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Motorola XOOM Review

Motorola XOOM

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Motorola XOOM Review
During our time using the Motorola XOOM, it appears to hold a steady connection to Verizon’s network in the greater Philadelphia region. Additionally, we rarely noticed signal strength fluctuating abruptly as it kept at a steady -81 dBm in high coverage areas.

Motorola touts the XOOM obtaining a battery life of 10 hours with continuous video playback. In reality, we easily managed to get by an 8 hour working shift on normal usage with half the battery remaining. It’s worth noting that we had the brightness level manually set to its highest setting and relied on 3G speeds for all data connectivity. Light users should get by at least a day of usage, while heavy users might want to keep it connected to its wall charger as much as possible.


So here’s the underlying question that would undoubtedly hint to whether or not the Motorola XOOM is a success. How much money are you willing to shell out to experience the very first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet? We’re not arguing that it’s something that is easily loved, especially when it oozes with so many exciting new features, but the $799.99 no-contract price point it garners will no doubt stab some people with the nagging feeling that it’s one pricey investment. However, it’s the price you’ll have to pay in order to grab hold of Motorola’s next pride and joy.

Although we’re not all too thrilled by its design, this can easily be overlooked because of the uplifting and alluring feel of Android 3.0 Honeycomb – it’s actually the justification for buying the tablet. Compared to the previous Android tablets we’ve experienced, the Motorola XOOM fully realizes and embraces the tablet experience, and takes it to a whole new level. Of course, there are some competing Honeycomb tablets on the horizon, but it all goes back down to pricing. In the end, the Motorola XOOM makes for the perfect candidate to bring Honeycomb to the masses, however, it’ll be interesting to see how it competes at its current price point. One thing is certain though, the gap between iOS and Android, in terms of tablet experience, has never been smaller.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 3.0, Build HRI39, Baseband N_02.0F.00R


  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • Solid construction
  • Takes fantastic photos
  • Peppy performance


  • Lacks WOW factor in design
  • Expensive
  • Not all apps take advantage of its display
  • No Flash from the onset
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Motorola XOOM

Motorola XOOM

OS: Android 4.0 3.2 3.1 3.0
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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Dual-core, 1000 MHz
Size9.80 x 6.61 x 0.51 inches
(249 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm)
25.75 oz  (730 g)

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