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Reviews/impressions about the Moto Xoom.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by faith4more, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. stevehoffman

    stevehoffman Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2009
    mobile DJ (GOOD NOTE DJs)
    Washington DC metro area
    The video (20 minutes long!) in the Slashgear review is awesome http://www.slashgear.com/motorola-xoom-review-23135670/
    Instead of rushing through, he takes time to give you a real-time sense of what it is actually like to work with the Xoom ... this is THE best demo/review video I've seen of Xoom.... btw, the video is sort of in the middle of the review, just below the Accessories section and above the Pricing section ....


  2. njbianco

    njbianco Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    metro detroit
    The Evo was given a 9/10 and the 7/10 they gave the Xoom isn't bad.
  3. jroc

    jroc Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2010
    ^The Atrix got a 9/10 too. Its easy to call them biased tho. Look at the iPhone 4 for Verizon review.

    Maybe it takes game changers from other companies for Engadget to giver higher reviews. They gave the LG 2X a 6/10....I was expecting the same for the Atrix. Seems like as of right now the Atrix software is a lil more stable than the LG 2X.
  4. DoctorWu

    DoctorWu Member

    Dec 18, 2010
    Just got mine from Costco - Don't like that usb charging isn't possible, have to use proprietary motorola charger thingy... why????????????
  5. james_bw

    james_bw Active Member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Because USB charges at 5V and the giant internal battery charges at 7.4V. Phone batteries usually just charge at 5V.
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  6. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    Agreed. Let the bugs get out, microsd working, Flash and then save over $200 in the process :)
  7. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2008

    This seems to be the best thread to offset the semi-insane folks posting rumor as fact in the Thunderbolt forum :) ;)
  8. dwboston

    dwboston Active Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    Mossberg's review in the WSJ was surprisingly positive. His main complaint was price. Pretty fair, especially for him.
  9. blozout

    blozout Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Agreed. Shocking.
  10. edgeupgx

    edgeupgx Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2010
    I think the only thing that still keeps IPAD looking more sexy is the sheer amount of quality apps. Things like netflix Hulu +, ABC.com, and cartoon network are just a few of the reasons android is still like the red headed stepchild of apps. I really hope soon we start to see some of the bigger companies through some support to android or I am afraid the tablets just won't be at a level playing field.
  11. Romparoo

    Romparoo Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    Investment Banker
    Alright, here is my observation.

    Stopped at Best Buy today to play with it a bit.

    -screen is amazing, looks crisp. watched some video on YouTube in HQ

    -browser, not too impressed, reason is that whatever website I went to it kept pulling up the mobile version. I tried messing with the settings but couldn't find the "Mobile View" option to uncheck, not sure if there is one, should be but I couldn't figure it out

    -it felt a little cumbersome when holding with one hand, I have big hands, just felt kinda awkward to me, however I don't own anything like this so I am not use to it at all

    -easy to navigate

    -I like the YouTube widget, and most of the scrollable widgets

    -not liking the price. At first I didn't mind but the more and more I think about spending $800 I think about a kick-butt laptop I could get for that price. I will be waiting for the wifi version before I consider buying

    Overall, I want one. I am jealous of those of you who purchased one. Enjoy!
  12. PerCompLLC

    PerCompLLC Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2009
    Web Application Programmer
    Northern Virginia
  13. Vehtemas

    Vehtemas Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2010
    Territory Manager
    Unfortunately I also held off on buying, primarily due to the price point.

    I may get the wifi one, but I have also been looking at the toshiba tablet and if that has the USB host (I think its host, all the info seems to confirm it also a full sized USB2.0 and a mini usb port) I think it could easily kick the Xoom in the nads. Also battery replaceable with a screwdriver. thetoshibatablet.com

    Not to mention they are going directly with Wifi for starts without the 3g mess.
  14. here is the one on my blog, it's not great (the blog not the xoom) but there's not uch that hasent already been said about it. Techno Torrent
  15. ODog2323

    ODog2323 Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2010
    NJ, USA
    That's one thing I really dug about the Archos 101...has a built in USB 2.0 host port. Too bad those tabs are relatively low end, but that's one thing that could go a long way towards completely replacing a home PC.
  16. Sonic77

    Sonic77 Active Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    Get an Asus EP121 it completely replaces a PC as it is one in a tablet form.
  17. Big Calhoun

    Big Calhoun Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    Technical Support
    Thoroughly pleased.

    Having been an early adopter of a wide variety of products, I like to go into things with an open mind. There is some missing functionality that updates have been announced for or could otherwise be worked around. The long range potential for this device is HUGE.

    Soooooooo, fit and function? Good. The device has a nice solid feel to it. It feels as heavy as other tablets as I've used and personally I like a product that feels dense over something that feels empty and hollow. The device being orientated around landscape was a bit of an initial turn-off. However, after constant use, it feels good on the eyes. Things don't feel so cluttered. The location of the power button was a bit odd to me, initially, as well. but again, after having got used to it, it feels natural. The way the SD and SIM slots are hidden and the cover is flush is very nice. That's the only opportunity I feel Motorola has with the device: I would have liked to have seen a similar covering for the ports at the bottom, perhaps leaving the power port uncovered. I don't watch much TV so I won't be getting much use from the HDMI and between WiFi and Bluetooth, I probably won't be using the USB port much either. I think covering those areas would be a good preventative measure for this of us that may carry this around in a knapsack.

