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Motorola XOOM Hands-on

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Motorola XOOM Hands-on
There has been a lot of high expectations regarding Android powered tablets, especially after a holiday season that was painstakingly lacking variety, but that's all looking to change with the Motorola XOOM. Already being positioned to be one of the biggest and baddest things to grace the tablet market, there's a lot at stake for this feature-filled slate. Naturally, being the first to sport the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, there's a lot of expectations riding on the back of this device as it aims to deliver an experience that's fitting for its up-and-coming product category.

When it comes to specs, there's nothing that the Motorola XOOM doesn't have, since it's filled to the brim with impressive hardware that's sure to make your drool from your mouth. Sizing up with a 10.1” capacitive touchscreen with a generous resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, almost every nook and cranny of its real estate is filled with a fair amount of detail. However, there's no denying that it's extremely reflective, and can become somewhat of a hindrance for others. Regardless, there's enough beauty and luminance from what we saw, to still make your jaw drop.

Motorola XOOM Hands-on
Motorola XOOM Hands-on
Motorola XOOM Hands-on

Additionally, it's packing serious heat under the hood with its dual-core ARM based Tegra 2 chipset that enables it to play full 1080p HD videos. Moreover, it features a 5-megapixel camera for all your HD recording needs, and a front facing one to get your fix of video calling, which will be a built-in feature via Google's Gtalk in Android Honeycomb. Finally, even though it's going to be packing a 3G radio from the onset, it's going to be upgradeable, so that you can experience Verizon's LTE network. However, it's not something user-replaceable and will require you to visit a store to get it upgraded.

Motorola XOOM Hands-on
Motorola XOOM Hands-on
Motorola XOOM Hands-on

Motorola XOOM Hands-on
Motorola XOOM Hands-on
Motorola XOOM Hands-on

Specs aside, the design of the Motorola XOOM isn't anything too flashy as it mainly relies on that all too distinguishable outlines of any other tablets out there on the market. Though, we're quite pleased with the overall build quality, as it feels quite solid all around to provide you that sense of durability. Still, the star of the show has to be none other than Android 3.0 Honeycomb that it'll be flaunting when it's released.

Not surprisingly, the unit that we checked out wasn't yet the full-blown Honeycomb experience we were expecting to see, since that it only played videos to show us the upcoming functionality of the platform. So in the end, even with impressive specs bringing the Motorola XOOM to life, it's going to be intriguing to see the final product with a completely polished Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience. It shouldn't be long now since it's slated for a Q1 release!

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posted on 06 Jan 2011, 09:02 1

1. testman22 (Posts: 339; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)

hide ya kids, hide ya wife

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 13:57 1

3. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)

ha ha ha

you dont have to come and confess what you did...

we gooooooone find you

we gone find you.

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 11:37

2. xtroid2k (Posts: 537; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

I like it. I'm impressed. What will really determine how it pans out is what types of apps become available.

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 14:31 1

4. wazupken (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jan 2011)

i what? nope never heard of the iPAD before.. :P

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 05:24

5. willem (unregistered)

I like the mirror function. Comes in handy when I am in the bathroom.

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 13:51

6. LionStone (Posts: 865; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

omg! "how did you get Honeycomb?!" Did that dork really ask that question!

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 11:02

7. dddd (unregistered)

For only $1000 bucks!!!! Can't wait to get a car loan for it!

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 19:06

8. number01pup (unregistered)

wow. what a bunch of bias crap that article was. " first tablet with a dual core processor" are you fucking kinding. even the viewsonic g tablet (wich has been on the market for months) has the same Nivida Tegra 250 soc that the zoom has and you can buy the freakin thing in sears or staples or office depot etc etc. oh and not to metion this same site just had a consumer poll for best tablet of CES2011. and guess what didn't win "The XOOOOOOM" that title went to a much better tablet with a working operating system called you guessed it the Notion Ink Adam. of wich i am currently awaiting a tracking number my adam for shipment to my door step.

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 08:07

10. COMMENTS (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jan 2011)

Dude! seriously? have a beer.

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 22:53

9. snuggy (unregistered)

@number01pup simmer down. put the tablet down, take the chill pill.

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 23:54

11. monkeyfeet (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2011)

Really... $700? Don't they know the economy is poopie right now?

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