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Video: Motorola XOOM is Everything a Tablet Should Be

A new promo video for the Motorola XOOM has surfaced, giving potential buyers a full walk-through of the device while making sure everyone knows that this is the tablet to beat.  It’s actually a pretty solid overview of the device, which has us wondering where this was back in February when it was launching alongside those odd spaceship promos.  And to the Cyanogen fans in the building, you’ll most definitely enjoy the color scheme of the spot.    

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Anyone else notice that the DROID Bionic was missing from Moto’s website at the 45 second mark?

Fire up the conspiracy engine!

  • Lilcal70

    honestly my xoom fills my heart with joy..the possibilities are endless for this beast (; planning on gettin my chick 1 too

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    The Motorola Xoom was released WAY TOO EARLY. Most of it’s best features are not here yet, and the device itself is just too danged expensive.

    Maybe I’ll be getting one…next year. {{-_-}}

  • NetworkPIMP

    Wait… What? I couldn’t hear any of you blabbing over the sound of NetFlix on my iPad2*

    *ok, it’s a lie – just bait for the obnoxious haters who have nothing substantive to offer except “I’m cooler than you” opinions about specs. /yawn

  • Uncle Paul

    It’s the tablet to beat,.. Until you want apps… I would of bought a xoom, until I looked at how many apps are out for honeycomb vs the iPad 2. Right now it’s a content war and sorry but the iPad wins. You can throw all the hardware specs you want but if you don’t have a large software choices…..

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  • Elliott Archer

    I find it mildly entertaining (though still annoying) that people spend so much time complaining about the issues the product has regarding 4G, the SD card, etc., etc. Clearly they’re are compelled to do so by the same impatience that led them to purchase the product with full disclosure of these shortcomings.

    I am much happier enjoying my Xoom for what it does do now, and very well I might add, and look forward to what’s to come. Being an early adopter means taking the good with the bad and accepting that for what it is.

    A great media device that is also optimized for multi-tasking is what was promised of the Xoom and Honeycomb, its a very solid beginning.

    • Whap

      I agree. 4g will come soon enough just like flash. Not saying that it should not have been options out of the box but as you say, I purchased it knowing all of this.

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  • Anonymous

    Ok so i am seriously considering buying a tablet this week of next week. I think the Xoom looks awesome but I’m just not sure about it yet….I need some advice from some people that own one. Is it worth me spending 70o bucks on? I am a huge Android fan and only buy products that have huge support from the Android Community. Like will this thing have devs producing roms for it and such. Should I buy the xoom?

    • Anonymous

      Buy the asus transformer instead.. $400

  • johnny

    dubstep<3

  • Anonymous

    that website screen cap shows the Milestone 2. what conspiracy is this again? that the video wasn’t produced in the US?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josue-Aristy/540455542 Josue Aristy

    Excelent!

  • Anonymous

    and how about improving the screen that makes photos look like muddy crap. where’s the firmware or software upgrade to improve this? Or maybe fix whatever it takes so the Xoom can actually work properly with facebook.
    I can’t believe there have been no updates as of yet with soooo many things to fix.
    Still, I haven’t given up hope, but I did buy a Playbook so I had a tablet capable of showing my photos in all their intended glory.

    • Anonymous

      That’s Motorola for you…

    • Whap

      Unfortunately the facebook app has nothing to do with motorola support. That would be facebook not creating a usable app for tablets, which from what I can tell (based on comments in the market) they do not make a very good app for phones either! I use the browser for facebook so I can use it like it was meant to be used.

      • Anonymous

        I dont use the app. I use the main facebook website and the Xoom does not play well with this site. A number of functions do not work well and thishas nothing to do with other tablets. The iPad and Playbook both work with Facebook. Motorol and Google should be embarrassed that such simple things dont work properly. Like I said, I’ve owned the Xoom since day one and not a single update to fix any one of a number of problems, I’ve had the Playbook 3 days and 3 updates already. While I am a big Android supporter and a regular Blackberry basher, I have to say the Playbook kicks the Xoom butt in all except number of apps. Again, I’m keeping the Xoom in hope’s that it will be improved, but at least now I have options other than the kiddie toy iPad.

