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Review: Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom tablet has been one of the most anticipated tablets to hit the market. It has a true tablet OS, handsome looks, and features that seem to fit the bill of a killer tablet. But for a tablet to truly be an iconic device, features, looks and OS must work in perfect harmony to deliver an experience that is flawless. 

The device comes in at 9.8 inches wide, 6.6 inches tall and a half inch thick. It has a solid amount of mass to it, but isn't so heavy that you will get tired of holding it upright while watching a movie or recording one. It sports a resolution of 1200x800, Nvidia Tegara 2 graphics, 3G, 4G, 802.11n, personal hotspot, 10.1in display, two cameras, 32 GB onboard storage, SD card slot support and 1GB of DDR 2 RAM. The proverbial dream tablet, if you will.

But it's not all about the hardware, even the best hardware can be gimped by faulty software. This bad boy runs Google's Honeycomb 3.0 software and it definitely shows that this is an early software release. More on that later.

Hardware

The tablet feels well made, it has a very nice fit and finish to it, it's definitely not an ugly beast and would be in the running for Prom King if given the chance. The back has a textured feel that isn't massively fingerprint prone but you can definitely see where fingers have touched. Up front, the glass runs edge to edge and there is an indicator light in the top right corner that alerts you to new emails and a assortment of other things.  

The buttons on the device are a mixed bag. There are a total of three, power/lock (one button) and up/down volume (two buttons). The power button is well placed and is easy to target and engage but the volume buttons are too small and recessed into the unit and makes them a bit harder to use. Not a major flaw but larger buttons would make the user experience a bit better.

Display/Battery/Sound Quality/Camera

The screen on this unit is well proportioned. The color reproduction seemed accurate but was typically on the cool side of things and the viewing angel was reasonable considering this is a mobile device and you will rarely be far off center when viewing.  

I attempted to kill the battery as fast as I could and the Xoom held its own weight. I tried streaming video after video and the little battery that could never faulted. I managed to get a little over 8 hours out of the unit during two test runs which is handsomely respectable.  

Another big surprise was that the sound quality out of the built in speaker is actually quite nice. For something this size, you would expect a tin can army to be playing your favorite song, but that is far from the case. For a tablet, it is well above average, but don't turn it up all the way, otherwise it will begin to distort near the top end. 

When you first think of a tablet, a camera seems like a logical addition, but in practice it's quite awkward to use. The back camera takes decent pictures but it's the practice of holding up a large slab to take a picture that feels a bit weird. Not many people will be using this device as their primary shooter because cell phones have a comparable camera and are much easier to use.

The front camera seems much more logical as it allows for video chats. Again, it's a great feature but when was the last time you lusted to have a face to face chat using webcams? While its a good feature to have, much like the iPhone front facing camera, it probably wont get used that much after the novelty wears off. 

Software

A key part of the Xoom experience is that it is running Honeycomb. The biggest problem with the tablet is also that it is running Honeycomb. The OS still very much feels like a gen 1 or even beta software as there were several times when apps would close or freeze up for several seconds. These issues will hopefully be ironed out in the future with revisions to the Honeycomb OS, but at the same time, hopefully Motorola wont delay the updates being pushed to their devices.

The browser on the device acts more like a desktop class browser than a mobile equivalent. It comes complete with tabs and even looks more like Chrome on your desktop. The browser felt swift and did not get caught up on much (other than having no Flash support). It receives high marks for its usability and overall appeal.

The keyboard is easy to use, much like you would expect. Google has clearly spent a lot of time carefully laying it out and compared to the iPad, after some quick adjustments, they are equivalent. 

The OS is a standard Android affair, which gives the user a lot of options of adding widgets and tweaking the various appearance settings. If you have used an Android device, you will feel right at home using the Xoom. And this is by far the strongest point. It will take you a few minutes longer to get up and running on the Xoom when compared to the Apple flavored tablet, but what you get is a a more customizable experience. 

However, something that is hard to get over is the fact that the OS still feels like it needs to be cooked just a few more minutes. Transitions between home screens can be laggy and it's rather noticeable at some points. This same transition issue happens in several areas and becomes quite annoying if you're expecting a fluid motion after paying at least $600 for a Wifi version of the tablet. You want an exceptional experience, not just an average one.

Mobile Connectivity

The Xoom is compatible with Verizon's 3G and 4G services. The 3G had no problem connecting to Verizon right out of the box but 4G is another story. If you want your Xoom to bask in the 4G goodness of Verizon's LTE network, you will have to send your unit back to get the upgrade. This strange process is quite baffling and I can imagine there were many heated boardroom discussions about this decision.  

Conclusion

Having said all of the above, is this a good tablet? Yes, if you don't want to buy into the Apple cult, this is your tablet. But, you need to understand that the OS is not perfect and if you can wait for a revision of the OS, your experience will be that much better. Motorola hit a homerun with the hardware and build quality but we need the OS to catch up to it. The Xoom is a top notch product, and you will be happy with it as long as you know that you need Google to update its OS to make it a flawless experience.  

Rating: 4/5

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If I'm not mistaken it's not the same model number for the processor. Just as some people thought the Atrix has the same processor, it doesn't.

I couldn't afford a xoom, and wanted one with 3g/4g connectivity with t-mobile so i got the dell streak 7. Screen resolution issues aside, it has the same tegra 2 processor too. Games fly on it! It's not honeycomb yet, but it will be. (I don't mind waiting, it's nice having flash and not having to worry about app compatibility with honeycomb. By the time i get honeycomb, many issues will be resolved.)

Only cost me $150.

Apple can't take notes from anyone. All bets are off until Steve Jobs dies. When that happens, I guarantee you that Flash will come to those iSuck devices.

