So as a lot of you know I recently got the Motorola Xoom. A lot of you said don’t do it! You want the iPad 2! You know me as a person who needs the newest thing, no matter what it is, but that is all about to change. Granted I like having the newest in mobile tech, I am starting to grow further and further away from iOS. Some say, you’ll be back! And you may be right, but not until some things change.
As my first Android tablet, I have fallen in love. I used to be big into blackberries, then made the switch to iOS (or had both), but without getting into all the reasons, I am really starting to dislike iOS. So now since I “need” two phones, I am on a DROID X and BB Torch 9800. So at first I had an iPad, and liked using it as my oversized iPod, but I needed something more. So here it is, my Motorola XOOM review…
I want to start off saying I’m not going to post pics, because you all know what it looks like.
Like most Motorola Android devices, the build quality is superb in my opinion. The screen’s Gorilla Glass makes the screen “unscratchable.” And the resolution is outstanding. But on to my favorite part of this device, Honeycomb. The brand new UI to the Android OS is stunning. 5 homescreens, stackable widgets, and the notification and utility button bar are awesome. in the bottom left corner you have the back, home, recent apps, and, when its usable, menu buttons. On the bottom right you have the battery,wifi, and bluetooth indicators, as well as the clock and any notifications your device has. Tapping on them makes them stack vertically so you can see all of them. on the outside there is a nice glowing white notification light letting you know that you have something waiting when your screen is off.
As of right now the things I dislike are the fact that I don’t have LTE yet, and that there is no working SDCard slot, but both will be fixed in future updates. At the same time, this monster of a tablet has 32GB built in, so memory isn’t really a concern of mine, and Verizon’s 3G isn’t too slow, especially if I am on WiFi and don’t need to use the network.
While I don’t want to get into specifics about all the built in specs, I will let you know that this one of the fastest devices I have used to date. This makes for smooth transition into and out of apps, as well as the browser loading very nicely. The 2 cameras are also a nice touch. The updated camera UI is a huge improvement, and although it is a little weird taking photos out of the backside camera with the devices size, the video chats have been crystal clear so far.
The one thing that is lacking, and is not the devices faut, is tablet-ready apps. Android just got into the tablet game so this should change rather quickly, just like when the iPad came out there were not so many apps made for the iPad out, but that hast dramatically changed.
To sum up, I love my XOOM. It is probably one of the only devices I can really say I am happy I made the decision to get.
Let me know what you think in the comments and if you want to know anything else just say so!