The iPad has single-handedly created the tablet market and brought a lot of profits to Apple and other companies along the way, but it has been the king in the niche for a bit too long, especially with its relatively limited feature set. With the announcement of dual core processors for tablets and smartphones, there was no way this device can last for much longer, so Apple released the iPad 2 pretty soon after.
Motorola Xoom Dual Core Tablet
Stylish looks coupled with a beautiful 10 inch display
But the first dual core tablet that set to directly take on the iPad and beat it in sales was the Motorola Xoom, which has a lot of firsts and great features under the hood. To start with, there is its new and refreshed look, with the most noticeable feature being the presence of two cameras (a 2 megapixels unit on the front and a bigger 5 megapixels one with LED flash on the back) and the lack of any hardware buttons.
Motorola Xoom Androd Dual Core Tablet
The latter is possible thanks to the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS that is running on the device, which doesn’t need any external navigation buttons (they’re virtualized) and so it gives the user better handling and the tablet a nicer, more uniform look. The tablet will also get the new Ice Cream Sandwich update in a few months, which is great for anyone who has it. The overall size of the Xoom is great for holding it with one or two hands, and the slim 12.9 mm profile makes it both stylish and easy to carry.
Motorola Xoom Android Tablet
The main attraction, however, is the beautiful 10 inch widescreen display, which has a resolution of 1280×800 – the golden standard on laptops for almost a decade now, and a great resolution for any applications. This screen can easily take on the iPad’s unit in color reproduction, contrast and brightness, just like the Droid did with the iPhone 3GS.
Unrivaled performance and all the features you can think of
Sure enough, the Xoom is powered by one of the most powerful platforms, the Tegra 2, which not only features a dual core processor, but also a great GeForce graphics adapter and a dedicated hardware video decoder, which lets you watch any video files up to Full HD 1920×1080 resolution without a hitch.
There is also 1 full GB of DDR2 RAM, the fastest there is, and that really shows in all of the applications on the device – there’s practically no load waiting time or lags. Of course, the Xoom supports all the technologies you can think of, including Wifi N, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR and HID (you can connect external Bluetooth devices like a keyboard or mouse), 3G and 4G LTE networks, 720p video recording, and much more.
More than enough storage space, with the ability to upgrade
Storage space is not an issue on the Xoom, either, as there are 32 GB of onboard Flash memory and an external micro SD card slot that can be used to add another 32 GB (and more in the near future!). The Android 3.0 OS has over 100,000 apps on the marketplace – more than enough for anyone, and the number is growing every week. You won’t run out of power in the middle of the day using those apps, either, as the Xoom can run continuously for 10 hours before needing a recharge.
You should definitely hold off the purchase of an iPad, as this device can really knock your socks off – just go check it out in the nearest Verizon store if you are in the United States!