I still can't se the need for a tablet yet.....

The Only time I MIGHT use one is when sitting in the lounge room watching TV...but then I have my laptop just sitting on my lap and its way more powerful.....

No need for one when at my desk as both myself n partner have quad core desktops for gaming etc

When I go out maybe ??? who wants to carry around a 10inch device LOL
I'll stick with my 4inch SGS which has flash and is super fast and fits in my pocket and is also used as my car nav unit.

Only time I could see a tablet coming in handy...would be out at a lake/pond somewhere...when your wanting something thin to skim across the water lol

Impressive specifications, looks kinda bulky, honeycomb looks super cool and functional, but there's a lot a cool ideas in honeycomb(the tabs style chrome, nice), but i really prefer a stable and mature OS.

Maybe apple should take notes from honeycomb (well i really doubt it, cuz they never do).

Still getting an iPad 2, I think i'm into the Apple cult.

hahaha this cracks me up all the fan boys here! i found the comments more enjoyable to read. i have a iPad, me and my family us it, i have a android phone, enjoy it very much! the android app store is **** give me apple app store any day! you want to take over apple, BUILD A DAM APP STORE for windows like you have on iTunes, get it out there....

lflashl said,
hahaha this cracks me up all the fan boys here! i found the comments more enjoyable to read. i have a iPad, me and my family us it, i have a android phone, enjoy it very much! the android app store is **** give me apple app store any day! you want to take over apple, BUILD A DAM APP STORE for windows like you have on iTunes, get it out there....

https://market.android.com/

Best part... you don't need to install ANYTHING!

lflashl said,

nice one, so is there way to sync my apps with my android phone or do i need copy them over..

Neither. When you say you want the app on the web, your phone starts downloading as soon as it has a data connection. Simple as that. Doesn't require any secondary action. I hope this is what you were talking about. If not, my apologies.

A nice device, but...

If people are willing to go with this size, weight, and battery life, why not just buy a touch/tablet PC?

You can but several TabletPCs that are lighter and smaller and get 10hrs of battery out of them, and they are not limited function devices. (Heck even load the Android developer tools on them and run your favorite Android apps.)

Even any cool or missing device support like the barometer could be added with internal or external connections.

There are i5 convertible HP and Lenovo computer out there with ATI 54xx GPUs, 250gb Hard Drives, 4GB of RAM, that are in this hardware class of size, weight, and battery life - and they are cheaper than the Xoom...

Which makes me go, really?

Any links to these tablets with comparable size/weight/battery life? Honestly, I think you will be hared pressed to find a tablet with this size that runs Windows with 10 hours of battery life. My quick search found bulkier/heavier models with about 4 hours of battery life reported.

Some people want to be able to run Windows applications in a tablet form. There is no denying that there is a market for that and devices for that as you have suggested.

Other people want a device with an OS and apps that were designed for a 100% touch interface. Sure, you can probably control any Windows application with a touch screen. However, the experience is going to be different than using an application that was built with a UI that is directly tied to the touch interface. Some people prefer to go with the better user experience over the broader range of functionality.

Shadrack said,
Any links to these tablets with comparable size/weight/battery life? Honestly, I think you will be hared pressed to find a tablet with this size that runs Windows with 10 hours of battery life. My quick search found bulkier/heavier models with about 4 hours of battery life reported.

Some people want to be able to run Windows applications in a tablet form. There is no denying that there is a market for that and devices for that as you have suggested.

Other people want a device with an OS and apps that were designed for a 100% touch interface. Sure, you can probably control any Windows application with a touch screen. However, the experience is going to be different than using an application that was built with a UI that is directly tied to the touch interface. Some people prefer to go with the better user experience over the broader range of functionality.

Rated battery life or usage, we see 8hrs of constant usage on several tablet models, even the netbook class of touch devices.

thenetavenger said,
A nice device, but...
You can but several TabletPCs that are lighter and smaller and get 10hrs of battery

There are i5 convertible HP and Lenovo computer out there with ATI 54xx GPUs, 250gb Hard Drives, 4GB of RAM, that are in this hardware class of size, weight, and battery life - and they are cheaper than the Xoom...

Link one. Since you mentioned HP convertibles I went to look one up:

Here's their base model:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/web...=Brand&v1=HP+TouchSmart

"rated 3.7 out of 5. 37% of customers would not recommend this to a friend" isn't a great endorsement on the manufactures own site.

But lets look at the details:
[list]
[*]A starting weight of 4.17 lb.
[*]A 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery (up to 6 hours†††)
[*]12.83"(L)x 9.06"(W)x 0.96"(min H)/ 1.18"(max H)
[/list]

Looking at reviews, it lasts about half as long as the Xoom or iPad:
"The tm2 definitely reaps the benefits of the ULV processor in battery life; the 62Wh six-cell battery lasted for four and a half hours on our video rundown test, which loops the same video at 65 percent brightness. In normal usage, we saw just above five hours of runtime."

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/27/hp-touchsmart-tm2-review/

So more than twice as big,nearly three times heavier, lasts half as long, and costs more in the configuration you described.

2III7 said,
one year and the OS will be absolutely perfect. only a bit of patience is needed.

Sounds like a great deal! You buy a product now and it'll perform right in a year! That is, if it still receives updates by then...

.Neo said,

Sounds like a great deal! You buy a product now and it'll perform right in a year! That is, if it still receives updates by then...

OMG! Don't you know anything? All you need to do is head-ucate yourself on XDA and hax0rs the droid to latest ROM. Duuuhhh! /s

.Neo said,

Sounds like a great deal! You buy a product now and it'll perform right in a year! That is, if it still receives updates by then...

