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Motorola XOOM Review – Verizon

Finally, right?  After almost a month with the device, we’re ready to put together our thoughts on the Motorola XOOM, the world’s first Honeycomb tablet.  This tablet deserved a lot more than those quickie 2-day press reviews we saw around launch time, especially since it introduced the world to a new tablet operating system.  Or should I say, the only tablet operating system?  We didn’t want this to come off as one of those barely-there overviews, so instead, we took our sweet time with it.  We really wanted to blend the XOOM into our every day lives and see if it could keep up.  Did it?  Let’s find out.  

The Good:

  • Honeycomb: Other tech sites want to hate all over Honeycomb as a product that doesn’t feel finished, but I’m going to praise it for what it is.  The only real tablet operating system.  This isn’t a phone OS that was stretched out to fit a bigger screen.  This isn’t an app jukebox.  It’s the real deal for tablets.  If you want your tablet to run like a computer with multi-tasking and widgets, only in a slim-downed portable device, then a Honeycomb device is what you should be looking for.  Sure it has bugs; it’s brand new!  The bugs will be gone in no time, we’ll have plenty of apps to play with in the next 3-4 months, and life with an Android product in hand will just continue to get better.  This is the Android team showing the world that it really is going to change the way your mobile devices work. They aren’t just taking something elastic and stretching it.
  • Specs:  Hard to argue with the specs on the XOOM.  Dual-core processor, front and back cameras at 5MP and 2MP, 4G LTE (soon), 1GB of RAM, 32GB built-in storage, 10″ HD display, HDMI and USB ports, dual-speakers, and expandable storage.  There is nothing like it on the market right now.
  • Tablet Apps:  There may not be 65,000 of them, but the ones we do have are pretty damn good, especially the Google apps like Gmail, the browser, Books, and Gtalk.  The good news is, we’re seeing new apps on a daily basis, so by the time you finish reading this review you’ll probably have something new to download and play with.

  • Flash:  Flash 10.2 for Honeycomb will be out by Friday and then all of the haters in the world can shut the hell up.  Yep, with the Motorola XOOM or any other Android tablet, you can view the entire web just as you would on a PC.  In a “post PC” world, you’d think that you would want to experience everything the same only on a portable device.  Android tablets like the XOOM are currently the only ones allowing you to do that.
  • Front Camera and Google Talk:  The 2MP camera on the front of the XOOM works better than I expected and paired with the new Google Talk, this is the best video chatting experience you’ll find almost anywhere.  In fact, it’s worked every single time I’ve used it and without issue.  Sound quality was above average, the picture quality was better than expected, and not once did I lose connection with my other participant.
  • Battery Life:  Hello battery life.  With the XOOM, you’ll get 10-12 hours of hard usage and a lot longer than that on standby.  I can’t tell you if it’s a couple of days or a week, but the battery has never been an issue at any time over the last 3 weeks.  Charging without USB is a little bit of an annoyance, but it’s not going to be a factor in deciding whether or not you should buy one.

  • Video Recording:  The quality of video on the XOOM isn’t all that bad.  In fact I’d say it does a better job of recording video than it does taking still shots.  At 720p, this isn’t going to blow your mind, but it’s still better than most smartphones can do at this point.
  • Gaming:  Hard to express the amount of fun it is to game on a device this powerful.  I’ve played a ton of different games so far on the XOOM and all of them play as well as you would expect them too.  We have a whole gaming demo video below which shows just how nice this device is for gaming on.

  • Ports:  This could probably fit into the “Specs” section, but we still wanted to mention that we appreciate having separate charging, USB, and HDMI ports.
  • Build:  Standard Motorola quality which is a good thing.  While the device is definitely heavy, this thing is built like a rock.  There are no moving or shaking parts and the all-black finish matches up to the rest of Moto’s mobile lineup.  Loving the look of the XOOM.
  • 3G Coverage:  This is an odd subject to review, but I had to mention this.  I don’t know if they packed in a super-powered 3G radio into this thing or what, but I seriously get coverage everywhere.  While cruising up and down I-5 a couple of weeks ago, I was struggling to make a call on my DROID X, but the XOOM always seemed to have 3-4 bars at all times.  I know that many of you purchased the device and will use wifi only, but the 3G is no slouch if you are a big time traveler.

