Feb 23, 2011
We’ve heard about it, we’ve seen events about it, and now — we can actually purchase it! Verizon has it up and ready for purchase at a price of $599 with a 2-year contract or $799 off contract. What’s so special about the Motorola XOOM? Well — for starters, it’s the first tablet to officially (yea I’m talking to you NOOK Color) feature Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).
Honeycomb was specifically designed with tablets in mind and features a completely revamped UI. Add to that the impressive hardware specs and you have yourself one sweet Android tablet! Let’s take a look at what you should know about the Motorola XOOM and what you can expect if you’re lucky enough to have the kind of dinero necessary to snag one.
The Motorola XOOM weighs in at 25oz. and a size of 9.81″ (w) x 6.61″ (h) x 0.51″ (d). Underneath the hood you will find a Tegra 2 dual core 1ghz processor, 1GB of Low Power DDR2 RAM and 32GB of internal memory (Future support for microSD cards up to 32GB coming soon). The XOOM is packed with enough power to warrant a trademark “Tim the Tool Man” grunt. On the display side, the XOOM is sporting 10.1 inches of widescreen wonder with 1280×800 WXGA resolution. If you’ve dreamed of using a 10″ camera, then by golly it’s your lucky day! The XOOM comes with a 5MP rear camera and a front facing 2MP camera for video chatting goodness. Out of the box, the XOOM works over 3G and Wifi with promises of 4G LTE capability when it becomes available. You will of course have to hand over your “precious” in order for them to do whatever it is they do. How’s the battery life you ask? Claims of 10hrs and according to a video loop test by Engadget: 8hrs and 20minutes! Not shabby at all!
For more specs check out the Motorola XOOM at Motorola.com
As for software, if you haven’t seen Honeycomb in action then here’s a quick peek:
If you want to learn more about Honeycomb I recommend watching the full hour long Honecomb event HERE
The Motorola XOOM really looks to be an exciting device but unfortunately the only way I’ll probably get to play with one is at my local Verizon store. One thing to note: If you purchase a Motorola XOOM today, it will not have Flash support out-of-box, but it is supposed to be getting it within the next couple of weeks (lame). Extremely strange considering Flash is a key advantage to owning an Android device vs. you know who.
To celebrate the release of the Motorola XOOM and Android I’d like to share with you a cool video posted on YouTube by androiddevelopers which brings a visual presentation of Global Android activations since October of ’08. It really is a neat thing to watch. The impact on Android activations from the whole Verizon “Droid” campaign is amazing! Here’s to you Android!
For those with the cash, head on over to Verizon and be the first to purchase the Motorola XOOM.