Results 1 to 25 of 25
  1. Thread Author  Thread Author    #1  

    Default Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Tablet Review

    To say that I approached the purchase of a tablet with trepidation might be an understatement; one might say that similarly understated would be to define Bird Flu as “a little contagious.” Despite my apprehension, I was moved to “upgrade” to a tablet by a number of factors, the first of which being “it looked cool.” Yes it’s true – the biggest selling feature I can quantify, from speaking with numerous individuals who had already made the jump, was that tablets were cool looking, and it was “neat” to have a web browser in such a format. “Web browsing?” I mused, was the span and scope of such technological marvels really relegated to surfing on the internet? Surely there was limitless functionality to be divined by using devices that sport dual-core 1Ghz + processors, gobs of storage space (more on this later), high resolution displays all while maintaining a footprint of a legal pad. So there I stood at the precipice of discovery – not only would I figure out how and what to use a tablet for, but to make an even more granular and academic decision about which of these devices would best suit my needs.

    First, I needed to decide what to do with my tablet – sure there was the potential to surf the internet while sitting on my couch eating cream tasty-treats, but I could do that with a laptop or my cell phone. Then there was the possibility of gaming without all the fuss of a mouse and keyboard or one of those pesky controllers – but then again, if I really wanted a “gaming experience” couldn’t I just go buy a PSP or DS? Those options would certainly offer better games, control (of the games) and even expanded options for the respective platforms. How about productivity – nay, save for the few presentation applications that I might use during a training class, there isn’t much of a chance that I’m going to update thousand-line spreadsheets or hundred page training documents using a touch-screen and virtual keyboard. How about as a multimedia device, streaming music and what not – again…there are so many devices dedicated to this (that would do it better) – that owning a tablet specifically and expressly to do so would be silly. So what then? You said this was supposed to be a tablet review and the only thing I’ve accomplished is effectively talking you out of it.

    And here was the issue that I rammed my head against, “What do I really need a tablet for?” The answer is…”nothing.” There is nothing that a tablet can do that a laptop can’t do and probably 10 x better. So what then? Did I just buy a tablet for “gits and shiggles?” Well, ostensibly, yes. The reality is – there aren’t really too many reasons to own a tablet that trump the reason that most people do…”they’re neat.” So now that I’d established that I was buying a tablet purely for the sake of it – my decision making choices were narrowing. I wanted something that: Could be used as an internet browser, was able to play games, stream music and possibly movies, could double as a quick “email check” and calendar device…and therein I found my answer – I wasn’t looking for a tablet for any one reason – I was looking for a “jack of all trades, master of none,” device that would satiate my craving for information erstwhile staving off my disinterest in bringing out a laptop, sitting it on my lap, discovering that there was no battery left, going to find the cord…etcetera etcetera. So what were my options then?

    Oh sure, I could go for a smaller device like the Galaxy Tab, but that’s just a really big phone isn’t it. Every time I see one of those, I’m caught reminiscing Trigger Happy TV and “the big phone guy.” I could look at the Dell Streak but then I’d have to wash. No, my decision came down clearly between the iPad and the Xoom. Okay, it was actually the iPad2 which Apple had released only days before – and though I was initially intrigued by pretty form factor and tantalizing possibility of millions of apps – it was my outright disgust for Apple and “Apple-people” that would lead me elsewhere. I’ve said it before, and that’s never stopped me from repeating myself, but Apple does a fantastic job at two unique and completely “Apple” things. The first is to create beautiful devices, simple; aesthetically pleasing…I’d even go as far as to call them innovative and inspirational pieces of hardware. The second thing they do really well is to completely undermine the hardware with software built for chimpanzee’s and then rub their opinion and morality-wank all over them. This is where Apple just offends me, not put off…not displeased – I’m generally offended by Apple products about 90% of the time – the other 10% I’m offended by something Steve Jobs is running off at the mouth about – Apple’s innate and irrefutable ability to cut off their nose to spite their own face, then turn around and spit a bloody wad at the consumer.