The Not-so-Good:

  • Still Camera Shots: The video on the XOOM is pretty solid in the quality department, however, the still shots aren’t where you’d expect them to be.  It’s a 5MP camera that does a so-so job at best.  While I’m no camera guru, I still expected much cleaner results.

  • Weight:  The XOOM is one heavy beast.  Not sure which piece of hardware is to blame, but this thing is far from a one-handed device.  At 730g, it’s heavier than any other major tablet on the planet, and that’s without it’s 4G parts.
  • Lack of Apps:  Honeycomb is new, so it’s tough to be too critical in this category, but it has to be mentioned.  Until developers start pumping out Android tablet-specific apps like they are for smartphones, it’s going to be a tough battle.  And if they are doing this already, then we need to be able to find them better.  The Android team is starting to do a better job of highlighting the good ones, but we really need a filter for apps that are built for tablets.  You shouldn’t be worried about the lack of apps though.  Apple dealt with this last year when the iPad first launched and they are doing just fine.
  • Software Bugs:  People keep talking about Honeycomb as an unfinished product.  That’s not really fair.  Sure, it has bugs, but this is the first real tablet operating system.  As much as other companies want to tell you that they have one, they are lying.  Google started from nothing and built an operating system that won’t be used on phones ever.  It was made to give you the ultimate tablet experience and it will definitely be there.  It’s just not yet.  Although, the 3.0.1 update that came out sure seemed to fix a lot of stability issues.

  • Fingerprints:  Rubbing off fingerprints has become a daily chore with my XOOM.  And I’m talking with a cloth, some heavy breathing and elbow grease.  This thing attracts prints like nothing I’ve ever used before.
  • Price:  It’s overpriced.  There is no denying that.  For Motorola to sell an unfinished product for $799, it’s impossible for me to run around saying, “The price is just right!”  If this launched with Flash, the SD card slot working and 4G LTE, then we might have a different story.
  • Unfinished:  As I just mentioned above in price, this product was clearly pushed to stores to beat the iPad 2.  It’s unfinished and that’s annoying.  When you are looking to enter a market that’s dominated by a product known for being of the highest quality, you probably shouldn’t release one 3 months ahead of schedule knowing that it’s missing some key features.  People don’t care what your device can do in the future; they want to know what it can do for them now.

MrPicolas’ Notes:

  • Honeycomb:  Honeycomb, just works. Being that I use my mobile devices to look for news-worthy rather than a computer, I need a device to not be a hindrance for me or it is just not worth it. The UI is smooth and standard Android fare with a fresh look and a few new tricks. One of the most noticeable things are the scrolling widgets. The lack of physical or capacitive buttons is a little strange at first but is not hard to overcome, so people new to android should have no problems getting around. I can have all my information on one screen. (Finally!)  Overall this is a great start to the future of tablets and I hope that other manufacturers take note of the XOOM and work on improving upon it.
  • Build:  Motorola is known for great build quality.  This holds true for the XOOM as well, except for one minor thing in my opinion, the charging port. I would recommend getting the dock for charging. The power and volume buttons feel solid and should hold up for quite a long time. The front glass also feels great and wipes clean easily. The rear and front cameras work well; I’ve had no issues with them.
  • Kids/Autism/Ease of Use:  OK, so I have this great tablet in a house full of kids; sooner or later my kids will want some time with “Dad’s” new toy. Now, my oldest son has autism and albeit he is highly functional, it is hard for him to express himself socially and sometimes in writing. Enter the XOOM. He sat down with it and was instantly wanting to know what it could do. We downloaded some apps and let him get used to using it. The XOOM kept him focused and with the ability to correct any mistakes he may have thought he made, it reduced the stress level for him. This is a big thing for kids with autism regardless of what app.  Whether it be a note taking app or an art application, seeing his eyes light up and having the ability to understand what he is trying to convey brought tears to my eyes.  Most any tablet should be able to help with the above mentioned things, but the XOOM did so without any annoying hiccups or limitations.

