Enterprise Mobility: Motorola Xoom Is the Perfect iPad Competitor: 10 Reasons Why
Motorola Xoom Is the Perfect iPad Competitor: 10 Reasons Why
by Don Reisinger
The Right Display Size
One of the key aspects of success or failure in the tablet space is display size. That's why the iPad's 9.7-inch display has been so appealing to customers and why the 5-inch display on the Dell Streak has not. The Motorola Xoom, on the other hand, ships with a 10.1-inch display. With more screen real estate, users should find quite a bit to like with the upcoming tablet.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Android 2.2 "Froyo," the operating system running on the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet, has been widely panned by critics and even Google as an operating system that isn't ready for tablets. But Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" is a different story altogether. The platform was designed with tablets in mind. It delivers a full browsing experience, holographic features, 3D capability and much more. Oh, and it's running on the Motorola Xoom.
The Price Is Right
Motorola Xoom pricing starts at $600 for a WiFi-only model. The device will cost $799 for a 3G version. At first glance, $799 might seem like a lot to pay for a tablet. But when one considers that the high-end iPad retails for $829 and it doesn't have the same feature set in the operating system or as powerful components, it becomes clear that the Xoom is delivering a good value.
Upgradable to 4G
One of the key aspects of the Motorola Xoom is that it's upgradable to 4G. Even better, that upgrade will be made available for free. The 4G connectivity for the Motorola Xoom should be made available at some point in the second quarter. With the help of 4G, users will be able to have a much better Web-browsing experience. Even better for Motorola, it trumps Apple's iPad, which doesn't come with 4G connectivity.
Apple's iPad includes a 1GHz processor, which has proved to be quite zippy for most tasks. But the Motorola Xoom ups the ante a bit with a 1GHz dual-core processor. The dual-core option should deliver even better performance than the iPad and make Apple's tablet look awfully slow in comparison.
Motorola Is Respected
Over the past couple years, Motorola Mobility has been able to revive its ailing brand with the help of Google's Android platform and outstanding smartphone designs. The company's Droid, Droid 2 Global and Droid X, among others, have proved wildly popular with customers. Now that the Xoom is on its way, it's quite possible that Motorola will seize on that success and cement itself as the top Apple alternative in the tablet space.
The Timing Is Spot-On
The Motorola Xoom is expected to launch in February or March. With that release timetable, the device can get to the market before the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, which is expected to hit store shelves in March or April. It will also be ahead of many Android tablets, like the LG Optimus Pad, which is scheduled to be released later this year, and the Acer Iconia Tab A500, which is slated for an April release. Being one of the first devices to the market is always a good idea. Motorola seems to know that.
The Camera Issue
Apple's iPad lacks both a front- and rear-facing camera. What that means is users can't take pictures or engage in video chatting from the device. The Motorola Xoom, on the other hand, comes with dual cameras. That makes it an ideal choice for those who are seeking multimedia features. The factor also arguably puts the iPad behind in its battle with the Xoom.
Its Going After Consumers
Like Apple, Motorola realizes that it's always best to go after the consumer space with a tablet. So, like the iPad, the Xoom is designed with consumers in mind. It comes with the aforementioned cameras and Android 3.0 Honeycomb's consumer-friendly features to help appeal to those folks. It's tough to say if it will best the iPad's consumer appeal, but by the looks of things, it seems well-positioned to do just that.
The Google Element
Motorola Mobility's branding and the Xoom itself isn't the only consideration that determines the tablet's ability to compete against the iPad. In fact, Google is also playing a central role in all of this. The search giant has been able to appeal to mobile customers for the last few years. And it's becoming more trusted by the day. Once consumers find out that Google's platform is running on the Xoom, they might be more willing opt for that device over others, including the iPad.