    So let’s talk about Flash, or rather the lack there of on Apple products. It’s been Apple’s decision to not support Flash on the iPhone, iPod (Touch) and the iPad. Why? Who knows, I’ve been listening to Steve Jobs blathering on about HTML5 since the first iPad and yet – the amount of HTML5 websites is dwarfed greatly by the number of websites that offer Flash, and that makes sense because you know…it’s been more than a year. The decision to keep not supporting a largely used web-standard in favor of upcoming technology is never far from the “technologist” ear – but in this case, we’re now suggesting that you don’t buy this year’s model car in favor of the flying cars that are just around the corner. Yes, alright – Apple does have some tricks up its sleeve as well as some weight to throw around on major websites so the absence of Flash is minimized – but it still pisses me off to the point that I don’t want to buy their products. In addition, I also have to deal with the Apple “IOS” or as I like to call it…the Idiot’s Operating System. Talk to me all day long Apple-supporters, say those words you’re phantom-typing on invisible keyboards right now “Intuitive, Easy to Use.” I dare you…I double triple dog dare you. For every “intuitive” you give me – I’ll give you a “stupid-proof” and for every “Easy to Use” I’ll give you a “Relieving you from the pesky, “thinking” process,” that I associate with any and all Apple Products. I’ll agree that you have to an Operating System that doesn’t take a PhD to operate, but I think even Apple with its “push this square, something happens, press back and another square and something else happens” mentality has gone too far. Was it really necessary to dumb down the process so that anyone with the hand eye coordination enough to stick their finger out and push a button can operate your device? I get that the masses out there are typically of the “drool cup” mentality – but I’m not sure arming them with an information device was necessary – they were doing just fine with their colored blocks and paste. So then there’s the Xoom, the Google offering left waiting in the wings.

    The Xoom being the first Honeycomb tablet had little to do with my decision to adopt one. It’s not that I’m afraid of new technology or software – I just don’t like being an unpaid beta-tester for a major corporation’s software. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn’t necessary. Amazingly, on the one device it’s available in the one version that was released – Honeycomb is actually done. Sure there are niggles here and there, so let’s look at those. There are “force-closes” on apps not designed to run on tablets, the mini-sd storage card doesn’t work out of the box…but other than that – it’s actually working really well. I’m saying this having used the bloody thing for over 100 hours since I’ve had it…and those are my two main gripes. So if those are the two things that I don’t like – what is it about the Xoom that I do consider positives to a degree that I chose it over an iPad2? Ease of Use (read: not stupid-inducing, but not requiring a slide rule either), Display Quality, Web browsing, Email Capability, Storage and Build Quality. Gaming quality and media playback did factor into my decision, but as I stated above – there are other devices that do those things loads better and are actually better as disparate devices – so any offering that could be had on the Xoom I consider gravy (though read on and I’ll tell you why it’s delicious sausage gravy on a big buttery biscuit).

    Ok, let’s get this over with – Honeycomb is the latest Android OS, it’s built specifically for tablets – and it’s good. Overall the feel is similar to the overarching Android OS layout; there are still complete and separate “pages or tabs” to load icon’s and widgets to – these can be accessed by swiping left and right from the home screen to find new landscapes to **** all up with your widgets and shortcuts to your period calendar. Well all jokes aside, it feels like Android, that’s positive right – well yes and no. I like having the different tabs to litter with my horrible little icons – I like being able to add widgets and the like – but disturbingly there really is not much difference from using tabs/pages on a honeycomb tablet vs. a phone. Call me provincial, but I’m of the mind that innovating might actually take trying new things – and while the tried and true “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” mentality has held true for the Android OS thus far, I was kind of expecting more. What was there however did please, transitions from screen to screen were smooth – I really enjoyed the new process to change/add icons to the desktop and get a little more control of where widgets and applications go (by placing them in the screen and where – where on previous versions of the OS you’d have to dump and icon to a tab, then navigate to the tab and move it around from there). The new system for accessing apps (with a dedicated soft-key at the top of the screen) works nicely, and overall the experience is silky smooth even including the four-way screen orientation. I would also like to mention the new home/back button placement, not only does this work from a Fung-Shui perspective, but I found it genuinely easy to navigate back and forth between my apps and home screen using only my left thumb. My only gripe in all of Honeycomb is the placement of the “recycle bin” (where apps go to die from the home screens) – which inauspiciously moved from the bottom center (where it’s been for bloody ever) to the top left corner…why does this bother me..I don’t know…it just does.

