Motorola Xoom review

The first Android 3.0 tablet arrives to challenge the iPad 2

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The Motorola Xoom is the first Android 3.0 tablet to hit the market

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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.

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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.

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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.

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