Motorola Xoom review

The first Android 3.0 tablet arrives to challenge the iPad 2

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As we mentioned at the outset, one major strength of the Xoom is flexibility with media. We ripped several unprotected DVD discs, including some band concerts, and saved the files as MPEG4 videos.

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When you connect the Xoom to a PC, you see folders with logical names, like movies and music. The concert films played back in high-quality 1080p video on the device without any stuttering.

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You can also play H.263 and H.264 video files, and the Xoom doesn't care where the videos come from -- we copied videos we recorded using a Sony camcorder, ripped on a Mac using Handbrake, and downloaded over Torrent feeds and they all played smoothly and accurately.

We had similar success with music files. The Xoom supports AAC and MP3 files, plus a few other less common formats. Importantly, playing very high quality MP3 tracks worked smoothly. Once again, the faster dual-core processor helps keep audio files clear.

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The generic music app included with the Xoom is functional if a bit limited. You can scan through album covers quickly, but there is no built-in media store -- to buy albums, you have to switch over to the Amazon MP3 app. We imagine Android 3.0 apps for music playback, will make their way onto the Android Market soon.

Speakers on the back of the Xoom sounded loud and without the typical distortion of other tablets. We wish they were just a bit more powerful because the Xoom could have worked well as a kitchen-counter music player. We're sure there'll be plenty of peripherals for that, though.

The TFT LCD screen is similar to those used for laptops. At 1280x800 pixels, the screen is actually higher-res than the Apple iPad, which uses an in-plane switching (IPS) display that's better for wide viewing angles but is only 1024x768 pixels.

Of course, the one major mark against the Xoom is that there is no way to rent or buy TV shows and movies on the device. At least the Galaxy Tab has the Movie Hub app, which works pretty well.

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Unfortunately, the Xoom does not yet support Flash content in the browser, which means sites like do not work for watching videos. Unlike the Atrix phone, the Xoom also does not support DLNA streaming from a computer.

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