    The big pretty screen on the device is, for me, the perfect size. I’d had this internal debate about how large of a screen was too small or conversely too large as I’ve often found the 7 inch tablets looking like a big phone. The 10 inch display seems perfectly suited for its purpose(s), and I’m happy to report that the widescreen aspect ratio used – actually improves the web browsing and eBook reader experience in my estimation. Web pages have long been taller than wide, so if you use your tablet in portrait mode to view them (like yours truly) then you’re in for a good experience. The resolution seems adequate for such a device, I’ve not once looked at an image or piece of media and thought that the screen was the limiting factor, and while it’s certainly no match for the SAMOLED on my Galaxy-S phone – I wasn’t displeased with the quality found there. There’s been a lot said about resolution and pixel depth in relation to phones and tablets of late – and I’ll say this. 99.9% of the population doesn’t know the difference between 640*480 and 1900*1080, hell half of them want a computer screen resolution of 1080p to make it easier – so I don’t put a lot of merit into what’s better – a higher resolution or more pixels per inch? So here it is, after exhaustively comparing the Ipad2 and Xoom for hours with beer and scrutiny…they both look good.

    Rather than to go on another rant about Flash-less web browsing, I’ll simply restate that the Xoom has Flash – the iPad(x) will not. It’s a current day feature that appears on a huge number of websites – there…I said it. That being that, I will say that the web browsing speed and experience on the Xoom is vastly superior to that which can be found on the iPad. For one, you get chrome-lite, which is gobs better than Safari-lite…so there. There’s tabbed browsing, fast page loads synchronizing favorites between your PC and device – so yeah, I like it a great deal. The native applications for YouTube and some of the news sites are pretty nifty as well and defiantly add to the experience. I will say that having done many comparisons with an associate of mine, the Xoom renders web pages faster (and thanks to Flash support) and more accurately than the iPad…and while I’m not going to start a pissing match over it…well, it’s just a better experience. Oh, and email email email. The native email and Gmail applications on the Xoom are glorious; it’s like an actual email client with multiple panes all working independently of one another. That in and of itself is amazing, but you don’t really get a feel for it until you have a chance to go through and clean out your Gmail account because even though you’ve never done it and your Gmail account is like 1% away from being full (because it sucks to clean it out on your phone) – you’ll actually want to do it on your Xoom.

    Overall build quality of the device is pretty remarkable. The Xoom is carved from a large chunk of granite, meticulously carved by master artisans. Well hey, you read it…can’t believe everything that you read. While not that solid – the Xoom does have some heft to it and for a personal device like this – I can only see that as a good thing. The aluminum body fits well together, the moving parts are suitably machined so that there are no rough or sharp edges. I’ve tried to wrench this thing in hopes of getting a creak – but I can’t do it. I’m thoroughly convinced the inside of the device is lined with rebar. It really is a solid device, and yes – for the record…it’s .03 lbs heavier than an iPad2 – who cares…if you can’t hold a less than 2lb device in your hands for an extended period of time – then you need to stop reading this article and invest in a gym membership – you’re pale, pasty and no girl is ever going to love you with those shoestring arms and legs. Back on subject; the Xoom has (currently) 32 GB of internal storage which equates to about 30 GB of useable space after you get past all of the installed apps and widgets and other assorted techno-crap that comes pre-installed. I don’t know why it’s necessary to have excess amounts of internal storage – its post 2010 people….there’s a thing called “the Cloud” and if you’re not using it – you need to, regardless of the device you choose to use. As noted before there is a micro-Sad card slot providing another potential 32 GB of available storage space, it is not enabled yet – but it should make you storage space Nazi’s rest easy once it’s available.

    I can go into a long diatribe about the HDMI port, that it’s got a 3.5mm headphone jack – that the power button is perfectly place and that the speakers are ridiculously loud – but I’m going to take that space and dedicate it to games. Okay, so I admit – I like Angry Birds. I wasn’t sure that I’d like it bigger and I’m still not sold – but what I found out was that there’s other game out there that I actually want to play on my tablet. Dungeon Defender has long been unplayable on my Galaxy-s phone, not because performance was bad…but because I have big-boy thumbs…and trying to play it on a phone proved maddening. On a tablet – I get butter smooth performance and I can actually play and see the game at the same time. Other notable favorites are Angry Birds Rio, the SNES emulator (which I have more fun playing on the tablet than on my phone for the reasons listed above for DD), Fruit Ninja HD and Wordsmith – again, most of these have been available on my phone for some time – but having the bigger screen and better performance enabled with Tegra – really does make these games leaps and bounds better than they were.

