Motorola have entered the tablet market with their Xoom. This tablet is built using the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and comes packed with high spec hardware proving to be one of the best Android performing tablet PCs. Previous Android tablets were based on Google’s mobile technology, whereas 3.0 is a version specifically designed for Tablets and the difference is immediately noticeable. Motorola are forcing their hand to produce one of the best tablet PCs around.

The first thing to notice about the Motorola Xoom is the weight and size. At 10.1 inches and 0.73 kg, this is one of the largest and heaviest tablets available. This makes recording video quite difficult as your arm soon becomes tired. That said, the 1280 x 800 resolution 160DPI WXGA display is superior to the iPad 2 and makes the picture one of the most clean and crisp available. Watching videos is so much better due to the large screen, so in some ways the larger screen can be thought of as beneficial.

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The design of the Xoom is very sleak and stylish, a solid build with durability. However, it does get dirty extremely quickly. Fingerprints are left on both the back and the front screen, so if you do buy one we would recommend a cover or expect to be cleaning it regularly.

The Xoom comes with two cameras, a 2MP at the front for video calling and a 5MP camera at the rear for taking your own photos or video. The sound quality from the inbuilt speakers is of a decent standard without being exceptional. Having the speakers on the back of the device means that you are often turning up the volume. Motorola state that the battery life is 10 hours for video playback. Typically you can expect the Xoom’s battery to last 1 – 2 days for normal usage.

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My favourite thing about the Xoom was not the aesthetics but instead the performance of this tablet. Powered by its 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, apps and media usage becomes effortless. Couple this with the internal 1GB RAM you don’t have to suffer with hanging programs or delays at all. 32GB of internal storage also allow you to save a large amount of music and movies.

best tablet pcMany Android 3.0 apps are now available on the market. Specifically designed for Honeycomb, these applications run extremely well on the Motorola Xoom. Unfortunately, in comparison to the Apple applications available, the number quality Android apps are few and far between.

Due to the large screen, gaming on the Xoom is an excellent experience, smooth high quality graphics make it extremely fun and definitely take advantage of the capabilities of this tablet. As far as games and watching video is concerned, this really is one of the best tablet PCs available.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Processor: 1GHz Tegra Dual-Core

Platform: Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Storage: Upto 32GB onboard Flash

Display: 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) HD 720p

Battery: 24.5 W-hr

Connectivity

GPS, aGPS (assisted) with Google Maps

Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR+HID

WIFI: 802.11 a,b,g,n

Headset Jack 3.5mm

Micro USB

HDMI out

Dimensions: 249.1H x 167.8W x 12.9D mm

Weight: 730grams

 

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VERDICT

Overall the Xoom is an excellent device, a surefire contender for the best tablet PC crown. It comes with a larger screen than its competition and vastly superior performance than any other tablet on the market. The Honeycomb technology really outperforms anything so far from Apple. It gets let down by the lack of decent apps in comparison to Apple, but this is expected to change in future months as more and more android devices become available. The price is very similar to the iPad 2, so really the decision you have is whether you want a tablet which performs better or would you prefer a sacrifice in performance and greater access to quality applications.