Go Back   Android Forums > Android Tablets & MIDs > Motorola XOOM

Get excited for the Samsung Galaxy S5! Find everything you need and discuss it in our Galaxy S5 Forum!

test: Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old February 23rd, 2011, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 404
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 8
Thanked 58 Times in 35 Posts
Default Why 10.1 for you?

I was thinking why you guys chose the 10.1 form factor. I like the larger area but at the same time it becomes uncomfortable to take with you.

I think a 7 inch display (1280 by 800 ultra high res) would be more useful as you could carry it with you.

I'm gonna sit out for a few weeks and see what every company has to offer before jumping the gun.

Not having a job helps in the waiting

post your thoughts on 10.1 vs. 7 inches

Germwise is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Germwise For This Useful Post:
stevehoffman (February 25th, 2011)
sponsored links
Old February 23rd, 2011, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 946
 
Device(s): Motorola Droid Bionic
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 268
Thanked 149 Times in 118 Posts
Default

I just think its the perfect size, allows you to view websites in their more natural glory, allows nice game size, and for me sits easily in the palm on my hand.

I like it.
Vehtemas is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Vehtemas For This Useful Post:
Kappy79 (February 26th, 2011)
Old February 23rd, 2011, 02:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 369
 
Device(s): Galaxy Nexus, thunderbolt, Droid X for work. moto XOOM
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 18
Thanked 99 Times in 59 Posts
Default

for me i want something that is lighter and easier to move around than my laptop for simple tasks. i am not looking for something to carry with me on an average day so in my case i want as much screen as possible which means 10.1 for me.
Proph is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Proph For This Useful Post:
marctronixx (February 23rd, 2011)
Old February 23rd, 2011, 02:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 946
 
Device(s): Motorola Droid Bionic
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 268
Thanked 149 Times in 118 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Proph View Post
for me i want something that is lighter and easier to move around than my laptop for simple tasks. i am not looking for something to carry with me on an average day so in my case i want as much screen as possible which means 10.1 for me.
Also, with the portfolio accessory, it will be as easy as carrying a portfolio of paper with me to work (which I do anyways) and can store 10,000,000 times the data of a portfolio of paper.
Vehtemas is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Vehtemas For This Useful Post:
Kappy79 (February 26th, 2011), marctronixx (February 23rd, 2011)
Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
HTC User
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,110
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 20,787
Thanked 3,011 Times in 1,764 Posts
Default

how do you know the xoom will be uncomfortable to take? do you have a xoom and have been carrying it around a while and have come to realize its uncomfortable for you? well since you have had the xoom, what are your thoughts on it? hows battery life, etc...


Quote:
Originally Posted by Germwise View Post
I was thinking why you guys chose the 10.1 form factor. I like the larger area but at the same time it becomes uncomfortable to take with you.
marctronixx is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to marctronixx For This Useful Post:
JeepWK2 (March 6th, 2011), mistamista2000 (February 23rd, 2011)
Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
rjoudrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,440
 
Device(s): Droid X, Leaked 2.2. Xoom with 70 apps that work.
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 29
Thanked 125 Times in 99 Posts
Default

The problem with the high resolutions on small screens is that those of us who where readers the text is just to darn small.
__________________
We are Android! We make things work.
rjoudrey is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to rjoudrey For This Useful Post:
stevehoffman (February 25th, 2011)
Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
rjoudrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,440
 
Device(s): Droid X, Leaked 2.2. Xoom with 70 apps that work.
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 29
Thanked 125 Times in 99 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by marctronixx View Post
how do you know the xoom will be uncomfortable to take? do you have a xoom and have been carrying it around a while and have come to realize its uncomfortable for you? well since you have had the xoom, what are your thoughts on it? hows battery life, etc...
I have found with the larger tablets bezel size is really important. The Xoom has absolutely the smallest bezel I have seen yet.
rjoudrey is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
rjoudrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,440
 
Device(s): Droid X, Leaked 2.2. Xoom with 70 apps that work.
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 29
Thanked 125 Times in 99 Posts
Default

For instance, total size:

G-Tablet = 10.50 x 6.80 x 0.54 = 74.1 Sq In
Xoom = 9.80 x 6.61 x 0.51 = 64.8 Sq In
iPad = 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 = 71.4 Sq In
rjoudrey is offline  
Last edited by rjoudrey; February 23rd, 2011 at 03:23 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
rjoudrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,440
 
