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The Motorola Xoom is a tablet PC, promoted by Motorola as the first to have Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and a dual-core processor.

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Pros

first device with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)

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rear 5MP camera with dual-LED flash, digital zoom & HD video recording (720p & 1080p)

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Corning Gorilla Glass, extremely tough & scratch-resistant

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HDMI graphics output, without dongles or adaptors (1080p, mini-HDMI)

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WiFi 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

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2MP front-facing camera for video-conferencing

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1GB RAM

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Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer

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full Adobe Flash 10.1 enabled web-browsing & video playback

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3.5mm headphone jack

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Bluetooth 2.1 & EDR

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multiple docks available (optional)

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expandable memory via microSD/microSDHC (32GB memory built-in)

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dual-core Nvidia Tegra CPU @1GHz

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GPS, A-GPS, and integrated Google Maps Navigation for turn-by-turn directions

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fully upgradeable to 4G WWAN

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extremely fast web browser

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notifications are handled well

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multitasking is handled very well

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Cons

heavy - more weighty than the iPad at 1.6 pounds (730g)

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high price point

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Flash not supported out of the box (not yet supported)

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LCD screen technology - poor for e-reader use case

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no normal-size USB port without docking station (but there's a micro-USB)

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lose track of orientation easily since there's no buttons on the front

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The Motorola Xoom is a tablet PC, promoted by Motorola as the first to have Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and a dual-core processor (each core runs at 1GHz). The Xoom is equipped with 3G capability, and is upgradeable to 4G. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization and features the latest Google Mobile innovations. The Xoom gives you instant access to Google Maps (with 3D interaction), as well as the millions of books that are in Google eBooks. The 10.1 inch display of this tablet PC is widescreen HD, with a 1280x800 resolution. On a single charge, the Xoom offers up to ten hours of video playback. Video is played in 1080p, and with the 2MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear-facing camera you can capture video in 720p, as well as hold video chats over WiFi. The Xoom's HDMI output allows you to display content on larger HD screens. Adobe Flash Player helps to make video and web content run smoothly. The Motorola Xoom tablet PC runs on the Verizon network.

Features
  • 10.1" widescreen HD display (1280x800 resolution)
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • Dual-core processor
  • Verizon network
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear-facing camera (w/ dual LED flash)
  • 32GB on-board user memory
  • SD card support
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 720p video capture
  • 1080p video playback/streaming
  • Audio playback capable
  • 3G (4G LTE upgradeable)
  • 802.11n personal hotspot
  • 3.5mm jack
  • USB 2.0
  • Corporate Sync
  • WiFi 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
  • Up to 10 hours of video playback on a battery charge
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor (1GHz per core)
  • Weight: 730g
Post Review
Omar
01/11/2011 03:15

Ok... this thing is pretty damn amazing. It seems to be very well deserving of the CES accolades it's gathering. From a hardware feature perspective it seems to have pretty much everything a person could want in a tablet in 2011. And on top of all of that, it has good battery life to boot. That $399 price is definitely a placeholder, and I've seen estimates go up to as high as $900+!

It's really going to come down to the price. If they can get it to under $500 they'll have a major win on their hands. I see myself as a pretty big tablet person and I wouldn't pay more than $600+tax for a device. So we'll have to see what Motorola does.

Dom

Dom

01/11/2011 06:47

Considering what you're getting, and comparing it to the current iPad and its price, $900 would actually be justified - though I hope it won't be that much anyway. I guess the iPad is going to get refreshed in about 3/4 months, which will then put some pressure on that Xoom price.

Omar

Omar

01/11/2011 08:30

Whether it's justified or not is a little besides the point. I think tablets are one of those things that have a price "ceiling" where the mainstream won't buy them no matter what features they include. Fundamentally they're a media consumption device and therefore difficult for people to justify paying a very high price.

If Motorola prices this thing at $700+ then they're obviously not going after the mainstream. The evidence that they recognize that is they're expecting to sell only 800K units in the quarter. For a device that is this good, the only thing holding it back from a few million in sales is the price.

Dom

Dom

01/13/2011 09:57

I agree!

Dom
01/11/2011 01:33

does anyone know if the Motorola Xoom has regular USB port(s) built-in, or if it has stupid dongles like the iPad?

Erik

Erik

01/14/2011 07:36

Micro-USB. You answered your own question in the Cons. :) (Didn't want to leave anyone in the dark)

Dom

Dom

01/14/2011 08:33

oh yeah, i started digging around for it when nobody replied.... thanks :-)

Dom

Dom

01/14/2011 08:37

Actually, i'm not sure if that's an uplink port. I've never seen a micro-USB uplink port, have you?

Anonymous

Anonymous

02/20/2011 03:49

uh... ya!

Dom

Dom

03/10/2011 06:29

Ahhh, so some folks were able to enable the host mode for the USB port (AndroidCentral).
But I was really hoping this functionality would come out-of-the-box. Not impossible or unimaginable that Moto will add this later through a normal update.

But that's the problem I have with all the current tablets: They're not designed to be independent, powerful computers. The iPad, for instance, has to tether to iTunes on a PC for syncing and s/w updates, and no interfaces (unless you want to juggle dongles). The Xoom one has an accessible USB port, but still acts like a "big phone". It'll take another two years before this form factor becomes actually useful.

Omar

Omar

03/11/2011 12:29

Not sure why connecting to your computer is a big deal. Everybody already has a PC or laptop, and a tablet definitely can't and isn't meant to replace a computer. Honestly, I haven't connected my iPad to my laptop in 3 months and that was just to get the latest firmware.

You have to think of it like this. PCs :: Tablets == Ovens :: Microwaves

Microwaves didn't make ovens obsolete and take over their functions, instead when you get a microwave it introduces new ways of cooking that were otherwise unavailable. The tablet doesn't replace things, it opens up new avenues of experiencing them.

Dom

Dom

03/11/2011 06:03

A tablet and a PC are fundamentally the same thing, with the difference that tablets require finger-based touch input and feature mobility like a netbook. None of the hardware is based on a different set of physical laws to make it work, in contrast to your microwave oven example. There is nothing in a tablet that has been reinvented, from the CPU physical process manufacturing to processor architectures, memory and interface technologies. All modem and wireless technologies are fundamentally the same. Not even the touchscreens or cases are really new, as they are simply extrapolations from the smartphone world.

One the software level there are some new aspects, yes. But in the world of software, you can pretty much do anything you want. You don't have to limit the tablet to PC tethering for s/w updates or reserve the USB for slave mode, etc. It's not like it were impossible to let the tablet break free from its chains right now, and that's annoying. It will take another few years for the tablet designers to wrap their heads around what can be done with them. Until then, I'm not interested (at the price point of $500 to $800).

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