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.

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Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson
9 years ago

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.

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Anthony Richardson
9 years ago

Yeah absolutely. It would be nice to see all tablets implement the same charging port though.

Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson
Reply to  Buzz Moody
9 years ago

I wish all devices used the same port for charging 🙁

Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson
Reply to  Buzz Moody
9 years ago

I wish all devices used the same port for charging 🙁

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Anthony Richardson
9 years ago

Yeah absolutely. It would be nice to see all tablets implement the same charging port though.

Greg
Greg
9 years ago

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?

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Greg
9 years ago

I’ve not yet used either the Acer A500 or the Galaxy Tab 10.1, so I can’t compare them at all. I’ll be hands on with the 10.1v next week though.

Adrian Greig
9 years ago

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
Reply to  Adrian Greig
9 years ago

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
EY
Reply to  Raulan Grajewski
9 years ago

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
Reply to  EY
9 years ago

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

Raulan Grajewski
9 years ago

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!!

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Raulan Grajewski
9 years ago

Yeah Facebook won’t open at all 🙁

Ttrbest
Ttrbest
9 years ago

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

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Ttrbest
9 years ago

It froze 😉

Richard Gill
9 years ago

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
Reply to  Richard Gill
9 years ago

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
9 years ago

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
Glyn Stuckey
Reply to  Richard Gill
9 years ago

Is skype able to do video conferencing on Android now?

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Glyn Stuckey
9 years ago

It is coming, it’s just not available in the current app.

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Richard Gill
9 years ago

I have installed Skype but I haven’t used it yet. I’ll give Lucas a test call later on when he’s not busy and I’ll report back 🙂

Glyn Stuckey
Glyn Stuckey
9 years ago

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

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Glyn Stuckey
9 years ago

I have pre-ordered my Galaxy Tab 10.1v, though I am receiving a review unit hopefully this week. Then I can give you a rough idea of the differences between the two. 🙂

Glyn Stuckey
Glyn Stuckey
Reply to  Buzz Moody
9 years ago

I’ve pre-ordered my Galaxy Tab too …. looking forward to receiving it early next month. From what I’ve seen/heard I think the screen on the Tab is better.

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Glyn Stuckey
9 years ago

Some of the stuff on the XOOM appears washed out, but I can’t judge until I have something to compare it to.