The Motorola Xoom is a 10 inch Android tablet running Android Honeycomb 3.0 OS. The Xoom is the first Android Honeycomb 3.0 tablet to hit the market, which also makes it the first tablet to ship with a tablet optimised OS. Motorola has entered the tablet war with all guns blazing, the Xoom boasts of an impressive spec sheet featuring Dual Core processor, 10.1 inch display, 32 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and Dual cameras.
The Android Honeycomb 3.0 is a tablet optimised OS and is unlike any of the previous Android Operating Systems. Google has designed a unified UI featuring a new ever-present Google search button on the homescreen and a voice search button. The Honeycomb gives you the freedom to place widgets anywhere in your homescreens. Furthermore, it is more responsive and better optimised for reading magazines and playing games.
The Xoom is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor aided by 1 GB of DDR2 RAM. The inclusion of the graphic processor allows the Xoom to handle even CPU intensive apps like HD gaming and Flash heavy sites with ease. The 5 megapixel camera with LED flash on the Motorola Xoom can shoot 720p HD videos. The Xoom also features a front facing 2 megapixel camera for video chats.
The Xoom measures 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm and weighs 730 g. Motorola has fitted the Xoom with an anodized aluminum black chassis with sleek matte finish. The most noticeable deviance in the Xoom, compared to other Android devices is the absence of physical Menu, Home, Back and Search buttons. These are replaced by auto-orientating soft menu buttons. The Xoom packs a Proximity Sensor for auto-turn off, Ambient light sensor for auto-brightness adjust, an accelerometer for auto-orientation and a Gyroscope for a richer gaming experience.
Battery and Storage
The Motorola Xoom is powered by a 1680+1680 mAh battery and can go unplugged for 10 hrs when connected onto a Wi-Fi. The Android tablet comes with 32 GB of internal storage and accepts microSD cards up to 32 GB.
Connectivity and Features
The Motorola Xoom supports Wi-Fi connectivity for web browsing and is preloaded with a new improved Webkit browser. The Android tablet comes with micro-HDMI port for connecting it to a big screen, microUSB port for data sync and a charging port. The Xoom supports A-GPS connectivity with Google Maps, Latitude and Locations support.
The faster processing speed of the Xoom allows for smooth and jitter-free 1080p full HD Video playback. The device comes preloaded with tablet optimized version of Google Talk that delivers seamless integration with multiple account, besides supporting both voice and video conversations.
The Xoom is preloaded with tablet optimised versions of Android apps. The YouTube app now displays a 3D wall of videos which you can pan through for easier selection. The Music app is overhauled with a much cleaner and graphic heavy flipbook interface. The Motorola Xoom's impressive hardware capabilities combined with its powerful web client, makes it one of the few tablets capable of rivaling the Apple iPad.