It will receive updates just as the nexus 1 and the nexus s do. It's considered to be the developer tablet for android. For me the OS works flawlessly, its the developers that need to catch up.

This is an unfinished device released early only to try to compete with the iPad 2. This would be a great device if it would have been given 6 more months of polishing as one already said here.

The UI in that video looks incredibly slick! Can't wait to play with one. I looked around the verizon booth while in town and didn't see any out to play with. Oh well...maybe when the wifi one comes out there will be some at Best Buy.

ryoohki said,
I don't understand the appeal of a tablet, it trying to be a laptop but it's not and cost more money ...

They have their own niche advantages. They are a form factor that resembles print and therefore is better positioned to replace traditional printed media such as books, magazines, and news papers. Web pages are quick and easy to access on tablets as well. They are also a type of computer that you can use on your feet which in many industries has some advantages. You really can't use a laptop on your feet.

They're always-on with excellent battery life makes them really usable as a "coffee table" computer.

They are easily mountable and can be used as cheap Human Interfaces for various industries. More so than laptops. Their unique touchscreen OS and software makes them very attractive for this.

They definitely aren't for everyone, but I disagree that they are "trying to be a laptop".

Go ahead and talk up the iPads 65,000 apps. Then stare at them all day on your homescreen--turkeys. Open, close, open, close, open, close... LAME!!! I applaud Google for creating a more PC functional tablet experience. All the apps I've seen for the Xoom--especially games--have blown me
away. The Trega Two has gained a ton of attention from developers. Worried about the UIs smoothness? This is the first version of Android with accelerated hardware and dual core support. It's only going to get better.

Jmaxku said,
Worried about the UIs smoothness? This is the first version of Android with accelerated hardware and dual core support. It's only going to get better.

Yes, lets hope that things will get better, and till than lets pay premium pricing for a choppy experience.
After all, we'll always have that Xoom demo video on Youtube where everything is running smoothly, something to look forward to.

Euphoria said,

Yes, lets hope that things will get better, and till than lets pay premium pricing for a choppy experience.
After all, we'll always have that Xoom demo video on Youtube where everything is running smoothly, something to look forward to.

I'm glad you insist that Honeycomb's choppy when you obviously haven't tried it out for yourself. I've been using Android since 2.1 Eclair and Honeycomb is a lot better. But I'll just let your assumptions do the talking. What an a** hat you are.

Jmaxku said,

I'm glad you insist that Honeycomb's choppy when you obviously haven't tried it out for yourself. I've been using Android since 2.1 Eclair and Honeycomb is a lot better. But I'll just let your assumptions do the talking. What an a** hat you are.

Sorry dude, didn't mean to me an a** hat
I just got annoyed because I keep seeing Techback spam over and over again every Apple news about how their products suck, and now when there is an actual review saying that Honeycomb still need some work done, he is smoothing it out like, is not a big deal. It's a big deal if someone, in this case "Motorola", is charging $900 and a two year contract, and they are showing us demos like everything is smooth and working.
I usually do not get in to this so called conversations, but I guess I did it today.
Buy it if it makes you happy dude, I am a happy BlackBerry owner.

Euphoria said,

Sorry dude, didn't mean to me an a** hat
I just got annoyed because I keep seeing Techback spam over and over again every Apple news about how their products suck, and now when there is an actual review saying that Honeycomb still need some work done, he is smoothing it out like, is not a big deal. It's a big deal if someone, in this case "Motorola", is charging $900 and a two year contract, and they are showing us demos like everything is smooth and working.
I usually do not get in to this so called conversations, but I guess I did it today.
Buy it if it makes you happy dude, I am a happy BlackBerry owner.

Good to know you're a civil being. I take back the a** hat comment. I'm waiting for Sam's Club to release the wi-fi only version for $540! Seems like a steal to me. I'm just excited for Honeycomb. It's fresh and has lots of eye candy. Touchpad looks cool as well. It's awesome that RIM is adopting the Android Market and porting BB messanger to Android and iOS. I'll crap my pants the day iTunes is offered to Android and BB handsets.

Jmaxku said,
Go ahead and talk up the iPads 65,000 apps. Then stare at them all day on your homescreen--turkeys. Open, close, open, close, open, close... LAME!!! I applaud Google for creating a more PC functional tablet experience. All the apps I've seen for the Xoom--especially games--have blown me
away. The Trega Two has gained a ton of attention from developers. Worried about the UIs smoothness? This is the first version of Android with accelerated hardware and dual core support. It's only going to get better.

I don't want a homescreen cluttered full of cheap feeling widgets. I don't like Dashboard on the Mac, I don't like Windows Sidebar or any other form of useless widgets. On a 9-10 inch screen you want to be focussed on the one thing you are doing not starting at a clock/weather or how much battery you have left. You also want to be able to switch quickly to something else (something iOS is lacking in unfortuently).

DomZ said,

I don't want a homescreen cluttered full of cheap feeling widgets. I don't like Dashboard on the Mac, I don't like Windows Sidebar or any other form of useless widgets. On a 9-10 inch screen you want to be focussed on the one thing you are doing not starting at a clock/weather or how much battery you have left. You also want to be able to switch quickly to something else (something iOS is lacking in unfortuently).

Here's why your arguement's bogus:

If a user wants to be "focused" they open an individual application and proceed with the task at hand. So please explain how when a user varies their desktop they become less "focused"? Users don't open applications on their desktop, do they? Oh wait, yeah, that's called a widget. Also, while the user is on their desktop they use the widgets to multitask and access info quickly. Now if "YOU also want to be able to switch quickly to something else" widgets can only work for YOUR benefit.

If YOU don't like the widgets then take them off, but don't tell me "YOU want to be focused". YOU don't know exactly what I want, and IMO your rhetoric sounds an awful lot like Steve Jobs'. Bottom line: The only way to keep people happy is to give them choice.

