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Motorola Xoom Review

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PROS / There is a 2MP and a 5MP camera available on this tablet.

CONS / The Motorola Xoom is thick and weighs 1.6 pounds.

 VERDICT / If you prefer the Android operating system, the Motorola Xoom is your ideal tablet.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it is no longer available. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom ranks among the leading contenders that have challenged the Apple iPad’s dominance of this market. This tablet features the Android 3.0 operating system along with a stunning touchscreen display, a large selection of applications, video chat capabilities and HD video recording. The Motorola Xoom offers you everything you need in a tablet, especially if you prefer the Android operating system.

This tablet offers a large selection of advanced features. One of the standout features is the Xoom’s image capturing ability. There is a 2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear camera. Both take some of the highest quality photos we've seen on any tablet. You can even capture 720p HD video using the rear camera. And having dual cameras, this device excels at video calling. There is also video editing software available.

If you enjoy the Android operating system, you will be pleased with the operating system available on the Xoom. The Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb, provides several features found on previous Android operating systems such as the five customizable homescreens and the pinch-and-zoom display. However, there are a few notable differences. Instead of your basic navigation tools located on the bottom of Android devices, you will find them at the top of this tablet. You can also take a look into your inbox, Facebook account or even read the latest news headlines with widgets located on your homescreen. You won’t have to worry about opening several separate programs or applications to get to those apps.

The battery life is excellent on this computing device. When you're browsing the internet or playing videos, the Motorola Xoom can get up to 10 hours of battery life on a single battery charge. However, battery life will vary depending on the tablet’s usage. There is also Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi capabilities. This device also comes prepared to upgrade to 4G LTE, the ability to connect to a 4G network. But as of this writing, the 4G LTE is not yet in service.

There are several useful features available on this device including a GPS, music player and built-in eReader. You also have access to the Android market to choose from hundreds of applications to enhance your computing device and give you the features you want and need. You also have access to several Google Mobile services including Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube. There is also Google eBooks, the built-in eReader, so you can enjoy reading books wherever you are, whenever you like.

There is a dual-core 1GHz processor that makes this device’s name speak for itself. The processor makes this tablet fast with no lag time and without waiting for programs to open or for applications to download. Along with quick speeds, this advanced processor also makes graphics more detailed and smooth. It also makes it more enjoyable to stream movies or music without waiting for the media to buffer. Although, even with its fast speed, it isn’t any faster than several competing devices.

There is enough memory available on this tablet to store a large selection of music, movies, photos and captured videos. There are 32GB of available memory, which is large, but we were disappointed to see that there are no options for expanding memory purchasing a version with less memory for a less expensive price.

All of your basic hardware features are available on the Motorola Xoom. There are built-in speakers and a built-in microphone, which are necessities for video calling and for HD video capture and playback. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can listen to movies, TV shows or music without disturbing those around you. We were also glad to see a USB 2.0 port located on this tablet.

The Motorola Xoom has a beautiful display with a 10.1-inch multi-touch display screen. This is a large display screen, which makes it ideal for watching movies or TV shows or simply browsing the internet or reading a newspaper. The larger display screen comes at a cost, however, as it makes the device much larger and bulkier. This tablet is 9.8 inches long and 6.6 inches wide. It is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.6 pounds, which is a bit heavy for a device tablet.

Bulkiness aside, the clarity and brightness of the display screen can’t be beaten. The Xoom features an 800 x 1280 pixel resolution screen that provides detailed, sharp images and greatly enhances your HD viewing experience.

There is no built-in stand for easy viewing or digital pen for simple navigation on this device, but that doesn’t mean the Motorola Xoom is hard to use. The touchscreen is one of the most important factors because if the screen isn’t responsive, the tablet is difficult to use. Fortunately, this tablet's screen is one of the most responsive and fastest screens available. There is no lag time after pressing the virtual keys or typing on the virtual keypad. You also don’t have to press hard for the screen to recognize your command. If you just barely touch the screen it opens the program or makes the desired request.

Summary

With the wonderful display, excellent battery and fast processor, the Motorola Xoom offers the closest technology to beating the Apple iPad. There are a few improvements that could be made including the option to expand memory, lighter design or even a built-in stand to make this device even more multimedia-friendly. But the 2MP and 5MP cameras, responsive and large touchscreen and even the Honeycomb operating system make this tablet the perfect device, especially for those who prefer the Android operating system and user interface.

Motorola Xoom