Posted 3 years ago

Xoom — the good, the bad, and the fugly —

Well, I took the leap of faith and decided to purchase my first tablet. My original intent was to hold off and see what Apple was going to debut on 3/2/11 however, I decided to purchase Motorola’s Xoom tablet just to get my hands on Android’s new tablet based OS. So here are my findings…

Basic Hardware Overview:

  • Processor: Tegra 2 - 1GHZ Dual Core
  • Memory: 32GB
  • Sensors: Proximity, ambient light, barometer, gyroscope
  • Display Size: 10.1-in.; WXGA (1280x 800 pixels; 150 pixels / inch), HD 720p
  • HeadSet: 3.5 mm
  • Camera: 5 MP - Back | 2MP Front
  • Flash: Dual-LED flash
  • Connectivity: 802.11 a,b,g,n | Stereo Bluetooth® technology 2.1+EDR+HID

<!—————————— the good ——————————>

Screen Size — This screen size can be a plus when it comes to app developers. A larger screen could bring better interactive apps to the tablet market. So I am expecting to see some really cool apps in the near future. I am also planning to develop a few apps for Honeycomb.

The tablet size is rather large when compared to my Motorola’s DroidX. I really enjoy looking at the larger screen while surfing the net and find it rather difficult to move back to my DroidX’s display. For those who like to surf while watching TV this is a perfect gadget for you. I can see some cool applications that TV broadcasters or producers can do with a TV + tablet app support. (e.g. interactive TV, live polling, etc..)

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