Motorola Xoom review

The first Android 3.0 tablet arrives to challenge the iPad 2

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The Xoom uses an interface that should appeal to the technically savvy user.

The iPad does not support widgets at all, and that is the main differentiator here: you can drop weather widgets, your daily schedule, a mini view of your e-mail and a clock pretty much anywhere you want. This works much more like you'd expect from a tablet. The Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak are much more limiting.


By default, the Xoom comes with a wide assortment of built-in apps including an e-mail client, browser, contacts database, calculator, scheduler, and maps.

The YouTube app is quite impressive, showing a movie theater look for the most popular videos that you can flip through from side to side. The Maps app provides a 3D view of major cities that you can swivel any which way.

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Google has added a few of their own extra apps. There's Google Talk for instant messaging, a voice search app, Latitude for sharing your location with friends, and Google Sky Map, which works better on the Xoom than any smartphone because of the larger screen size for inspecting constellations.

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The Gallery app for Android 3.0 is quite useful -- it groups photo albums automatically by source, such as Picasa Web Albums versus local shots. The slideshow viewer shows the "Ken Burns" effect that gradually zooms in.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Product FamilyXOOM
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelA9
Operating SystemAndroid 3.0 Honeycomb
Brand NameMotorola
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)708 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderNo
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height249.1 mm
Width167.8 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product ModelSM3019AW2A2
Product NameXOOM Tablet Computer
Product LineXOOM
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3019AW2A2
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationMotorola XOOM has a super powerful dual-core processor and android 3.1(honeycomb)--the android platform designed specially for tablets. With its 10.1-inch HD widescreen display, you'll enjoy HD video in a thin, light, and powerful tablet.
Maximum Memory1 GB
Package Contents
  • XOOM Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter