Motorola have unveiled there attempt to tackle the likes of the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab head to head. The new Xoom is Motorolas eye catching new tablet device, and if first impression are anything to go by, this looks like it could well be the device to own.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect about this new tablet is the fact that it is the first Android unit to sport the latest 3.0 Honeycomb version. This was developed by Google especially for larger displays, and thus the Xoom is the perfect model to show it off. If you are used to using the platform on a mobile phone, then the same depth of features is present, and likewise you still have access to the multiple downloads and applications that are available. This new version however does offer a whole new interface that looks great on the bigger screens. Accessing your applications can be done differently now, and you can even drag and drop them around the screen into your own short cut groups. And that is not the end of it, these groups are then displayed in an ultra modern 3D carousel form on screen. Some of the pre installed application have taken on a different form to. YouTube once again utilises the carousel method to display its video thumbnails, and it looks much more vibrant and refreshing than the traditional list view we are used to. Google maps also now shows the 3D outlines of building structures on its maps. It is fair to say that visually, 3.0 is perfect for tablet devices. There are also some new application as well, including Editions from Google, an e reader that should prove the perfect app for the tablet devices.
There has been no let up in the age old debate about which size of tablet is ideal, and the Motorola Xoom throws itself right in at the larger end of the market with a display that tops the iPads screen by .1 inch and the Galaxy Tabs by a massive 3.1 inches. At 10.1 inches it is in fairness verging on being laptop sized, but when using the gloriously vivid screen you will not care. At 1280 x 800 pixels, resolution is very high and the screen also benefits from its support of multi touch technology, which when in use allows you to utilise the superb pinch and zoom method. In general, the capacitive panel offers great responsiveness that contributes to this devices appeal. Two cameras are incorporated on the Xoom, the secondary front camera which is really there for video calling still offers a great quality 2 mega pixel image, but its the main camera which you will find yourself using most of the time, with its brilliant 5 mega pixel capture as well as 720P HD video recording.
The Motorola Xoom is yet another addition to the growing Tablet market, and thanks to its use of Android 3.0 combined with the extra large display, it seems this may be the model to tempt many consumers.
The Motorola Xoom and the Motorola Flipside are coming soon.