Motorola Xoom review

The first Android 3.0 tablet arrives to challenge the iPad 2

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motorola xoom review

Thanks mostly to the fast Tegra 2 processor, the Motorola Xoom responds quickly and efficiently to fingers presses, swipes, and other gestures.

This is one of the most appealing features, that you can trust the touchscreen. The 24K-color display looks bright and clear, and at full brightness looks a hair brighter than the iPad.

Contrast ratio is another factor. We tested the movie Miracle at St. Anna and noticed the screen looked a bit washed out compared to the playback on the Galaxy Tab, and even more so compared to a Lenovo U260 laptop.

motorola xoom review

In terms of viewing angle, the Xoom is good but not great. In a brightly lit room, with the Xoom placed on its docking station, the screen was viewable from straight on and just to the left and right, but not nearly as visible from an angle.

The Xoom supports HDMI mirroring using a proprietary cable. Our test kit included a six-foot cable, so we had to use the Xoom right next to an HDTV. In mirrored mode, the same movie we tested look clearer thanks to the Sony 3DTV we tested on.

motorola xoom review

Like the Atrix phone, however, we preferred the way Apple does media streaming to an HDTV where you can use an Apple TV as an intermediary device, then stream whatever you want from your iPhone or iPad with no cables.

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