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Motorola Xoom review

The first Android 3.0 tablet arrives to challenge the iPad 2

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Android 3.0
  • 1080p video playback
  • Dual-core CPU
  • Decent camera
  • Excellent features
  • Excellent performance

Against

  • Few tablet apps yet
  • Fiddly to hold
  • Expansion slot has issues
  • No Flash support - yet
  • It's expensive!

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At first glance, the Motorola Xoom looks smaller than the Apple iPad. In truth, they both have a 10.1-inch screen, but the Xoom has a thinner bezel.

At 249.1mm x 167.8mm x 12.9mm, the Xoom is a bit longer than it is wide, and that caused a few minor issues when grabbing the device with one hand. It's also wider than the Galaxy Tab, which is easier to grab with one hand.

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Another first impression is that the device feels heavy. In reality, at 730g, it is only 50 grams heavier than the iPad. By contrast, the Galaxy Tab is 599g, making it a bit more mobile.

Part of the reason for the extra weight in the Xoom is that there are beefier internal components.

The Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, running at 1GHz per core, is capable of handling some tougher tablet computing chores. In our tests, games like Angry Birds ran without the typical pausing and hiccups of other Android tablets.

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Motorola said the dual-core processor also helps with browsing, presumably because of memory management and dolling out computing chores to each core.

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Wonder of wonders, you can load up the Xoom browser with multiple tabs, as on your desktop. The 1GB of RAM is up to the task, and we had TechRadar.com, YouTube.com, GamesRadar.com, and several other sites all running at the same time without any trouble (by contract, the Motorola Atrix we just reviewed, which runs in a unique webtop mode, has memory trouble with too many tabs open).

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With the 32GB of internal storage, we decided to load up our review unit with as much media (photos, music, and videos), Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, and extra fluff as possible, including some accounting files we knew wouldn't even work.

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No USB charging

The Xoom has one strange 'gotcha' in that, when you connect to your PC to add files, the device does not charge. Instead, the Xoom only charges using the power adapter, which is a bit limiting (In truth, the iPad only trickle charges over USB anyway and does not charge as fast as it does normally).

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The Xoom has up and down volume buttons on the left side. The spongy case that Motorola included with our review kit covers those two buttons in a way that makes it hard to control volume (Motorola offers a full wrap-around case as well).

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The power button is on the back of the device by the camera, which makes it hard to find, especially for tablet newcomers. There are two ports under the device, one for HDMI-out (used for mirroring to your HDTV) and one for USB.

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The 10.1 screen can play 1080p content and looks bright and crisp. Unfortunately, there is no extra screen coating on the Xoom display so it tends to attract thumbprints and other grime.

During our testing process, we had several other technical users try out the device, and one common complaint was that the device felt a bit slick, oddly rectangular, and accumulated too much grime.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyXOOM
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelA9
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 3.0 Honeycomb
Brand NameMotorola
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)708 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderNo
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height249.1 mm
Width167.8 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product ModelSM3019AW2A2
Product NameXOOM Tablet Computer
Product LineXOOM
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3019AW2A2
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing InformationMotorola XOOM has a super powerful dual-core processor and android 3.1(honeycomb)--the android platform designed specially for tablets. With its 10.1-inch HD widescreen display, you'll enjoy HD video in a thin, light, and powerful tablet.
Maximum Memory1 GB
Package Contents
  • XOOM Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter