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Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:22

Motorola Xoom reviews far from positive

Written by Fudzilla staff

Too pricey and plagued by OS issues
Motorola’s new Xoom tablet doesn’t appear to have impressed reviewers as much as Google or Motorola had hoped. It’s worth noting that the Xoom is just the first in a line of new Android Honeycomb tablets, so the largely negative reviews are hurting the entire platform rather than a single product.

Engadget was not thrilled by the pricing, as the Xoom costs about 10 percent more than a comparable iPad. Although the Xoom has better hardware, it’s let down by the OS and the lack of tablet oriented apps. Engadget described it as a “work in progress” and its telling potential consumers they should “wait and see” how Google and Motorola react to the criticism.

Anand was a bit more positive. He praised the new UI and Android’s flexibility which allows for a degree of customization, noting that Honeycomb’s biggest advantage over iOS is the multitasking UI and notification system. However, Anand also complained about choppy animations and noted that some elements of Google’s new OS feel “rushed”, citing random OS issues and lack of SD card support in the test version. The screen and price were also a source of complaints.

CNET also praised the fast hardware and impressive spec sheet, but it moaned about the price and Android 3.0’s lack of intuitiveness. CNET believes Apple won't be unseated anytime soon thanks to the sheer volume of iOS tablet apps available to iPad users.

Although every reviewer found quite a few positive aspects to write home about, it appears that none of them are sold on Google’s latest OS. Mind you, we are not talking about a cheap piece of kit here, consumers expect a top notch OS for $800, so any bugs, lag or choppy visuals really aren’t acceptable, especially considering Xoom packs a dual-core processor rather than Apple’s single core A4.

However, the biggest concern appears to be the price and this is where we have to agree with every Xoom review out there - $800 is just too much for just about any tablet out there.
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-9 #1 hellfire 2011-02-24 12:39
so...is this "awesom android tablets raping ipad" some were talkin about?
-12 #2 dan 2011-02-24 13:43
It's Nshittia Turdgra's fault.
-6 #3 STRESS 2011-02-24 13:55
Ohh and that even with Tegra 2 which according to FUDO is the best thing since sliced bread! What a shame!
+20 #4 Dribble 2011-02-24 14:09
From what I can see:
1) OS needs a few patches to work properly.
2) Needs more tablet apps.
3) Price needs to come down.
4) Needs a better screen.

All those aren't insurmountable problems, 1 & 2 will get fixed in the next few months. Competition should guarantee 3. For 4 we just need someone to release one of these things with a decent screen (samsung might).

Personally I'd also like to see more cpu grunt to give a truly PC-like browsing experience (i.e. 2012's quad A15 soc's should do it).
+20 #5 Naterm 2011-02-24 14:56
There are some really stupid comments already, what a surprise. I think it's pretty obvious that Motorola and Google rushed this thing out to beat the iPad 2 to market.

The OS is unfinished and 4G isn't there. Those will both be fixed in time, but anyone who buys it now will have to send their tablet back to get the 4G upgrade. It's not a software upgrade, at least not one a user can install. Oh, and there aren't any applications outside of Google's own stuff.

Anyone blaming nVidia is just an idiot, AMD fanboy, or both. I can't think of an ARM implementation on the market that would have been a better choice.
-2 #6 The_Wolf88 2011-02-24 15:42
The problem for the OS !!

Google needs to shape it more !!

Even the 2.1 ~ 2.3 Android feels sluggish comparing to iOS !

I don't know what apple did with that kind of OS ! :o
-26 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-02-24 17:31
Hmmm... this sounds like an AM-DOO DOO product Full of hype and bluster, only to launch weak and lackluster. Google made this?!!
-2 #8 Thisguy 2011-02-24 19:33
Yeah, a lot of these comments are stupid. Too many trolls on fudzilla. I think everyone just wants to be like Warrior24_7...

EDIT: Look at dan's post, its exactly like Warrior24_7 only aimed at Nvidia
-1 #9 TechHog 2011-02-25 01:50
Quoting Thisguy:
Yeah, a lot of these comments are stupid. Too many trolls on fudzilla. I think everyone just wants to be like Warrior24_7...

EDIT: Look at dan's post, its exactly like Warrior24_7 only aimed at Nvidia

Not true.

btw it's POOgle's fault.
+1 #10 Fud_u 2011-02-25 10:35
I luv it. Best browsing tablet I've use. My sis iPad just can't compare.

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