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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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Device & Specs

Comparing the devices themselves, it's very easy to see that, as the MSRPs suggest, the Motorola Xoom is far, far better in every regard to the Cruz T301. It has a better processor, better screen, newer version of the Android OS, better battery and better interface. This is an easy category to call: the Motorola Xoom is better than the T301 here.

Screen

This one is a personal preference sort of comparison, because the screens are so different. They both respond to touch well enough (though the Xoom is much more sensitive) and they have similar DPI. They both reflect a ton of light and in a really distracting manner. However, the biggest difference between the two screens is sheer size. While the Xoom has a 10.1-inch screen, the Cruz only sports an 8-inch display. You can't really fit either in your pocket, but if size is a concern to you, we felt like we should point out the difference.

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Battery

The battery of the Cruz tablet just isn't strong enough to carry it far, and it shows when compared to the Xoom; the Motorola Xoom lasts more than double the length of time the Cruz tablet does when watching video and significantly longer with eBooks. If battery longevity is important to you, stick with the Motorola Xoom.

eReader

The eReader experience isn't terribly different between the two tablets, although performance starts to be a big issue here; the Cruz tablet just isn't as sensitive as the Motorola Xoom, so it can sometimes take a few presses to get the page to turn. Also, because the processor is weaker, there are loading times in between pages of text, which is disappointing at best. If you like reading eBooks, the Motorola Xoom is a better bet, even though the Cruz does manage to struggle its way through performing this operation.

Internet

The Motorola Xoom wins this matchup as well, as its dual-core processor allows it to handle web browsing and content much more efficiently than the Cruz tablet, and consequently, you can do more with the apps found on the Android Market (the Cruz has a pared-down market to buy apps that are compatible with it).

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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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