Unboxing:

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Honeycomb Walk-through:

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Gaming on the XOOM:

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Benchmarks:

Accessories:

Standard Charging Dock | Bluetooth Keyboard | Portfolio and Gel Cases

Gallery:

The Verdict:

The hardest part of this review…should you buy one or not?  There really is no straight forward answer for that.  Is this one hell of a powerful device that I’ve enjoyed every second of?  Yes.  Does it accomplish everything that I expected it to?  Yep.  Has it replaced my laptop at times?  Definitely.  Will it continue to be a part of my everyday life for the foreseeable future?  Indeed it will.  But is it annoying that I paid $799 for a device that isn’t finished?  You betcha.

The tablet world is an odd one.  This really is a “luxury” item.  It’s not like anyone really needs a tablet, but I’m not going to lie; it sure is nice to have one handy when you are traveling or even just relaxing at home away from your office.  With the XOOM, you get a solid product, but it’s also one that isn’t 100% done yet.  So as a “luxury” item, it’s sort of hard for me to scream “Go get one now!”  We’re still waiting for Flash (which will be here Friday), we’re waiting for 4G LTE, and we’re waiting for SD card storage.  We’re also waiting for Honeycomb to really hit its stride and show us all exactly what it can do.

I don’t want to say that the XOOM and Honeycomb together are a half-baked or beta product like many others have said, but it’s definitely one that early adopters will love and novice users may get frustrated with at times.  It’s the first attempt in a long line of products.  If you are expecting it to be perfect out of the gate, you might be disappointed.  If you are expecting to watch the product evolve and get better and better over its first few months, then you will definitely enjoy it.

Motorola XOOM Specs | Other XOOM Coverage

  • Anonymous

    “…seeing his eyes light up and having the ability to understand what he is trying to convey brought tears to my eyes”

    … for this sentence, a big thanks to google (motorola)

  • http://twitter.com/m1dnite Kevin N

    I’m hearing things about the Xoom. Is it true that the screen is “Dull” and not bright at all. I have not seen one in person.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, that is very accurate. I went to 2 Verizon stores, and I’m trying to understand why this is the case. The Xoom has a higher resolution screen than the Ipad, but the Ipad’s screen is much more visually appealing.

      • Anonymous

        Did you change the brightness settings?

    • http://twitter.com/karnovaran karnovaran

      The auto-brightness seems to keep it dimmer than it should. I turned that off and it gets as bright as you would need. Haven’t tested in blazing sunlight yet though.

  • RW-1

    Now I know who bought up all the Droids from Dead Zebra from the picture, grr ….

  • Anonymous

    This sums up the Xoom….Overpriced, not nearly enough tablet optimized apps, and very buggy. Force Close anyone? All of the display models in the Best Buys and VZW stores that I saw force closed and/or random rebooted. Just aweful!

    • http://twitter.com/karnovaran karnovaran

      Display models are always terrible for any device. Hope you washed your hands afterward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WoofHound Craig Braquet

    I also wish the bezel was a little bit wider so that one could hold the tablet overhead (like when laying in bed)

  • Jer85008

    Hey Kellex, my son also is Autistic and I’ve been thinking of a tablet for him. What types of applications have you found that he likes? Any specifics?

  • http://twitter.com/samkessler sam kessler

    still gettin an ipad 2

    • Anonymous

      have fun with that.

