With so many different tablet computers available to buy, it can be very confusing to know exactly which one you should choose. The Motorola Xoom is a very capable little tablet computer which has been designed to take the iPad on. Some even deemed it the iPad killer bu that has yet to be seen. Before you decide which tablet computer to buy though, you should take a look at the specs and the benefits of using the Xoom.
- 1 GHz NVIDIA TEGRA II Processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB – 32 GB Storage Space
- 10.1” Display
- Wifi and Bluetooth Connectivity
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- 5 Mega Pixel Rear Camera
- 2 Mega Pixel Front Camera
The Xoom was the first readily available tablet which ran Android 3.0 out of the box. Android 3 – Also known as Honeycomb – is designed specifically for tablets. This means that it has a much better user interface than the older versions of Android when used on a tablet computer. Android 3.0 has dual pane apps which is perfect for a device with a larger screen. There is also an improved keyboard and copy and paste function.
The display of the Xoom is excellent. The panel is brighter, sharper and better quality than the iPad. The only problem with the display is that it has poor viewing angles and will also get smudged quickly because of fingerprints.
The Xoom is a good looking tablet as it has a minimalistic design. The front doesn’t have any buttons. The power button has been put on the back of the device to keep the front nice and clean. The Xoom has a very good build quality and is slightly smaller than the iPad. Even so the Xoom is slightly heavier.
The Xoom features a standard micro USB connector which can be used to connect the tablet to a computer. However, it is not possible to use this to charge with. Charging can only be done by using the proprietary charger which came with the tablet. This means that replacement chargers are a little more difficult to find than some other tablets.
The Xoom supports Bluetooth and Wifi connections. This means that you can connect to the internet at home using your Wireless network without needing to worry about wires.
There is also the microUSB port on the bottom of the device for connection to a computer. Next to this there is a mini HDMI port which allows connection to a television or projector.
The experience of browsing the internet on the Motorola Xoom is much better than on the iPad. This is because the stock browser supports the use of tabs which is one of the best advancements web browsers have ever made. Out of the box the Xoom does not support flash, however it is possible to download Flash 10.2 for it when you have done setting it up.
The email apps have been redesigned in Android 3 to be dual pane. This makes much better use of the larger screen and is perfect for a tablet.
The battery life of mobile devices like tablets is very important. The Xoom should last for 8 hours on a single charge. This isn’t much under the quoted 8:21 for the original iPad.
The Xoom is a very nice Android 3.0 tablet which features a high quality front facing camera. This makes it possible to have high quality video chats. The widgets included in Android 3.0 are also very good, as are the redesigned Google apps. This is a solid contender and when 4G versions of the tablet are released then it may become even more popular.