MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi)

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Product Description 

Redefining the tablet by providing more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive on the go, the Motorola XOOM boasts a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, and ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking. Winner of the Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the XOOM also offers support for Adobe Flash Player–enabling you to view the web without compromise. It runs Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, which offers a multi-touch, holographic user interface that improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization. It also offers the latest Google Mobile innovations, including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, access to over 3 million Google eBooks and Google Talk with video and voice chat.

The Motorola XOOM features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi via Google Talk, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera (with LED flash for stills) that captures video in 720p HD. The 10.1-inch display delivers console-like gaming performance on its 1280 x 800-pixel display, and it features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer, and adaptive lighting for new types of applications.

Other features include a 32 GB internal memory, memory expansion via optional microSD cards (with future software upgrade), 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, access to personal and corporate e-mail, HD 1080p video playback, HDMI output for connecting to a compatible HDTV or monitor, and a 3250 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Specifically optimized for devices with larger screen sizes such as tablets, the Android 3.0 platform (dubbed Honeycomb) introduces a brand new, truly virtual and “holographic” UI design. With five customizable home screens, you can easily access your favorite live widgets or application shortcuts. Each screen features a familiar launcher to access to all installed applications, as well as a Search box for universal search of apps, contacts, media files, web content, and more.

Multitasking in Android 3.0 is easier than ever, and you can use the Recent Apps list in the System Bar to see the tasks underway and quickly jump from one application context to another. You’ll even see a snapshot of the last screen viewed in that app as a visual reminder. The Android onscreen keyboard has also been redesigned to make entering text fast and accurate on larger screen sizes.

Other features in Android 3.0 Honeycomb include:

Scrollable and stacked widgets let you scroll or flick through content within the widget itself, on the home page, without opening the application.
Unobtrusive notification system displays icons for different notifications (messages, downloads, system updates, etc.) in the lower right corner. Just touch the digital time display to open the entire notification panel.
Redesigned YouTube application with a cool 3D gallery.
Android Market for Android 3.0 is your one-stop-shop for eBooks, games, and applications.

Power Accessories beyond the Charger

The Motorola XOOM has a wide range of optional accessories to expand its power and capabilities. The “smart docks” are no longer just a place to charge your device; they make Motorola XOOM a portable play and work station that fits your lifestyle. The Standard Dock can be used for watching video content or listening to music through external speakers as the device charges. The Speaker HD Dock allows you to send HD content directly to your TV or blast your tunes without attaching external speakers.

Connectivity
Ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
Onboard GPS for navigation and location services.
Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street, satellite, and three-dimensional landscape views.

All the Power of XOOM
First access to Honeycomb upgrades.
Productivity-pumping 1GHz dual-core processor
Movie rentals and downloads from Android MarketTM

Communications & Internet
Video chat on Google Talk with any other Google Talk-enabled device (smartphone, tablet, or PC).
Access to personal and corporate e-mail (including support for Exchange and push Gmail).
Desktop-like web browser (HTML5-based Android Webkit) with tabbed browsing and Chrome bookmark sync.

Design and Hardware
1 GHz dual-core processor enables web browsing at unprecedented speed and accelerated multi-tasking.
Integrated NVIDIA graphics delivers smooth, full frame-rate 1080p HD video playback
1 GB of DDR2 RAM
10.1-inch multi-touch HD display (1280 x 800 pixels; 150p per inch) with 720p video capture and pinch-to-zoom navigation.
Onscreen keyboard 

Memory
32 GB internal memory
Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB (functionality requires future software upgrade).

Camera
5-megapixel rear-facing camera for optimized resolution when capturing photos on the go. Includes dual-LED flash, auto-focus, and digital zoom.
2-megapixel front-facing web cam for video chats. Includes indicator light when used.
HD 720p video capture capabilities
Instantly upload video to sharing sites or view and edit on the fly.

Multimedia
Music player compatible with MP3 and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
Video player compatible with MPEG4 and H.264/H.263

More Features
HDMI audio/video port enables you to output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (1080p) via HDMI cable (sold separately).
Micro USB port (not for charging)
3.5mm headphone jack
Data encryption ensures the privacy and security of data on your tablet.

 Vital Statistics

The Motorola XOOM weighs 25 ounces and measures 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches. Its 3250 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 10 hours of video playback, up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing, and up to 3.3 days of MP3 playback

