Motorola - XOOM 10.1" 32 GB Tablet - Wi-Fi - NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 1 GHz - Titanium
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- Processor BrandNVIDIA
- Battery TypeLithium-ion
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR2 SDRAM
- Internal Storage TypeFlash
- Storage Capacity32GB
- SD Card SlotYes
- Front Facing WebcamYes
- Front Facing Webcam Pixels0.3MP
- Digital CameraYes
- Digital Camera Pixels3.0MP
- Wi-Fi Built InYes
- Battery LifeUp to 10Hour
- HDMI OutputYes
- Drive Capacity32GB
- Headphone JackYes
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Operating System PlatformAndroid
Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 113 reviews(113 Reviews)
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
iPad Vs XoomPosted .
I bought the first iPad and now the iPad2 and last but not least, the XOOM, so to say I've had experience in all three, would be putting it mildly. As with everything in life, one has certain things other similar models don't and vice versa. That's one of the pains of everything. It would be nice if they'd build one thing with all of the best in it, but I'll not hold my breath waiting for that to happen. As for the Xoom, I do like the screen size, which is slightly larger in length (about an inch) but slightly shorter than the iPad by a half inch. So all in all, the XOOM has a larger screen. Another great thing about the XOOM is, it is very fast at all executions. Opening, closing, going from one app to the next, all nice. One of, if not "the" best feature on it, it has a BACK ARROW so we can undo mistakes or return to where we've been. That is a HUGE plus and something Apple doesn't have. Apple has what they call "multi-tasking" which requires one to push the home button to go to another app, having left the first app opened. This isn't actually making the first app opened or available without having to again click in two different locations, thus, it's like opening the first app from scratch. With the Xoom, you have to close the first app and open the second but it is much faster doing this, than Apples multi-tasking and basically the same thing. I prefer the Xoom method of going from app to app. One of the greatest features of the XOOM, as I mentioned in another post, is the Xoom's ability to be a STAND-ALONE GPS. I learned on this on the web site page http://www.beststylus.com/camaro.html - you can copy and paste into your browser, as it shows several photos of the Xoom and how cool the XOOM case is as well. (and a really cool Camaro), telling that the XOOM has a built in stand-along GPS so you can use it on flight mode, which you cannot do with the iPads. This naturally saves on monthly air time with both Verizon of AT&T. One downfall of the Xoom is, it is hard to learn its operation having an Android OS opposed to Apples easy to operate system. Apply by far has better apps also, so it is really a hard decision.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Almost Great, but at least Very GoodPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Buyers of a high tech gadget should do as much research as possible before investing money into said gadget. Case in point - the Motorola Xoom was released w/o Flash and w/o micro-SD functioning, but both will be available after software updates. I don't really care for 4G since I'm usually around a wi-fi connection, but if that's something you want, you should know that you will have to send the Xoom to Motorola for them to upgrade it. It's supposedly free (except shipping) and takes only a week. We'll see if that holds true. The Xoom is very sleek and has a nice feel to it when holding it. Honeycomb is very responsive so far. The fact that it's so customizable is nice compared to the current iPad. iPad 2 is around the corner, so we'll see how they stack up. Getting the Xoom set up was a snap. If you're familiar with Android, then almost everything will be familiar. If you're new to Android, this is a good platform to experience it on. There are five home screens. Plenty of space to arrange your apps and widgets. Using the voice search on Android is second to none. Very accurate. Don't let the fact that there isn't a Netflix app on Android yet deter you. Netflix is working on it. There's another app that you can use to access your Netflix or Hulu Plus account called Playon - www.playon.tv. It can also stream other files from your computer to the device. It requires Flash to work. I have it on my Android phone and it's awesome. There are a couple of requirements, including a subscription fee, but you can look it up. Picture quality with the camera is on pretty decent. The camera has some customizable settings on it. Recording video in 720p is also pretty good, but holding it like a normal point and shoot camera might take a little getting used to at first due to its size. The built-in