      • Charmpeddler

        Prolly not. lol

  • Woofhound

    I’ve read the review and I scanned down all the comments and no one mentioned two issues I’ve had with mine.
    I set the display timeout from the default of 15 seconds, to 30 mins and it won’t stay put. It keeps shifting back to 15 seconds. My other problem is when I setup my personal pop3 email account and get my mail, there is no way to “select all msgs” for deleting (or have I missed how to do this?). Other than that, I quite enjoy my XOOM.
    -WoofHound

  • Woofhound

    I’ve read the review and I scanned down all the comments and no one mentioned two issues I’ve had with mine.
    I set the display timeout from the default of 15 seconds, to 30 mins and it won’t stay put. It keeps shifting back to 15 seconds. My other problem is when I setup my personal pop3 email account and get my mail, there is no way to “select all msgs” for deleting (or have I missed how to do this?). Other than that, I quite enjoy my XOOM.
    -WoofHound

  • Vollrathian

    Im loving mine xoom xoom!!! Cant wait for flash support :)

  • Jesse

    Long wait for weak review. I will say though, if you read between the lines, you actually helped me make a decision. The wishy washy attitude of this review let’s me know to stay far away from it if this is what I’m hearing from such hardcore Androi-phytes.

  • Anonymous

    This review was pulled right from my brain. Word for word exactly what I would have said.

    Love my Xoom – wouldn’t let my Mom buy one at this point.

  • Nickbby

    im a fan of the xoom, however i do think its way over priced, and why would they release it if the development is not finished….i work over at bestbuy and when the ipad 2 came out it was sold out in the first twenty minutes and i cant count how many customers have asked when we will be getting more. I saw a customer return a xoom and one of his reasons was its becuz ipad 2 just came out. Xoom just wsasnt a competitor to the ipad 2 for two reasons price and popularity

    • Anonymous

      Also, since the majority of the population is stupid and doesn’t read gadget blogs, they don’t know that you can get a lot more out of a Xoom than an iPad 2 if you wait and learn. It’s like they want kid scissors (iPad 2) so they won’t cut themselves instead of grownup scissors (Xoom).

      • Anonymous

        in all fairness, kid scissors come in all sorts of cool colors :)

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see the review. Pretty much what I thought it was, real tablet operating system with a few rough/unfinished patches with Motorola’s typical build quality and heft. You pretty much know if you want this thing, there isn’t any real “convincing people”. It is a DROID device in all but name for people who knows what that brand does (or at least should) stand for.

    I am still trying to decide on which I want, the iPad 2 or the Xoom. Xoom is much closer to a computer and its web browser is so slick and nice looking. But for me, I envision using a tablet for web browsing, gaming, and watching video on stuff like Netflix and Hulu. It nails web browsing and does OK on gaming. For some reason I couldn’t get PlayOn to work for me. It wouldn’t work right with UPNP on my DD-WRT router. I didn’t look too far into it, but I couldn’t get it work. I’ll try messing with it some more to see, but if I can’t get my Hulu and Netflix then that is a major ding against the Xoom. Hopefully the official apps won’t require hardware DRM like the stories say and just ripping the apks will work…

  • Tjryan24

    Hey kellex, what are all those things you have in the notification bar?
    great review, and I’m loving my Xoom!

  • palomosan

    I’m picking up the WiFi verision only, I’m going to try it, I really want to see HTC’s 10in Tablet before making my final decision.

  • OCLanMan

    Great review. I’ve had my Xoom for almost two weeks now and love it. I’ve installed enough apps on it that I can use it for probably 70-80% of what I was using my notebook PC for. The device itself and the Honeycomb OS work wonderfully. If I have any complaints it is with the apps. It has been a mixed bag on apps working with Honeycomb (come on Facebook…fix your program), but more and more Tablet compatible apps are coming out each day. I knew going in that I was a first adopter and that it would take time for quality made-for-tablet apps to come out. Hopefully Google stays agressive on updates, fixes, and new features. This device has the potential to blow the iPad 2 out of the water.

