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Motorola Xoom – A Close Competition to iPad

This is one of the most hyped tablet devices after iPad and it is known as a close competition to iPad. When Motorola Xoom was first released to the market, many considered the device as the only true competition for iPad. Some still believe this while others are disappointed about the capabilities of Motorola Xoom. Leaving the decision to you, let’s go through the pros and cons of this groundbreaking tablet in details.

First of all, Motorola Xoom is an Android based device and it comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. This is one of the best advantages Xoom has over other Android based tables, as most of the other tablets still use old versions of Android. The tablets with dual-core processing ability cannot utilize the full potential of the processor with the old versions of Android. Therefore, Xoom can be categorized as a tablet which uses the true potential of dual-core processing.

When it comes to the hardware specifications, the device is equipped with 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The storage capacity is 32GB and the display is 10.1 inch 1280×800 high resolution touch screen. In addition, Xoom supports CDMA, LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth in terms of the connectivity. The Xoom is only compatible with 3G at this point and there are plans to upgrade to 4G. For this, you will need to mail the Xoom to Motorola in order to get a new chip installed. When it comes to the physical connectivity, Motorola Xoom has one micro-USB, a stereo jack, and a micro-HDMI port. These connectivity options are pretty standard for majority of tablets in the market today. Therefore, Xoom does not stand highlighted in terms of connectivity.

When it comes to multimedia, Xoom offers what everyone offers these days. Xoom is equipped with two cameras, one front facing (2MP) and other at the back (5MP). In addition, the high resolution screen provides a lot of screen real estate for media content as well as for productivity tools.

Motorola Xoom is appreciated by many users and experts, on its usability of the UI. Honeycomb has done a great job in introducing a novel touch to the tablet UI and this is one of the most anticipated features of Xoom. Web browsing on the other hand is the feature which exceeds iPad by miles. Xoom supports tabbed web browsing and it also offers thumb controls for easy functioning when browsing the web. In addition, Xoom supports Flash content in browsing, although it was not support at launch of the device. The Flash support comes as an update.Performance is one of the key aspects of Xoom’s success. Everything seems to be fast on Xoom, regardless of whether they are native Android applications or third party applications. The performance of the battery is quite standard, but still inferior to the iPad, although many think that this device is a competition to iPad.

In the US, Motorola Xoom is available at two prices, one without a data plan for $799 and other with the 2 years data plan for $599.


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