Device(s): Droid X, Leaked 2.2. Xoom with 70 apps that work.
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 29
Thanked 125 Times in 99 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mulder_fbi View Post
I'd prefer a 7 inch tablet but I want a 4g enabled, flash compatible tablet right now. With that said, why am I getting the xoom again?!??!?!
Wait for the LG!
rjoudrey is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 193
 
Device(s): OG Droid, Droid Inc.2, Galaxy Tab 10.1
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 80
Thanked 27 Times in 24 Posts
Default

I actually really like the 7 in form factor of the galaxy tab, but I'm not willing to wait. 7 in felt perfect for handheld gaming with two thumbs. When I play games on an ipad, I normally set it down on my lap or on a table.

I like that the xoom is narrower than the ipad, hopefully it feels balanced despite the weight.
StreakTheQuad is offline  
Reply With Quote
sponsored links
Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Iowa City, IA
Posts: 606
 
Device(s): Galaxy Nexus (32GB LTE), Nexus 7 (16GB), Motorola XOOM (LTE), HTC Incredible (Retired-Media Player)
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 82
Thanked 77 Times in 61 Posts
Default

I think 10.1" is very portable, as are netbooks and what not. This provides a nice screen size for anything from reading, to gaming, to watching movies.

I feel that 7" is too close to home (even though the size difference compared to my cell phone is another 3.3") which makes me feel like it's just an oversized cellphone. At least 10.1" keeps its identity as a tablet and not a misfit cell phone. That's just my opinion, I think 10.1" (especially in the dimensions of the XOOM) is ideal.
zetroc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
rjoudrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,440
 
Device(s): Droid X, Leaked 2.2. Xoom with 70 apps that work.
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 29
Thanked 125 Times in 99 Posts
Default

When I ran Honeycomb o my Nook it was just to small. You have a new expansive platform with split screens I feel 7" is just a bit too small too really get the most out of Honeycomb.

That being said 8.9" might be good.
rjoudrey is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2011, 04:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
Member
 
gamul1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Suburbs of Boston
Posts: 427
 
Device(s): HTC Incredible - rooted; Xoom wifi stock
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 109
Thanked 77 Times in 57 Posts
Default

I will use the tablet for many things, but browsing the web and gaming may be two of the most common. And I want a great visual experience for this, not yet another small screen. 7 inch tabs are basically giant phones. I want more than 7 inches.

As for portability, i cant really see putting the 7 inch tab in my pocket like a phone. So I am carrying whatever it is no matter what, assuming I am taking it somewhere. I do not mid carrying a 10 inch tab.

The 8.9 inch LG could be quite good too though, but I am unsure of the price point for that.
__________________
Phone = HTC Incredible - rooted as of 2/20/2011 4:18 PM.
Tablet1 = Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 Edition. Old but still working Tablet: Xoom Wi-Fi :: stock, not currently planning to root but probably will eventually
Favorite saying: Beware the lollipop of mediocrity. Lick once and you suck forever.
Gamul = first initial ; middle initial ; first 3 letters of last name
gamul1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2011, 07:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 19
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Screen size did not matter to me. But since I have a few ideas for some applications, the 10.1 will better benifit me for that purpose. I Really wanted to build a car stereo system around my tablet so that could have worked whether it was 7 or 10 inches. Will post pics when that project is completed
blackcobra95 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 25th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Washington DC metro area
Posts: 126
 
Device(s): Motorola Droid; but in market for new phone right now
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 23
Thanked 14 Times in 7 Posts
Default

I am quite curious to test out one of the 9 inch tablets (8.9" or whatever) when they're available. I think being a tad small and a tad lighter could increase the tablet's overall usefulness for me, without much sacrifice in screen size. I don't know, but I'd sure like to have the choice as a consumer of a variety of tablet sizes.
stevehoffman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 25th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #16 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 380
 
Device(s): Droid Incredible 2, Razr Maxx HD (Soon).
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 46
Thanked 94 Times in 84 Posts
Default

Seems like they're going for the 10 inch or 7 inch.
Mitchrapp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old February 25th, 2011, 11:56 PM   #17 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Washington DC metro area
Posts: 126
 
Device(s): Motorola Droid; but in market for new phone right now
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 23
Thanked 14 Times in 7 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mitchrapp View Post
Seems like they're going for the 10 inch or 7 inch.
But at least one company -- LG, I think -- is coming out with an 8.9" within a few months.
stevehoffman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old March 3rd, 2011, 01:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 42
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 11
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default Xoom Screen Size (16:10)

I am curious how people feel about the size of the Xoom screen. Obviously it is better for watching videos, but I have been finding it limiting in doing pretty much anything else. Portrait mode also seems to be fairly awkward and not that useful, as it is just a bit too thin to properly display most web pages. I didn't realize it beforehand, but having a taller screen seems much more useful than having a wider screen.