And FYI, the only thing cheap here is your argument.

Jmaxku said,

Here's why your arguement's bogus:

If a user wants to be "focused" they open an individual application and proceed with the task at hand. So please explain how when a user varies their desktop they become less "focused"? Users don't open applications on their desktop, do they? Oh wait, yeah, that's called a widget. Also, while the user is on their desktop they use the widgets to multitask and access info quickly. Now if "YOU also want to be able to switch quickly to something else" widgets can only work for YOUR benefit.

Can you imagine when a future version of the iPad or iPhone is released with something similar to Android's Widgets. All the iSuckers will praise Steve Jobs. Typical iSucker behavior. They did it with the Wallpapers, Folders and what they like to pass off as "multitasking". Pathetic.

I'm glad that the Android OS is the number one WORLD WIDE mobile platform for phones.

Further continuing my rant against Apple, I was playing with my XOOM the other day and some girl asked me if that was an iPad. I told her no. Do I look stupid? Do I look like a teenie bopper? Do I look like a guy that wears skinny jeans? My girlfriend cracked up when I was not being receptive.

Now if "YOU also want to be able to switch quickly to something else" widgets can only work for YOUR benefit.

Nope. Widgets show a limited amount if information which is why I personally find them useless. I'm some people have use for them but no point me trying to explain that to you because you have no idea what a balanced argument is and your sole intent is to rant about apple


If YOU don't like the widgets then take them off, but don't tell me "YOU want to be focused". YOU don't know exactly what I want, and IMO your rhetoric sounds an awful lot like Steve Jobs'. Bottom line: The only way to keep people happy is to give them choice.

if I had an android or iOS had widgets they would be turned off..I didn't tell you what you want your the one acting as if my personal opinion on widgets is sone sort of person attack on you. One of the reasons iOS is so popular is because it's so simple for non-technical people. Also I know all about choice I used to use Linux as my primary OS for years, I have several windows 7 computers and I own a mac. People should just buy/use what they want, what makes me laugh is some people's pathetic attempts at attacking apple or blindly refusing to see anything good in any of their products just because they've got a chip on their should about it


And FYI, the only thing cheap here is your argument.

That insult come from your "insult a day" widget?

UndergroundWire said,

Further continuing my rant against Apple, I was playing with my XOOM the other day and some girl asked me if that was an iPad. I told her no. Do I look stupid? Do I look like a teenie bopper? Do I look like a guy that wears skinny jeans? My girlfriend cracked up when I was not being receptive.

Wow...way to sound like an a**hat and potentially put someone off. Apparently you can't treat anyone with respect or courtesy.

schubb2003 said,

Wow...way to sound like an a**hat and potentially put someone off. Apparently you can't treat anyone with respect or courtesy.

Exactly right. I have a low tolerance for idiots.

I own a Xoom and I have a few comments about this review. First and foremost, the applications that are freezing are not the fault of the OS but rather the application designers. So if you download the Facebook app and notice it force closes when you try to switch to landscape, that is not a problem with the OS. There are many applications out there that are not optimized or even designed with honeycomb in mind. So people have to understand that when they download apps from the android market, they may not run flawlessly on Honeycomb.

The second comment I have is that although Honeycomb does not have flash support right now, The Xooms being released in Europe in April will have it, which means Flash support for the US models will be available within a few weeks.

Third, I kind of doubt this reviewer had a lot of time with the product because it seems that a lot of things have been left out. For example the volume buttons on the left hand side of the Xoom are extremely frustrating to access. Anyone who I let use the tablet noticed this almost immediately.

Fourth, anyone who has used the front facing camera will have noted that the quality is quite bad, boasting only 2 MP and showing a lot of pixelation and discoloration. The back camera is the opposite, having either 5 or 8 mp, (I can't remember). But the quality is significantly better.

As for the slow down and transition between application, I find this review to be completely inaccurate. Very rarely is there any slowdown, I have to wonder if the reviewer installed an app that was bogging down the system in the background.

There is plenty of more to talk about but I leave with this one last point, there has been some confusion about whether or not a person must sign up for a minimum of one month to activate the Xoom even if you purchase it without a contract. This is not the case. You can purchase the Xoom out of contract and you can set up the Xoom using Wifi connections only.

I addressed some of what you talked about, guess you didnt read it: "The power button is well placed and is easy to target and engage but the volume buttons are too small and recessed into the unit and makes them a bit harder to use."

nubs said,
I own a Xoom and I have a few comments about this review. First and foremost, the applications that are freezing are not the fault of the OS but rather the application designers. So if you download the Facebook app and notice it force closes when you try to switch to landscape, that is not a problem with the OS. There are many applications out there that are not optimized or even designed with honeycomb in mind. So people have to understand that when they download apps from the android market, they may not run flawlessly on Honeycomb.

That's fragmentation - and also a problem of Google building/changing Android so rapidly. I'm not an Android developer but the impression I get is API's being chopped/changed/added all the time because the OS is still being rapidly developed to catch up with the more settled/stable iOS (Not suggestion iOS is better, just that it is more mature).

When the iPad was released all of the iPhone apps worked fine on it. iPad 2 released and all the iPad 1 apps work fine. etc

bdsams said,
I addressed some of what you talked about, guess you didnt read it: "The power button is well placed and is easy to target and engage but the volume buttons are too small and recessed into the unit and makes them a bit harder to use."
I stand corrected.

dimithrak said,
I just have an issue with Motorola products. never being satisfied with one.

Me either really. Why I am waiting to see what the HTC Flyer is like and how that does. I am in no rush to get a tab.

techbeck said,

Me either really. Why I am waiting to see what the HTC Flyer is like and how that does. I am in no rush to get a tab.

