Enterprise Mobility: Motorola Xoom Tablet Shows Off Honeycomb's Graphical Firepower

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-03-04 Print this article Print
Xoom, Unboxed

Xoom, Unboxed

The device looks like just another iPad in and out of the box. After all, the Xoom measures 10.1 inches (diagonal) to the iPad's 9.7-inch screen.
As far as pure Web-surfing experiences go, the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet is an absolute joy to use. It satisfies a craving users have had to enjoy the power of their laptops with the portability of their smartphones. The 10.1-inch tablet, powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, succeeds on that score. After two long days of testing this slate (from Best Buy and Verizon Wireless for $599 with a two-year contract, or $799 without a contract) eWEEK is smitten by the tablet's gorgeous graphics and multitasking capabilities, which were both superior to those of Apple's iPad. Users can open multiple browser tabs and applications and seamlessly flit from one to the other. The Xoom's 3D graphics pop, offering deck-of-cards-style "stack" widgets for YouTube and other application content. The Xoom is super-intuitive, especially to anyone who has used an Android smartphone before. Notifications stream in from the lower right for Google Talk and other applications installed on the Xoom. Verizon sent us this Xoom, with 32GB on-board user memory and 1GB DDR2 and RAM, to test. We did so on both WiFi and 3G networks and found the speed extremely fast and the battery life pleasingly long. But again, it's the graphics capabilities and the ability to rove around the Web on this slate that captured our imagination. The just-announced iPad 2 could undercut the Xoom and other Honeycomb tablets on price for sure, but consumers who love the Android experience can't go wrong with the Xoom.

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