  • Anonymous

    I am thinking this should’ve been the commercial to launch the Xoom. More than a handful of people have told me that the space ship Xoom commercial focused more on gaming and sci fi than what the product actually does. Most women were turned off and thought Apple did a better job of showing the functionaility of their pads.

    To some degree it’s the same when the Droid first came out and the DX. A bunch of Sci Fi and very little fuctionality that’s what people what to see. Google also does a great job of presenting what their products do. Verizon or Moto need to get a clue on commercial advertising.

  • T2technology

    Bought it. Returned it 12 hours later. I am not a fanboy of android or apple. I have a Droid x and an iPad. I’m loyal only to what works. Sitting the two next to each other was a bad idea. The screen on the zoom is so washed out. And navigating web pages was horrible. What’s the use of having flash if it slows the tablet down to a crawl. Also, whats with the five second delay before the screen rotates? My iPad 1 made the tegra look like a celeron.

    Beyond the stock programs the Xoom is a waste. Just like with my transition from iPhone to Android (I transitioned when the OG came out) I’ll upgrade once the market and the os mature. (yes eventually Android will be an upgrade from my iPad, but not yet). For now I’ll just suffer with what works.

  • Larry

    Am i the only one here that says “screw moto upgrades, i’ll get cynogen or whatever when it’s available”. I am currently using tiamat 1.3.2, o/cd to 1.5mhz, running at 87 degrees. Why do I care about moto’s upgrades except for the fact they’ll be integrated into my latest ROM? Which i can now install using clockwork off my sdcard2?

    • Whap

      Exactly! You would think people forgot how to root all of a sudden….

    • Whap

      Exactly! You would think people forgot how to root all of a sudden….

  • Anonymous

    Everything. Yes. Everything is sitting on my desk on the cradle waiting for apps, an SD card and a 4G upgrade. Everything cost me 800+ dollars and rushed me to Verizon to be the first customer so I could beat the lines. Lines…which never came. There were 3 people in the store and the whole time I set up and activated my Everything, there were never more than 3 people in the store. I love this device, I really do, but the support and scalability SUCKS DIRTY DONKEYS. Motorola needs to put up or shut up. They’re making fruit look good.

  • Anonymous

    OMG, i have major wood after seeing this.

  • Anonymous

    OMG, i have major wood after seeing this.

  • Mr.Joe

    AH No.

    It’s close but no go. I did try one out and I thought it was cool. But considering that I can get an ASUS one PLUS a laptop dock for LESS then a XOOM.

    Hell the ASUS one isn’t even my ideal tablet.

  • Anonymous

    I think the flex cable came disconnected in my Droid 1. Screen still works, haptic feedback etc, but there is no image on the screen. Can anybody help me fix this or get me pointed in the right direction? Its out of warranty, and I gave my early upgrade to my wife so she could get an android phone. If I cant fix it I’ve got nothing but my old cell phone until July.

    • Anonymous

      Just take it to an electronics repair shop. Or you can attempt to do it yourself by following the iFixit teardown.

  • Anonymous

    I an

  • Riverjao

    LOOOVE my freakin’ sweet Xoom! Most people complaining about one are those who don’t own one.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      “Most people complaining about one are those who don’t own one” or were just smart enough to not have to be an early adaptor and opted to hold on to the exorbitant amount they were asking knowing that right around the corner were more options at better prices with more features.

      • Riverjao

        So my statement was correct then? You don’t own one?

        • Anonymous

          yea man. i have one, wish i didn’t but then i can now use cyan-dudes stuff. btw, the playbook is a fun little tablet too. picked up one for my bb loving family member.

          • Riverjao

            I am definitely going to have to check out a Playbook. I mean, I’m not going to be buying one, but I would like to have a good hour of hands-on time with one.

          • Anonymous

            about $100 too much but man is the browser fast. Facebook, YouTube, and yes that memory hogging Flash using Farmville all run fast. Seems to be a powerful media tablet as far as i am concerned. Lack of Apps means nothing to my daughter so I guess we are just happy….

          • Anonymous

            yep, me too. the playbook has the screen i wish the xoom had.