It won't be dual core. It won't be released with Honeycomb. I heard all I need to know in Mobile World Congress to make my decision with XOOM.

Euphoria said,
So who is ready to pay $600 for beta testing?

Hardly beta testing. New OS and it will have issues as everything else does. Just because it may be missing features or things not working 100%, doesnt mean its beta. If so, then everything would be in beta stage as well as the coveted iOS.

techbeck said,

Hardly beta testing. New OS and it will have issues as everything else does. Just because it may be missing features or things not working 100%, doesn't mean its beta. If so, then everything would be in beta stage as well as the coveted iOS.

Yes, so lets pay a ****-load of money for a buggy OS hoping that in a week or a month, or several months it will work better.
If I am someone that is really that in-loved in the Xoom, I would rather wait till these bugs gets sorted out, and who knows in that time the price might go down... It's a win - win situation.

Euphoria said,

Yes, so lets pay a ****-load of money for a buggy OS hoping that in a week or a month, or several months it will work better.

But yet people buy Apple products because they are shiny and have the logo on it.

And lets blame the "buggy" os on Google and the tab and not the people deveoping apps for it. Not to mention they are probably loading non HC apps...so yea, things will run until devs start developing more for HC. Cannot develop apps if no one is using the product...would be no point

Euphoria said,

Yes, so lets pay a ****-load of money for a buggy OS hoping that in a week or a month, or several months it will work better.
If I am someone that is really that in-loved in the Xoom, I would rather wait till these bugs gets sorted out, and who knows in that time the price might go down... It's a win - win situation.


Care to point out what's buggy about it?

techbeck said,

But yet people buy Apple products because they are shiny and have the logo on it.


That's your messed up point of view. I am sorry but is not my fault that you see the world through some Google/Apple eyes.
techbeck said,

And lets blame the "buggy" os on Google and the tab and not the people deveoping apps for it. Not to mention they are probably loading non HC apps...so yea, things will run until devs start developing more for HC. Cannot develop apps if no one is using the product...would be no point

What does the OS have to do with the apps developers? Now you are going to start blaming the Apps for the inefficiency of the OS.
Guess what? I can run all Apps from iOS 3 on iOS 4, not only without any performance issues but actually see improvements in their performance.
This is something that we were talking about before, that you said it only affects people that are not Android users: fragmentation.
If the applications are not up to par with the OS than maybe Google should not allow them on the market... oh yeah but than they'll be left without any apps.... so you can surf the net on your $600 device.

Euphoria said,
So who is ready to pay $600 for beta testing?

I suppose it's like paying Microsoft for WP7 alpha testing. Of course Android is of a much higher standard though.

vincent said,

Care to point out what's buggy about it?

How about the Alarm Clock Bug.
How about the DST bug?

Any of those "ring a bell" or are you drowning in the Steve Jobs Kool Aid?

Almost every one I know uses there cellphone as the alarm clock.

techbeck said,
But yet people buy Apple products because they are shiny and have the logo on it.

In this case the iPad isn't only shiny with a nice Apple logo on it, but it actually works better, has a lower price point and has much better app support.

UndergroundWire said,

How about the Alarm Clock Bug.
How about the DST bug?

Any of those "ring a bell" or are you drowning in the Steve Jobs Kool Aid?

Almost every one I know uses there cellphone as the alarm clock.

Problem is people are using a cell phone for something it was never made to be. Just a added feature. That why we have actual alarm clocks. I would never use a phone for a clock myself.

+Ichigo+ said,

Problem is people are using a cell phone for something it was never made to be. Just a added feature. That why we have actual alarm clocks. I would never use a phone for a clock myself.

Oh I see. It's not a bug, it's a feature. Good job drinking that Kool Aid.

Flawed said,

I suppose it's like paying Microsoft for WP7 alpha testing. Of course Android is of a much higher standard though.

Wow, have you even used Android or WP7?

There are days that the FCs just kind of get to me, especially when my freaking phone is crashing more than Win95 with bad RAM and a dying hard drive.

Just getting the freaking camera to run on a Droid, Droid X, or Samsung S android is so painful I want to smash them on the ground.

Running both stock and modded versions of 2.2 and 2.3 on these devices. The stability issues horrible, and I know it is not a hardware issue, as we have several of each device, and I have swapped between them many times hoping for a day without one FC or a complete lockup, just using the Google applications alone.

And you are comparing this to WP7, where it just works consistently and is rather solid, especially for a 1.0 release of the .NET/Silverlight OS platform?

UndergroundWire said,

Oh I see. It's not a bug, it's a feature. Good job drinking that Kool Aid.

I never said there was no bug . What I said was people bitching about relying on something that it was never really intended for in the first place.

thenetavenger said,

Wow, have you even used Android or WP7?

There are days that the FCs just kind of get to me, especially when my freaking phone is crashing more than Win95 with bad RAM and a dying hard drive.

Just getting the freaking camera to run on a Droid, Droid X, or Samsung S android is so painful I want to smash them on the ground.

Running both stock and modded versions of 2.2 and 2.3 on these devices. The stability issues horrible, and I know it is not a hardware issue, as we have several of each device, and I have swapped between them many times hoping for a day without one FC or a complete lockup, just using the Google applications alone.

And you are comparing this to WP7, where it just works consistently and is rather solid, especially for a 1.0 release of the .NET/Silverlight OS platform?

ignore him, WP7 raped him, thats why you can see him in every microsoft news or topic trolling about how microsoft is a failing company, but trolling in a topic which is nowhere related to microsoft, amazing!

thenetavenger said,

Wow, have you even used Android or WP7?

