Motorola Xoom Reviews Are In: King of Tablets or Just Android Tablets?

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Motorola XOOM review (Boy Genius Report)

“It features great hardware, impressive specifications, and the latest Android OS designed just for tablets. There are many things to rave about with the XOOM, though there were some annoyances and frustrations that stemmed from Google’s OS for the most part and not from Motorola’s hardware…

…I think that the Motorola XOOM is a great product, I’m just not 100% sold on Honeycomb at this point as an operating system. I don’t believe it’s very innovative, and I don’t find it to be any better than alternatives in terms of ease of use, intuitiveness, or wide availability of apps.”

Motorola Xoom (PC Magazine: 3.5 out of 5)

“The Motorola Xoom for Verizon Wireless is the best Android tablet yet, but with a lack of key features (like Flash video and SD card slot support) and mediocre apps at launch, it doesn’t measure up to the Apple iPad.”

Motorola’s Xoom Starts Tablet Wars With iPad (Wall Street Journal)

“The Xoom and Honeycomb are a promising pair that should give the iPad its stiffest competition. But price will be an obstacle, and Apple isn’t standing still.”

Motorola Xoom (PCWorld: 3.5 out of 5)

“The Xoom is well-conceived and well-constructed, but some rough edges, a middling display, and a high price may deter early adopters.”

General Consensus

With most numeric reviews contained here giving the Xoom a 3.5 out of 5 (Wired, a tad lower at 6 out of 10) and most of the complaints stemming from a lack of apps coupled with a rough-around-the-edges interface, the Xoom looks like it might be spinning its wheels a bit.

It’s already grabbed the crown as the top Android tablet but it’s the first out of the gate to run Google’s made-for-tablets “Honeycomb” Android version. With the iPad 2 and several additional Honeycomb tablets right around the corner, plenty of potential buyers may be taking a wait-and-see approach.

The price might be a sticking point for some as well. While Motorola tipped that a $600 Wi-Fi version is on the way, the only options now are to spend $800 on it or lock into a two-year contract with Verizon to get it for $600.

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