  • Anonymous

    What, transforming spaceships weren’t helping you sell your tablet?

  • Anonymous

    Everything except a better price and all the functionality that should have worked at the time of release…

  • wpscompute

    Why the heck does it have to cost more than an iPad? Is somebody greedy like the folks at Apple?

    • Anonymous

      The same size ipad in memory is the same price. Why do people keep forgetting that?

  • http://twitter.com/bkwolfe Bryan Wolfe

    Just missing Netflix ><

    • Anonymous

      True, but I have been using crackle.com. Not near the selection but it is free and is part of Sony.

      • http://twitter.com/bigtexatx Bigtex ATX

        The last word is why I don’t have a desire to use Crackle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robrbecker Rob Becker

    If by everything you mean everything except a functioning SD card slot and 4g. Call me when those come out of the box.

    • Anonymous

      And a price 50% higher than the competition (ASUS).

      • FortitudineVincimus

        and no user replaceable battery or interchangeable back plates or Screen rotation lock like the coming Toshiba that is also reported to be cheaper

        Also, does it have HDMI out, Upconversion technology.. no, the Xoom is not “Everything A Tablet Should Be”

        • DroidzFX

          Why would you need to replace the battery? It lasts damn 8 hours and fully charge in less than 2. Interchangeable back plates? you probably like smart covers too. Hdmi out? hmmm yes. Upconversion to what? did you rip some vhs tapes and want it to play like a bluRay?

          • FortitudineVincimus

            watch some of the CES vids on the Toshiba tablet of the upconversion, improves the display nicely to simulate cleaner HD. looks pretty nice visually.

            8hrs is all good and well. but I can’t even believe anyone would dog a person for liking having the ability to change their own battery. That is a ludicrous trolling comment to even make. Yeah, I want that ability, why would you even knock it? People count heavily on the ability to change a battery in their phone, why not here??

            the back plates are a rubberized sticker rubber for better grip. Yes, you can get them in colors. Just pointing out another difference and shows you will not have to have the standard black tablet. again, if the cost is less and you can get this small, but neat feature, why even dog it?

            HDMI was a question, I did not know for sure.

          • Rdillz

            Yeah, you seem to be missing a lot of info about the Xoom! It will be the best tablet for awhile!

        • Anonymous

          Worried about battery life? Buy the $150 dummy keyboard.

          At the very least, it doubles your battery life and you still come out $50 cheaper than the XOOM.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1119788184 Tobie Azeez

            thats if u buy the 16gb which i dont know why u would beside price

          • Anonymous

            Why does it matter? It has a microSD slot. Go buy an $80 32GB microSD card.

            Internal storage doesn’t matter on Android devices because of microSD support. That’s why Android is better than iOS.

          • FortitudineVincimus

            your totally wrong about “Internal storage doesn’t matter on Android devices” it absolutely does and if you owned a D1, at a paltry 256mb, you would feel the pain.

            Here are just some reasons why internal memory matters heavily. When you put apps on the SD card, it makes the apps slower to load and slows down the system as it reboots and/or trys to reconcile apps that you might have as widgets or on your home screens to the apps themselves. As well, it is a fact that you will often see apps that advise heavily against putting the app on the SD card if you plan to have a widget as then the widget may not reload off the SD card and properly work. As well, there are simply apps that do not run properly when on an SD card. As well, most apps store their data on the internal memory even when the app can be moved to the SD card, the data storage stays on the internal memory and that cannot be moved in the apps to SD card process. As well, you start to load up hundreds of apps.. that memory starts to fill up. And, like any computer, the internal memory is taken up and fragmented out as the system needs it to run the OS. So, the less memory it has to run, the more it bogs and slows down as it trys to swap processes around – that robs speed, efficiency, power, battery life. Also, nothing is faster than internal memory for read and write access. The SD card is much slower access and the real bottleneck, so really, the more you can keep on the internal drive, the better and thus, the bigger the internal storage drive the better. So yes, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB… it all matters. if it did not, like you claim, and we could all just buy SD cards to expand memory, why would they make 3 options and not just make a 1gb and then you can go buy a 32GB? Because they understand the critical importance and value of internal memory.