There are days that the FCs just kind of get to me, especially when my freaking phone is crashing more than Win95 with bad RAM and a dying hard drive.

Just getting the freaking camera to run on a Droid, Droid X, or Samsung S android is so painful I want to smash them on the ground.

Running both stock and modded versions of 2.2 and 2.3 on these devices. The stability issues horrible, and I know it is not a hardware issue, as we have several of each device, and I have swapped between them many times hoping for a day without one FC or a complete lockup, just using the Google applications alone.

And you are comparing this to WP7, where it just works consistently and is rather solid, especially for a 1.0 release of the .NET/Silverlight OS platform?

Curious, I haven't seen any of those issues on any of the 3 Android phones that I have owned.

+Ichigo+ said,

I never said there was no bug . What I said was people bitching about relying on something that it was never really intended for in the first place.

Lol...you got to be kidding me! I guess the other comment about the kool-aid was spot on!

The Gunslinger said,

Lol...you got to be kidding me! I guess the other comment about the kool-aid was spot on!

Cell phones are phones. Not a alarm clock, camera, or a portable game system. It is nice that manufactors add all these features to make things easier, but I feel that if you rely on one device for anything you do your the fool. Since when have you seen a alarm clock have a "bug" that wont wake you up, Never. Now go drink your kool-aid.

iPad is here to stay because Apple gets more coverage on the web.
But it cannot be denied that Motorola did indeed create a cheaper and better device for the same price when you compare the 32GB versions of both devices.

As the article says, XOOM is the dream tablet for now.

madhukarah said,
Just another tablet, still not an iPad killer

This is the best competitor I've seen. Motorola did well on the hardware.
If Google get their act together, and App Devs move across, I'll definitely buy one.
Although its iPad 2 for me right now.

madhukarah said,
Just another tablet, still not an iPad killer

Apple fans contribute to its sales because they're in the "cool" factor, nothing more. I see honeycomb being a superior Tablet OS

madhukarah said,
Just another tablet, still not an iPad killer

They said the same thing about the phones. Android OS is now #1 selling Mobile OS. Don't make assumptions just yet.

vincent said,

Apple fans contribute to its sales because they're in the "cool" factor, nothing more. I see honeycomb being a superior Tablet OS

What superior OS? Didnt you just read this review?

The issue as always is that Android OS is trying to accomplish in one year what Apple has done in four years.
The Android phones I've tried: DroidX, HTC Incredible experience the same stuttering and choppiness that they talk about in the Xoom review.
And this is with 1GB of RAM... Who said that more RAM makes things run better?
Google, from the day, one have released unoptimised Mobile OS that they've been patching every other month with new releases and updates, while benefiting from the users as their beta tester.
I really hope they get their sh*t together and put out a complete product out there.
Till that day comes around, Apple will have the upper hand.

Euphoria said,

while benefiting from the users as their beta tester.

Till that day comes around, Apple will have the upper hand.

Market share and the fact that the Android OS is #2 worldwide would disagree with you. And beta testing...that comment is laughable.

I know many people who have the Droid X...runs smooth as hell...even when I spent a few hours messing around with one. The HTC incredible had minor issues which have been resolved. Nothing choppy about it.

techbeck said,

Market share and the fact that the Android OS is #2 worldwide would disagree with you. And beta testing...that comment is laughable.

I know many people who have the Droid X...runs smooth as hell...even when I spent a few hours messing around with one. The HTC incredible had minor issues which have been resolved. Nothing choppy about it.

Google had a great timing due to the fact that Apple had exclusive contract with AT&T, so they could not sell the phone through the other carriers. I for one thing did not purchase an iPhone, since I hate AT&T's service in New York.
Ofcourse they would sell millions of phones when there were no other alternatives for a touchscreen PDA phones.

Checkout those charts of Android users trying to switch back to Apple's iPhone, and that will tell you the overall satisfaction. These are no geeks that enjoy tweaking and rooting their phones but normal users that want their phone to work great out of the box.

Anyhow, this topic is about the Xoom review and the Honeycomb which apparently is not yet ready for the tablets.... Tell me now, why would someone pay $600 - $900 plus two year contract for something that is choppy and still buggy but has a great hardware. Maybe, for Motorola's sake, people do love bragging more about their hardware than actually enjoying the full product.

techbeck said,

Market share and the fact that the Android OS is #2 worldwide would disagree with you. And beta testing...that comment is laughable.

I know many people who have the Droid X...runs smooth as hell...even when I spent a few hours messing around with one. The HTC incredible had minor issues which have been resolved. Nothing choppy about it.

Google had a great timing due to the fact that Apple had exclusive contract with AT&T, so they could not sell the phone through the other carriers. I for one thing did not purchase an iPhone, since I hate AT&T's service in New York.
Ofcourse they would sell millions of phones when there were no other alternatives for a touchscreen PDA phones.

Checkout those charts of Android users trying to switch back to Apple's iPhone, and that will tell you the overall satisfaction. These are no geeks that enjoy tweaking and rooting their phones but normal users that want their phone to work great out of the box.

Anyhow, this is topic is about the Xoom review and the Honeycomb which apparently is not yet ready for the tablets.... Tell me now, why would someone pay $600 - $900 plus two year contract for something that is choppy and still buggy but has a great hardware. Maybe, for Motorola's sake, people do love bragging more about their hardware than actually enjoying the full product.

Euphoria said,

Checkout those charts of Android users trying to switch back to Apple's iPhone, and that will tell you the overall satisfaction. These are no geeks that enjoy tweaking and rooting their phones but normal users that want their phone to work great out of the box.

And check out what the experts are saying that when surveyed, more people are saying that they want an android. But we can go back and forth on this all day long.


