Motorola never had a big stake in the smartphone market and now the American phone manufacturer has stepped into the domain of the tablet sporting the new Android based OS entitled Honeycomb(ver. 3.0).In this review I'll be critically analysing the Motorola Xoom on the basis of design, build quality, functionality and pricing after which I'll give my final verdict.
Design- The Motorola Xoom has been designed with very plain tastes; nothing out of the box. We guessed the unique selling point of the Xoom is what lies inside. It sports a 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen which gives out some nice colours. There's a volume rocker on the left side and a series of ports at the bottom such as the mini HDMI port. There are no navigation buttons whatsoever on the device However, at the back of the Xoom is a cool array of in-built goodies like the 5 MP autofocus camera with dual-LED flash. At the front is a 2 MP camera.
Build Quality- The Xoom is built out of metal, giving it a nice-to-hold factor. Well, it isn't textured plastic, so there are some chances that the tablet might slip out of your hands(provided you're a bit careless). But since it is constructed out of metal, it can absorb the impact of most minor falls.
Functionality- The Motorola Xoom is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A-9 processor and runs on the latest Android operating system- Honeycomb 3.0; and we were quite impressed. Yes, I have made a few reviews on Honeycomb flavoured tablets, but needless to say, the Xoom was the first tablet to support the new version of the OS. Coupled the processor, I was right in saying that the tab's USP is what lies inside. It supports live wallpapers as well as multi-tasking smoothly. The Navigation buttons are built into the user interface namely Back, Home and Menu. Unlike Honeycomb's predecessors, the notification bar is at the bottom of the screen. The web browser supports HTML and Adobe Flash; so you can interact with flash elements present in web pages. The front facing camera can be used to make video calls or taking portrait pictures. The 5 MP camera at the back does its job well in taking some good snaps. It can support cellular services but also comes in a Wi-fi specific model.
Pricing- The Motorola Xoom comes in 16, 32 and 64 Gigabyte variants. But as of now we only know the price of the 32 gig version which is $390(USD). Compared to its rivals such as the New iPad, the HTC Flyer and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Xoom's price is captivating.
The Verdict- Overall, where the Motorola Xoom lacks in design, it makes up for it in functionality. The new Honeycomb OS is a treat to work with and the user experience is more than just satisfactory. The only competitor which stands between the Xoom and profitable sales is the RIM Blackberry Playbook which is priced at $270(USD), $320(USD) and $490(USD) for the 16, 32 and 64 Gigabyte variants. They both work on different OSs and user interfaces, so its all up to the consumer to decide which tablet is better.
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