Android 3.0 makes Google-based tablets much easier to use, but the Xoom isn't quite as smooth as the Apple iPad 2.
10.1 in 1,280×800 display, 720g, 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2, RAM, 32GB disk, Android 3.0
Until now, the only real competition to the Apple iPad was a bunch of tablets running tweaked versions of Android for smartphones, most notably the Samsung Galaxy Tab. While some of these have been pretty good, none were perfect. With the Motorola Xoom, the real fight begins, as this is the first tablet we’ve seen to use the tablet-specific version of Google’s mobile operating system – Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).
Comparisons with the Apple iPad 2 are hard to avoid and from a pure hardware point of view, the Xoom competes well with Apple’s tablet. It feels tough and well built. The rear is mostly metal, but the strip of plastic that houses the power button, LED flash and camera lens isn’t as neat as the single block of aluminium that the iPad 2 is made out of.
While the Xoom is fractionally smaller than the iPad 2, as its 16:9 aspect ratio 10.1in screen takes up less room than the 4:3 screen on Apple’s tablet, it’s marginally thicker at 12mm (the iPad 2 is 9mm thick) and weighs more at 720g (the iPad 2 weighs 601g). It’s a weight difference that you can really feel and the Xoom is a little uncomfortable to hold in one hand for long periods. It’s definitely a tablet that’s better off being rested on your lap.
|Processor||Nvidia Tegra 2|
|Processor clock speed||1GHz|
|Viewable size||10.1 in|
|Graphics Processor||Nvidia Tegra 2|
|Total storage capacity||32GB|
|Optical drive type||N/A|
Ports and Expansion
|Wired network ports||N/A|
|Wireless networking support||802.11n|
|PC Card slots||0|
|Supported memory cards||Micro SDHC|
|Other ports||Micro USB, dock connector|
|Operating system||Android 3.0|
|Operating system restore option||N/A|
|Warranty||one year RTB|