    The display I find to be average. I am biased, however. I've gotten very used to the color and crispness of my Incredible (OLED). However, I don't find this to take away from the device at all. Web pages and text are extremely clear. Videos on Youtube on the high quality setting are very watchable -- changing the quality settings during a video really helps to show the screen off. The only issue around blurriness I've encountered is in Pulse. However, it appears to be related to the quality of the thumbnails that are used. I think display issues will be more an exception rather than the rule.

    The GUI is FRIGGIN AWESOME. There's a learning curve for even the most experienced Android users, but it's only a itty bitty one. Overall, it just has a very natural feel to it. Applications and settings are easy to get to, the 'menu' button in a lot of apps (in the upper-right) just seems to be intuitive in its placement, and notifications are unobtrusive. The whole 3D aspect is a nice touch and really adds to the panache of the device. With Tegra 2 at the core, everything feels very fluid. A deal breaker for me on a future device would be for a manufacturer to deviate from the native interface (in its current form) a la Blur, Sense, TouchWiz, etc.

    Being an early adopter is lonely as outside what is apparent (eg. 'Tablet Version'), finding apps that work in their current form is trial and error. So far, I've run into a few anomilies with the current version of Weather Bug and Facebook. However, other apps that I've used like Astro and Thinking Space (which is MUCH better on a tablet) perform flawlessly and look clean. I only expect more good things to come.

    No hiccups with functionality such as WiFi, Bluetooth, or the GPS so far. Everything has worked with flawlessly. I feel as though some of the options relative to encryption, VPN, and administration will really force IT managers to take a hard look at this device relative to enterprise deployment. The only thing I was disappointed with, on the topic of amenities, was there doesn't seem to be any app that takes advantage of the barometer. Don't really have a practical need for it, but would be interested in seeing how it could be put to use. On a side note, I did find an app that can show raw data about and from the sensors but it just seems to be more for troubleshooting/testing.

    Overall, couldn't be happier. I held off on the Galaxy Tablet after hearing rumblings about the Xoom, Honeycomb, and Tegra 2. Having used the Galaxy Tab at work a couple of times, I actually liked the 7inch size and wasn't too happy the Xoom was going to be 10 inches. Suffice it to say, my mind has completely changed. I'm no 'fan boy' of any device/manufacturer/platform by any means but I KNOW Apple has to come to the realization that real competition in the tablet market is here and its first competitor is an all-out beast!
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  18. ODog2323

    ODog2323 Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Cool, very interesting. I think I'd still prefer the slickness of the tablet OS since it's designed entirely for touch.
  19. 3devious

    3devious Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2009
    Washington, DC area
    The Xoom is really tight but there are some things that I am not certain whether they are deal breakers or not:

    1. The USB file system that everyone harps about. In theory it didn't sound so bad, but paired with

    2. The lack of SD card. I have the same 16 gb SD card that I had in my original D1 and put it in my R2D2 D2 and have yet to fill half of it after over a year of android use, but it's more the idea that I could just use an SD card with a large movie loaded onto it vs. downloading that movie from elsewhere that appeals to me.

    3. The keyboard and accelerometer lag. For the price that the CEO insists is "worth it," as Frisco often says "I'd love to agree but then we'd both be wrong." It probably does just need a firmware update or to be rooted so, I am not assigning too much weight to this issue.

    I don't store files online. I will probably be one of the last people to adopt cloud storage. It isn't that I am so worried about others seeing my data, but if something does happen to what I have stored in some ethereal data center, I'll just get a "Sorry for the inconvenience" from Google, MSN or whoever and may has well have been keeping local copies of my data anyway. They certainly aren't going to sift through redundant backups to find that rare flick I made of my hamster throwing the peice of carrot that hits my husband in the eye.

    Just because my Xoom is faster and more responsive than the iPad when doing work it is still not quite fast enough for the price.

    I got what I think was a good deal on it. I got the small data plan so I paid the $600 for the Xoom but the SAIC employee discount lowered the purchase price again and reduced the price of the data plan. If I had to pay $800, I wouldn't have even considered buying it. With the current price and set up, I consider returuning it and and paying the restocking fee (only a short term sunk cost.)

    It had been my hope that I would get all of the functionality that I get from my R2D2 D2 so that I could cancel the plan on it, reactivate my LG EnV Touch (with no data plan if they are still doing that) and have a device with all of my Droid features but won't feel like I need to get to a computer to draft large documents + the voice/texting features of a normal phone for a slightly smaller monthly payment than I am paying now. I plan on using the Xoom mostly in a WiFi environment. This way, my data fees would be about 1/3 less. After that, I suppose I could sell my Droid phones (I've been keeping the D1 around for an emergency.)

