The Motorola Xoom is an Android-based tablet computer by Motorola. It was the first tablet to be sold with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Verizon branded Xoom was the first tablet to run Android 3.1. It's went through the FCC on February 10, 2011 only 14 days before release. The 3G version was released on February 24, 2011, and the Wi-Fi version was released March 27, 2011. It was announced concurrently with three other products: the Motorola Atrix, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and the Motorola Cliq 2. CNET named it the "Best of the CES" 2011.
The Motorola Xoom has been upgraded to Android 3.1 and I received the tablet with the upgrade. Therefore, I couldn’t test Android 3.0 which apparently was not a stable version of Honeycomb, according to a lot of online forums. I will not delve deep into how Android Honeycomb looks and feels since we have covered the OS extensively in our review of the Acer Iconia Tab 501.The Xoom has the stock version of Android Honeycomb and the design and layout looks really great (like my colleague mentioned straight out of a ‘Tron’ movie).
In terms of the power game, the Xoom does pack a significant punch - dual core Tegra 2 SoC, consisting of two ARM Cortex A9 CPU cores running at 1 GHz and 1GB of RAM. In simple terms, apps run much smoother than we expected. Games run smoother than all other Android tablets we have tested till now, Angry Birds fans rejoice! Multitasking didn’t really slow down the tablet at all, and the new task manager introduced with Android 3.1 does make for a visually appealing package. Weirdly though, if you are transferring anything to the Xoom via the data cable, the OS completely freezes and refuses to respond till the file transfer is complete. We faced this problem when sending music and movies to the Xoom’s internal memory.
What makes our eyes tear with happiness is the new web browser! The Chrome-esque UI (the desktop browser version we are talking about!) allows you to stack multiple tabs. We were quite impressed by page rendering speeds, and the fact that pages “snapped to fit” quite seamlessly.
Features of Motorola XOOM MZ601 :
- 10.1” capacitive touchscreen of 1280 x 800 pixel resolution; multi-touch
- 730g of weight
- Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity; Wi-Fi hotspot
- Optional 3G connectivity (data only) – HSPA or 1xEV-DO (LTE via upgrade)
- GPS with A-GPS support on all models
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H Dual Core processor
- 1GB RAM
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb, upgradable to 3.1
- 16/32/64GB of onboard storage
- micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Accelerometer, compass and three-axis gyro-sensor; barometer sensor
- 5MP auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash
- 720p video recording at 30fps
- 2MP secondary video call camera
- HD TV-Out via microHDMI port
- microUSB with host functionality
- Flash-enabled web browser
- 10 hours video playback, 3.3 days of music playback
Specification of Motorola XOOM MZ601 :
- MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC+ player
- MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Up to 10 hour video playback
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input