Xoom…Hit or Miss?

It is the year of tablets and Motorola and Verizon are competing for that top spot, with the Motorola Xoom.

The Xoom is yet another of Motorola’s amazing products for the year, following the sleek black profile that we’ve seen over the years.

After reading other reviews, we couldn’t wait to turn on the device, and as soon as we got it on, our staff was blown away. The 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 capacitive display (better than Apple’s 9.8-inch, 1024 x 768 display) is absolutely amazing to look at. Watching YouTube videos and HD video, the screen makes you feel like you are inside the movie.

The Xoom also features Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, making the Xoom even faster and redefined than any other Android operating system. It also sports a brand-new multitouch keyboard for each typing in both landscape and portrait modes.

Another nice feature is the two cameras on this Xoom, one in the front and one in the back. We really didn’t have a use for the rear facing camera (I’m not one to hold a tablet up to take a picture), but we did make good use of the front camera for video chatting using Google Chat. The video quality was good, but didn’t impress us while video chatted around the station.

One thing we didn’t like though is the difficulty of the operating system. The Xoom is not for the faint of heart when comes to learning the brand new Android 3.0 operating system. If your a novice user, you may want to stay with the iPad, at least until the kinks get worked out.

All in all, for a novice user and a die-hard Mac fan, I liked the Xoom and would think about getting one. The screen is nice, the added connivence of having a camera for video chatting, and the power behind the Android operating system makes for the Xoom a great tablet, and even a good laptop replacement.

The Xoom is $599.99 with a two-year contract from Verizon Wireless.