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Motorola XOOM Review

0. phoneArena posted on 24 Feb 2011, 10:00

So now comes yet another so-called “iPad killer,” the Motorola XOOM, but rather than finding a super-sized smartphone, it actually observes all of the qualities that consumers would like to experience on a tablet. For starters, Google and Motorola have taken the time, and man power, to seemingly conjure up an entirely different Android experience that might come off as being foreign...

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posted on 24 Feb 2011, 10:47 4

1. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 470; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)

That price point is kinda steep. Not sure its worth it.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 10:57 1

2. babi (unregistered)

does it have any telephony ability?
can i make cellular call with this device?

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 23:54

50. Mason (unregistered)

I wondered the same thing, unfortunately you cannot. Considering this is "phone arena" it's odd that they're reviewing something that isn't a phone and has no phone capability.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 11:04 6

4. 3MTA3 (unregistered)

"CONS: Lacks WOW factor in design"

Yeah, its design only has dual core processor, 5MP rear cam with flash, 2MP front cam, 1260 x 980 resolution, SD card, 3G, 4G LTE, slim form factor, 10 inch screen, 8 hours of battery life, flash support in 30 days.......yeah, thee is no WOW factor here in the design at all. NONE

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 11:24 9

7. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

Ummm...you're pretty much talking about the specs and not the design

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 13:50 6

11. The Rob (unregistered)

True, but to some fanboys, specs ARE design. That's all they'll talk about, and not know what they even mean.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 22:35 5

18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

yeah, that doesn't make any sense at all. a duel core processor doesn't make it black and Android 3.0 doesn't make it rectangular, design does and that might be a valid factor when comparing a Xoom to a Galaxy Tab 10.1.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 12:35 1

40. Zeus (unregistered)

Wot u r sayin is that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has better construction than XOOM? Oh cum on, the Tab has all plastic construction and it looks cheap!!!

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 12:51 1

41. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

i'm not saying the 10.1 is better at all than the Xoom, i actually prefer the design of the Xoom but they match each other nearly spec for spec so you wouldn't be completely out of your mind if you decided to get a 10.1 because it's lighter or something about the design appeals to you more, that's all.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 19:14 3

16. FightForTheLost (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 May 2010)

Yeah, I personally think that the only real "con" is that not all apps take up the full space on the tablet.

The cost factor is negatable if you buy the WiFi-only version at $600 or use Ocho-Cinco's 25% off code (courtesy of XDA) to lower the 3G model down to $600, either of which would put in on point with the iPad.

The "no Flash" factor is annoying, yes, but we'll live without it for a few weeks or so. And then we'll get Tegra 2-specific Flash and everything will be okay.

And the "lacking WOW" factor is kind of dumb; Moto went for quality of the interior, and it shows. Props to them. They didn't try to make a tab that looked great but sucked on performance *coughcoughArchos,ViewSonic,ACER,andallotherAndroid-wannabetabscoughcough*

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 11:16 3

5. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)

Cons: Not an ipad

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 15:18 1

13. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

i like the way you think.

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 20:32 2

35. FightForTheLost (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 May 2010)

Why thank you! (if that's to me, anyway)

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 11:20 1

6. LionStone (Posts: 849; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Well I think they are mostly talking about the physical aspects wrt "design", not specs. But for me, it's a tablet, it's not white and its portable and thin, just right. I don't see this as a negative at all.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 12:05 1

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

wow same score as the iPad I'm quite surprised

about the ''WOW Factor design'' its a standard and practical shape plus it has no hardware buttons...I still wish for a more gesture based UI tho

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 15:19 1

14. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

like webos

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 18:15 2

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

duh! they hired Matias Duarte from palm to help them polish their development as well as bring new features... i bet he wont think twice before giving Google his personal ideas for UI development

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 12:11 2

9. mike (unregistered)

too bad that it does not have full usb port. The price is too expensive. I'm waiting for WiFi version to drop to $500.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 12:16

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

i doesn't? i think Engadget said it has one to plug USB and stuff lemme go check

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 21:37

29. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

it does have "full usb support" where'd you get your facts?

