I love my Xoom - Tablet Evolution - 1 Week Opinion
It's been a week of non stop use for me.
I thought this thing would sit on my coffee table and be a go to Wiki device with some email accounts and angry birds tied to it and let me just say I was wrong. Before I got the Xoom, I really wanted a tablet but wasn't quite sure how it would fit in to my every day life.
I got my Evo on launch day and wouldn't give it up, but the Xoom is becoming my go to communication device, my go to stats for work device, admin device, default browsing device and I've played more games in the last week on my Xoom than I have on my xbox or PC combined in the last 6 months.
Honeycomb is the base of a true new version of Android, this is really more like a super fast portable PC than like a handset.
Android handsets are great and you can do a lot on them, but the Xoom, everything just seems easier and it's so fast it makes the tedious type of stuff a tad more pleasurable because:
a) I'm not fumbling around a smaller screen and
b) when I do things I feel like I'm on Star Trek:TNG and I've just checked the ship's logs for the overnight watch.
c) It's faster than waking up a PC
d) I can get to more information faster than switching tabs on a browser
e) You can bring it practically anywhere
f) The battery lasts forever
I have to say, this is an awesome device and as well the Thumb Keyboard app is a MUST HAVE - it changed the whole input experience drastically. I hope Moto or other tablet OEMs or Google start buying licenses in bulk and just release it on anything 7" or bigger.
I know there's been some threads focusing on the Xoom's competition the last 24 hours - please, direct your attention here:
About your doubts:
If you're concerned about Adobe Flash, or your favorite apps being Honeycomb compatible, or Google updating the market, or the 4G upgrade, or the sdcard, or whatever it is, just realize owning a Xoom right now is like investing in the future. You're ahead of the curve waiting for literally more than a thousand different things to catch up and inter-operate with each other. All of these issues will be worked out in due time (which I believe to be extremely short if you've seen the number of app updates in the last week).
This is a tremendously awesome piece of hardware made by one of the world's best companies that has been around for quite some time. The software was literally designed by some of the smartest people on the planet.
- 03-03-2011, 07:25 PM #2
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- 03-03-2011, 07:30 PM #3
I don't know why anyone would want that piece of crap. Tablets are garbage. Except the iPad. The iPad rules.
Just kidding. I'm posting this from my Xoom which I love love love.
- 03-03-2011, 07:33 PM #4
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- 03-03-2011, 07:47 PM #8
WiFi tethering works perfectly with the Xoom on my Nexus One. Since they both have the native hotspot feature, I should turn both on and make both use each others connection instead. Lol
- 03-03-2011, 08:05 PM #9
- 03-03-2011, 08:13 PM #10Launch Day HTC Droid Incredible]
whatever the latest version of Chads Incredikernel is out
- 03-03-2011, 08:22 PM #11
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- 03-03-2011, 08:54 PM #13
As an IT guy, this has proven to be one of the best tools in my arsenal. I can walk around the office with it to support users, RDP into my servers from any desk in the office and manage a users account, SSH into my linux boxes, review log files on all my servers without being tied to my desk, retrieve all my emails and reply to them comfortably, read all my news, watch some videos for entertainment, create word and excel documents, carry ALL of my technical books and documents on the device (in PDF and EPUB format), take notes and 1000's of other things. I love this thing. Before I was walking around with a netbook but that was still awkward even though it was smaller. Couldn't really hold a netbook with one hand and use the mouse pad and keyboard with the other and always fearful the drive failing from all the moving around it got.
When I am out of the office I have Mobile Admin from rove on it to RDP into my servers and I am currently looking for a good SIP program so I can attach to my VOIP PBX system at the office.
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- 03-03-2011, 09:21 PM #17
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Hi everyone, it's good to see some Xoom owners here who are really enjoying this great device. I don't currently own the Xoom yet, will be getting it in about a month. My question is, it seems like each one of you who responded are not having the issues other people on this forum and others that I've been reading are having. I would like to ask a favor from each of you. Seeing that you are able to successfully view movies, tv shows, connect to your office network, & such could you please indicate which apps you are using to achieve these tasks. I'm sure all of us here would be grateful for this info. For those who have already indicated the app used to perform certain tasks, let me be the first to say - Thank You.
- 03-03-2011, 10:28 PM #18
- 03-03-2011, 11:26 PM #19
Excuse me for butting in
Question about flash... Does Flash work at all on the Xoom? Can you use flash 10.1 until 10.2 comes out? The reason I ask is that my online course requires flash (for reasons unknown). I tried to log on at best buy and it worked. The online course won't let me logon on my iPhone (nothing that resembles flash- thank you Steve Jobs!)
And thanks to everyone for the great info and reviews.
- 03-04-2011, 12:32 AM #20
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- 03-04-2011, 06:00 AM #23
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I walked into verizon on 03/02 to check out the xoom. I couldn't leave without one. I questioned how much I would use a tablet but then I used the xoom. I am very impressed with the speed (processing/graphics). I can't seem to put it down. IMO this will replace my laptop which I just used for couch surfing or surfing in bed. I still use my desktop for gaming and serious browsing/comparisons/shopping.
I didn't signup for a contract, I was able to buy the device retail with no ties to Verizon, however I did want the ability to connect to 3g or 4g down the line.
Some other things that i was impressed with:
Amazing battery life - 6+ hrs with heavy use and I only depleated the battery halfway
Honeycomb OS - Just wow. Android 2.2 is cabable but the GUI seems raw. I didn't expect honeycomb to be so polished.
Room for improvement:
The widgets are not resizable - I want to have a scrollable twitter or gmail widget 2 wide by 5 or 6 tall. I would love a feature like Launcher Pro has for resizing widgets.
auto rotate still has some lag
Not a xoom problem but but why can't make a call through gmail like I can on the compter or, for that matter, through google voice. I can access the google voice website but the app will not install on the xoom.
maybe someone can clarify (I haven't tried yet) - can you charge with the usb connection? or just the dedicated power connection?
- 03-04-2011, 06:32 AM #24Launch Day HTC Droid Incredible]
whatever the latest version of Chads Incredikernel is out