No doubt about it, tablets are going to be massive this year. Since Apple released their iPad at the beginning of 2010 manufacturers have been working tirelessly to try and get in on the action.
Until now the two notable devices to hit the market are the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab. There’s loads of hype surrounding the BlackBerry Playbook which will be instore very soon. (See our previous PlayBook blog for more info.)
What you may have missed amongst all these big names is the Motorola Xoom. Motorola have had a few shakey years, since having huge success with the Motorola Razr V3 the manufacturer hadn’t been able to find a stable hold on the market and almost disappeared from the high street. Motorola’s biggest let down was generally considered to be their software. Even though they have always made solid good looking handsets Motorola have struggled to create a user friendly interface to match that of Nokia’s which 5 years ago looked unstoppable.
With the integration and uptake of the smart phone Motorola now has the opportunity to show of how amazing their hardware really is by using Android for it’s operating system. Recently the Motorola DEFY, a rugged smartphone, highlighted how great Motorola really are at manufacturing unique devices. The Defy really is a tough little cookie and is able to take a beating yet Motorola haven’t compromised on size or usability.
As a result of these unique devices we’re really excited about the Xoom so here’s a little more info about it. The Xoom has a 10.1 inch screen which is capable of displaying 16:9 video content. This is the first tablet to take Apple on at this level with both the PlayBook and Galaxy Tab opting for a much smaller screens in an attempt to be more portable. The Xoom has 2 cameras, a front facing 2mp camera and a rear 5mp camera capable of recording 720p video. The Xoom also offers full flash support allowing you to stream vidoes from websites outside of youtube. The device comes with 32 GB of memory and is expanadle (We assume) to another 32 GB by external memory cards. The Xoom is going to be available with Wifi and 3G as standard and most importantly is driven by an tegra dual core processor.
As you can see this device seems to tick alot of boxes that the iPad doesn’t; it appears that Motorola have been listnening to your problems with the iPad and have tried to avoid them at all costs. On top of all this the Xoom has been showing off Google’s Tablet orientated OS Honeycomb. From the video below you can see that the device interface looks great and the navigation seems super smooth.
It’s not hard to see why the Xoom won best in show at CES recently and has all the makings of a real winner. We still don’t have a launch date or most importantly price. Motorola will need to keep this device competitively priced if it hopes to take on Apple and the stream of other tablets on their way. A hefty price tag will most likely drive consumers away from a brand which doesn’t currently have the loyalty of their main competitors.
As soon as we get confirmation on this we’ll be sure to let you know. Keep checking back with us for more updates. We hope you agree that this tablet looks like it could be a huge success for Motorola and brings competition to an exciting market.