    So just to sum things up – I have mommy issues, use Cloud’s whenever I get the chance and I dearly love my Xoom. I think it took longer to warm up to it (the concept of a tablet) than it did to the actual device. I have a hard time leaving the house without my Xoom these days – it’s just so nice to have the web at your fingertips to do a quick search, get directions, etc – all on a big display that doesn’t make me pinch-to-zoom unless I want to see some tiny details. If you’re on the fence because of Honeycomb – it’s not a reason to get or not get the Xoom – it’s Android, yes there will be updates and it will get better….that’s true of most pieces of hardware out there.

    Jack
  2. #2  

    Default

    Quite long but very informative and thoughtful. Thanks.
  3. #3  
    terrain's Avatar

    Posts
    383 Posts
    Global Posts
    469 Global Posts

    Default

    I was on a podcast earlier in the week expousing the build quality of the xoom. Ipad and apple supporters mentioned the poor build quality of the xoom in examples of why not to buy. When it came down to it they had never actually touched a xoom. Personally I find it difficult to give my review of something without first having used it.
  4. #4  
    LMO
    LMO is offline
    LMO's Avatar

    Posts
    384 Posts
    ROM
    ICS | Jellybean

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by xier View Post
    I was on a podcast earlier in the week expousing the build quality of the xoom. Ipad and apple supporters mentioned the poor build quality of the xoom in examples of why not to buy. When it came down to it they had never actually touched a xoom. Personally I find it difficult to give my review of something without first having used it.
    Typical of appleheads. Well I can vouche for the excellent build quality of the Xoom as I have one in my hands right now. It has an amazingly solid build for such a thin tablet. Simply awesome! Oh and did I mention it now has FLASH!!!?

    ~ Droid RAZR MAXX, Stock rooted ICS
    ~ Xoom Wi-fi: Stock rooted JB
  5. #5  
    drew's Avatar

    Posts
    1 Posts
    Global Posts
    4 Global Posts

    Default

    Great review, you hit the nail right on the head!!!!. I've used Apple OS on iPhones since 2007, and I completely agreed with it being completely "dumb-down" to the point that it feels like your 80 year old grandma would pick it up and use it with out any problems. Apple iOS remained virtually unchanged over the last four years, not counting minor tweaks by Apple such as multitasking or as i call it "app switching" and introduction of folders. I have since moved on to Android OS and never looked back.

    My first Android device was HTC Aria then Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate) and now HTC Inspire. I was also very excited about new Motorola Xoom and has done extensive research to make sure it was a right device for me. Not going to lie, i was extremely tempted by iPad 2, after spending 20 minutes playing with it at the local Apple store i almost bought it, thank god they didn't have any in stock that day. But I always knew that my hart was with Android, so I took the leap of faith with Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi, after being able to track it down at the local Staples store that was willing to sell it to me a day before an official launch. It was everything I hoped for and more. A beautiful 10 inch screen, an ability to play Adobe flash videos right in the browser window, ease of transferring files via cable (not being tied into iTunes or any other software). I love the web browsing experience on the Xoom with the tabbed windows just like in full version of Google Chrome. I also use Google talk to do video calls and chat with friends in other parts of the country and all over the world, seriously why do you need to have a Mac or an iPhone for "face-time", if all you need is a free Gmail account for Gtalk. Winning!!! I like the ability to tether Xoom with my HTC Inspire whenever i don't have access to Wi-Fi, and once AT&T flips the 4G switch, I will be able to use my Xoom on 4G without having spent extra $200 on Verizon's LTE upgradeable model and paying extra monthly for service. And there's also notifications, it may seem like a big deal to some, but it's one of my favorite features on android devices. An ability to see an email, tweet or Facebook notifications while you're surfing the web or using another application is simply amazing. In my opinion lack of notifications and Adobe flash support are the the two biggest drawbacks of Apple's iOS.

