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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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Email

Despite only having Gmail pre-loaded onto the device at startup, the user interface for the application is outstanding. Not only is the interface really well laid-out, but most of the additional features used by Gmail work as well, including the video application.

If you're a user of another service that can be accessed via an internet browser, you should have no troubles accessing your email, though it's unlikely that your experience with it will match the native support for gmail. There also may be an app on the Android Marketplace if you are willing to search for it.

Web Browsing

The web browser doesn't look too much different than Google's flagship browser, Chrome, but it does have a different skin to fit into the whole Android image. The web browser allows for an experience much like what you'd get on a computer, except that you're browsing with your finger on the screen. The virtual keyboard is large enough that you should be able to hit each key without much difficulty, and the Motorola Xoom even supports flash, which the iPad was unable to do previously.

Web Browsing Image

Searching for websites is easy with the enlarged virtual keyboard, and clicking links shouldn't be terribly difficult, even if they can appear a bit small. Should this provide you any trouble, you can always pinch to zoom to enlarge the site so you won't hit the wrong link. The scrolling in the browser works much the same way as it does with reading.pdf documents, by flicking your finger across the screen you can scroll along the horizontal or vertical axis. Should you need to type in another language, you can always tap the keyboard button on the bottom of the virtual keyboard and select your language.

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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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