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, please find a way to watch March Madness on the Xoom and then post instructions. That would be super.

    • Anonymous

      I believe with Playon you can stream ESPN3

      • Anonymous

        Games aren’t on ESPN3 I don’t think

  • barry egan

    yep.. it is definitely unfinished. for the gtalk vid chat to be competitive it needs to be able to reach mobile devices. no iOS client… no update to the android pre 3.0 gtalk to communicate with this. there needs to be skype with video for android, that’s another good alternative. iOS has had it for ages and supports anything with or without a camera to get video calls. it’s the coolest android device to launch but simply still fails to be a great tablet, instead you have a big beautiful droid that doesn’t concern itself with the phone. i have no other major beefs with it, just that ipad2 is cheaper and beats it in features even though android is a more flexible and customizable, smart platform. devs are going to need to change that by making better stuff on the xoom that matches and beats iOS tablet apps.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Android tablet manufacturers,

    I’d like a dual core (Tegra 2 is nice, but I wouldn’t mind that nice, new Power VR 543 GPU), 7″, Honeycomb, Gorilla Glass, 1GB RAM, 1200×600+ tablet with SDXC, HDMI, and USB slots. It must run Honeycomb and have 4G (no, I don’t really care which flavour). I’d also like a Xenon flash for the rear camera (it will, of course, have front and rear cameras, right?).

    Make this in the price range of current tablets and I will give you my money. I will switch carriers to use it.

    Sincerely,

    A bunch of consumers

  • Anonymous

    Dear Android tablet manufacturers,

    I’d like a dual core (Tegra 2 is nice, but I wouldn’t mind that nice, new Power VR 543 GPU), 7″, Honeycomb, Gorilla Glass, 1GB RAM, 1200×600+ tablet with SDXC, HDMI, and USB slots. It must run Honeycomb and have 4G (no, I don’t really care which flavour). I’d also like a Xenon flash for the rear camera (it will, of course, have front and rear cameras, right?).

    Make this in the price range of current tablets and I will give you my money. I will switch carriers to use it.

    Sincerely,

    A bunch of consumers

  • Bprokosz

    Tried Speedtesting multiple times with this and my 1 year old HTC Incredible. Shut down every app and even turned off weather updates thinking maybe this would get the closest numbers. Got 1.63 with the Incredible and .73 with the XOOM….that was best out of 7. I know the 4G will mean faster numbers but the Galaxy S 4G from T-Mobile got 2.30 easy with their service. I know what the specs say but with real world tests I’m worried Verizon’s new Tablet will only get a little faster and loose tons of battery life trying to run LTE.

  • Bprokosz

    Tried Speedtesting multiple times with this and my 1 year old HTC Incredible. Shut down every app and even turned off weather updates thinking maybe this would get the closest numbers. Got 1.63 with the Incredible and .73 with the XOOM….that was best out of 7. I know the 4G will mean faster numbers but the Galaxy S 4G from T-Mobile got 2.30 easy with their service. I know what the specs say but with real world tests I’m worried Verizon’s new Tablet will only get a little faster and loose tons of battery life trying to run LTE.

    • Anonymous

      LTE is supposed to be more efficient for battery life, isn’t it?

    • Mrdeezus

      I have been waiting for this unit to come out with wifi only. I am going to buy it when it comes out. I want this tab and not the others because this unit will be like the nexus s and get every single updaye first and you wont have to hear about them you will get them. Samsung and updates=total suckassage.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Picolas, God bless you for sharing that. One of my good friends is autistic.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Picolas, God bless you for sharing that. One of my good friends is autistic.

    • Charmpeddler

      He HAS autism. not “he IS autistic”. wife and mo/inlaw are special ed teachers, just trying to get the terminology down straight. have a good day.

  • DroidFan

    IIRC, doesn’t the XOOM have an open boot-loader? That’s something worth mentioning!!!

