Love the Xoom
Does everything expected. Have an ipad and it does more than the ipad.
I love this product. It is amazing. It is so versatile and the battery life has really impressed me. If it were a movie I would 2 thumbs up. It arrived as scheduled and has not let me down. I highly recommend this to all that are considering it.
I liked this product because it is paired with Verizon and I was able to add this product to my unlimited Verizon data plan. I purchased this tablet as a X-Mas gift for my granddaughter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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