    At first I was also questioning the practical aspect of owning a table, and was asking myself would I really use it on daily basis and would I be able to justify spending money on such device. Surprisingly the answer came just a few days after the purchase in the name of Google Body application. I'm currently in medical school, and occasionally carry my laptop with me, however due to it's size and weight, i don't like to bring it everyday, since it adds so much weight in addition to all the book i have to carry. So I found Xoom to be a perfectly practical replacement for my old trusted laptop. Google body app, comes in very handy for my A&P class, I use it extensively in class to help me learn and identify various body structures such as bones, muscles and other organs. I also purchased Quick Office HD app and use it to sync my lab reports and class notes via Google docs. I haven't tried typing up a full report on the Xoom, but it's certainly handy to have access to such materials prior or during lecture or while studying for an exam. So far i have been extremely happy with the device and looking forward to using it every day.
    Last edited by drevv; 04-08-2011 at 08:47 PM.
  6. #6  
    Shadnic's Avatar

    Posts
    337 Posts
    Global Posts
    474 Global Posts
    ROM
    MeanROM

    Default

    Oh my god you have the EXACT same opinion about both apple and tablets in general that I do. I almost thought we were the same person until you said you were an angry birds fan...but i'll let that slide

    I actually touched my first xoom today in a best buy. I really enjoyed it for the most part, but scrolling on the browser was no where near as smooth as I expected considering the hardware (I've played with an iPad 1 and 2, and they're so smooth it makes me sad). That said I would never own an ipad...to me they feel like a "my first computer"

    The xoom I used also must have had some problems because pinch to zoom was HORRIBLE. I would pinch, nothing would happen for 3 seconds, then the screen would zoom in and start wiggling like mad. Also just casually brushing my finger down the screen to scroll ended up opening just about every single link I passed over, which made browsing a zooming/swiping/loading/tabbed mess.

    Hopefully that was just an issue with that one zoom since it was a display model, but please, do tell me how you compare the general smoothness of the xoom to the ipad. You said you've compared the two in depth, so I'm sure you're aware of just how buttery smooth the ipad is when scrolling, pinching, opening/closing apps, rotating the screen, etc. The biggest thing worrying me about android tablets is if they'll really be able to compete in those regards.

    Personally I'm holding out till samsung's new tablets IF NOT LONGER. I have no real "need" for a tablet, but those would be the earliest I would consider getting.
    Last edited by Shadnic; 04-08-2011 at 11:18 PM.
  7. #7  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadnic View Post
    Oh my god you have the EXACT same opinion about both apple and tablets in general that I do. I almost thought we were the same person until you said you were an angry birds fan...but i'll let that slide

    I actually touched my first xoom today in a best buy. I really enjoyed it for the most part, but scrolling on the browser was no where near as smooth as I expected considering the hardware (I've played with an iPad 1 and 2, and they're so smooth it makes me sad). That said I would never own an ipad...to me they feel like a "my first computer"

    The xoom I used also must have had some problems because pinch to zoom was HORRIBLE. I would pinch, nothing would happen for 3 seconds, then the screen would zoom in and start wiggling like mad. Also just casually brushing my finger down the screen to scroll ended up opening just about every single link I passed over, which made browsing a zooming/swiping/loading/tabbed mess.

    Hopefully that was just an issue with that one zoom since it was a display model, but please, do tell me how you compare the general smoothness of the xoom to the ipad. You said you've compared the two in depth, so I'm sure you're aware of just how buttery smooth the ipad is when scrolling, pinching, opening/closing apps, rotating the screen, etc. The biggest thing worrying me about android tablets is if they'll really be able to compete in those regards.

    Personally I'm holding out till samsung's new tablets IF NOT LONGER. I have no real "need" for a tablet, but those would be the earliest I would consider getting.
    Pinch xoom is pretty much same buttery smoothness as ipad 1 (cant compare to ipad2 as never owned but i imagine its same). Rotation seems just a tad bit laggier than the ipad. I dont notice any lag unless i have a crazy amount of apps open, however after a couple days it will start to lag a bit then a fresh reboot fixes it, so i just power my xoom down every night and turn on in the morning. The broowser is super quick, and i can have like 15 tabs open with 0 lag
  8. #8  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by xier View Post
    I was on a podcast earlier in the week expousing the build quality of the xoom. Ipad and apple supporters mentioned the poor build quality of the xoom in examples of why not to buy. When it came down to it they had never actually touched a xoom. Personally I find it difficult to give my review of something without first having used it.
    I agree, except with two exceptions. I find the volume rocker buttons to be to soft feeling and not very responsive without pushing rather hard. Also the power plug looks and feels like they just pulled some random unit off the shelf, it doesn't fit snug or flush and the fit is very poor. Overall not huge deals, but I expected more from Moto and a $600+ device.
  9. #9  
    Complex Pants's Avatar

    Posts
    694 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,343 Global Posts
    ROM
    CM7/MazWoz on Evo