Thoughts?

Edit: Another way to put it would be: aside from watching video, do people find the size of the screen to help or hurt other tasks, such as browsing the web?
Dunbar is offline  
Last edited by Dunbar; March 3rd, 2011 at 01:39 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old March 3rd, 2011, 01:15 PM   #19 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 380
 
Device(s): Droid Incredible 2, Razr Maxx HD (Soon).
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 46
Thanked 94 Times in 84 Posts
Default

I use everything in lanscape. So its all good to me.
Mitchrapp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old March 3rd, 2011, 01:19 PM   #20 (permalink)
Member
 
jcash3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Anchorage, AK
Posts: 294
 
Device(s): Galaxy Nexus
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 54
Thanked 30 Times in 26 Posts
Default

I agree with Mitchrapp, I pretty much only use it in landscape. What exactly did you find was limited by the screen size in landscape? I have found it perfect for movies, web surfing, playing games, email, etc. Also, the homescreens are huge, so I can fit just about everything that I want on one of them.
jcash3 is offline  
Reply With Quote
sponsored links
Old March 3rd, 2011, 01:28 PM   #21 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 42
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 11
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jcash3 View Post
I agree with Mitchrapp, I pretty much only use it in landscape. What exactly did you find was limited by the screen size in landscape? I have found it perfect for movies, web surfing, playing games, email, etc. Also, the homescreens are huge, so I can fit just about everything that I want on one of them.
To be honest what I found most limiting was browsing the web. Many web pages are formatted in such a way that the content does not extend across the entire width of the screen, and so having a taller display allows you to see more of the content without having to scroll down. In landscape mode, I find myself having to constantly scroll down (which one would have to do anyway, but more frequently), and using portrait mode to get a good overview of a page is difficult because it is too narrow.
Dunbar is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old March 3rd, 2011, 01:31 PM   #22 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 380
 
Device(s): Droid Incredible 2, Razr Maxx HD (Soon).
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 46
Thanked 94 Times in 84 Posts
Default

Hmm, I find browsing in landscape mode ideal.
Mitchrapp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2011, 08:00 AM   #23 (permalink)
Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 404
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 8
Thanked 58 Times in 35 Posts
Default

I would agree the widescreen is best for landscape media but a 4/3 ratio seems better for reading and portrait mode
Germwise is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2011, 09:20 AM   #24 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 380
 
Device(s): Droid Incredible 2, Razr Maxx HD (Soon).
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 46
Thanked 94 Times in 84 Posts
Default

Not if you're not a portrait guy. I installed engadget on the zoom last night and require portrait mode and it lookes fine. I love the size.
Mitchrapp is offline  
Last edited by Mitchrapp; March 4th, 2011 at 09:24 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2011, 10:24 AM   #25 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 42
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 11
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mitchrapp View Post
Not if you're not a portrait guy. I installed engadget on the zoom last night and require portrait mode and it lookes fine. I love the size.
I think portrait mode could be ok (indeed, maybe better than 4:3) if there were a way to increase the text size without zooming in, if that makes sense. Any idea if this is possible? If so, is it easy to toggle larger text on and off?
Dunbar is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2011, 10:38 AM   #26 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 380
 
Device(s): Droid Incredible 2, Razr Maxx HD (Soon).
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 46
Thanked 94 Times in 84 Posts
Default

I thought there was an option on i creasing text size? Not sure.
Mitchrapp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old March 4th, 2011, 10:43 AM   #27 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 380
 
Device(s): Droid Incredible 2, Razr Maxx HD (Soon).
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 46
Thanked 94 Times in 84 Posts
Default

Try settings within the browser. Text default is normal, see if large or huge helps you. Of course that's just the browser.
Mitchrapp is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Go Back   Android Forums > Android Tablets & MIDs > Motorola XOOM
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:52 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.