Tell me now, why would someone pay $600 - $900 plus two year contract for something that is choppy and still buggy but has a great hardware. Maybe, for Motorola's sake, people do love bragging more about their hardware than actually enjoying the full product.

Same reason people buy an Apple product that is missing features most other products have. Android has its fan base like Apple...but they are not as worse as apple is.

And $600...is **** compared to everyone who is getting an iPad 2 because of all the things they dont like about the iPad 1. And not to mention you get more features and can do more with an android than you can with an iPad.

techbeck said,

Same reason people buy an Apple product that is missing features most other products have. Android has its fan base like Apple...but they are not as worse as apple is.

Right... I forgot ... the Evil Apple and the Righteous Google... sorry I forgot that there is nothing out there as wrong as Apple...
techbeck said,

And $600...is **** compared to everyone who is getting an iPad 2 because of all the things they dont like about the iPad 1. And not to mention you get more features and can do more with an android than you can with an iPad.

Way to turn that around.... Who says that they are getting iPad 2 because they were not happy with iPad 1. Have you asked yourself that the reason they are getting iPad 2 is because of their great experience with iPad 1, and because Apple offers $100 refund for recent iPad 1 owners. After all they are upgrading to a newer/faster hardware.

Euphoria said,

What superior OS? Didnt you just read this review?

The issue as always is that Android OS is trying to accomplish in one year what Apple has done in four years.
The Android phones I've tried: DroidX, HTC Incredible experience the same stuttering and choppiness that they talk about in the Xoom review.
And this is with 1GB of RAM... Who said that more RAM makes things run better?
Google, from the day, one have released unoptimised Mobile OS that they've been patching every other month with new releases and updates, while benefiting from the users as their beta tester.
I really hope they get their sh*t together and put out a complete product out there.
Till that day comes around, Apple will have the upper hand.

Yep, Techbeck's correct. The video shows a smooth OS. All the legitimate glitches I've seen have come from specific apps not yet optimized for Honeycomb. I've demoed the Xoom at Best Buy, and it flies. Honeycomb has accelerated hardware--which iOS has been supporting for years--and dual core support. It's only a matter of time before developers take advantage of it. It takes a single line of code to support accelerated hardware.

I will never buy an iPad. Why? The OS is awful. Not because of performance, not because of the UIs aesthetics, but because it simply doesn't offer anything interesting to me. Why would I want to stare at a grid of apps all day? My biggest knock on iOS is all you do is open and close apps. To me that's lame--no matter how "cool" the apps are. Go ahead and stare at your islands all day.

Customization is great. Widgets that display info from various sources on a single screen are great. A complete browsing experience with tabs is great. I will acknowledge that Apple has the upper hand in the app store, but to me, the OS is more important. Also, let's see how many apps the Xoom has in a year. I believe the Android Market will show comparable growth. Android caught up in the smart phone market very quickly. I also don't trust the iPad2's 512 MB of RAM.


Jmaxku said,

Customization is great. Widgets that display info from various sources on a single screen are great. A complete browsing experience with tabs is great. I will acknowledge that Apple has the upper hand in the app store, but to me, the OS is more important. Also, let's see how many apps the Xoom has in a year. I believe the Android Market will show comparable growth. Android caught up in the smart phone market very quickly. I also don't trust the iPad2's 512 MB of RAM.

Yes, that is all great, but then maybe Motorola should sell this product in a year, when developers have caught up with the greatness of Honeycomb and when there are actual apps that dont make your OS stutter.

Euphoria said,

Yes, that is all great, but then maybe Motorola should sell this product in a year, when developers have caught up with the greatness of Honeycomb and when there are actual apps that dont make your OS stutter.

Because there are many awesome apps optimized for Honeycomb, Fragments API that lessen the troubles of fragmentation, and because Google obviously wants to dominate in both markets. Everyday my Nexus One automatically updates apps to my SD card. These updates frequently say "now optimized for Honeycomb". It's happening faster than you would like to believe.

Euphoria said,

... Apple offers $100 refund for recent iPad 1 owners. After all they are upgrading to a newer/faster hardware.

Do you have a link to that? I think that the $100 refund is for people who have purchased the iPad 1 within the past 2 weeks or something.

Euphoria said,

Google, from the day, one have released unoptimised Mobile OS that they've been patching every other month with new releases and updates, while benefiting from the users as their beta tester.

Interesting, My Droid Incredible got two updates and I have had that device since day one of its release. Do you know what you are talking about?

UndergroundWire said,

They said the same thing about the phones. Android OS is now #1 selling Mobile OS. Don't make assumptions just yet.

It's OK to make assumptions. You're comparing a device to an OS, and not a device to another device. Yes, Android OS is outselling iOS. With the amount of devices it is on, and are currently for sale, it should be. But name one Android phone that has out sold the iPhone. Name one Android tablet that has out sold the iPad.

Euphoria said,

What superior OS? Didnt you just read this review?

The issue as always is that Android OS is trying to accomplish in one year what Apple has done in four years.
The Android phones I've tried: DroidX, HTC Incredible experience the same stuttering and choppiness that they talk about in the Xoom review.
And this is with 1GB of RAM... Who said that more RAM makes things run better?
Google, from the day, one have released unoptimised Mobile OS that they've been patching every other month with new releases and updates, while benefiting from the users as their beta tester.
I really hope they get their sh*t together and put out a complete product out there.
Till that day comes around, Apple will have the upper hand.

Shall I sum this up in a single word:

BETA

Granted, Motorola are to blame for shipping a tablet with an OS that is still in early stages of Beta, but once Android 3.0 is released, I am confident it will put the iPad to shame

bogd said,

It's OK to make assumptions. You're comparing a device to an OS, and not a device to another device. Yes, Android OS is outselling iOS. With the amount of devices it is on, and are currently for sale, it should be. But name one Android phone that has out sold the iPhone. Name one Android tablet that has out sold the iPad.