movie editor is bare-bones, so don't expect too much from it. The sound is fine with me, but some people don't like that the speakers are on the back. I'm not a fan of the volume buttons. They're too small and when you have the Xoom in the case from Motorola, they're not easily accessible. The power button is on the back, which takes some getting used to, but isn't horrible. Despite Honeycomb being very polished and smooth, there are a couple of hiccups. I did have a couple of crashes. It's happened when using the Android Market. Sometimes videos on Youtube will require you to tap the video again to get it to work. Speaking of the Android Market...there are only 16 apps/games for the tablet. Yep, 16. There are a couple of games pre-installed on the Xoom, which are okay. Nothing to email the folks about, but I guess Motorola had to put something on there to somewhat showoff the Xoom's possible capabilities. The regular android apps can work, but some of them will be distorted on a larger screen. Oh, and for those of you who saw the previews of the Xoom which include the Google Body app and a couple of other apps... They're not installed on these Xooms. Overall, I like the open OS and its customization. The hardware specs make the Xoom appear to be a fearsome beast to be reckoned with, but being rushed out and not fully ready makes it more like a hibernating bear. I'm sure once more apps are released that can take advantage of the hardware, once the bugs are fixed, and once Flash and micro-SD are finally usable, then it will be a fearsome tablet to hold. But right now, for $800+tax, only the die-hard tech-heads or those with money to spend will snag it up right now. But just remember what you're getting out of the box and don't complain or gripe about it if you haven't done your research. As it is now, I still like it better than the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Brand response from BestBuy.Com Customer CarePosted .
A free software update from Motorola has been pushed to all current XOOM tablets which includes enhancements for Adobe Flash Player support. This firmware upgrade also includes an update for daylight saving time. Adobe Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download on XOOM beginning 3/18. You can receive this update over a 3G or a Wi-Fi connection. Motorola XOOM users can expect smooth playback of high-def video content, uncompromised web browsing and viewing of web pages, an enhanced Flash gaming experience, and more. There is no charge for this update other than data connection charges. Thank you for your feedback!
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Sign of things to come!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Packaging: Weak. In comparison to how Apple packages their products...I felt the packaging was terrible. I would have liked more information about the video playback functionality (codec's etc) Obviously I can get on the web and did. For such i "high end" tech device I expected better presentation when opening the box. Un-boxing: The device was well protected in plastic. Labels highlighted where all the Honeycomb touch screen buttons were located. Small leaflets about warranty information and basic tablet functionality were found inside as well as 1 x micro usb cable and 1 x power cable. I wish the power cable was a 2 piece like all the new phones, Now having to go back to carrying 2 separate car chargers, annoying. Power - up: I went with the 3g service ( 1gb 20$ ). As such, when you boot the device it will prompt you to activate on Verizon's network. The whole process to the home screen took less than 5 minutes. You are greeted with the trademark Motorola M with Dual Core technology below as part of the boot screen. This is followed by a nifty "honeycomb" 3D design as the device booted. Cool. The size and feel of the device were that of quality. Motoogle definitely intended on this device to be held landscape...and I love that choice. The tablet interface flows well once you learn how to properly navigate the device (which I am a droid user and took me less than a 1/2 hour to feel comfortable). After an update to my apps (marketplace specifically) the device felt very well done. Yes. Micro SD does NOT work out of the box. Yes. You will have to send it in for 4g upgrades later. Even without those two setbacks the device is excellent. I found myself looking at books to download, games to try and apps to browse. Keep in mind that there are less than 20 apps for honeycomb at the moment. There are plenty of staple apps that still function on the tablet, however some do crash (or not work at all) and the rest are banished to a small footprint on the large screen. Overall, I am impressed. Its shiny black sleek exoskeleton houses some very impressive specs. The dual core tegra processor tears through multi-tasking (games - music - web browsing - and