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Motorola Xoom review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The Motorola Xoom currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 29 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Wi-Fi only Xoom is the same basic product as the CDMA/3G version. It's the same size, offers the same functionality and runs the same software.

What's different about the Wi-Fi only Xoom is that, well, it's Wi-Fi only. This means there is no on-board cellular data capabilities to keep you connected when outside of a Wi-Fi zone.

For a more complete review of this tablet, please visit our Motorola Xoom (CDMA) page.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

The XOOM’s price tag implies a product that’s notably better than the current market leader. But despite the added functionality and purpose-built interface, the XOOM just doesn’t quite cut it in terms of actual handling, speed and number of available apps.So while Honeycomb shows some promise, it t...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
PhoneArena

We’ve gone through in explaining which devices excel in specific categories, but it’s still rather difficult to concretely say which one is ultimately the cream of the crop. Naturally, there’s a host of other factors that come into play that would make one more highly prized than the other, like pri...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
The eBook Reader

The Motorola Xoom is the first legitimate competitor to the Apple iPad. It can do many of the same things the iPad can do, and a few things the iPad can't. The Xoom doesn't yet have nearly as many apps—high-quality, polished apps especially—that Apple's platform offers, but it is more open and acces...

- Nathan, The eBook Reader
Expert Reviews

Given that the iPad 2 is the slicker and lighter of the two tablets, for most people it remains the best choice. That said, if you have an aversion to Apple's products, the Xoom is the best Android tablet that we've seen. With Android 3.0 a massive improvement over the smartphone edition on devices...

- David Ludlow, Expert Reviews
Electricpig

Android Honeycomb isn’t quite ready for prime time. It’s frustrating at times, and the optimised apps aren’t out in force yet.  But it is ready for the sizeable army of people already willing to put up with cheap hardware and terrible UI just to avoid Apple’s clutch. Ultimately, these problems combi...

- Ben Sillis, Electricpig


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Motorola Xoom's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
6500mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 6500 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Motorola Xoom Specs

Overview
Release date March 27, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 1 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 6500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.9 x 16.8 x 1.3 cm (9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 730 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TIFF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Honeycomb, Xoom MZ604, Xoom Wi-Fi

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

The Xoom's expensive price tag makes it reallly hard to forgive any of its shortcomings

The XOOM’s price tag implies a product that’s notably better than the current market leader. But despite the added functionality and purpose-built interface, the XOOM just doesn’t quite cut it in terms of actual handling, speed and number of available apps.

So while Honeycomb shows some promise, it thus far feels more like a beta. And Motorola should be trying hard to get the user experience up to scratch before it’s too late for the XOOM....

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The XOOM’s price tag implies a product that’s notably better than the current market leader. But despite the added functionality and purpose-built interface, the XOOM just doesn’t quite cut it in terms of actual handling, speed and number of available apps.

So while Honeycomb shows some promise, it thus far feels more like a beta. And Motorola should be trying hard to get the user experience up to scratch before it’s too late for the XOOM.

 

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PhoneArena

It’s still rather difficult to concretely say which one is ultimately the cream of the crop

from PhoneArena

We’ve gone through in explaining which devices excel in specific categories, but it’s still rather difficult to concretely say which one is ultimately the cream of the crop. Naturally, there’s a host of other factors that come into play that would make one more highly prized than the other,...More

We’ve gone through in explaining which devices excel in specific categories, but it’s still rather difficult to concretely say which one is ultimately the cream of the crop. Naturally, there’s a host of other factors that come into play that would make one more highly prized than the other, like pricing. Taking that into consideration, the two cellular enabled Android tablets currently sport no-contract price tags of $750 and up – making them super pricey! Chiming in at a more reasonable starting price of $500 for their base Wi-Fi only models, the iPad 2 and PlayBook offer plenty of bang for the buck, and if you want to add 3G connectivity to the iPad 2, it'd still be more affordable than the Honeycomb-rocking alternatives. In any event, there’s no denying we’ll still be hearing all four of these tablets in the coming months, especially when they’re setting the pace for all others to come out after them.

