Motorola XOOM Hands-on

Motorola XOOM Hands-on
Previously, we managed to get a tasting of the Motorola XOOM back at CES, and more recently, we dipped our finger ever so carefully with the highly prized device at MWC, but now we’ve got our hands on a final product. Yes, it’s finally here, and what a spectacular moment it is. By now, the drool is gone from our mouths since we know all too well the kind of high-tech hardware is hiding underneath its shell, but the beauty of it all is found with Google’s tablet optimized platform – Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Although we’re not all too impressed with the design of the XOOM, especially when it’s on the larger and heavier side of things, we still do appreciate its premium choice of materials and solid construction. Coming in with a minimalistic approach, the Motorola XOOM is almost one giant sized slab that’s scarce with physical buttons – which isn’t bad at all. However, in the short time we’ve been checking it out, we do notice its rear panel attracting smudges and fingerprints. In fact, it requires a substantial rub down with a piece of cloth to get its exterior pristine once again.

In all honesty, the star of the show to capture our attention is none other than finally experiencing Android 3.0 Honeycomb running in all of its glory. At first, we were a little bit overwhelmed because of the new layout it employs, not to mention the updated graphical flare, but after playing around with it for a little bit, we quickly understood the ins and outs of how the platform performs. There’s just something hypnotic with the futuristic looking homescreen interface it offers, thanks partly to the new clock widget, but even the wallpaper manages to give off that 3D-like presentation. Naturally, we’re excited, but we’re putting the tablet through the ropes to fully appreciate its offering. So check back soon for our in-depth review!

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  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC



1. tuminatr

Posts: 1119; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I got to play with one today too, real nice. Looks like i might need to buy one and sell my laptop

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Recommendation: try the xoom so you get a hang of how that tablets work but your laptop must wait till 2012, that's the year of the tablet with quad core goodness and powerful ram *_*

3. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

It is a bit on the weighty side. But yes its due to the solid materials and design. There is a streamlined feel to it. Honeycomb is niiiiice. A bit confusing at first, (the back, home and freq used apps touchscreen buttons don't look "familiar"). Once you figure out what they do tho, the layout makes sense. The customization interface appears to be simplified. One touch in the upper right corner and the home panel options, screens, widgets, wallpapers etc opens up for easy selection. The touchscreen responds almost flawlessly. Swiping between panels actually runs jitter free...for the most part. Upon activation it did studder a bit but once you adjust the settings things come together. Sound quality was great. Clear, clean and appropriate for a quality tablet? A jazzed up media interface accompanies a beautiful yet smudge-tastic screen. Its almost edge to edge. There were a few dislikes..wi-fi was a lil shaky at first but once again once the tab "warmed up" (i am impatient) it was cool. No flash blows but once again I blame my impatience. 4G n sdcard support later as well is annoying. 32G onboard will suffice for now. Camera quality was blah. I didnt tweek the settings tho so it could be better. I'm hoping. Oh the charging stand and bluetooth keyboard gives you a mini touchscreen pc jr.

5. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

Sorry, but where do you see an "almost edge to edge" screen even remotely. AAnd, nobody has mentioned it, but does honeycomb work portrait, cause tablet users predominately use portrait mode, it is more natural for single application using. (such as reading or surfing the web etc.) oh and just wondering but why no physical buttons? why not just make some fancy rotating flashy under the screen ones. (like the ones on the incred s) if they are just gonna be buttons on the screen, why not put them on the outside and give more screenroom? it wud be a lot easier. I understand it cud be a pretention for edge to edge, but tablets, if any screen, is nowhere near that.

4. unimpressed unregistered

i have been playing with the xoom for 4 days now (job perk) and i can say that i am not that impressed. i am not a fan boy of any certain operating system or manufacturer...just a fan of products that work. I found that the video was laggy ( 16-25mb cable internet speed through a linksys wifi router), the sound was sub par even compared to a fruit pad or phone, crappy droid eris, droid x, facinate, but was better than a newer dell laptop ( same song ). also found the interface a little different. i am not going to say i dont like it because i do... just odd. take all this as you will, its just my opinion

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