Customer Reviews

By Jordan G. Roselle

  • When I first got the Xoom about a week ago I turned it on and I really wasn’t blown away. I use lots of devices, and my first impression of the Xoom just wasn’t stellar. However, I could see the potential, and so I kept using it, I got some apps, I started to learn the interface and the depth of the features.
    Sometime during day 2 of using the Xoom it really hit me. The Xoom and the iPad are like chess and checkers. When you first start playing chess (or trying to use the Xoom, in my amazing analogy) you feel overwhelmed and confused. You can’t really do things smoothly, you don’t understand the options, it just is not a great first impression. On the other hand, your first game of checkers (or using the iPad) is probably going to be pretty smooth. It isn’t complex, most all the options and concepts are obvious and easy to understand and your first game is going to be pretty similar to your hundredth.However, as you start to understand the Xoom (or chess) it really starts to grow on you. You understand what you can do, how to do it, the amazing depth and possibility in the device. While the iPad (or checkers) players are still having roughly the same experience time after time, with the Xoom every day of experience with the device makes it more powerful and enjoyable to use. In the end, the Xoom becomes a much better device than any of the competition; it just takes some time for you to learn what it is capable of and how to make the most of it.As you can tell from the last three paragraphs I wasn’t exactly impressed with the Xoom to start. I wasn’t even sure it would replace my current device for most things. However, by day two I started to really “get” the device.This first happened when I needed to look over and annotate a PDF someone had sent me. I downloaded it from my email, and was able to actually put it in the Xoom memory where-ever I wanted in whatever folder I wanted. Wow, that is kind of cool, can’t do that on the competition. Next, I was able to open it in a PDF reader, using this fancy program (which I easily found on the marketplace). I went through and did what I needed (with an amazing free hand drawing tool, it was a snap!), then I jumped back over to email, attached the newly edited PDF and sent it away. Now maybe I just never tried hard enough, but I don’t think that is possible on some of the competition. That freedom to download files, do what you need, and then send them away again. On the iPad apps I have used it always requires the files to be in something like Dropbox, which is fine, except it would have made what I did impossible without using a computer.Another “WOW” moment came when I wanted to get some ebooks onto the device. Now, on my Apple products this is generally a pain, you hook the device to the computer, go open itunes, you go to a certain tab, and a certain area, and a certain feature, and if you do it all right you can drag your ebooks over to the reader. It was rather simpler on the Xoom. For the ebooks I had on my computer I just dropped them in Dropbox, then I downloaded them on the Xoom, and using the Xoom file manager I easily moved them into a new “Books” folder I made in the Documents folder. Fast, quick, and simple and done on the device, rather than on the PC.

    However, what really blew me away was when I wanted some ebooks off the web. Using the regular browser I was able to just download them directly from the internet onto the device. I then used the file manager again and simply moved them to the right folder. This really did impress me, my tablet was uncoupled from the PC, I could browse the full web, download things, and then make use of them all without ever needing to tether to my computer. I was hooked.

    With my new excitement at not requiring my computer to use my tablet I headed over to an Android App development forum. Here developers had posted lots of cool apps that were in beta or that they wanted to promote. On competing devices the only way to get an app is through the sanctioned and controlled portal, not so on Android (and thus Xoom). Using the Xoom browser I bounced around the forum, I downloaded beta apps, and then I was able to easily install them. Again, this is all on the device, and these were not approved apps, awesome.

    Another example of something that impressed me came on my third day with the device. I was using the CNN app (which is free and tablet optimized, go check it out) and I watched a video of a story that I thought was really interesting, but it was one of those that is only a teaser, and the rest is on another site. When I hit these videos on my iPad I just have to try to remember to watch them later on a computer, because they are inevitably flash based. Not so on the Xoom, I typed in the address, the flash loaded up perfectly, and I was watching the video in full screen with no trouble.

    This process of growing more comfortable with the device and learning what it could do continued over the last few days. At every turn I would find something amazing that just wasn’t possible on competing tablets. I discovered the glory of widgets (custom little desktop things to show you the weather, or news, or whatever). I found some live wallpaper (moving animated wallpaper, that can change and adapt to things, such as the weather). I just kept finding new awesome features and uses.

    One thing I want to touch on that is perhaps more technical than the rest of my review is the screen. I use my tablets to read, I started using ebooks a while back and I found tablets to work pretty well for that. I do most of my reading at night before bed, so the backlit screen is actually helpful versus a traditional reader. Anyway, one of the things that has always bothered me about the iPad as an ereader is that the pixel density (that is the number of pixels (or square blocks of color) in each inch of screen space) is very low. The iPad has somewhere around 130PPI (pixels per inch). It was so low that it really did give me noticeable eye strain to read on the device, I could see the pixels, and it really just wasn’t a great reading experience. This was so pronounced that for the last few months I had actually been doing most of my reading on a 4th generation iPod Touch. It had a smaller screen, but a higher pixel density.

    Anyway, the Xoom has a very noticeable increase in resolution and pixel density. With its higher resolution it has roughly 33% more pixels than the iPad, roughly 300,000 additional pixels. This is something you can see immediately when looking at any text. It is a lot smoother and easier to read on the Xoom. However, the other side of this is that the iPad has a different display type, that does have better viewing angles and color/contrast. In my case I don’t really care, I find the pixel density to be 1000 times more important than small color improvements or viewing angles but I feel I should mention it.

