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.