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#1 TabletConnect

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

Conclusion

Overall, the Motorola Xoom performed very well and is a very good tablet. However with a price of $599 for the WiFi version, this is on the high side. In addition, we feel that the Xoom was rushed to the market. It is not complete. First, it launched without being Adobe Flash ready which is a key advantage over the iPad. However by the time we received our unit, Flash 10.2 was available on the Android Market so we installed it without a problem. Second, the micro-SD expansion slot is not useable but will be with a firmware update. Although the tablet has a large 32GB built-in memory, it should still have a working expansion slot. Third, the Xoom was not easily identifiable through two different Windows 7 computers. Windows 7 installed the necessary drivers but we still experienced some problems with the computer recognizing the Xoom.

The Xoom is the first table to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Every other tablet manufacturer is probably keeping an eye on how well the Xoom does. This review did not concentrate on Honeycomb but we were impressed with its tablet-specific UI. It does the job well but it still needs to be improved upon. Our two main gripes with Honeycomb is 1) lack of a native file manager; and 2) lack of true task manager/switcher. Android is “better” than Apple's iOS because it can multi-task. However, Honeycomb still fails to easily switch open apps. RIM's PlayBook and HP webOS do this well so why can't Android? Even the Notion Ink Adam created an app switcher to easily change apps. Also there is a lack of tablet specific apps on the Android Market.

The Motorola Xoom performs well. If the price was not so high, we may overlook some of its weaknesses. It is a powerful tablet and the best non-Apple tablet currently on the market. We are giving it a 4.22 out of 5 points which is the highest score we have given a tablet. Many other Android tablets (at a lower price) will be launching this year so it will be difficult for Motorola to become a leader unless it reduces its price.

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#2 Kal40

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:11 PM

Hello read your conclusion. Will the xoom receive regular updates.

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 09:27 AM

Should. It is the starter device for Honeycomb and Google usually makes sure that those devices are kept up to date.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:49 PM

Hello read your conclusion. Will the xoom receive regular updates.



The Motorola Xoom is a Google Experience Device. This means several things. That it is released completely stock (no proprietary skins or widgets or lockdowns)and that it is a target device. Google Designed towards this hardware so that new updates will work out of the gates. This means you aren't stuck waiting for Motorola to get around to updating if they can be bothered.
As for updates, the Xoom will be first until a next gen Honeycomb Tablet running Ice Cream is released. However IceCream Sandwich should be made available if not on release day soon after for the Xoom. Right now no other tablet will have that distinction.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 04:24 PM

The Motorola Xoom is a Google Experience Device. This means several things. That it is released completely stock (no proprietary skins or widgets or lockdowns)and that it is a target device. Google Designed towards this hardware so that new updates will work out of the gates. This means you aren't stuck waiting for Motorola to get around to updating if they can be bothered.
As for updates, the Xoom will be first until a next gen Honeycomb Tablet running Ice Cream is released. However IceCream Sandwich should be made available if not on release day soon after for the Xoom. Right now no other tablet will have that distinction.


Thank you, you answered my other question about the ice cream update. If that's a fact then I can wait.
I have had my xoom for about month and was beginning to think I had made a mistake.

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