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Motorola Xoom Review - Specifications, Features, Price, Release Date and Comparison

Updated on May 30, 2011

Apple was smart in releasing the iPad before anyone else had time to release a tablet computer. Part of it was another companies couldn't take the risk, or didn't have the customers trust - something Apple has a lot of. But when they saw the iPad take off and become the bestselling tablet of all time, well, they got the green light.

Since then numerous - dozens, even - tablet computers, the alternatives to the iPad, have been announced. Some of them have been deemed as worthy opponents while some have become lackluster, and already labels as failures.

But what about the Motorola Xoom, the newest tablet to take on the iPad challenge. Is the Motorola XOOM tablet really something one should look at when looking at buying an iPad alternative? What about the Motorola Xoom Price? The Xoom release date?

If you want answers to those questions then you've come to the right place. This Motorola Xoom review will cover all those, including Xoom specs, and Motorola Xoom features.


Summary of Xoom Specs

  • Dual Core Processor 
  • 10.1 inch screen
  • HD Resolution 
  • 32 GB of storage 
  • 5 Mega pixel Camera
  • HD playback
  • Adaptive Lighting 

The Motorola Xoom has a good screen size.
The Motorola Xoom has a good screen size.

Motorola Xoom Specifications

The one thing that the Motorola Xoom is trying to be is the first Android tablet that can compete with the iPad. Other tablets on the market, like upcoming HP slate, will be using an entirely different processor; the Motorola Xoom will be using the same processor that is in many of the new Android phones. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen; however it does mean that as a tablet, the Android Xoom will be similar in that it will have access to thousands of apps.

But what about the real specs; you want to know the real, detailed, Motorola Xoom specs, right?

The Motorola Xoom will have a dual-core processor that will be around 1 GHz for each core, which if you don't know what this means, well, it means that the Xoom will be like a mini desktop computer (more powerful than a laptop, too).

The Motorola Xoom screen size will be 10.1 inches in widescreen HD display, with a resolution of 1200 x 800; this kind of combination, of both wide screen and HD display, results in one of the clearest and best looking Android tablets of 2011. As far as Motorola Xoom specifications go this is one of the best.

Other important specification of the Xoom that you should know about is that there will be 32 GB of storage and, of course, 3G and wi-fi access; although this isn't much different than the iPad, what is different, is that the Xoom will have what is called 'adaptive' lighting. This, along with the gyroscope, barometer and e-compass make the Motorola Xoom a very adaptive tablet.

The HD playback looks amazing on the Motorola Xoom.
The HD playback looks amazing on the Motorola Xoom.

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There will be cameras in the front and back of the Xoom.
There will be cameras in the front and back of the Xoom.

Motorola Xoom Features

The most important aspect of this Motorola Xoom review is the features because it will be the features, when all is said and done, that will make the difference of the Android Xoom being a bestselling tablet and being a flop. 

One of the best features of the Motorola Xoom and one that has everyone talking is the Xoom will have an Adobe Flash Player.   This normally wouldn't be a big deal but since the iPad lacks flash support, any tablet that does have it is given a good advantage; this is probably due that day by day more of the internet is becoming flash programed. 

Perhaps the best, at least technically, feature of the worlds first Android 3.0 tablet is that it will give the more clear HD playback of any tablet device; and this, on it's wide 10.1 inch screen, looks absolutely beautiful.  At 720p the playback on the 3.0 XOOM will look even better than on most TVs.

Graphics, graphics, graphics.   The Motorola Xoom has one of the most powerful processers ever to be in a tablet and this gives it some of the best graphics ever, too.  What does this mean?  It means some of the best gaming will be found via the Google Marketplace on the Motorola Xoom. 

Two cameras.  Need I say more?  The front facing and rear facing camera are both HD camcorders giving you the ultimate control. 

Possible my favorite feature of the Motorola Xoom is what is called 'floating interface'.  What this is an evolution of the touch screen; instead of putting your grimy fingers on the device you can, instead, float your fingers above the screen.  The Xoom will read it and you'll go from there.  The possibilities for games and multitasking is endless. 

Other Motorola Xoom Android Features:

  • 1 GB Ram
  • 4G Ready
  • Data Encrypted
  • Multi-task
  • Save and work on documents 

Motorola Xoom Price

The price of the 3.0 Android Xoom is still in discussion but so far we know, 

  • The price of the Motorola Xoom, according to best Buy, will be 1200 dollars. 
  • This price can change and some are specualting the the Motorola Xoom price will be closer to $800
  • A Wi-Fi Activation fee may be needed. 
  • 3G plans are still up in the air. 

Motorola Xoom Release Date

Finally comes the section you've been waiting for - the release date for the Xoom. The rumor at the moment is is that preorders for the Motorlola Xoom will begin on Feburary 17th, with the actual release of the Xoom coming the following week, probably on Feburary 24th.

This are just rumors though and could change at any moment.



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    • vanchen profile image

      vanchen 6 years ago from British Columbia

      I agree jobister that the Xoom lacks the all 'encompasingness' that the iPad has.

      That being said what I've seen from the Xoom is that it will work much better than the iPad for things like writing, editing and saving documents - as well other business-like projects.

      The Motorola Xoom price is a bit much, though....

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      jobister 6 years ago from Anaheim, California

      Although the Xoom has a lot of features I am not sure if it is right for me. Especially at the cost of $800. There are no multiple options like the iPads provide like wifi only or 3G + wifi. At $800 you can get the iPad with all the bells & whistles and this point the iPad has proven to be the market leader and the Xoom is trying to be what the iPad is today. Not sure if it will able to compete with those price points.