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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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Screen

Much like the iPad 2, the Motorola Xoom employs a backlit LCD screen that comes with all of the advantages and disadvantages of that specific technology. Namely, it is extremely reflective, and easily washed out by the sun or bright light. Its 720p resolution will give you incredible detail, and touch-sensitive controls will allow you to make full use of a litany of apps and virtual keyboard.

Because the UI is touch-based, all of your interaction with the Xoom will be conducted through the screen itself. While it's a great system to have, be mindful that fingerprints will be a big problem for you if that sort of thing drives you up the wall. There really isn't much you can do to avoid this, lest you pay no mind to looking silly with specialized gloves. After all that, the screen is very responsive to touch, and you won't have to press down hard like you do with other, cheaper tablets.

Front Image

Indoor & Outdoor Use

Chances are good that you're going to be bringing your Xoom out into the world, so we must warn you that like so many other LCD devices we've reviewed here, there is a good chance that the image displayed on the Xoom's screen will get washed out in direct sunlight, as well as showing a distracting reflection. Some screens make small efforts to reduce glare and reflectivity, but so far the LCD screened tablets don't do very well in this regard, but your mileage may vary.

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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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