^ This.

alexalex said,
And nothing about misrable 100 apps for the XOOM compaired to 65,000 for the iPad/2 ?

Because honey comb has not been out for to long. Give them time. Cannot expect thousands of apps right away. Not to mention, those are HC specific apps.

ahhell said,
What will people do with out 64,000 fart apps.

Find me 64,000 fart apps and I'll buy you a xoom. Actually find me 6000 ipad fart apps and I'll buy you a xoom

alexalex said,
And nothing about misrable 100 apps for the XOOM compaired to 65,000 for the iPad/2 ?

im wondering how many apps its for ipad since day one, not too much...

DomZ said,

Find me 64,000 fart apps and I'll buy you a xoom. Actually find me 6000 ipad fart apps and I'll buy you a xoom


I might install iTunes just to prove it. Send me a PM and Ill put something on the line myself.

vincent said,
Care to point out what's missing in the OS?

I own it and I can tell you that Flash is missing, 4G is missing, SD Card access is missing. Apps seem to Force Close but it's nothing short of an OS and App update. By 6 months time, it should be a really nice device overall.

UndergroundWire said,

I own it and I can tell you that Flash is missing, 4G is missing, SD Card access is missing. Apps seem to Force Close but it's nothing short of an OS and App update. By 6 months time, it should be a really nice device overall.

No SD access? Really? Thats ****

techbeck said,

No SD access? Really? Thats ****

It was disabled due to sync/mounting bug when connected to a PC afaik, it should be re-enabled in a future update.

UndergroundWire said,

I own it and I can tell you that Flash is missing, 4G is missing, SD Card access is missing. Apps seem to Force Close but it's nothing short of an OS and App update. By 6 months time, it should be a really nice device overall.

Really? Spend all that money and wait for 6 months hoping it will get better? Why would I want to do that?

UndergroundWire said,

I own it and I can tell you that Flash is missing, 4G is missing, SD Card access is missing. Apps seem to Force Close but it's nothing short of an OS and App update. By 6 months time, it should be a really nice device overall.

So looking at your missing list which of these does the iPad2 have?
Flash? Nope
4G? Nope
SD Card? Nope

All of which however will almost certainly be enabled in free updates for the Xoom. (as well as app stability improvements).

Asmodai said,

So looking at your missing list which of these does the iPad2 have?
Flash? Nope
4G? Nope
SD Card? Nope

All of which however will almost certainly be enabled in free updates for the Xoom. (as well as app stability improvements).

I knew about this before hand and I still bought the Xoom. Why?

1) It's not Apple
2) You can customize it (i.e. Widgets, can you imagine looking at the home screen with just your apps? What is this Windows 3.1?)
3) It's an Android, it has only improved and will continue to do so.
4) Flash is coming in a few weeks, SD Card access is coming soon, 4G is coming soon and Apps will be developed. Anybody that argues that is an idiot. It will be available in less than 3 months. So all it's "faults" are a non issue.

Asmodai said,

So looking at your missing list which of these does the iPad2 have?
Flash? Nope
4G? Nope
SD Card? Nope

All of which however will almost certainly be enabled in free updates for the Xoom. (as well as app stability improvements).


So it's all OK because the iPad 2 don't have these features?

What happened to the aims of being better than the competitor...

derekaw said,

Really? Spend all that money and wait for 6 months hoping it will get better? Why would I want to do that?

idk, ask all the ipad1 buyers trying like hell to sell them now and get the ipad2 lol

Yes, if you don't want to buy into the Apple cult, this is your tablet. But, you need to understand that the OS is not perfect and if you can wait for a revision of the OS, your experience will be that much better.

Without sounding too negative the overall conclusion of the review seems to be: Buy the Moterola Xoom for the sake of not buying anything with an Apple logo on it. But you'll have to deal with a currently disappointing and subpar OS and poor third-party application support for a pretty steep price.

Sounds good.

.Neo said,

Without sounding too negative the overall conclusion of the review seems to be: Buy the Moterola Xoom for the sake of not buying anything with an Apple logo on it. But you'll have to deal with a currently disappointing and subpar OS and poor third-party application support for a pretty steep price.

Sounds good.

Considering This is a very early beta of Android 3.0 these issues are to be expected, they will be ironed out by the final release.

Subject Delta said,

Considering This is a very early beta of Android 3.0 these issues are to be expected, they will be ironed out by the final release.

I'm supposed to believe they put a "very early beta" of Android 3.0 on a shipping hardware product? Uh, no ... not buying that excuse.

.Neo said,

Without sounding too negative the overall conclusion of the review seems to be: Buy the Moterola Xoom for the sake of not buying anything with an Apple logo on it. But you'll have to deal with a currently disappointing and subpar OS and poor third-party application support for a pretty steep price.
Where did you see anything about poor third-party application support?!?

And I don't think he's saying the OS is "disappointing and subpar". More like it's early, about 95% done, and if you can wait a few months then it'll be 100%. What's wrong with that? The updates will be free and if you want to be cutting edge then you pay for it. If you don't want to be one of the first then wait a little while until it gets worked out. It's like this for any brand new product.

Subject Delta said,

Considering This is a very early beta of Android 3.0 these issues are to be expected, they will be ironed out by the final release.

Beta? Android 3.0 is not in beta anymore.


The Xoom is a top notch product, and you will be happy with it as long as you know that you need Google to update its OS to make it a flawless experience.

Flawless? Nothing is flawless. And dont worry, I am sure the people over at XDA will address any OS issues before Motorola/Google.