    Default

    The screen rotation was designed to be slightly slower as far as I know. One of the complaints about the first iPad was how much of a hair trigger the screen rotations were on.
  10. #10  

    Default

    this is the difference.

    when buying a xoom, or other 10" tab, you are indeed buying it because its just "neat", rather than having some particular usage of it.

    when buying a 7" tab, you will actually have usage of it. full web on the bus, potty, mall, street. full office editing on the bus, subway.

    obviously, you need a 7" tab that is capable of doing those, Dell streak isn't one of them, at 800x... resolution, its indeed a big phone. However, galaxy tab has 1024x600 resolution, when using it landscape, it is capable of display web in full.
  11. #11  
    reagan247's Avatar

    Posts
    249 Posts
    Global Posts
    405 Global Posts
    ROM
    Stock

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by clevin View Post
    this is the difference.

    when buying a xoom, or other 10" tab, you are indeed buying it because its just "neat", rather than having some particular usage of it.

    when buying a 7" tab, you will actually have usage of it. full web on the bus, potty, mall, street. full office editing on the bus, subway.

    obviously, you need a 7" tab that is capable of doing those, Dell streak isn't one of them, at 800x... resolution, its indeed a big phone. However, galaxy tab has 1024x600 resolution, when using it landscape, it is capable of display web in full.
    Obviously this is your opinion... because I specifically chose the Xoom for the opposite reason. What can I do on a 7" that I can't do perfectly on my Evo's 4.3" screen? I wanted a 10+" because I can actually do stuff on it and it still because 100% portable.
    Just a tweeting away... or doing art. Also, using my Dropbox to add files to my HTC Evo and Motorola Xoom!
  12. #12  

    Default

    I haven't read it yet, but hopefully you convince me to keep my Xoom.

    But I will be reading as soon as I can, I printed it out (i know, paper, whats that?)

    It was 5 Pages to print!! Can you write my Graduate Thesis? lol
  13. #13  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by reagan247 View Post
    Obviously this is your opinion... because I specifically chose the Xoom for the opposite reason. What can I do on a 7" that I can't do perfectly on my Evo's 4.3" screen? I wanted a 10+" because I can actually do stuff on it and it still because 100% portable.
    your evo can't display full webpage at readable level without asking you to drag left and right.

    you evo can't display PDF at readable size without asking you to drag left and right

    100% portable is a funny word, my 11" dm1z is 100% portable too.

    can you bring your xoom in your pocket? to the mall, using it on bus with one hand when you are standing?

    Point is, 7" can do all above. While your EVO or your XOOM can only do part of those.
  14. #14  
    terrain's Avatar

    Posts
    383 Posts
    Global Posts
    469 Global Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by reagan247 View Post
    Obviously this is your opinion... because I specifically chose the Xoom for the opposite reason. What can I do on a 7" that I can't do perfectly on my Evo's 4.3" screen? I wanted a 10+" because I can actually do stuff on it and it still because 100% portable.
    What he said. I have a gtab and don't even think about putting it in my pocket since it's a buggy thing. I do like the seven inch form factor even though I have both a dx and TB the extra few inches makes a big deal for ereading, surfing etc... I plan to pick up a seven as soon as something great comes out.
  15. #15  
    mordbane's Avatar

    Posts
    34 Posts
    Global Posts
    203 Global Posts
    ROM
    Eternal Prophency 5.7

    Default

    What pocket does a Tab fit? Cargo or jacket pocket maybe but it isn't fitting in a pair of jeans or slacks, maybe the back pocket, but then you have to take it out everytime you sit down.

    The portability of a 7" and 10" tab is about the same. You can't hold and navigate either with just one hand and you're going to need a small bag or backpack to carry either one of them to have both hands free (unless your whole wardrobe is filled with cargo pants and jackets). With that being the case, why not go big?

    Sent from my grubby hand
  16. #16  
    Complex Pants's Avatar

    Posts
    694 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,343 Global Posts
    ROM
    CM7/MazWoz on Evo

    Default

    The one place where I see the 7" tablets doing really well is with MD's, the fit perfectly into white coat pockets.
  17. #17  
    LMO
    LMO is offline
    LMO's Avatar

    Posts
    384 Posts
    ROM
    ICS | Jellybean

    Default

    Different people have different definitions of the word "portable" obviously! LOL Of course I cannot fit my Xoom into my back pocket (heck I can barely fit my DroidX in the back pocket sometimes). But I still "port" my Xoom around in a carrying case/sleeve, and am seeing it used as a replacement for my heavy laptop more and more these days. But to each his own. For some, that may not work depending on what exactly you use it for. I also have a 7" tablet (which does NOT fit into any of my pockets!!!!), and that seems to sit on the shelf mostly these days ever since the Xoom arrived!

