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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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Video Controls

The Motorola Xoom 's video controls are almost identical to its audio controls, using a touch interface that is responsive and allows you to scrub through your files with the touch of your finger. There aren't many video processing options, but then again, it's a tablet; asking for local dimming or the latest and greatest features is a little overkill.

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Video Management

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Video Formats

Here is one of the big draws to the Motorola Xoom for those who are looking to buy a tablet that can do everything on the go: native support for flash files. Unlike the iPad, which for a long time maintained that flash was a battery killer and therefore not in the users' best interest to have, the Motorola Xoom has support for the ever-present internet video file format after a simple update once you connect to wireless. Beyond that, the tablet has support for quite a few common formats like MPEG and AVI, but if you want to stream.mkv files from your computer, you may need to either update your software or go and find a codec for your Xoom.

Internet Video

Because the Motorola Xoom has native support for flash, allowing you to watch clips of last night's big game if you'd like. It's admittedly a battery destroyer, but we're big fans of the Xoom's support for a file format that has become ubiquitous on the internet. After all, how else are you going to show your friends the video of the cat playing a piano, or the latest sensation to hit the 'net?

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Google provides decent support for streaming content as their interface works very well, and their interface is very intuitive and responsive. There are a couple minor bugs to work out with YouTube, but other than that, internet videos work much like the way the Motorola Xoom handles normal video files on the unit itself: you can touch to scrub through a file, and where applicable, you can have the same controls on the bottom of the screen.

Video Battery Life

Needless to say, video files (especially flash videos) draw a lot of power. At about the 8 hour mark, our Xoom shut itself down after exhausting its battery. You are likely to get similar battery life, but we performed our tests with the backlight set to maximum and WiFi turned off, so 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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