Hands-on: Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet

Motorola showed off their Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, known as the XOOM, at CES Las Vegas 2011
Motorola showed off their Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, known as the XOOM, at CES Las Vegas 2011

Everyone was expecting Motorola to show off an iPad competitor at CES and the company may have met the sky-high expectations with the introduction of the Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet.

With a 10.1-inch display, the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet is quite a site to behold. With a 1280 x 800 16:10 widescreen HD display, it will make HD content pop. You’ll have a variety of ways to get content on the device, as is has a full browser with Adobe Flash 10.1 support.

Like the Atrix 4G, the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet has a dual-core processor at up to 2 GHz. That’s a lot of power to pump out full 1080p HD videos and you’ll be able to enjoy those on larger screens with the HDMI out port.

The Motorola Xoom Android Honeycom tablet will also launch in the first quarter with 3G support but it will be available with Verizon 4G LTE support in the second quarter and all existing version will be upgradable, just as we figured.

This will run the 3.0 version of the software and this has been optimized for the larger tablet size. That means the user interface makes it easer to throw on multiple widgets and apps and it has a very polished look while still fully feeling like that green robot we all know and love.

Unlike the current iPad, the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet has multiple cameras: a 5-megapixel in the back that can capture 720p HD video and a 2-megapixel one in the front for video-chatting via Google Talk and other apps. Of course, that’s with the current iPad, as we’re expecting a revamp in the not too distant future.

The software is still not finished on Motorola’s tablet but we’re very impressed that it was able to deliver a product that appears to be top of the line.

We’ll have a more complete review of the XOOM when the time comes. For now, pass the time with the hands-on photo gallery and video (will be uploaded soon) below!

  • Mat

    Ok, So it’s already starting to sound like everyone is declaring the Xoom Tablet to be THE Android tablet to beat yet in what little we know already it does truely appear to be a great product, it looks good and has Honeycomb which they will more then likely all have in Q1. So it has NO physical buttons, big deal. It will be 4G upgradeble, great thinking. It can show 1080P but not record it which is a major fail. Other tablets will be able to do it and if these things are going to be multimedia devices people will expect 1080P recording. I know people are excited about this tablet but so far it’s not ALL what it could or should have been.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing is.

  • Trdracer21

    @MAT buddy this is a tablet. why would i buy an ipad that does the same thing as my ipod that is dumb… iPad is just a big ipod FAIL!!! really FAIL!!! we all know what apple gonna do with ipad 2 front and rear cameras retina display and thinner. iPAD 2 and Iphone 5 is DOA!!!!! Moto tablet its better way better running a tablet software!!!

  • Anonymous

    Motorola could provide Android 2.2 to only a fraction of their Android devices so far (notice that 2.3 is released by now!):
    https://supportforums.motorola.com/community/manager/softwareupgrades

    If you buy Motorola tablet, the chances are after 6 months you will end up with a brick with ancient software. Have a Google search for Motorola’s failures about Android updates nearly in all of their devices.

    I wouldnt spend money on buying mobile products from Motorola however cool it looks at first place. I recommend waiting for a similar phone from another manufacturer which can provide software updates.

  • http://twitter.com/chaoscentral John Pisano

    actually all Verizon Motorola products got system updates extremely quickly. Droid X got Froyo in a fraction of the time the Galaxy S finally got it. the OG Droid went from 2.0 to 2.1 to 2.1-update 1 to 2.2 to 2.2.1, so I really fail to see what your bitching is to accomplish. This will ber a Verizon product in the US, and Verizon has been the BEST about updating their Android lineup.

    • Anonymous

      Like I said, you get the latest software for maybe 3-6 months from the release, after that there is no upgrades to the phone whatsoever, the question is when will DroidX or Droid get the 2.3 upgrade (probably never)? Also if you check the link I provided, you can see that only Droid and DroidX models got 2.2 upgrade anyway.

      I also said that in a few models Motorola could provide updates. While this doesnt change the fact for the unlucky users of other models. So you have a high possibility that you will get a model which Motorola will drop support in near future or will not support at all.

      AFAIK Motorola is the only company which even have a FaceBook group because of their failures. (It is called MotoFail). (not to mention also on twitter, irc etc.) Go and Google for Motofail…

      Actually, Motorola was making losses all the time and they even tried to sell the mobile division:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola#Finances
      When they couldnt do it, they split the company to get rid of it…

      In addition to those, they lock the bootloaders so you dont have the freedom to upgrade your phone yourself when Motorola fails to do so. Recently some Motorola employee even told that people should go somewhere else if they want to use custom roms, they retracted the comment because of the PR nightmare…
      http://nexus404.com/Blog/2011/01/20/motorola-bashes-modders-custom-roms-then-apologizes-motorolas-corporate-youtube-account-tells-custom-rom-users-to-go-away-then-begs-for-forgiveness/

      You can for example install Gingerbread 2.3 on Galaxy S, but what about to Motorola products? the bootloader is locked! Nexus One is getting 2.3 upgrade soon, since Motorola is releasing new devices soon, the owners of DroidX and Droid can forget about 2.3 upgrade….

      Even in Motorola forums, some people say why would Verizon make Motorola upgrade the old products when they start selling new models… Since there are new models coming every 6 months or so, you can forget about getting an upgrade to your Motorola product and unlucky for you if you made a 2 year agreement.

      So that is what I am bitching about, if you buy a Motorola Android product, you can be almost certainly sure that your money is going to go down the drain. (unless of course Motorola starts actually supporting their products).

  • Michele Bariani

    Stay away from Motorola. They stop supporting your device the moment they get your money. They keep promising upgrades that never arrive. FAIL.

  • Anonymous

    The HDMI out is the main reason I want this. I work at DISH Network and DISH has an app called DISH Remote Access (DRA). With this app and compatible equipment you can stream live content or access your DVR from a smartphone or tablet. Now with the Xoom it will be like taking an HDTV with you on the go. Check out DISH.com and search TV Everywhere for more information on DRA.

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