Motorola Xoom review

The first Android 3.0 tablet arrives to challenge the iPad 2

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motorola xoom review

One of the most interesting findings with the Motorola Xoom is that, since it has so few hardware buttons, it is easier to focus almost entirely on the screen.

There's no hunting around for a home button once you get used to the fact that the icon is on the lower left (placed right where you'll find the Start button on a Windows PC).

Interestingly, we found Xoom to be quite fun to use - it has a bit more complex usability than the iPad but is easier to use than the Dell and Samsung tablets because of the improvements in Android 3.0.

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We enjoyed learning how the OS works and clicking on notification screens. They have an undeniably "space age" look, like something from Star Trek.

motorola xoom review

The physical size and slightly slippery feel meant the Xoom was just a hair less usable for daily tasks than other Android tabs. We like how the Samsung and Dell models are smaller for e-book reading on a whim. That said, the Xoom feels well-constructed and the larger screen size is a major bonus.

In fact, the overall dimensions are smaller than the first iPad but the screen is the same size.

Because Motorola offers a dock for the Xoom, charging was easy and relatively quick - we found the unit charged up in just two hours and lasted the full ten. You can't trickle-charge from a USB connection, though.

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The Xoom is nearly instant-on from a sleep state. At boot-up, you will stare at the dual-core processor logo for a few seconds before you see a honeycomb animation that lasts another few seconds. There's a cool circle where you move an icon to the edge to unlock.

As we mentioned, we prefer the smaller Dell and Samsung size for e-books, but the Xoom is actually a very good e-reader. The Google Books app includes most major titles, and books look very clean and readable in a horizontal view. In vertical mode, pages were a bit too long and harder to read.

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