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Motorola Xoom Tablet Review

The Android answer to Apple, it does everything the iPad can do, but without iOS.

May 23, 2011
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Conclusion

Performance

It's hard to outperform the Motorola Xoom, as it's very clear that the tablet continues the trend of Android devices trying to overpower their iOS counterparts. The dual-core processor lets the tablet keep up with the demands of the user, and the possibilities with the tablet are endless.

Screen Performance

If you can pick out a weak point in the Motorola Xoom 's design, the screen would be it. While the resolution, color gamut and contrast are fairly good, the reflectiveness and the somewhat weak peak brightness will make use of the Motorola Xoom outdoors a frustrating experience. Still, it should be fine if you keep the tablet indoors, where the light isn't as harsh or bright.

Battery Life

Surprisingly enough, the battery life isn't too bad with the Motorola Xoom, as it can play video and read eBooks for over 8 hours at a time even with the backlight cranked up to maximum, and it can also play audio files for over 24 hours straight (mind you, the tablet will turn the screen off if you listen for extended periods of time. It will never rival the battery life of an eReader with an eInk screen, but as far as LCD-screened tablets go, the Xoom does fairly well.

Ereader:

The eReader function of the Motorola Xoom is essentially whatever the stores like Amazon and Borders made it to be, so it's hard to knock Motorola for any shortcomings here. Still, the experience is a great one, with intuitive controls and a bright, legible screen that will satisfy just about anyone who requires picture quality from their tablet.

Audio & Video:

The Motorola Xoom loses a little bit of ground to the iPad here, as its music management system, while pretty, isn't nearly as functional as the iTunes media program. Still, playing movies and music is an easy task, and it has the battery life to keep it up for long periods of time. You should have no problems with this device on a long bus ride or a commute in a carpool.

Email & Web Browsing:

Another area in which the Motorola Xoom really shines is the email and web browsing that have been pre-loaded into the tablet itself. The user interface and input methods are crazily thorough and intuitive, and many of the problems reported with the iOS devices like keyboard size and interface issues are not a problem for the Motorola Xoom, and on top of that, it even supports flash (where the iPad does not).

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet T301 Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle DX Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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