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any N1 owners get a xoom?

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  1. outoffocus

    outoffocus Well-Known Member

    Apologies for the OT. My N1 is the baseline for making any other Android purchasing decisions. :D

    Of all the complaints I hear about the N1, the one feature I'd like to see improved is the radio.. My Macbook can grab a wifi signal that my N1 can barely see. I travel a lot and need a good wifi reception.

    Wondering how the Xoom holds up on wifi reception and generally how you like it.


  2. Air Force One

    Air Force One Well-Known Member

    I've personally found wifi reception to be EXCELLLENT. Better than both my Nexus and Thunderbolt. But that is just me I cannot guarantee it will be the same for you. I've seen Xoom owners complain about wifi reception as well so you just never really know.

    There is a room on the opposite end of my house from the router that I start to drop wifi on both N1 and TB, but the Xoom gets very solid reception there.
  3. Dolmangar

    Dolmangar Well-Known Member

    I've looked a them twice now, but I'm waiting for a WiFi only tablet. The Xoom may still be the choice, but I expect by the time I get around to actually buying something I'll have been able to test out something else. The Pure Google aspect of the Xoom is appealing.

    I haven't had much trouble with my N1 WiFi's strength. I do occasionally have it go to sleep on me, however 2.3.3 seems to handle that more gracefully.

    I bought my wife an iPad (1) last year and had a terrible time keeping WiFi connected. Between updating the firmware in my router and I suspect some quiet Apple updates that problem resolved itself.

  4. outoffocus

    outoffocus Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that. I'm a photographer. Been eyeing the Ipad2 purely for the 'shuttersnitch' app which is not yet available on Android. Shuttersnitch lets you wifi your pad to your camera send pics across. I need it (sort of) now.

    But I've been playing around with the whole itunes/store/ipod thing again just to remember what it was. I cannot believe how crap the user experience is. Sure you can get used to anything, but itunes has become a monstrosity.

    Made me realize I'd like to stick to an Android system. Maybe Xoom it is for now. I'm sure there will be a shuttersnitch like app soon enough..

    Good to hear the wifi is solid.
  5. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Well-Known Member Contributor

    Been playing around with a Nook Color and a Galaxy Tab for a tablet. Got both for a resonable price (only plan on keeping one). I just can't commit to the high prices of a tablet yet. After using the Nook Color for a week I realized that what I really want (not really a need) is to be able to view websites and play games on a larger screen when I am at work or on the train. The Nook Color 2.1 worked well but the experience isn't as good as 2.2 to which the tab (haven't gotten it yet) has. I will definitely will be looking to get a high powered tablet later this year if the prices fall.
  6. Dolmangar

    Dolmangar Well-Known Member

    I came THIS close to buying a Nook Color so that I could run Honeycomb from an SD card. I held off but I'm one impulsive moment away from doing it. The Nook Color does feel cheap in your hands though. And the reviews I read seem mixed as to running 3.0 on it. I'm sure that a lot has to do with the class SD card you buy. I'd mostly use it for web and reading in the evening so it might be good enough.

    However I would like the front facing camera too, I do a semi-weekly GTalk video conference with my sister's family using a laptop so that my daughter can keeps in touch with her cousin. Having a tablet that can handle that without all the setup and extra camera would be nice.
  7. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Well-Known Member Contributor

    My personal opinion is that the Nook Color doesn't feel cheap at all. It felt solid to me with a lot of weight behind it (could be a plus or a minus). The screen was beautiful, it was really easy to read websites on it etc... It felt like it could take a beating. No creaks or anything like that.

    I got a good deal on the Galaxy Tab so I am going to give it a shot (I really wanted 2.2 stock). I really don't need gps/cameras/bluetooth because my only real purpose for getting a tablet is to being to get view the internet on a larger screen (plus movies on the side etc..). If the Nook Color goes get an update from Barnes and Noble to 2.2 it will really be a bargin. But since the Galaxy tab has it 2.2 stock without the need for rooting I figure it's worth a shot (plus it does have all that stuff, cameras/gps/bluetooth on it). Like I said I got a good deal on the Tab (makes it on par with the nook), so it will be a heads up fight for me.

    My only question is can you get the Gtalk video chat to work with the Galaxy tab? I thought Gtalk video is only avaliable on honecomb (and through the computer application).
  8. Dolmangar

    Dolmangar Well-Known Member

    I believe that video talk on 2.2+ (non Honeycomb) devices works with non-gtalk systems. TMobile has their own and the other carriers have their own, which means they can't talk to each other, and probably not to desktops.

    I think Skype can also be used on 2.2 for video.

    Someone please jump in here if I'm off base.

    Native GTalk is what I want, then it's pretty much available anywhere and with anyone (who has a gmail account) without special software. You could even do half video with someone who didn't have a camera on their end.

    It would be great if Google would add the functionality to Gingerbread, but then they might have a more difficult time getting tablets to move up to 3.0.
  9. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery VIP Member

    How? Where? Can I cash in on that *_*
  10. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Well-Known Member Contributor

    Used, right here on this forum. If you compare new to new, even if Samsung releases a wifi model for $399 the nook will still have it beat by $150. I will let you know what I think of the tab compared to the nook once I get a chance to play with it. My big concerns with the tab will be battery life. I got a cdma (Verizon) model that I am going to leave in airplane mode with wifi turned on (using the n1 as a hotspot) .
  11. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery VIP Member

    Oh, nice! I was thinking of getting my sister either the Nook or iPad1 for her bday coming up. I'm leaning towards the Nook but my sister is the MOST tech illiterate person I know, thus the iPad1, lol.

    I have my eyes on the U1 Lenovo dual tablet/notebook...might wait for the 'second' gen...if Lenovo ever decides to release the U1.

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