    So, I guess if I return it, the restocking fee is something like $70. At that point, I have the opportunity cost of not saving 1/3 the rate in the data plan. If they fix the firmware and by some miracle allow us to access the SD card, my plan above would have been a good one, right? I also wonder about what happens when 4g becomes available. The price for the data plan is such for 3g everywhere I look, VZW has been careful to point out that this is the 3g price. Perhaps 4g will cost more? Then we are left with the option of not upgrading the radio to have a less expensive data price.

    As you can see, I just haven't really been able to come to a decision about it yet.
  20. Gunner

    Gunner Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    I stopped in at BB the other day just to test drive the Xoom. 1st impressions were....

    Very solid 'feeling' hardware (on par or better than the iPad). Moving about the HC GUI is nice and fluid, and doesn't take long to learn. The display is very sharp and very responsive to touch. The re-designed Google apps are very well done. I found myself losing track of time; it's just a very fun device to play around with.

    But....the lack of flash is painful, as is the non-functioning SD slot. Additionally, somebody before me had loaded a live wp onto the device (a thunderstorm wp) and it was causing the device to lag big-time (I switched to a static background and it was like night / day). That's a bit worrisome that a simple live wp can drag it down that badly.

    I walked away feeling like the Xoom does have the best user experience on any Android device in existence today. But, it still doesn't feel like an $800 device. Still feels like it's in beta. And I still find myself trying to come up w/ that 'killer' use-case that can't be accomplished w/ my Droid + laptop.

    I think I would be hard pressed to pay even $500 for a wifi-only Xoom that also has flash and the SD slot working.

    I'm hoping that the competition comes out w/ equally impressive tablets that will push the price down.
  21. Old Member

    Old Member Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Teacher/Church Planter/ Basketball Coach
    I love the OS so far. I have to say the new improved app drawer is very nice. Probably the nicest thing that I've not read anyone mention yet is the ability to remove an app from my Xoom by long pressing it in the app drawer and dragging it to the "Remove App" corner. Makes uninstalling apps very easy.
  22. blake247

    blake247 Well-Known Member

    Well folks, today I finally picked up a Motorola Xoom. I've read the reviews and complaints about the 4G upgrades, lack of flash and expandable memory but that doesn't bother me one bit. Unlike the iPad (2), those features WILL be available in the near future so I'm cool waiting a bit.

    I currently own an iPad and in recent past, the Galaxy Tab, but I've been itching for something more and the Xoom delivers. Is it an iPad killer? I don't think so nor does the iPad spank the Xoom. It's all about finding the device that suits your needs and offers the best user experience for YOU. Some people like simplicity and for things to "just work", others such as myself enjoy the customizability the Xoom offers. Okay enough diplomacy..here are my thoughts on the Xoom...

    • Very well built. No creaks or flex
    • Charges quickly
    • Decent battery life
    • Great browser! It's fast, tabbed browsing, etc. Did I mention fast?
    • LOUD speakers
    • Think widgets are cool on a phone? They're freakin awesome on the Xoom
    • Google Maps w/Navigation
    • No buttons, on the front at least
    • The default music player is slick! I like how the album art is displayed
    • Gorilla Glass
    • Voice search
    • Dig the aspect ratio vs. the iPad
    • Compared to the Tab, the Xoom/Honeycomb experience is way better

    • I don't like how the marketplace forces you into landscape mode
    • Camera's are crap. Why does a one year old iPhone 4 still spank the Atrix and Xoom when it comes to taking pics? (And yes, I own both the Atrix AND i4)
    • Those "LOUD speakers" I mentioned earlier sound horrible at low frequencies. By horrible, I mean HORRIBLE. Sounds like they're blown. If I were Moto, I'd release a patch limiting the volume. Even at 3/4, it's loud enough and sounds perfect.
    • The transition after clicking the app button is laggy for some reason
    • Lag when rotating the device
    • Lack of documentation. Hell, I can give my 3 year old an iPad and within minutes he'll be able to navigate, play movies, etc. For those unfamiliar with Android, much less Honeycomb, offering the Xoom without a decent manual is foolish.

    As with any device, the Xoom is not perfect. It has it's faults, but for me I'm willing to put up with it's quirks. The interface, animations, widgets and overall feel offer a breath of fresh air and a new user experience. The Xoom represents a new direction from Google and I can't wait to see what the future holds!
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  23. zipur

    zipur Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    Doe the Xoom have and internal GPS or does it depend on the WiFi Radio. So can you run GPS without Vz contract?
  24. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    If the Xoom had USB host (rather than theoretically might), I would consider one when under $600. The current price is too much, since I will not use the 3G/4G radios, but tether using the Incredible.

    Need the thumbdrive function and would be set.

    BTW, even the hardware dev that created the USB, posted on the Xoom Motorola support site that he is not sure if it would work or not (thumbdrives and hard drives). That is honest, but nuts at the same time.

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