Friday , May 26 2017

Hands on with the Motorola XOOM — First Impressions

I’ve been using the Motorola XOOM for just over a day now, and I thought I’d share my initial thoughts. Which coincides nicely with Telstra’s confirmation that this bad-boy is launching through them next month. First off, the XOOM is quite heavy as it weighs 730grams, which is 130grams more than its main rivals: the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1v. The build quality is top-notch with no cheap plastic to be felt on the device. HDMI playback onto the TV is extremely nice, especially as the browser feels just like a full desktop browser so you can browse through the web on your TV as well as watch movies, listen to music and run apps. A little downside to the hardware is the use of a proprietary charging adapter instead of utilising the MicroUSB slot that is available.

I don’t want to give too much of the device away, as I’ll leave it for the review in a couple of days. However, Honeycomb is really worth mentioning. It doesn’t feel like a slapped together version of Android for tablets. It feels like it has been built from the ground up to suit tablets perfectly. The only problem is that it doesn’t feel like they’ve finished building just yet, which may be why they’re holding the source code. A lot of apps don’t look good on Honeycomb and a 10.1″ surface, and the Android Market will crash more often than not. At one point the XOOM froze for 8 minutes before it finally decided it was time to reboot, just because I tried installing Google Reader on the Market. Other than that, Honeycomb is silky smooth to use and makes full use of the huge screen real estate on the XOOM. If you have any questions leave them in the comments, and I’ll either answer them there, or in the upcoming review.

 

Buzz Moody  

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Anthony Richardson
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Anthony Richardson

Buzz, it will be worth mentioning in your review that the reason the the unit doesn’t charge via USB is that USB is unable to supply enough current to charge the battery and run the unit (large display) at the same time. So I would expect this to be a common limitation on large screen tablet devices.

Greg
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Greg

How does the xoom compare to the acer a500, which is now available at good guys and bing Lee?
Does the thickness & weight detract from the device? Would you recommend waiting for the super thin galaxy tab 10.1 to come out?

Adrian Greig
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re Enterprise compatibility…. early android handsets suffered as they did not have WPA2 Enterprise wifi security capability. Home wifi etc was fine. What can Xoom do? What options does it have for Enterprise wifi security. Will be major deal breaker if it can’t for some of us. Cheers!

Raulan Grajewski
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It has 802.1x EAP… Enterprise baby!!

I’ve hooked my Xoom up to my corporate wireless network with it and now i am finally able to access the network 🙂

Couldn’t do it with my Desire HD… I now can with the Xoom! 🙂

EY
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EY

Can you set proxy servers ? Tried the Honeycomb build on my Nook Color and didn’t see it. I can’t use my office wireless without it.

Raulan Grajewski
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Just had a quick look… it doesn’t look like it 🙁

Raulan Grajewski
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Ive been using the Xoom for about 2 weeks now. Very happy with it. The lack of apps designed for honeycomb does hurt it tho.

Most of the existing android apps do work.. some launches then force closes on you… DAM YOU FACEBOOK APP!!

Ttrbest
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Ttrbest

Did the Xoom freeze for 8 minutes or did it ‘from? 😉

Richard Gill
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Accessory wise, the xoom has my vote. With the dock, keyboard and various travel cases already on the market it will be utilized from day one!

Yianni soc
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agreed… i got a nexus s from the states and the accessory range is terrible. goes to show you need to let the devices be out to market for at least a few months to test whether the market actually accepts them and makes the accessories for them!
that’s why i’m worried about the SGT 10.1v vs SGT 10.1

Richard Gill
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Buzz, did you have a chance to play with the skype or ? As an enterprise device I am hoping to see the video conferencing capabilities such as skype or webex.

Glyn Stuckey
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Glyn Stuckey

Is skype able to do video conferencing on Android now?

Glyn Stuckey
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Glyn Stuckey

Buzz, Have you used the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v at all? If so, how does it compare to the Xoom?

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