Motorola Xoom Review: The first Honeycomb tablet

Motorola Xoom

Our friends over at Verizon Wireless have lent us the Motorola Xoom to take a look at. Here is our full review.

The Motorola Xoom is the first Android Tablet to come standard with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Xoom features a 10.1-inch display which is slightly larger than the iPad 2’s display. It also features an Nvidia Tegra dual-core processor that clocks in at 1 GHz and 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. With that combination it makes for a speedy experience on the tablet. The tablet is quite powerful with a steep price tag at $799. Out of the Box the Xoom only supports the standard 3G CDMA network but has the option to upgrade to 4G LTE if you send it in to Motorola. The Xoom also features full Wireless N functionality and Bluetooth, an HDMI out interface and mini USB as well.

My first impression of the Xoom was that it felt very large and a little heavy. The tablet feels like it is constructed very well and doesn’t feel like it would be easy to break. It was a little difficult to locate the power button as it was on the back of the tablet near the camera. Honestly I would have expected it to be located on the side of the device but the only buttons there were the volume controls.

After turning the Xoom on, we were greeted by the default Honeycomb interface. The interface gives you sort of a 3D feel as you swipe through the different screens that are available for customization. The Xoom did not feature the Motorola Blur interface which is usually standard on Motorola devices. The Xoom is quite responsive with its fast processor and large amount of RAM. The Xoom has done away with the physical buttons usually present on Motorola devices and replaced them with digital versions. The first button is the back button second being the home button and the third being the multitasking button which shows you what is open and what state it is in.

Motorola Xoom Chrome

The Xoom features a back and front camera with the back featuring a 8x digital zoom, the back is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera which creates a decent picture. Taking a picture on such a large screen is quite easy but a little different as were used to doing it on such a smaller screen. The front facing camera is great for Skype and Google Talk conversations or just recording yourself. The Xoom also features the Movie Studio App which will allow you to edit and publish movies that you have created with the Xoom. Utilizing the back camera for video recording will capture it at 720p HD.

Audio on the Xoom seems pretty clear and features stereo sound un-like many other tablets which only feature one speaker.

Motorola Xoom YouTube

The Gmail application on the Xoom was really easy to use and gives you full control of your Gmail account as the application was created by Google. The YouTube app keeps with the entire 3D feeling on the device and greets you with a curved view of videos to watch. There is also a Books app which looks to be a competitor to the iBooks app available on the iPad, books are easy to read with the app nothing else special to report there.

Morotola Xoom Charge Plug

One complaint I would have with the Xoom is the way that it charges, there is a port on the bottom of the device that has little support once plugged in. The plug feels like it could break off pretty easily if handled incorrectly or not carefully. You can see what I am talking about by observing the picture above, it seems like it wasn’t thought out very well. Other than the plug I really don’t have any more complaints about the Xoom, overall it seems like a pretty solid device. Although the device supports the addition of flash, as of now there is no version available on the Xoom which doesn’t really hinder the Xoom at all. The Motorola Xoom is a great tablet and quite fun to use which makes it very competitive towards the Apple iPad, although there is only one version with a pretty steep price. I give it a solid 4.5/5 Gears

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