Motorola have entered the ever grown Tablet market place, and there new model, the Xoom looks set to ruffle a few feathers amongst some of the so called big names, namely the iPad.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has proved a successful model since its launch thanks to the popularity of Android as a platform. The 2,2 Froyo version that it used however was designed for mobile phones, and although not looking bad on a big screen, was never really optimised for it. Enter Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which the Motorola Xoom is quite rightly proud to sport. The attractive aspect of this is that it is programmed with larger displays in mind, so on the 10.1 inch screen on offer here it looks superb. It works in much of the same way as Android devices we are used to such as the Tab and HTC Smartphones such as the Desire. Downloads are still plentiful and it is easy to use, but the interface takes on a look that differs from what we are used to. As well as loading apps in the old manner, they can now be placed into sub groups on the main screen. Not only simplifying proceedings, visually it also looks great as they are displayed on a 3D rotating carousel, a method with Youtube also adopts for displaying its thumbnails on this new platform. The word 3D is one you can very much associate with the Xoom, even the new Google Maps displays a ghostly outline of buildings in 3D. As well as revamps of existing applications, some new ones are included to, with perhaps the most impressive being Google Editions, a reader enabling you to download books and use the high quality screen to display them.
Comparing the Motorola Xoom to the Samsung Galaxy Tab once again, and one area where they conflict is in sizing. When the iPad was released, its display was deemed a touch on the large size, thus the Tabs 7 screen proved popular and more easy to carry around. Motorola have approached this from another angle and thrown all thoughts of portability out of the window in favour of a screen that looks superb and slightly tops the iPad by measuring 10.1 inches. Ultimately the consumer will decide whether they favour looks or size, but the Xoom certainly impresses thanks to its mammoth 1280 x 800 resolution. Performance is good to thanks to the panel being capacitive and supporting multi touch, as well as housing an accelerometer, a proximity sensor and a light sensor. If your looking for a multi-media device, the Xoom is great in this department too, with two cameras of 2 and 5 mega pixel quality as well as superb high definition video capture.
The Motorola Xoom is one of the more exciting tablet devices to hit the market, and the excellent platform along with the great screen should ensure it holds its own against the more established names in this field.
The Motorola Xoom and the Blackberry 9100 Pearl 3G are coming soon.