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    I already have a Xoom and was wondering what are the new features that Xoom 2 has?
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    From just looking at both online and in the store it seems like they changed everything. From camera to design, faster processor, more ram. Overall from the hours I have had with it, it just seems smoother and a lot lighter, faster. An overall better experience in my opinion.
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    There's also the stylus on the 10.1. I went to a VZW store to check it out. They didn't even have a demo, and thought they might by the end of th week. I went to another store and got the same response. That's got to be a major mistake on someone's part. The rep at the second store actually went and got one for me to try though. I really appreciated it. We opened it up, put the battery in the stylus and he let me try it out. I was so pleased with his efforts to help me, I decided to buy it right there if the stylus worked well. Unfortunately, it did not. I did not expect the equivalent to my Wacom stylus on my Tablet PC, but I did expect it to be more responsive and accurate in taking notes. It just did not work well for that task, and that is the number one task I want a tablet for. Tablet PC's are nice and powerful, but they are bulkier and have less battery life. I was really dissapointed. I'll go back later when they have a demo out and try it again, but I'm not expecting a different result.

    Come on Wacom, we need you.
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    Please tell me more about your 10.1 XYBoard. I am thinking of trying one out, but I am curious about the following:

    1. More detail on the Pen.
    2. How is the browser experience?
    3. How is the lag? Most Andorid Tablets have terrible lag. How is this one?
    4. Battery life?
    5. Screen, is it a nice and clear screen?
    6. Any other details would be helpful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiplg View Post
    There's also the stylus on the 10.1. I went to a VZW store to check it out. They didn't even have a demo, and thought they might by the end of th week. I went to another store and got the same response. That's got to be a major mistake on someone's part. The rep at the second store actually went and got one for me to try though. I really appreciated it. We opened it up, put the battery in the stylus and he let me try it out. I was so pleased with his efforts to help me, I decided to buy it right there if the stylus worked well. Unfortunately, it did not. I did not expect the equivalent to my Wacom stylus on my Tablet PC, but I did expect it to be more responsive and accurate in taking notes. It just did not work well for that task, and that is the number one task I want a tablet for. Tablet PC's are nice and powerful, but they are bulkier and have less battery life. I was really dissapointed. I'll go back later when they have a demo out and try it again, but I'm not expecting a different result.

    Come on Wacom, we need you.
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    I didn't buy it. The stylus just did not work well enough to justify it. I did not test any other feature. I will say one of the issues with inking was that there was a lag behind the tip of they stylus. It just was not responsive enough or clean enough on the screen. The tip of the pen was not as sharp as I am used to. That also presented a problem with writting. I'm used to a fine point Wacom pen with a very thin ink line. There were only 3 thickness options, and the thinest was too thick. I didn't feel like it was as acurate to write with as a result of the design of the pen and the inking options.

    Like I said, I will go back later this week and try it again. I'm just not hopeful. I really didn't want to drop $1200 on a Windows slate. I'll probably wait for the next generation of tablets. I can't believe that handwritten note taking isn't a bigger deal for tablets.


    Quote Originally Posted by JOHNGAETANO View Post
    Please tell me more about your 10.1 XYBoard. I am thinking of trying one out, but I am curious about the following:

    1. More detail on the Pen.
    2. How is the browser experience?
    3. How is the lag? Most Andorid Tablets have terrible lag. How is this one?
    4. Battery life?
    5. Screen, is it a nice and clear screen?
    6. Any other details would be helpful.
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    I dont know why they even released the xoom2 with the current specs, its not enough of a upgrade over the xoom. The xoom 3 will (or should) have the quad core tegra3 in it.... thats what I am waiting on
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    Ok, got to test the pen again. This time I didn't have a rep standing over my shoulder. So, I had more time to experiment. For taking notes the stylus is completely useless. Not OK, not halfway acceptable, not marginally tolerable. It is useless. I did not expext Wacom precision and responsiveness. I did expect to be able to write and have the word be readable, and it was if I wrote VERY slowly. If I wrote normally, it did not come out right on the screen. Again, I did not expect to be able to write with blazing speed like I do with a Wacom Penabled tablet PC. If I used the Xyboard in a meeting, I would either not be able to write and keep up, or I would not be able to read what I wrote if I did keep up. So, no Xyboard for me.

    I went to an ATT store to check out the Jetstream. Their demo wasn't working correctly. So, I can't really comment on it. However, the brief writting I did get to do worked much better. I hate the stylus though. It is small and cheap feeling. I need to get my hands on a ThinkPad tablet to see if it is any better.

    I'm really bummed by this. I had an X. Now I have a RAZR. I really wanted a Xyboard, even though I would have to pay Verizon for yet another Internet connection. I already pay for FiOS and 2 smartphones.

    On a funny note. This time when I went in, the rep did not know what a Xyboard was. When I said Xoom 2, he took me to the tablets and started trying to figure out which one it was. I don't get the impression that they are really trying to sell these devices. When I asked for the stylus, they gave me a 3rd party capacitve stylus. I was worried they would not have the actual stylus, but another rep went and found it.

    I played with it some, and liked it as a regular tablet overall, but I did not examine it in detail. Without note taking ability, I can't use it. I hate to keep waiting for the next gen. I just want an acceptable inking experience. Thin lines and responsive inking. I don't care what it costs.
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