  • Anonymous

    Kellex I hear you man, even though I don’t own one “YET” (Hope the wife is listening) :P I have read so much bad press about the Xoom in terms of how it’s not up to par with the *pad 2. And, this is where I think Moto and vendors have possibly hurt the sales and public preception of the devce.

    If I wasn’t a Droid fan/eveangelist (Like that :P ) lol, I would proably checout the *pad2 (Yes, I hate to say it, And, thats if there was no Android, I might state). But, the truth is the perception of reviews that I’ve read have the Xoom as formidable even with out everything that’s it’s supposed to have out of the box. Which says A lot.

    I just think that Moto really jusrt the intail consumer reviews and gace the iheads a stone to throw at the Xoom. And Yes, I will be purchasing a Xoom soon :)

  • angermeans

    Great review as usual. This is the reason that droid-life is my homepage. I think you handled it well I get really frustrated at all the reviews and people that write off the Xoom as unfinished and don’t give it a chance. It is like you said an early adopters device and i really enjoy it for what it is and although the SD card expandable memory, 4G LTE upgrade, and flash was a big reason I decided to purchase the Xoom I was also very well informed by verizon,motorola,and google that we would be waiting for updates. It gives us something to look forward to and like I said I really enjoy using the Xoom, and it will only get better as the greats at xda go to work on this beast and bring us things one would never see in an “I product”

  • Davis1062

    Well for all you haters who paid 799 for the device. I was very watchful the day it came out and picked mine up, 3g and wifi for 633 with 2 day shipping with the 25 % off coupon that came out :-) :-)…… I got a steal since they still want 599 for the wifi only and 799 for wifi and 3g versions…I got the best of both worlds for 34 dollars over wifi only and almost 200 dollars cheaper then wifi and 3g ;-) ;-) AAAAND I love my xoom..works great, even with the leaked flash 10.2!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I love my xoom… and if anyone says it is is a beta they are idiots… 3.01 fixed the few issues I had initially

  • Marshan Wilson

    Great review…I’ve read all the other articles on the Xoom and am disappointed on all the negativity. I appreciate the non-biased review. I will be getting one on March 27th; couldn’t pull the trigger on 799…4G would be really nice, but not a necessity. I am really reading up on the Xoom to ensure this luxury item is what I want to add to my desire for mobile computing; after reading this review and others, I think it is. I know it’s not finished, but what new technology is 100% when it’s released. The Ipad was not 100% when it was released, it had it’s own set of issues, so we, as the Android Community, should really understand the business of releasing new technology and beating our the competition. Sometims ish like this happens. But as you read in this review, Android/Google/Devs will be pumping out apps.
    As far as the other Tabs are concerned, I think this one will be the best on the Market, there are a slew of tables slated to be released, I’ve read up on all of them. Most, without mentioning specifics, are trying a little too hard. I am very interesting in playing with, not buying, the HP Web OS tablet, it looks really nice and clean. We’ll see when it’s released….

    Thanks for the awesome review, 3/27 can’t come soon enough…

  • Anonymous

    My favorite part of Android is the 4 lovely buttons on the front. I can’t believe the Xoom has none.

  • Anonymous

    Two things I want to know is what music files does the player support (have only flac and ogg vorbis). Also want to know when the SD card support will be added (hopefully when the WiFi only is out).

  • Anonymous

    might have to go back and edit now that the $599 Wi Fi only version is now official and will be widely available on the 27th.

  • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

    You forgot to add my notes!!!

    “Timotatos Notes – I WANT ONE!”
    :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

    Not mentioned: how *well* does Flash run?

    Just having a plugin isn’t good enough if toggling it on amounts to having a “make everything slow” button (see: Samsung Galaxy Tab). And how well do web games work that need more than a single click command to play?

