Motorola XOOM Review - Motorola XOOM is company's first ever tablet computer. It features a healthy-sized 10.1-inch capacitive screen with a very high resolution of 1280x800, a 5MP HD camcorder (front-facing cam included) and the mandatory dual-core ARM-based Tegra 2 chipset, which will allow for full 1080p HD video playback. The device surely looks sexy, as it has a large widescreen display and a bezel that is quite thin. Naturally, most of the buzz around the Motorola XOOM comes from the fact that it's the first tablet to run Google's tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system
It's actually just the same tablet with a smaller screen and without 3D sound from the speakers - which is an odd thing to say when it's supposed to be the media darling of the two.
We're not sure what really makes it a 'Media Edition' compared to the main Xoom 2, with no discernible difference apart from the couple of points noted above.
However, that's not to say we weren't impressed with the performance of the Motorola Xoom 2 ME, as it's a nice size to hold and as Motorola points out, will fit in your rear jeans pocket.
Although that does lead us to think we'd sit down and snap it at some point, or have some tactile pickpocket nab it in a heartbeat.
The design of the Xoom 2 ME is much thinner and lighter than the original Xoom, with a comfortable 386g weight offering up a pleasant experience in the hand.
With 1GB of RAM and a dual core 1.2GHz processor it whips along under the finger - we are left wondering what happened to the Tegra 2 compatibility at the moment, as everything seems to be moving to a TI chip instead.
It's got all the features of its bigger brother, including MotoCast, which allows users to sign into a remote computer to browse movies, music and other files - as long as the remote device is switched on, that is.
We trialled the service in what was, admittedly, patchy Wi-Fi but it didn't really want to load up even with a clean connection. We're less than impressed by it at the moment, but we'll reserve judgement until our full review.
At least internet browsing was a much better experience, and the dual-core processor kept things ticking along nicely - with Flash video loading up in a trice on a few sample sites.
he camera was pretty good on the Motorola Xoom 2 ME, with a swift snapper making it easy to use either the rear-facing 5MP sensor, or the front facing 1.3MP option. Photos were clear enough on the high resolution screen, and while they won't rival the likes of the iPhone 4S, are of high enough quality to capture whatever moment you're desperate to savour.