more) with ease. The front (2mp) camera was adequate and the rear facing (5mp) works well. The speakers are loud and crisp. (rear facing - I feel a couple up front would have been better) The 3g service works well. The browser seems to pull data over 3g more efficiently. Page loads were snappy. Limitations are still found when watching Youtube videos and downloads from the marketplace (gunbro's and reckless racing etc) . But there are many wifi areas where you can tap in for free. (which is why I only did the 20$ data plan for 1g) I want badly to give this device 5 stars, but I cannot until the market matures a bit and I see how quickly Motorola upgrades the 4g and activates the Micro slot. If this goes seamlessly, 5 starts are in order. If you are in the market for a portable device to get web content, books, music, movies etc. This is it.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Xoom Owner ReviewPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am one of only 5 people who got the Xoom at my Best Buy location on the day it came out and this is my first review of a product on Bestbuy.com ever. I now have a total of 1 full week of hands-on experience to review the product honestly. Pros: Quick and snappy OS (3.0 Honeycomb is well polished), bootup is quick, sleep to awake is VERY fast, tablet creates no recognizable heat, screen resolution is beautiful, refresh rate appears very smooth, no lag or noticeable hesitation on moving from program to program or screen to screen, camera and video are better than I expected and very smooth, tablet is easy to hold and has rubberized back to avoid slipping from your hand or surface, battery life impressed me as yesterday I browsed internet and YouTube, played high definition games for hours on end (approx. 4) before it was even at 50% capacity, tablet is relatively incognito when just sitting around and appears to be just some paper binder that nobody would be interested in (I like this for security reasons), most Android Market apps work on the tablet and some have been optimized for tablets already, Google Maps for Honeycomb is awesome, it has yet to crash and I've been working it hard, free upgrade to 4GLTE when available from Verizon. Cons: slightly heavy, sometimes the screen becomes unresponsive but to fix you just sleep and awaken the device and it's immediately fixed, which seems to be one bug that could easily be worked out quickly in subsequent updates, the recharging port is not in the optimal position IMO and the male end of the power adapter is so tiny that it looks like if you bumped the cord sideways it would snap off, lack of tablet-optimized apps at launch, lack of Flash at launch, some Android apps work on the tablet but don't display correctly causing them to be unusable, lack of a good free Google Docs app which directly interfaces the Google Docs that you have saved on your iGoogle page, lack of accessories. I purchased the Folio case and it's excellent except for one problem: the location of the recharge port in relation to the case. It is impossible to charge the tablet while it's completely enclosed in the folio case. To remedy this, I carved my own 3mm round hole in the folio cover with an exacto knife. I don't recommend this to the lay user, but it did work for me and now I can charge the Xoom while it's totally protected in the case. I think the Xoom is a better device by quite a bit over the iPad and I honestly believe that the iPad2 will just come up to speed with the capabilities of the Xoom. I am NOT an iPad or Apple hater, but I felt that Google/Moto/Verizon juggernaut alliance was the way to go and I wasn't at all disappointed. I feel like the Honeycomb OS makes the device the best one on the market right now. I know that Samsung, among others, will be releasing Honeycomb tablets soon so it remains to be seen which tablet will be the best by years end.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Best Tablet Out Right NowPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have spent much time playing with all of the major tablets out there while in the process of developing some apps on the Android and the iOS platforms. I have owned the Xoom since the morning of its release, and in addition own the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the iPad (1st Gen), & a.so the iPad 2. I do love the iPad and feel that iOS is very smooth and "feels nice" at first use. Other than that it is very limited. You can use ithoe Apple wants you to use it and that's it. The thing is that most people who are into Apple are ok with that, they dont necessarily need or want more until Apple tells them they do. I still think the Android platform is for a different type of user, one who is more technically sophisticated. I agree that there are some things on the Xoom that could have been added to make it better, but when you look at the Galaxy Tab