  • Keyblade

    I was seriously deciding what to get when the iPad 2 launched. I’ve loved my OG Droid and the wonder of Android. After playing with my cousins Xoom that he got, I was reasonably impressed. I agree with most ofnthe things said in this review. My major issues were the weight, the size (10 inches was weird in portrait) and the screen dullness. While the resolution was high the screen just seemed kind of dull. In loved Honeycomb and the chrome browser, the apps would come. Also, the root/ROM stuff enticed me as the OG Droid did.

    I ended up getting an iPad 2, and I do love it. But there are things with iOS that I wish were more like android and honeycomb. I still play Angry Birds on my phone because it’s 5 bucks for the iPad. I have run in to some areas where I wish I had flash as well. It’s a blown up iPhone and the notifications suck, but it works. The thing that annoys me about the OG Droid is lag, which I rarely see on iOS devices. Also, I tried overloading the Xoom with apps, games and live wallpapers and never once did it stutter like some reviews said, so lag wasn’t a deciding factor. It really was weight and size. Am i happy with the iPad 2? Yes. But I still feel like I want an Xoom, too. :P

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I have a DroidX for productivity, podcasts, communications, etc. I couldn’t live without it. The family members have an original Droid and and Incredible.
      I got an iPad because of the awesome screen and key apps – TiVo, Netflix, Sonos, and the wealth of games. I love the iPad and it is fun, but not very good for productivity.

  • Anonymous

    MrPicolas you may want to check this out.
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zoodles.kidmode&feature=search_result

    I haven’t installed it yet but read some good things. As a person with many friends that have autistic kids i understand how hard it can be on you as a parent and on the kids. I wish all the luck to you and your family.

    • N.O.Y.B.

      +1 on this one, have it installed on D1. runs great. Problem – must have flash to run games.

      • Anonymous

        Flash is coming friday so it will be here soon. Plus must of us already have
        flash on out xooms.

  • Anonymous

    “Flash 10.2 for Honeycomb will be out by Friday and then all of the haters in the world can shut the hell up.”

    Amen brother!

    • Anonymous

      Except you still can’t watch Hulu.

    • Anonymous

      Except you still can’t watch Hulu.

      • Marshan Wilson

        Not yet…but an app will be around the corner just as it was with phones…I am waiting impatiently for that app…XDA…what’s up!

        • Anonymous

          Just get PlayOn. I have been watching hulu and netflix since day one I got the Xoom.

          • Se7enty_ei8ht

            via what page/APK ect??

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  • Anonymous

    What a comprehensive review! Thanks so much for doing it…
    Biggest downside for me is the lack of apps to choose from. I use wifi 99% of the time so the fact it didnt launch with 4G is no biggie for me. Im already using the leaked flash which works fine so far.
    As most Xoom buyers (I am assuming) are early adopters, we literally pay to be the first… So although it was hard forking over the cash, it wasnt bad when I got my 25% off Xoom! Thanks to Kellex.

    I’ve been using a tiny screen’d Droid Pro for the last couple weeks (since I sold my DX in anticipation of the Tbolt). So I use the Xoom for my Android fix (everything is done on my Xoom except phone calls/texting).

    My big question is, once I have my Tbolt tomorrow, will I really be using/needing my “luxury” tablet?

    Thanks again…

    • Anonymous

      Screen visibility not so good in sun (I dont know how it compares to other tablets)

  • Anonymous

    Ive been expreiencing really laggy performance in portrait mode anybody else?

  • Mrhug3

    Nice review. As an “early adopter” I was fully aware of what I was getting in to by purchasing this. That being said, I get to enjoy the hell out of it now, and when the SD card, flash(yes I’m using the leak) and lte are properly up and running, it’ll be like new again.

  • http://twitter.com/peteralfonso Peter Alfonso

    Lack of audio codecs kills me when trying to watch ripped blurays in .mkv format. Hopefully an update will bring them.

    • palomosan

      I wish they would release an app with all the codec to play anything on the darn thing.

  • Temp123

    My son it autistic too (and type 1 diabetic). I’d be interested in knowing which apps your son was most interested in MrPicolas. I’ve heard about autistic children being interested in the i*ad.

