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Motorola Xoom Review

Motorola XoomThe Motorola XOOM is promoted as the next generation of mobile devices, which will change forever the way we communicate and access entertainment. But does the Xoom live up to the hype? Well, it’s certainly fast, smart and packed with every conceivable tech feature you can think of. This is the World’s first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet device and offers lightening speed courtesy of a 1GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM. Billed as the "first tablet actually designed to be a tablet", the Xoom allows secure working, watching HD movies, intense gaming, slick web surfing, taking quality pictures and recording HD video, face to face video chat and much more! It’s a slick and sophisticated Tablet device with a stunning 10.1 inch widescreen HD display.

Being the first tablet run Google's Android operating system is a feather in the cap of the Motorola Xoom, but it also has drawbacks. For instance finding apps can be difficult as the number of apps available is pitiful when compared to the Apple store for example (but hopefully this wont last). The 10.1-inch Xoom also feels rather heavy, especially compared to the lightweight iPad 2, or even the new iPad which is not noticeably heavier than the previous version. However, if you consider that the Samsung Galaxy Tab with it's 7 inch screen ran Android 2.2 Froyo, which is less than ideal for big screens(even Google admitted this), yet the Tab worked really well. Whereas Honeycomb was designed specifically for larger screens such as the Xoom, and it shows. You will find the same Android features that you've come to know and love on Android handsets on the Xoom and Honeycomb brings some thoughtful tweaks to the Android user interface to take advantage of the abundant screen real estate. Honeycomb is fast and responsive, with large, user-friendly thumbnails in menus.

Google has tweaked the Android browser with new features, like tabbed browsing and the option to sync bookmarks with the Chrome browser on our desktop PC. The iPad browser is still slightly faster, but one area where the Xoom/Android has the iPad soundly beat is the support for Flash Player, which means you can watch Flash videos online and also use websites which use Flash for navigation. The Xoom's 1,290 x 800- pixel resolution screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and is perfect for watching wide-screen video and TV. it's also easy to load your own videos onto the tablet via USB, another advantage over the iPad.

The Xoom offers around 10 hours of battery life when using Wi-Fi, which is on par with the iPad, but surprisingly the Xoom doesn't charge via USB and requires a substantial, proprietary charger. Though you can purchase a docking station from Motorola that will charge the Xoom. The Motorola Xoom is a stylish and powerful tablet that is a serious iPad competitor, but it looks and feel hefty in comparison. On the other hand it beats the iconic Apple device in a number of areas, such Flash support and the ability to easily add data via USB.

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