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 07:54 1

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

whered you get your facts?? there is no full USB port. it has a mircro port for charging ang cables but thats it. and i own one

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 15:28

33. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

..what the hell are you people talking about? you mean like a usb 2.0/3.0 port? what's the big deal about that?

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 15:17 4

12. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

way to go letting out an unfinished product. no flash? no support for sd card despite the fact that there's a port? you'll have to send your device in to get it upgraded to LTE?

the consumers of this nation worry me.

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 20:35

36. FightForTheLost (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 May 2010)

Flash is coming later specifically designed for Tegra 2 processors. That's the only reason it's not equipped with Flash, is because Flash itself wasn't optimized for it yet. Not Moto's fault.

The SD card thing I'll agree with you on; THAT was stupid of them to build a port that doesn't operate. But at least we can be thankful that we even HAVE a port, unlike the crapPad.

And the LTE upgrade is kind of a pain, but I guess it's just something we'll have to deal with. And hey, you could always just buy the Xoom AFTER the 4G update starts being offered, because you know they'll be shipping units to stores equipped with 4G (and probably Flash) at that point in time.

But, that's just me.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 22:17

44. Namarrgon (unregistered)

You're talking about the iPad, right? Oh wait, it won't ever do those things. Guess it'll always be unfinished.

The Xoom, right now, is easily worth the money by any reasonable comparison. The fact that it will soon be upgraded - for free - to support flash, SD cards and LTE is a *bonus*.

Personally, I'd prefer a Xoom *now*, and would be annoyed if they held off releasing it for a few months just so they could add features that a) I don't particularly care about, and b) can be freely upgraded later if I do want them (of course, if you feel differently, you're free to pretend it hasn't been released yet).

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 16:53

46. android_hitman (unregistered)

apple users worries me :)

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 21:40 3

17. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

I'm not trying to be negative here but I believed that Motorola should have waited to launch the tablet instead of releasing it so soon. Many people aren't going to like to have to send their XOOM back to Motorola just to get 4G LTE on the device. But first I don't get why they could of just went ahead and released it with 4G. They should just waited to release the tablet with having 4G on-board instead of rushing to get the tablet in stores so that they could be named having the first tablet with Android 3.0 but waiting for Flash isn't too much of a big deal because you don't have to send your tablet back to the manufacture just to get it installed. And I swear there was an article on Phonearena a month back or so saying that the 4G update would be over the air for the XOOM.

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 06:05

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

actually i think this is based on rumors again the thunderbolt has the TLE hardware on and its being ready before the XOOM, It would be really dumb to release something with a piece of hardware lacking thats something the user cant "plug and play"

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 22:37 3

19. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

i'm digging the Chrome-esqe browser here. o:
i'm not ready to jump on the tablet train quite yet but now i can't wait for Ice Cream!

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 22:49 1

20. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Okay, so regarding the cons that Phonearena lists:

1. "Lacks WOW factor in design" What, did you need it encrusted in diamonds? How much can you do with a design for a device that by definition has to be mostly screen? It's a utilitarian device, just like the original Droid was.

2. "Expensive" Okay, so you yourselves have pointed out that a 32GB iPad WITHOUT expandable memory and WITHOUT a camera and WITHOUT Flash support, past present or future and WITHOUT a dual core processor and WITHOUT even the capability to be upgraded to 4G connectivity is only 70 bucks less. And there will be a XOOM that's wifi only for only a hundred bucks more than an iPad with half the available memory and processing speed. So before you bitch about how expensive a product is, consider how much more it offers.

3. "Not all apps take advantage of its display" Well no way. Not all of the apps are going to be at launch. But most of the apps you mentioned which weren't optimized were third party and not under Google's control. And if they aren't optimized now, they will be.

4. "No Flash support at launch" Oh well. So it's no worse off than the iPad for the moment. Fun part is that it will have it in the coming weeks, so it's not really a problem. Droid users had to go for almost a year in some cases before they had it.

However, at least you didn't gripe too much. Seems you gave a fair enough review, considering your usual bias.

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