            So, for anyone to ever think or say on any device that internal memory is a non issue just because you can expand external memory is laughably unclear how much internal memory matters.

          • Anonymous

            Who downloads 100s of apps? I honestly survive with a good 20-30… I don’t even have the time to mess with them all…

          • Whap

            I currently have over 100 apps on my xoom. If you have a tablet you would likely keep more apps, just saying.

          • Anonymous

            I have over 100 on my OG Droid. Thank goodness for A2SD.

          • Anonymous

            +1

          • FortitudineVincimus

            ALWAYS worried about battery life. On all devices I travel with. If you can get this ability, and have the cost less, why would you even question its value it?

            And, I am not a fan of the Apple mentality where they decide for you to seal the battery into the unti so only they can change it so you have to pay to send it back and risk the loss of the unit

            And, in time, all batteries die and need changing, I will be able to do it myself

            and last.. I want a Tablet, not a computer, so Iam not going to buy and haul around a friggen keyboard. please.

          • Anonymous

            So you’ll haul around a spare battery, but not a battery with keys on it?

        • Anonymous

          There definitely is a screen rotation lock. Tap the clock in bottom right corner and open your eyes. You’ll see then option then.

          • http://twitter.com/bigtexatx Bigtex ATX

            Baldy, these people likely have never touched a Xoom, so they just see one person who spent 2 minutes in Verizon or Bestbuy toying with one, didn’t immediately see it, or heard from a friend of a friend about it that it doesn’t exist. Then they regurgitate that misinformation all around until it turns into fact for them.

          • Rdillz

            So true!

      • http://twitter.com/bigtexatx Bigtex ATX

        Bestbuy had/has the Xoom for $589. I’m not saying that it’s not too expensive, just that you’re comparing a tablet that isn’t even out, to a tablet that came out a month ago and comparing the supposed release price of a non market available tablet to one you can buy already.

        The Xoom, is available in stores and I know I’ve witnessed prices as low as $589. I cannot purchase an Asus right now, so it’s possible that Xoom will reduce its price.

        • Anonymous

          The Transformer is coming out on Tuesday.

      • Anonymous

        You must have failed math. $600 is less than 34% more than $400 and that’s for half the memory. The 32 GB Transformer is only 17% less.

        • Anonymous

          33.3% of 400 is 133.3
          400+133.3 = 533.3 != 600

          400 is 33% LESS than 600. 600 is 50% MORE than 400. Both are absolutely correct.

          Is this the part where I get to say “No, you must have failed math.”? You’re talking to a math major, I could tutor you in Calculus (for a modest fee). But I forgive you. Mistakes happen, we’re all human. :)

          Also, I’m talking about the $400 16GB version, it’s the best value. If I need more storage, I can get a $70 32GB μSD card on Newegg and get 48GB of storage for less than $500.

          • Anonymous

            I thought we were comparing overall cost between devices; yes, it’s 50% more than 400 but that’s being disingenuous. The fact remains that you’re getting half the memory for it (as well as some less important things like a lack of dual LED flash, no barometer, no notification light, no usb port and lesser build quality).

          • Anonymous

            That is NOT being disingenuous, it’s being correct.

            If Sony releases a Tegra 2 Honeycomb tablet for $1600, then what’s the price difference between that and the XOOM? Is it fair to say that the XOOM is 50% less than the Sony tablet? Is that fair? Definitely, but it’s also fair to say the Sony tablet is 100% more than the XOOM.

    • Dbzster

      Everyone in this thread is fail:

      The ‘tard pack Transformer is only 200 cheaper for half as much storage. The 32GB is 499.99 and wifi only, which is the better deal. However neither of them have the capability of 4G or expandable memory. So yeah ImSpartacus, gimp yourself.

      As for interchangeable battery: What does that tell you about the devices battery life? That you need to change the battery every couple of hours or you’ll need to buy a not stock battery that’s huge and will kill form factor, fail again FortitudineVincimus. Oh yeah, how’s Toshiba’s track record with upgrading software? yeah….and don’t get me started on your smart cover-esque interchangeable back plates

      Why do you all have to bicker about what device is best? For fucks sake just appreciate that companies are willing to fight against Apple, shit. I have had the opportunity to use a Xoom and I think its a near feature complete device, albeit on an budding platform. Everything has its place so just appreciate the variety and be glad Apple doesn’t have a motherfucking strangle on the god damn market.