you realize they did come a long way. I do not think the Galaxy could even be compared to the iPad, but in my humble opinion the Xoom beats it. This Xoom is the 1st tablet of its type, the first iPad didn't even have a camera. It also didn't include a number of basic apps and features, some that were included on the iPhone and even iPod touch. And now with the iPad 2 it has become pretty obvious to me that all they did was make it thinner and with a camera. I understand the faster processor and all the other improvements but the majority of Apple users seem to not care about those types of features. And I also know about the supposed battery life of 10 hours but everyone should read about how that was tested for, with a few major features turned off that would normally be on. Realistically I do not feel that the battery should be a deciding factor when they are all close enough to each other and there are very few of us that actually need to use 100% of the battery between charges. All in all I would say that the I pad 2 was a disappointment after owning an iPad already, I do not see anything great that is causing hordes of people to spend their days looking for one and over paying every chance they get. A major thing to me is also the inability to actually "end" an app when I want to on the iPad, having a task manager in Android is such a great thing. Basically I feel that it boils down to whether or not you want to have the ability to use your tablet as you wish (Xoom) or if you want to have the " recommended experiences based on default settings" (iPad). I use all of these tablets on a daily basis but when I choose one for personal use it is the Xoom. I definitely agree that a lot could be done to make it better, but that hold true for everything in the world. I am rating this on what exists today and not what I can imagine as the perfect product, in that regard it is the best,but i still hope Motorola and Google will tackle some of the bigger issues to be worked on as have been discussed enough in other reviews here. Also, would be nice if Apple took notice of what people want once in a while. I think that if you could cross the Xoom and the iPad then you would have the perfect tablet, but I feel more would be taken from the Xoom than the iPad.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
XOOM is priced correctly compared to tablet marketPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
A lot of people have been complaining about the $800 dollar cost of the XOOM. They say that Motorola should price the XOOM in the $500-600 dollar range so they can be cheaper than the comparative Ipad. This probably won't happen because Motorola has a superior product and they know it. They don't want to be a cheaper, value option to the Ipad. They want to go toe-toe with them because they believe the XOOM is a better device than the Ipad. I heard a lot of people say, "Why should I pay this much for a XOOM when I can get an Ipad for the same price or cheaper". Well, the answer to that question is because judging by what I have seen so far, the XOOM will be light-years ahead of the Ipad and unless Apple does an overhaul to their very vanilla iOS, the XOOM will be better than Ipad 2 as well. Motorola doesn't want to be fed table scraps from Apple's table. If Motorola dropped their price from $800 to $600 or came out the gate at $600 dollars, they would be viewed as a cheap Ipad alternative. Motorola would not be able to build that same brand loyalty if they started wavering on the price. Part of Apple's success is the fact that they set a price and stick by that price. Because of this arrogance, people actually started believing that the products were superior because they were more expensive. A lot of Apple consumers like to feel superior to others by owning a high end device with a high end price tag. Today, Apple users are paying a premium for the Apple logo even if the device itself is inferior. Motorola feels that the XOOM has what it takes to have that same kind of allegiance (I know that sucks for us consumers). I guess time will tell. I plan on buying a XOOM myself. I would pick a XOOM over any of the current Ipads (and probably over Ipad 2 also). I'm not rich by any means, so $800 dollars is a lot of money for me. Do I think that tablets in general are overpriced? Hell yes! But I also think that gas, cars, TV's and a college education are generally too expensive. But based on the market, the XOOM is priced right on the money. Now I don't advocate for anyone to spend money that they can't afford on a device. If $800 dollars is too steep, please don't buy it. In this economy we can't be doing stuff like that. Get a $500 Ipad instead. But just know that you can't compare the XOOM price head-to-head with a $500 or $600 (or any of them really) Ipad because we are talking apples and oranges. Ok, I'll get off of my soap box now!
