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Friday, 07 January 2011 01:35

Motorola Xoom hands on

Written by Fuad Abazovic

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CES 2011: Really nice

Acer's Picaso tablet appears to be a decent on the surface resembling oversized iPad, however we were really impressed by Motorola's tablet offering.  The Motorola Xoom is seven inch tablet based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and should ship with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).  Motorola representatives stated that the device will ship in the US in Q1 2011, while shipping later in the year to other parts of the world.

The device has a 10 hour battery life, a seven inch screen capable of 1280x800, and 3G support. In the US, Verizon Wireless also plans to offer an upgrade to 4G. The device has two cameras, a  2 megapixel front facing, and 5 megapixel back facing camera.  Xoom also comes with 1GB DDR2 for system memory, and rocks 32GB of internal storage. Utilizing the SDHC slot, and a 32GB SDHC card, consumers can upgrade the storage to 64GB total.

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The device supports playback of 1080P HD video, as well as any Adobe Flash.  Motorola was showing a pre-recorded video on the device of it running Android 3.0.  In the video it seemed to us that the user interface was much improved, and that Google Maps 5.0 maps also provides a great user experience.  You can check out the video below to see how this device is going to work and feel.

Last modified on Friday, 07 January 2011 10:31
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+6 #1 Fud_u 2011-01-07 03:16
I don't see how Apple fanboy can go on a hate streak on the Gingerbread. It look 10x better.
 
 
-4 #2 gsacks 2011-01-07 04:16
I think it is funny reading Fudzilla writers falling for any tablet that isn't made by Apple, after trashing the iPad at every opportunity. They are basically the same thing with a different (not better or worse) OS.
 
 
+7 #3 Naterm 2011-01-07 07:07
Nevermind, it does in fact have an SDHC slot, Engadget left that out. Those guys are hitting the 'cloud' crackpipe so hard it's not even funny. They don't think local storage is a big deal.

The big problem with the iPad is that it's 3G functionality is limited to AT&T in the US. AT&T sucks. Obviously the lack of expandable storage and ports is also a problem, but it's probably one that will be remedied in the next model.
 
 
+3 #4 inaphasia 2011-01-07 09:45
10hr battery life sounds more like it! Last time round you guys said 10hrs of video playback.
 
 
+4 #5 bobo 2011-01-07 10:38
Quoting inaphasia:
10hr battery life sounds more like it! Last time round you guys said 10hrs of video playback.



Don't know what are those PR guys talking about at CES, but the official spec sheet for XOOM stated that battery is enough for "up to 10hrs of video playback"
 
 
+2 #6 Cromagnon 2011-01-09 22:31
I saw it first hand, and had dinner with the PM. the tablet is well designed. VERY SWEET. I might hold off on buying an ipad.
 

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