    ~ Droid RAZR MAXX, Stock rooted ICS
    ~ Xoom Wi-fi: Stock rooted JB
  18. #18  
    LMO
    LMO is offline
    LMO's Avatar

    Posts
    384 Posts
    ROM
    ICS | Jellybean

    Default

    I'd also like to add that my 7" tab is just as heavy (if not heavier) than my Xoom!

    ~ Droid RAZR MAXX, Stock rooted ICS
    ~ Xoom Wi-fi: Stock rooted JB
  19. #19  
    reagan247's Avatar

    Posts
    249 Posts
    Global Posts
    405 Global Posts
    ROM
    Stock

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by clevin View Post
    your evo can't display full webpage at readable level without asking you to drag left and right.

    you evo can't display PDF at readable size without asking you to drag left and right
    100% portable is a funny word, my 11" dm1z is 100% portable too.
    can you bring your xoom in your pocket? to the mall, using it on bus with one hand when you are standing?
    Point is, 7" can do all above. While your EVO or your XOOM can only do part of those.
    I must be stronger than you, because yes I can and do take my Xoom with me places... even the mall lol. It is completely portable to me and is the perfect size - for me. But don't worry about it. You're not carrying my Xoom anyways.
    Just a tweeting away... or doing art. Also, using my Dropbox to add files to my HTC Evo and Motorola Xoom!
  20. #20  

    Default

    So basically, u didnt buy the iPad because you dont like the people who decided to buy it and the OS makes you feel dumb because its simple to use.

    Ohhhh thats dumb.

    You are right though. The Xoom is excellently built.
  21. #21  
    jnewell's Avatar

    Posts
    218 Posts
    Global Posts
    237 Global Posts

    Default

    I don't know what would happen if you dropped a Xoom, but if they were making Thunderball in 2011, Odd Job would be using a Xoom rather than his hat to slice off the arms of the stone statue. There's a lot more to a good tablet than brick outhouse build quality, though.
  22. Thread Author  Thread Author    #22  

    Default

    LOL - update, my 1 year old daughter was standing up on the table and picked my xoom up and promptly dropped it from about 4 feet in the air onto my tile floor (kitchen) - I kid you not...the tile floor cracked, the xoom is undamaged!

    Xoom Build Quality = Win

    Jack
  23. #23  

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by blkjck View Post
    the OS makes you feel dumb because its simple to use.
    You must have reading comprehension problems if that's what you get out of the review and I'd avoid calling anyone else dumb until you can get this problem under control.

    We're all ecstatic you enjoy your iPad. Just think how fulfilled you would feel if you didn't need everyone else to validate your decision.
  24. #24  
    jnewell's Avatar

    Posts
    218 Posts
    Global Posts
    237 Global Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by slackerjack View Post
    LOL - update, my 1 year old daughter was standing up on the table and picked my xoom up and promptly dropped it from about 4 feet in the air onto my tile floor (kitchen) - I kid you not...the tile floor cracked, the xoom is undamaged!

    Xoom Build Quality = Win

    Jack
    Check the iFixit teardown. This thing would probably literally stop bullets.
  25. #25  

    Default Re: Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Tablet Review

    I have a couple problems with your review. First of all, you spent way too much energy focusing on how much Apple sucks. That's not the point of a review. You're supposed to tell us about a product, not obsess over how "stupid and mindless" Apple supporters are.

    There were also several misspellings and grammatical issues (feng-shui*). Those, though, are expected, I suppose. No one is perfect. No, I think my biggest complaint is your utter lack of objectiveness. While you should never judge any gadget in a void (at which point every device becomes perfect), you also shouldn't spend half the article touting your Google-fanboy-ness.

    A few notes you should take into consideration before yelling at me for criticizing you:
    I am NOT an Apple supporter.
    I am NOT a faceless troll who just wants to make your epeen shrink.
    I am NOT trying to tell you that I didn't take your review into consideration when I was looking at which Android tablet to buy (It was actually very helpful, overall).
    I AM just trying to help.

    Good day!

Posting Permissions

B