      /endrant

      • http://twitter.com/bigtexatx Bigtex ATX

        I agree, people are comparing a 16GB WiFi only model of a device not even available on market yet, to the price of a device with double the memory, 4G capability, that has had a price reduction. A 16GB WiFi only model has been suspected.

        Not to mention, while I think the Transformer is great, it’s Not out yet. Xoom could likely see a price drop with it.

        However, from the reviews, the Asus battery life was shown to be about 8 hours of use, in UK Models. I don’t believe it’s a slouch. The additional keyboard battery pack deal for $150 is another 8 hours that charges the tablet. So that is a pretty big bonus in my opinion.

        • Anonymous

          For the price of a 3G XOOM, you could buy TWO Transformers.

          Considering the two tablets share all important specs (SoC, RAM, Resolution, etc.), that is absolutely insane.

      • Calculatorwatch

        The Transformer most definitely has a microsd slot (and an sd slot on the keyboard) which I assume will work when it comes out :P

        Not to be too hard on the Xoom though, I think it’s a great device and probly has slightly better build quality, and of course 4G, packed into a smaller form factor. You get what you pay for though, and since I don’t plan on coughing up money to Verizon for a data plan, those features just aren’t worth the extra price and the Transformer seems like a better deal to me.

      • Anonymous

        The Transformer has a microSD slot. I can spend $80 on a 32GB microSD card and have 48GB of storage for under $500.

        I can buy TWO transformers for the price of one 3G XOOM. Considering the important specs (SoC, OS, screen size/resolution) of both machines are identical, you would have to be an idiot to get the 3G XOOM.

        Oh and what about the Transformer’s IPS panel? Can the XOOM get a 178° viewing angle?

        • Whap

          Not sure why you are hating on the 3g xoom. Yes, the price is a bit high, for brand new, stock vanilla android, upgradable to 4g in 3 weeks (has there even been an announcement for another 4g model that will be out in the next 3 weeks?). Some of the little stuff 4g upgrade, SD card, flash not available for the first week on the market are very little issues. I have over 100 apps on my xoom and have so much memory on board I will have the upgrade well before I need the space. If I really needed it I would root it but I want a smooth 4g upgrade before I do that.

          Also, the transformer has yet to be released and by the time it does I will have had my xoom for a few months. I will be running 4g on Verizon’s network, you probably see it as selling out to big red or something, but my tab will be screaming. Currently at $20 a month which I find extremely reasonable for 4g coverage.

          But what do I know, I am a xoom owning idiot!

          • Anonymous

            The Transformer is out on Tuesday. It’s coming to Best Buy and a bunch of other big retailers.

            The Transformer has an IPS LCD, a $150 keyboard that doubles battery life and a better price tag.

            What does the XOOM have? 4G and a barometer.

            Is it worth $400 for air pressure and an expensive wireless connection?

          • Anonymous

            Hey moron, compare like for like or stfu. The wifi Xoom is available for $590 and comes with 32 GB of memory. The wifi Transformer costs $400 and comes with 16 GB of memory, $500 for the 32 GB model. I personally find the Transformer to be the better deal but the $150 dock is disappointingly overpriced imo.

          • Anonymous

            Why would anyone buy the 32GB Transformer? 32GB μSD cards are only $70. You can have 48GB of storage for only $470.

            So the only real options are the 16GB Transformer, Wifi XOOM and 4G XOOM. The commenter above mentioned the 4G XOOM, so that’s what I used in my comparison. Since you’re worried about storage, how about we compare the $400 Transformer and a $70 μSD card?

            The XOOM has 4G and 32GB of storage. It costs $800.

            The Transformer has an IPS screen and 48GB of storage. It costs $470.

            So we’re paying $330 for 4G. Is 4G worth $330?

