Its too heavy... really?
Maybe it's just me... but I just don't see the Xoom as being too heavy. Yeah, I lift weights, a good bit, but like... it's just not heavy. How do you owners feel about this? I've messed around with it a lot in store and purposefully held it in very akward positions to get a feel for the weight. Sure, the Ipad 2 is lighter, but I just don't get that complaint. Maybe working out is going better for me than I thought ;p but somehow I doubt that.
- 03-24-2011, 09:32 AM #2
- 03-24-2011, 09:42 AM #3
Funny this subject came up here -- lately, I've been thinking about this a lot!
We've been on a weird cycle socially, where our expectations are ever rising to the point where we've stopped recognizing how amazing modern technology really is. What we call "heavy" is nothing at all really.
In a similar way, what we call "slow" is also becoming odd. If a device pauses for even a brief fraction of a second in comparison to another one, people jump in and say it's a problem. Seriously, how much shorter can our patience get?
The list goes on. I wonder if at some point our expectations will be so high we will all be displeased all the time.
OK, I'm kind of kidding, but you see what I mean.
- 03-24-2011, 09:44 AM #4
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But, even for her, the weigh is not an issue, it's a matter of tablet size vs hand size. I believe there to be a great opportunity for manufactures to make cases which would have a handle (perhaps removable) which would allow for the 10" tablets (or even iPads, which are even harder to hold in one hand due to their added width) to be easily held with one hand, even in landscape mode.
The "weight" issue is likely little more than the drones having been told by Mr. Jobs that the lighter weight of the iPad should be a key issue, and incorporating it into their thinking (never the wiser that they've been "jobbed"). The bigger issue is the ability to "grip" a device with one hand. For those of us with larger hands, the Xoom beats out the iPad in that regard.
Definitely agree with you here. I guess the people who are saying these things are heavy are the kind of people who have forgotten there was a time when we were "real" animals and had to hunt with spears and such. It just seems rediculus to me. I feel like I could hold the thing for hours without a problem (yet again I lift a lot, so I understand I might be in a minority here). It just seems rediculus
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I think the weight of it gives it a "solid" feel, if it was any lighter I would be scared of breaking it just by holding it.I miss my friend Matt McQuinn he touched so many lives, and in the end gave his life to protect someone that he loved. I am proud to have known him, and of the choices he made when it mattered. You were a true hero.
I've found that (only from playing with them in stores a lot) I enjoy using it with a sort of wrap around grip. I have the Xoom, at least when in portrait mode, sort of resting on my forearm and then reach around and hold it from the other side. Just feels natural. Ill try to find/draw a picture to explain it better if theres confusion on that
- 03-24-2011, 10:45 AM #13
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Using the stock Motorola case, I lay the "lid of the case across my left forearm, and grip the lower right-hand corner of the Xoom. I could hold this for a considerable time. I used to use this approach to holding a much heavier laptop, and I could do that for 5+ minutes easily.
Perhaps a picture would help:
And, of course, out of the case, it can be easily gripped. Again, I could do this for a considerable time:
- 03-24-2011, 10:58 AM #14
I currently have the Ipad2 and the xoom and the xoom is noticeably heavier. Also the thin bezel looks good, but makes it harder for me to hold. Less about the weight is these 10" tablets are there big size makes them hard to hold. I usually prop them (both ipad and xoom) to use them.
I miss my 7" galaxy tab.... I wonder how the 8.9" tablet would feel
- 03-24-2011, 11:24 AM #15
- 03-24-2011, 01:35 PM #16
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It's not heavy to me, but I can see where holding a ten inch tab regardless of the maker could get uncomfortable for some people. I find holding the Xoom easier then the Ipad. The seven inch Tab was to small IMOP and didn't care for the smaller screen size. Plenty of options out there for the consumer to choose from.
- 03-24-2011, 02:50 PM #17
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Choice is never a bad thing for the consumer. I'm not concerned with the weight but I can still see how others are concerned with it. I mainly use it two handed and it really does feel really good in the hand using it. Thumb keyboard is one of the best innovations I have ever seen. I do think my next tablet will be a 8.9 device though. That does seem to be the sweet spot just as I think 4.0 inch smartphones are. Its crazy to think how far technology is coming though. I mean honestly, after a while how can manufactures differentiate as there are only so many ways to build a tablet and can only get so light. What apple and Samsung have done in such a short amount of time is amazing.
Sent from my Xoom
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Same here. Currently watching TV from the bed. I've becoe accustomed to leave the xoom flat on the bed itself, rather then lift it.
Problem may stem from having a galaxy s being so light. Not that the xoom weighs a ton, just that ideally it could be lighter. It's relatively light for a tablet, but we all know it could be lighter. I don't regret my purchase at all, but I imagine future android tablets will place an emphasis on lighter devices.
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