Guaranteed spot on my first home screen. MLB gets it.?
Heck of a job, Motorola.?
Sam Wood, reporting for The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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The XOOM is a powerful, functional alternative to the iPad. It?snicely-built, it?s fast, and it can fill the same sort the sortof role in your life as the iPad.
But the state of the tablet world is still a simple one from aconsumer perspective. Any tablet without an Apple logo on it hasto provide a fast and clear answer to the question ?But whywould I buy this instead of an iPad?? A tablet that costs a bitmore than an iPad and has little by the way of extra functions isgoing to struggle.
Great review overall. Can’t believe Ihnatko went along with Motorola’s all-caps spelling of “Xoom”, though.?
Headline: “Motorola’s Xoom Starts Tablet Wars With iPad”. Funny, given how many reviewers used the same phrase in their reviews of the now-forgotten Samsung Galaxy Tab back in November. On battery life:
I performed the same battery test on the Xoom as I have on othertablets. I played video constantly with the connectivity turned onand the screen at almost full brightness until the battery died.Alas, while the Xoom claims up to 10 hours of video playback, Igot just 7 hours and 32 minutes. By contrast, on the same test,the iPad, which also claims 10 hours, logged 11.5 hours, or fourhours more.
That’s still better than I expected from the Xoom, given the battery life I’ve seen on Android phones. I haven’t yet seen or used a Xoom, but what strikes me about it is that the 16:9 display means the device is clearly intended to be used horizontally. (The location of the “Motorola” and “Verizon” logos stamped on the front face reiterates this.) The iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio works well in both orientations. The one thing a 16:9 display ought to be better for is video playback, right? But:
I couldn?t locate a working video download or rental service,though Google says these will be available soon.
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Yes, gone are the hardware buttons of yesteryear — 3.0 replacesthe familiar home and back buttons with virtual incarnations, thenadds a couple of extra pieces for good measure. Along with thosetwo main buttons, Honeycomb introduces a multitasking icon whichpops open a list of recently used apps along with a snapshot oftheir saved state. The back button is also a little more dynamicin 3.0, shifting between a straightforward back key, and akeyboard-hider when necessary. If your app utilizes the menu keyon Android phones, you get an icon for that as well. The homebutton will take you back to your main views, but it can’t get youto your apps. Instead, Honeycomb introduces a new (and somewhatconfusing) button — an “apps” icon which lives in the upper righthand corner of your device. You might think that comes in handy,but you can only access your app pages from the homescreen of thetablet, meaning that you have to use a two step process to get toyour app list. We’re not totally clear on why this isn’t anotherbutton that lives along the bottom of the device with the rest ofthe navigation, and frankly it proved confusing when we weretrying to get around the Xoom quickly.
Sounds great. (To the Xoom’s credit, though, Topolsky’s testing shows the Xoom getting closer to iPad-quality battery life than Mossberg’s did.)?
He likes it:
So, take this all together and I really love the new MotorolaXoom. I will be buying it because it?s the best of theAndroid-based devices I have seen and I need one to track all theapps over the next year and compare them to what?s on iPad.
That said, will I recommend my dad get one? No. Not this year.Why? No apps that have been specifically designed for the 10-inchtablet, which in my experience does demand new apps. Yes, Androidphone apps ?stretch? to bigger sizes a lot better than iPhoneapps did when stretched up, but sorry we haven?t seen great appslike the History of Jazz, Aweditorium, NPR, BBC, Flipboard,Heritage, etc, like what you see on iPad.
The apps are ALL that matters for the market and Android does NOThave them yet.
The core question for the Xoom and all other upcoming tablets: Why buy one instead of an iPad??
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