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Overall very happy with my purchase,
This review is from: Motorola Xoom 10.1 inch Android Tablet (1GB RAM, 32GB Memory, Wi-Fi, Android 3.0, Up to 10hrs battery life) (Personal Computers)I'm not going to go in to great technical detail on the XOOM as there are other great reviews on here that will do that. I just want to help the non-techies decide if this tablet is worth buying.
I got the XOOM wifi model from the carphone warehouse a few weeks ago for £250 and it has turned out to be a great buy. I'd like to say I spent weeks agonising over the choices but I didn't. I had originally bought an Arnova 10 G2 which was very good for the £140 price tag apart from the facts that; the screen was just impossible to view from any other angle than front on; the back left was VERY hot after an hours use. So totally useless for myself and daughter to play Angry Birds on or watch Charlie and Lola on!!
CPW 'gracially' allowed an exchange after the few days I had owned it and it was a choice between XOOM and IPAD2. There are plenty of cheaper smaller screen models as well as IPAD size/price models but the XOOM at half the price of the IPAD was very attractive.
I've owned a Macbook for a number of years, so I'm familiar with Apple as opposed to just being anti-Apple. Whilst Apple tend to very easy on the eye and have very good products overall, they are restrictive in what they will allow to run on their systems. Also they have decided to go for the ' I must have the latest and I am willing to pay for it' share of the market so they are almost always the most expensive and not always the best value for money.
Anyway I decided to get the XOOM on; its price; the fact that it had a clear, large, responsive screen, viewable from several angles; it appeared to have enough hardware to make it useful (dual core, 1gb ddr2, 32gb flash disk)
So here's my plus-minus list for what it's worth:-
1. Came with Android Honeycomb 3.2 and working SD card slot
2. Wireless is 802.11n
3. Good clear screen viewable from several angles and responsive to the touch
5. USB connector to hook up to a PC
6. Genuine android marketplace so shed loads of free apps to choose from
7. 5MP camera and HD video recording
8. Good styling and solid feel to it
9. Extremely good battery life
All in all a very usable device
1. Cannot connect a USB device such as hard disk or flash drive but I believe a firmware fix is in the pipeline
2. Heavy-ish but not unpleasant to hold, however could also be said to just feel solid
3. HD video sometimes stutters when recording but I think that is due to other running applications
4. SD card can only be written to when connected to PC however it is very usable at 32GB max. for storing movies, etc. and I believe there is a firmware fix for this in the pipeline
Some issues but then doesn't everthing!
With regards to accessories:-
1. The motorola gel cover fits very well and protects the back of the device
2. Screen protectors: get one that is designed for this model and get several (see my other reviews)
3. I found the Motorola case to be good for protection but useless as a stand so I bought a seperate case and seperate stand (see my other reviews)
4. Motorola dock is good for one position stand with power supply and headphone socket, but prevent access to the USB and Mini HDMI connectors so a real drawback if you ask me. The Motorola speaker dock has the same issues as well as apparently having poor speakers
I hope this brain dump has been useful to someone!