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The eBook Reader

The high price is the main thing holding it back

from The eBook Reader

The Motorola Xoom is the first legitimate competitor to the Apple iPad. It can do many of the same things the iPad can do, and a few things the iPad can't. The Xoom doesn't yet have nearly as many apps—high-quality, polished apps especially—that Apple's platform offers, but it is more open an...More

The Motorola Xoom is the first legitimate competitor to the Apple iPad. It can do many of the same things the iPad can do, and a few things the iPad can't. The Xoom doesn't yet have nearly as many apps—high-quality, polished apps especially—that Apple's platform offers, but it is more open and accessible, allows for more customization, and is more user friendly for tasks like transferring ebook, PDF, and other files, although more advanced to learn initially.
After testing both the Motorola Xoom and iPad 2, I'm astonished that the Xoom isn't more popular than it is. I think the high price is the main thing holding it back. In all honesty I'd choose the Xoom over the iPad 2 any day of the week, mainly because of the Honeycomb OS, the fact that it's so much easier to transfer files to and from it, the better web browsing experience with full Flash support, and the fact that all my purchased apps will work on a whole plethora of Android devices, not just one specific brand.

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Expert Reviews

Better wait for other Honeycomb tablets to be released before making a decision to buy the Xoom

from Expert Reviews

Given that the iPad 2 is the slicker and lighter of the two tablets, for most people it remains the best choice. That said, if you have an aversion to Apple's products, the Xoom is the best Android tablet that we've seen. With Android 3.0 a massive improvement over the smartphone edition on devic...More

Given that the iPad 2 is the slicker and lighter of the two tablets, for most people it remains the best choice. That said, if you have an aversion to Apple's products, the Xoom is the best Android tablet that we've seen. With Android 3.0 a massive improvement over the smartphone edition on devices this size.  That said, we urge some caution before rushing out to buy the Xoom, as there's a whole range of Android 3.0 tablets due to be released soon, some of which are a good deal cheaper. Our advice is to wait for some of these to be released before making a decision.

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Electricpig

It's a tad premature and crashy

from Electricpig

Android Honeycomb isn’t quite ready for prime time. It’s frustrating at times, and the optimised apps aren’t out in force yet.  But it is ready for the sizeable army of people already willing to put up with cheap hardware and terrible UI just to avoid Apple’s clutch. Ultimately, these pr...More

Android Honeycomb isn’t quite ready for prime time. It’s frustrating at times, and the optimised apps aren’t out in force yet.  But it is ready for the sizeable army of people already willing to put up with cheap hardware and terrible UI just to avoid Apple’s clutch. Ultimately, these problems combined with the chunkier build make the Motorola Xoom an item only Android devotees should choose over an iPad 2 – but they’ll be very glad they made the decision. This is just the start.

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Pocket-lint

The software isn't that stable, the price is high and not all features are supported

from Pocket-lint

Scoring the Motorola Xoom is something of a challenge as at the moment it isn’t delivering the experience it could, that much clear. But it has potential oozing from every pixel. Taking into account that there is some tweaking to be done on the software front, we’re willing to give Motorola the benefit of the doubt: we’re willing to accept the Xoom’s quirks. The hardware is right, it is powerful and feels capable of delivering the rich consumer experience that is just around the corner....

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Scoring the Motorola Xoom is something of a challenge as at the moment it isn’t delivering the experience it could, that much clear. But it has potential oozing from every pixel. Taking into account that there is some tweaking to be done on the software front, we’re willing to give Motorola the benefit of the doubt: we’re willing to accept the Xoom’s quirks. The hardware is right, it is powerful and feels capable of delivering the rich consumer experience that is just around the corner.

We’re just waiting for Honeycomb to settle down and developers to fire up and we’re sure that at that point the Xoom will then hit the high notes. As we’ve seen in phones, some will take to the Motorola Xoom’s attractive native Honeycomb offering, but we’re sure there will be those that opt for a potentially more feature-rich customised version on rival devices.