    My point in these last two paragraphs is that the Xoom is a much better device for displaying text than any of the lower resolution competition. If you are looking for a tablet to read your newspaper and books and websites on, then you definitely should give the Xoom or other higher resolution tablets a look. In my opinion the resolution on the iPad/iPad 2 just does not cut it for text.

    Welp, this is really starting to get long, so I guess I should wrap it up. I know this isn’t like the usual review you read, but I really wanted to give people an idea of the experience of using the Xoom versus just giving the facts and the breakdown and the comparisons. The Xoom is a device that improves exponentially the more you use it. After a few days of use I really can’t imagine returning to the constraints and frustrations of the competition. However, on my first day I wasn’t that impressed, so be sure to stick with it and get used to it. Now I am off to make dinner, and to accompany me I am going to take my Xoom, which is streaming live video thanks to the wonderful inclusion of flash, the competition is going to stay sitting on the shelf (probably for the foreseeable future).

    I just want to mention that I am giving the Xoom four stars because it is not perfect. As a reference after using the Xoom I would probably give the iPad / iPad 2 three stars. There are still improvements that can be made to tablets. I really feel like Android and Xoom are on the right track, but this is still not what I would call a perfect tablet, it is just the best that is available right now (for my uses).

    I hope someone finds my review helpful, feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments.

By Kmite “kmite”

  • OK so I bought the xoom despite the not so great reviews, I had gone to the Verizon store to compare the I pad 2 and xoom. The qualitity of the camera cinched it for me. I pad 2 had no flash and blurry, xoom was nice and clear. The xoom is fast, granted not as smooth as the I pad 2, but it’s not that noticable. It took time to learn my way navigating around. You can download tutorial videos from their site. I got the force closes on some apps at the beginning but I seem to get updates every other day, and no more forced closes. I’m now updated to flash 10.3. Pandora app still doesn’t work despite last update, but can’t be that upset since app was free and I have since uninstalled till maybe the next update will fix whatever is the problem. I admit I’ve not paid for a single app I’ve downloaded because I wasn’t so invested in the xoom and debated whether to return but now I’m glad I didn’t. I really use my xoom to read books, sync my email so easily that I’ve neglected my poor home computer for a while now, play some games and surf the internet. I ‘ve been happy and no problems now with any of these tasks.
    Now down to why just 3 stars. The power adapter stinks. I’ve had my xoom for over 3 weeks now and the power adapter gave out my charge does not work. I don’t know if any other xoom owners have this problem but this is a fatal flaw in my opinion. I can deal with software issues but not hardware. The power adapter shouldn’t burn out this quickly, not at the price for the xoom. I first went to Motorola live tech and was in the middle of their problem solving and got cut off, so I called. I just couldn’t stand that they read through a script, asking the same questions over and over, and in the end had to put me on hold for a while to find a solution. I had told the agent in the beginning of our session that my power adapter died and I needed a new one and thought it ridiculous that the adapter in the short time I had the xoom. I told her they needed to send me a new replacement because I wasn’t going to pay for a new one, if so I was returning the xoom. She still went through her script. In the end she gave me a one time courtesy replacement power adapter, which should get here within 6-7 business days. Agent was very courteous but difficult to sometimes understand with thick accent. Well we’ll see what happens. I asked the agent what will happen if the next one dies out and she told me I’d probably have to send in my xoom, which I’d never do, that’s why I bought the wifi version instead of 3g, though 3g version now same price as wifi version at Verizon. I didn’t want to send out my xoom.Agent stated they were aware of the problem but no news if Motorola plans to fix this problem. Sometimes I feel Motorola is not too invested in their Xoom either. They’re too busy putting out their next problem, oh I mean product. Is Motorola the next GM. GM almost went out of business too from too many sub par products and a bad business model. But thanks to a bail out from the gov’t they’re back, I don’t think Motorola falls into the same category that they’d get gov’t assistance for bad business decisions.Sent from my Motorola xoom.Update 09/07/2011

    I will never buy another motorola product again. Bought xoom at the end of April 2011 and already by Sept 2011 the xoom has to be sent to motorola because xoom freezes at boot and will not do a hard factory reset. It sits at starting at fastboot protocol support. Support at motorola couldn’t get it to reset, so now I have to send to them, may be a hardware issue. I’ve updated my 4 stars to a one because really at the price I paid, and not this lower price currently going, this should not be so hard to fix. I’ve been reading on android forums that this is not an isolated problem, others have had same problem. This is now the 2nd problem I’ve encountered with the xoom. I just bought the Apple Ipad and even though I love the way honeycomb works and not so crazy about the Ipad, at least you don’t have people sending their Ipads back to the company. Customer service support was very nice, but it doesn’t wipe out the fact that I still have to send the product back. To avoid this sending anything back to the company is why I bought the xoom wifi. I was starting to depend more on my xoom tablet and I should have known better. Very frustrating, since couldn’t back up my products because sd card doesn’t work well and pc transfer is frustrating because may freeze the xoom too. Can definitely not recommend at this stage.

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