Motorola XOOM Bluetooth Keyboard Review

Motorola XOOM Bluetooth Keyboard Review
Try as they might, but it’s still unlikely in this day to find people relying solely on smartphones for all of their productivity needs. For even the most veteran smartphone users out there, most would still prefer getting a majority of productive work accomplished with their desktop or laptop PCs. However, now that tablets are increasingly bridging the gap between desktop computing and mobility, the Motorola XOOM’s offering just might have what it takes to equip users with an indelible productive experience. Interestingly enough, combining it with an optional $69.99 Motorola Bluetooth Keyboard, it seems that the XOOM would be the perfect companion on the road.

If you’re aiming to leave your laptop at home and rely on the Motorola XOOM, then you’re going to want to pick up Motorola’s Bluetooth Keyboard. Now this isn’t like the majority of Bluetooth keyboards out there, especially when it’s tied closely with the XOOM, but the best thing about it is the compact form that it’s sporting. Aside from the enlarged area reserved for its batteries, which requires two double A batteries, it’s fairly streamlined and compact all around. We’re glad to see this thing fit in our backpacks without adding any hefty weight, but more importantly, it doesn’t make it obvious that we’re carrying along an actual keyboard.

Luckily, almost every nook and cranny of the keyboard is made to good use by its chicklet style keys – which are relatively normal sized. In fact, it didn’t take us that long to actually get a feel for its layout since it closely mimics the look and feel of some laptop keyboards. Even more, we like how the top row of buttons all execute some of the basic functions with the platform, like adjusting volume or launching an app, without having the need to rely on the customary use of the function button.  Also, we’re satisfied with the moderate tactile response exhibited by its buttons as they’re pressed down – which doesn’t require much push from our fingers. So when it comes down to typing up an email of some sort, we’re able to comfortably type away without making that many mistakes in the process.

Granted that it’s far better to use the Bluetooth Keyboard than the on-screen options offered by the XOOM for typing things up, it still doesn’t give you full control in navigating around the Android 3.0 interface. Sure you can move around its homescreen via the directional buttons on the keyboard, but there are still some instances that require you to interact with the tablet’s touchscreen. Regardless of that, it definitely enables you to become more productive with the tablet, but we’re not yet completely convinced that the tandem will strategically sway you from using your laptop as your primary productivity machine.

Motorola XOOM Standard Dock & Bluetooth Keyboard Video Review:


  • Compact form factor
  • Eases the typing experience a lot


  • Doesn't give you full control over the platform

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