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Ubergizmo

Great performance, efficient user interface and a good multimedia experience

from Ubergizmo

Overall the Motorola Xoom is one of the best tablets available on the market, featuring great performance, an efficient user interface and a good multimedia experience. However, the software is still a bit unstable, I had a few applications crash with error messages, the Facebook app for instance...More

Overall the Motorola Xoom is one of the best tablets available on the market, featuring great performance, an efficient user interface and a good multimedia experience. However, the software is still a bit unstable, I had a few applications crash with error messages, the Facebook app for instance – but this could be the responsibility of the app developer, not Android or the device manufacturer. Hopefully things will get better with the next update. Personally, I prefer the iPad 2 for the design, the better user experience and the lower price. But others may prefer the Xoom for its customization capabilities, the ability to access Flash content in the browser, voice input for search and typing, the superior quality of the camera, the higher screen resolution, and the possibility to upgrade to 4G.

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PhoneArena

These two juggernauts in the tablet arena will undoubtedly capture the world's attention

from PhoneArena

In the end, pricing will always factor into the decision making process of what consumers will end up choosing. Using the same capacities, the 32GB Motorola XOOM will set you back $799 – which is $70 more than the similarly equipped $730 32GB iPad 2 3G. Sure it’s more expensive, but the XOOM...More

In the end, pricing will always factor into the decision making process of what consumers will end up choosing. Using the same capacities, the 32GB Motorola XOOM will set you back $799 – which is $70 more than the similarly equipped $730 32GB iPad 2 3G. Sure it’s more expensive, but the XOOM’s price is justified when you take into consideration its high count cameras, upcoming support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and built-in HDMI port. But come to think of it more, the first thing to capture our attention is the streamlined look of the iPad 2 – which is overly acceptable for a tablet that costs $500 for its base model. We also shouldn't forget that you can actually own the iPad 2 at such a low price (be it equipped with 16GB and no 3G), whereas with the XOOM you just don't get that option. The W-Fi-only Motorola XOOM will be available on March 27 for $599. Once you overlook their hardware and design, the biggest thing that will test their longevity is their platform experience. With that, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is already positioning itself as a remarkable leap forward in the tablet space since it heavily improves on the various aspects of Android’s foundation. In comparison, there isn’t anything particularly evolutionary seen with iOS 4.3 on the iPad 2, but then again, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Ultimately, there’s no arguing the fact that these two are the most highly regarded tablets right now on the market. And even when newer ones decide to come around to test their legacy, you can still sit back knowing that these two will still stand prominently over the course of the next year. These aren’t devices that only meet the criteria of being a good tablet; in fact, they push forward in setting the bar for everything else moving forward.

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Droid Life

If you are expecting to watch the product evolve and get better and better over its first few months, then you will definitely enjoy it

from Droid Life

The hardest part of this review…should you buy one or not? There really is no straight forward answer for that. Is this one hell of a powerful device that I’ve enjoyed every second of? Yes. Does it accomplish everything that I expected it to? Yep. Has it replaced my laptop at times? Definitel...More

The hardest part of this review…should you buy one or not? There really is no straight forward answer for that. Is this one hell of a powerful device that I’ve enjoyed every second of? Yes. Does it accomplish everything that I expected it to? Yep. Has it replaced my laptop at times? Definitely. Will it continue to be a part of my everyday life for the foreseeable future? Indeed it will. But is it annoying that I paid $799 for a device that isn’t finished? You betcha.

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Android Central

You might want to hold a bit if you're looking for something more polished, lighter and cheaper

from Android Central

If a 10-inch tablet's the size for you, and you can put up with the weight, and the headaches Android apps catching up to the Honeycomb universe, and the Xoom's LTE radio not yet working, and making do with the 32GB of internal storage while you wait for the microSD card to be activated, and can...More

If a 10-inch tablet's the size for you, and you can put up with the weight, and the headaches Android apps catching up to the Honeycomb universe, and the Xoom's LTE radio not yet working, and making do with the 32GB of internal storage while you wait for the microSD card to be activated, and can afford the price, by all means, purchase. You'll be among the first in exciting new world of Android tablets, and the Xoom's not likely to let you down. But if you're looking for something a little more polished, lighter and (eventually) cheaper, you might just want to hold off a bit.

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