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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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Reading Books

This one's a bit tricky, as there are several different apps that you might use for reading books, and each have their own control scheme. It's certainly possible that you will have a handful of apps to read eBooks if you have content from the Borders eBook app, or the Amazon Kindle app, or the Barnes & Noble app... There are a bunch of apps and interfaces, but you won't be hindered by the Xoom itself in any way, it's just a pain dealing with several apps that all do the same thing, and have exclusive content. If you have a book that can only be found on one store, it won't work with the other reader apps.

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For the most part, the popular stores have similar control schemes, and more often than not you'll be able to flick your finger to turn pages much like you would an actual book. For most eBooks, you can control the size of the fonts (so long as it's a supported file type, and not a.pdf), and even the orientations of the tablet itself, allowing you to customize your reading experience.

Buying Books

Buying books is almost no different on the Android operating system than it is on the iOS in that many of the bookstores you are likely to access will make you go through their apps, so the experience really isn't all that different on the Xoom. However, due to the nature of the operating system, you will probably have to install multiple apps to get some of the content you want, which can get annoying.

In terms of ease of use, a child could easily be able to pick out a book with the touchscreen, as many times it comes down to pointing on the screen once your billing information is stored with the vendor.

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eBook Formats

Because the buying and reading of eBooks must be done with either the proprietary software or their native applications, you could theoretically support almost any format so long as it had an app in the Android Market. Consequently, this could get a little frustrating if you have several eBook reader apps scattered on your app page, but honestly that's just the nature of the beast. The other Android-based tablets deal with the same issues, and even the iPad is no stranger to this problem.

Newspapers & Magazines

Much like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which also uses the Android OS, the Motorola Xoom uses apps instead of a true market subscription service. You can download these apps from the Android Marketplace.

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eBook Battery Life

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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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