  • Temp123

    My son it autistic too (and type 1 diabetic). I’d be interested in knowing which apps your son was most interested in MrPicolas. I’ve heard about autistic children being interested in the i*ad.

    • Temp123

      er “is autistic” :) I see some are starting to share apps now.

  • Gg101

    No mention of the quality of the LCD? I find it to be pretty bad considering this is priced like a premium device. The technical anandtech review confirms this. Hopefully the upcoming galaxy tabs have better screens as its a pretty important aspect of such a big device. Samsung usually does pretty well here.

  • Gg101

    No mention of the quality of the LCD? I find it to be pretty bad considering this is priced like a premium device. The technical anandtech review confirms this. Hopefully the upcoming galaxy tabs have better screens as its a pretty important aspect of such a big device. Samsung usually does pretty well here.

  • Gg101

    No mention of the quality of the LCD? I find it to be pretty bad considering this is priced like a premium device. The technical anandtech review confirms this. Hopefully the upcoming galaxy tabs have better screens as its a pretty important aspect of such a big device. Samsung usually does pretty well here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

      the quality of the lcd is far and above any of the other devices out there, especially the ipad, the resolution alone is far superior. Don’t know what you are referring to

      • Temp123

        I’ve read the same (it is superior to all other devices including i*ad 2).

        • ManDroid

          I have both the Ipad 2 and the Xoom… and, unfortunately the Ipad 2 wins hands down on the screen. Yeah, the resolutuon is higher on the xoom but the I2′s screen is much more vibrant, clearer, and the viewing angles are lights ahead.

          It’s the only thing that really disappoints me about the Xoom, because the rest can be fixed via updates… the screen, however… cannot.

          • DroidzFX

            Not sure what angles some of you are viewing the screen at but the screen is visible almost to 90 degrees. If my eyes could some how bend space and time Im sure I would still be able to see it past 90 degrees.

      • Gg101

        There is a lot more to the quality of a screen then resolution. Viewing angle, contrast, black levels, etc. These matter as much as resolution.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

          That’s what I meant, I was curious what your observations were. As for mine, the only issue I have with viewing angle is glare from light, or fingerprint smudges which honestly you are going to get all of that on any device out there. The only device that I have read about that does a little better I think is the Notion Ink Adam. The contrast and black levels have been amazing whether watching videos or playing games. When my wife was pregnant with my son we had a professional maternity photo shoot done, I loaded that album onto the Xoom and am absolutely amazed at the quality that I get when viewing those pictures.

          That’s my own personal experience at least. What reviews mentioned bad LCD quality? I would be interested in seeing them as I debate constantly with co-workers over Xoom vs i*ad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

      the quality of the lcd is far and above any of the other devices out there, especially the ipad, the resolution alone is far superior. Don’t know what you are referring to

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

      the quality of the lcd is far and above any of the other devices out there, especially the ipad, the resolution alone is far superior. Don’t know what you are referring to

  • http://twitter.com/bizdady Bizdady

    Hows the video playback? I keep reading mixed reviews on the boards about HD video playback (Mkv files). Do files need to be specifically re-encoded to get proper playback?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

      I’m not sure about mkv files, but I have done a lot of streaming, (amazon video on demand streaming using the leaked version of flash), and the quality has been pretty nice, I would like to see the official version of flash as it integrates deeper into the hardware than the leaked version.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve used qqplayer and rockplayer for hd. Mkv files. At times it lags and the audio can be off. Anyone know of a better app or solution?

  • http://twitter.com/rusty_richards Rusty Richards

    With the battery life have you been on wifi or 3g?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

      I have used mine on both wifi and 3g exclusively back and forth…it’s amazing. I have never once had the thing die on me, (I do charge it at night though). I went 20 hours once without charging and reached 30 percent battery left. Sure the first few days you have it you are going to kill the battery, but for every day work/fun (e-mail/web/video/gaming), it does awesome.