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great tablet, keeps getting better!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought the original 64gb 3g iPad last year when it was released. I really liked the iPad a lot, but hated dealing with iTunes. Having a Droid X phone, I was very famiiar with the Android OS as well. When I heard about the Xoom, I was very excited that I could get a device with all the functionality of the iPad but none of the iPad's restrictions. After owning the iPad for ten months, I sold my iPad for close to what I paid for it, and bought the Xoom. Since so many people are familiar with the iPad, and I used to own one myself, a lot of my comparisons will be of the Xoom to the iPad. First off, I will gladly admit that the Xoom is not as "polished" as the "iPad" is now. The Xoom still has some growing pains, but Apple has a couple advantages. They have been making IOS devices for a long time, and they maintain total control over what you are allowed to install on their devices. Now, enough a t's talk about the Xoom. The first thing you will notice about the Xoom when you pick it up is that it is not a toy. It is quite substantial, and the build quality is superb. It really looks like Motorola took some design queues from Apple when they made the Xoom. Looks can be deceiving though. While the Xoom looks similar to the iPad, the actual design is very different. Fortunately for Xoom owners, this difference makes the Xoom much easier to disassemble and repair. The Xoom weighs about the same as the original iPad (slightly more than the iPad 2). Since the Xoom has a 16:10 display instead of the iPad's 4:3 display, the unit is longer and narrower than the iPad. The screen is not as bright as the iPad's screen, but the responsiveness is the same. The cameras on the Xoom (5mp on the back and 2mp on the front) are much better than the two VGA cameras on the iPad 2. The ability to customize the Xoom with live wallpapers and widgets is another huge improvement over IOS. Many of the features of the Xoom are very comparable to the iPad 2. The deciding factor for me was the fact that Apple forces I pad owners to use iTunes with the iPad. Of course the iPad has an advantage in that there are many more apps available for the iPad. For me, this was not an issue. I found that I only used a couple apps, and the rest of my time was spent using the browser and email clients. Hopefully this review helps those who are on the fence about which tablet to buy. I have had the Xoom for two weeks, and I have enjoyed every minute spent with it. The original iPad had its issues when I purchased it a year ago, not unlike the Xoom has now. Most were resolved by updates in apps or the release of IOS 4. Likewise, the Xoom will continue to get better.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Everything I need in a tabletPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I walked in "just to look" at the new Motorola Xoom last night. I walked out with a Xoom, a case, and a dock. I've bought and returned 4 different tablets over the last year: an iPad, a Nook Color, the Viewsonic slate, and the Galaxy Tab. This is the first one that really feels like a *computer*, rather than a scaled up phone, and I like it. The iPad was locked in to the iTunes ecosystem (lousy for writers), the Viewsonic had a horrible custom UI and no Android Market support, the Nook had no app support (and it was horribly slow), and the Galaxy Tab was still a bit too slow, and using a phone OS on a 7" screen feels awkward. Honeycomb is the first tablet OS that really feels like a desktop OS but still has that finger friendly feel that Android and iOS were designed for. It's hard to point to any one thing and say "this is what makes it different," but there are some things: * more icons on the desktop: icons now sit on an 8x8 grid. The desktop is also smoother and easier to use. * animations and motion are SOO much smoother. It can't all be CPU power; I guess there's some GPU acceleration going on that wasn't in the older machines. * the new notification/menu bar at the bottom gives a similar feel to Windows and MacOS with the task bar/tray at the bottom. I'd like to see active tasks show up on the unused space on the bottom bar; there's a lot of empty room down there. I'm sure I'm not the only person who thinks that, so I imagine we'll see an app for that sooner or later. Now to address various rumors: The unit comes with a plastic slug in the LTE SIM slot and the Micro-SD slot. They both tell the user to replace with the right kind of card after the respective upgrade. * LTE Upgrade: The box includes a card with a link to www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4glteupgrade . Going to the site doesn't give any real information, but it does give me the opportunity to enter my name and e-mail address. * Micro-SD storage: The tablet comes with 32GB of storage on board. This is shared between internal and SD storage. The physical SD port on the tablet is NOT ENABLED. I tried plugging a card in, and no extra folders show up in the root directory. * Mobile Hotspot is included, and it seems to work without an extra charge. In fact, I'm posting this using the Mobile Hotspot feature right now. (You can also tether via USB or Bluetooth) * Voice and video chat with Google Talk. Yup. VIDEO chat to any computer. Built in. If you already have a 3G modem or a MiFi hotspot, you CAN move your number over to this tablet. In that case, do NOT activate it in the store. If you do that, you’re stuck, and Verizon Customer Care will not migrate your data line over to the tablet. Instead, use the web site, navigate to the device you want to replace in My Account, and click the Activate button. You'll enter your device ID, and you will have the opportunity to pick the correct data plan for your needs.