          • Anonymous

            No, the real options are a 32 GB wifi Xoom for $590, a 3G/4G 32GB Xoom for $800, a 16 GB wifi Transformer for $400 and a 32 GB wifi Transformer for $500 (because that sku does exist and some people do want it). The $70 micro sdcard is nowhere near comparable in performance to internal memory and you’re also limited to a maximum of 48 GBs if you get the 16GB model compared to 64GB if you get the 32GB model, that’s a real difference.

          • Anonymous

            So since the XOOM and Transformer have inherent differences, they can’t be compared?

            The XOOM is never going to have an IPS LCD or dock option, does that immediately make the Transformer better?

            The Transformer doesn’t have a GPS or 3G, does that immediately mean the XOOM is better?

            No, no, no, I think that’s a little silly. We CAN compare different products. We take the feature differences and see if they are worth the price difference.

            And when we total up what is identical on both machines, we are astonished. The screen size, resolution, SoC, RAM, OS are all identical. Those are the important things. The unimportant things are GPS, 3G, LCD type, docks. Could you go an entire day without the GPS? What about on a shitty TN LCD? Ok, now try going an entire day with an inferior SoC, see how far you get.

          • Anonymous

            Are you being willfully dense? I would say 3G and 4G most certainly are important things when they alone add more than $200 to the cost, wouldn’t you agree? The problem here is you comparing an $800 tablet with far more features to a $400 tablet and then ignoring said features in favor of the price. Sorry, that’s not a legitimate comparison.

          • Anonymous

            “I would say 3G and 4G most certainly are important things when they alone add more than $200 to the cost.”

            Wait, so it’s important BECAUSE it costs more? If you’ll allow me to be candid, I think that’s a very Apple-esque manner of thinking.

            And good lord, we just agreed that many of XOOM’s outstanding features are polish, not actual features. A flash? Activity lights? Dubious differences in build quality?

            This is the kind of bullshit argument that macheads use to rationalize their favorite products.

            “But where are the PCs that have slot-loading disk drives? Hmmm? Hmmm?”

            “Yeah, your slot-loading bullshit drive adds $100 to the machine, but I never needed it in the first place.”

            Some features are just unnecessary. Yes, they cost money, but that doesn’t make them important to the experience.

          • Anonymous

            It’s important because it adds on significant cost as well as features (the 4G chipset alone is $100 and yes that most certainly adds on to the experience). Sorry, things like extra radios, sensors, useful LEDs and ports are features, no matter how you would like to paint them. They are not just subjective qualities like design or “slot-loading disk drives”.

            I feel like I’m talking to a wall here.

    • WindedBison

      I’m rooted with the new tiamat kernal so I do have SD card support. I also have the wifi only version so 4g doesn’t matter to me. thank you come again

      • Larry

        I enjoyed running the adb commands to root and image. The one-click ones seem to fail and then it’s hard to figure out where you have to fix it. I’ll always do my rooting with adb and fastboot for xoom. Though hopefully all i have to do now is flash an update using clockwork :)

  • Wyveryx

    Take that apple! Can anyone loan me some money, I have sudden urge to spend a few hundred dollars?

  • SayWhat

    “Live collaboration with Google Docs”

    uh. . . can someone explain this to me because Google Docs doesn’t work worth shit in the browser.

  • Pcguru30

    this is probably to defend itself against the slew of tablets that are about to come out that wipe the floor with the xoom if not by spec then at least by price

    • Anonymous

      motos device is still top dog. The build materials are the best in its class and it has everything the consumer wants. The thing is a fricken tank

      • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

        Price is a hug factor though

        • Angry Turd

          somebody needs a hug

          • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

            haha typo fail

          • AnothaMexican

            Aliens need hugs too!

      • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

        Price is a hug factor though

      • Anonymous

        feels like one too and nearly as heavy

      • Pcguru30

        not sure I agree.. The upcoming Asus Transformer does everything the Xoom does comparable specs if not identical or better specs and is about 100$ cheaper.. I think Moto needs to do everything in thier power to bring down the price if they want to keep thier spot as Googles premiere developer

        • Anonymous

          Asus is going to be Google’s premiere developer soon enough.

  • Anonymous

    I’m in love all over again