Review of the Motorola XOOM

20 November 2012

The Motorola Xoom is a 10 inch tablet running Android which is in competition with the Apple iPad. Although this is one of many tablets on the market since the launch of the iPad, the iPad is still at the top. However, there are a few things you should know about the Motorola Xoom before you decide against it.

Specifications

  • Linux 1 GHz Motorola ARM dual core Cortex processor
  • 1 GB of DRAM
  • Android 3.1 or Honeycomb
  • Comes with a rear camera
  • Comes with a front web cam

Pros of the Motorola Xoom

The screen size on this tablet so far is the largest out there among the many tablets. Although most people prefer the iPad, it is actually bigger than the iPad with a 10 inch screen (the iPad has a screen of only 9.7 inches). This larger screen is not only better for the eyes but it also allows for easier control of the screen for what you are doing.

It comes with an Android OS which some say is the best operating system among mobile devices. You will also get a dual core processor of 1 GB RAM, 32 GB hard drive, a 5 MP rear facing camera and a 2 MP front facing web cam.

Cons of the Motorola Xoom

The price tag is a little high at $800. However, you can also get one through Verizon themselves for $200 off but you will have to also pay for a two year contract with them. This can cost as high as $20 per month for 24 months. Not everyone likes Verizon so if you don’t want to be forced into a two year contract then you will have to fork out $800! Yikes!

Because it is a Honeycomb Android OS device, there aren’t as many apps as there are with other operating systems. These days everyone is about apps. Not only do they make life easier but they make the device you are using more interesting and fun to use.

The pros and cons seem to be at a tie and there don’t seem to be many of either. It may be a great device for those who can afford it or those who are willing to go into debt for it. However, there is a tablet out there that costs less and may have more to it. It doesn’t matter though, some people probably already own one and love it while others have tried it and don’t like it much. The bottom line is if you are willing to throw out the big bucks just to try one of these, fine. If not, try another tablet.

Apple may have thought they would be in competition over this tablet but it is highly unlikely because of the price and the lack of apps available for the Honeycomb. You could still try it out for yourself and decide on your own.



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1 Replies to "Review of the Motorola XOOM"

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