I was lucky enough recently to have a bit of time to play with the Motorola Xoom 2 tablet. I have used a few other tablets in the past but the Xoom 2 is definitely one worth thinking about buying. Let’s get close and personal in our Motorola Xoom 2 review.
So lets talk design. The Xoom 2 is quite a unique shape for a tablet. It takes the standard rectangle form factor but introduces corners that are somewhat angle. This gives a smooth, sleek and premium appearance. Interestingly it is an extremely similar shape to the Motorola RAZR, its smaller, smartphone counterpart. Weighing in at 603 grams, the Xoom 2 is just about the same weight as the iPad 2. In boxing terms it is what I would describe as a middleweight fighter. There are a few lighter than this but also a few that come in at closer to 800 grams. So it sits middle of the board, with a weight that doesn’t affect its portability.
The 10.1 inch HD screen is wonderful. It is very sharp and an extra benefit to the clumsy ones amongst us – it is made of robust Gorilla glass. Gorilla Glass is a very strong and versatile material that is scratch resistant, keeping the most expensive element of your brand new Xoom 2 tablet protected. The Xoom 2 display has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution so sure can show off with some great video performance and gaming. Once again, the processor allows for superb streaming and smooth gaming. The speakers are clear and loud, just what you want in a portable device like this.
The Xoom 2 comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which is designed specifically for tablets. It looks smart and quite smooth for an operating system that is only in its first attempt at tablet platforms. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to be coming to the Xoom 2 in late spring/early summer, followed with the anticipated Jelly Bean, Android 5.0 possibly coming in June for tablets. Using Quick Office on the Motorola Xoom 2 makes it even more special. Even though most Android tablets can run it, the Xoom 2’s 1.2GHz dual core processor is more than up to the challenge of a few spreadsheets and presentations!
Writing this Motorola Xoom 2 review on the tablet itself is quite easy. A lot of people say that writing on a tablet screen is annoying and painstaking – not in my personal opinion though. Sure I am pressing the occasional wrong button or letter but it is more than capable. It is not quite as easy as on an actual keyboard of course (you can actually get a wireless one for the Xoom 2) but in reality – you could do a lot worse. There are also some good software bits that are included with the Xoom 2 such as the MotoCast which allows you to connect up to a desktop computer or laptop.
One or two things that I nearly forgot to mention are that the Xoom 2 comes with a HDMI slot which is a nice addition to allow for easy connection to a screen. The other thing is that a smaller 8.2 inch Media Edition is also available – the same quality and spec squeezed into a smaller tablet in essence.
There it is then, a look at our Motorola Xoom 2 review – highlighting the main and essential features of a handy and realistic iPad 2 competitor. It is a good improvement over the heavier, slower and all together less flashy looking original Xoom. It has a fixed memory of either 16/32GB which can be seen as a possible negative.
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