The Motorola XOOM has kicked off the tablet wars with its 10.1" multi-touch display, dual core processor and Android 3.0 OS. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick review the $600 device that allows users to multi-task, stream video and browse the web on a 4G connection.
What You Need To Know
- The XOOM has a very similar design to the iPad: it measures about 0.5" thick and weighs the same.
- There's a micro SD slot and a 4G SIM card slot with a free upgrade when it becomes available later this year.
- The Motorola XOOM truly does deliver an optimized tablet experience.
- The new 3D interface is really cool and it's even easier to customize than the previous version of Android.
- All the home screens are on top with all the widgets, apps and other shortcuts on the bottom, so all you have to do is drag and drop each screen.
- The XOOM also offers multi-tasking: you just tap the menu at the bottom to display the five most recent launched apps, which are running in the background.
- The touch screen was responsive enough in tapping, swiping, pinching, zooming and rotating.
- The touch screen was just as good as any other Android device we've used, though there's still a little lag when compared to an iPad.
- There are some complains that Android 3.0 isn't beginner friendly and may be too hard to learn.
- The XOOM has a dual core processor, which means it is faster than the iPad, which we saw when launching Angry Birds and most web pages.
- The tablet generally feels faster though we don't know how it compares to the new iPad 2 yet.
- Google redesigned a lot of the standard apps for Honeycomb, including the browser, which now has tabs and is basically a full version of Chrome.
- The tabs are a huge improvement over any other tablet browser we've used, especially because it can load multiple pages with veyr little lag.
- Flash support is on the way and users can pinch to zoom on web pages.
- Overall, we think the browsing experience is better than the iPad.
- The Android Market has also improved and they've added HD apps for tablets and made browsing much easier.
- The dual cameras are good: the rear camera is 5 megapixels and surprisingly good quality.
- The camera flash turns everything blue, though.
- The 2 megapixel front camera is more than adequate for video chat.
- $800 without a contract.
- $600 with a two year Verizon contract.
- 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- We realize the XOOM is pricey but the hardware is awesome. This is the first tablet that actually competes with the iPad and in some ways, beats it.
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