November 21, 2014

Odd One Out: My 5 Minutes With the Motorola Xoom

Before I begin, I want to point out that this is an opinion piece, and does not necessarily represent the opinions of everyone here at AndroidGuys. In fact, I know many people within the Android community will disagree with me. With that said, the following are my thoughts on the Moto Xoom Android tablet. Granted, I only got to play around with one for 5 minutes in my local Verizon store, so it’s not a full review, just my first impressions.

Hardware

I’d heard from people that went to CES and saw the Xoom and it’s “amazing” hardware that it couldn’t be beaten. I beg to differ. Now, I do have to admit that Motorola nailed it as far as design. The Xoom felt amazing in the hands, aside from a few issues that I’ll address in a moment. The back of the device felt firm and slip-free. This is one tablet that I wouldn’t drop very easily, and I’m a very clumsy person, so that’s saying something.

I’m not a big fan of 10-inch tablets, but Moto pulled this one off nicely. It didn’t necessarily feel bulky or lopsided as far as weight goes. However, when I first picked up the Xoom, I was surprised by how heavy it was. I wasn’t expecting it to be as light as a feather, but it was heavier than I would have liked. It actually felt just as heavy as an iPad, if not heavier. Obviously, the fact that it has a 10.1-inch screen contributes to this, but it was hefty nonetheless.

As for the screen, I found it to be a bit buggy. For example, when I tried to open up the Gmail app, I had to touch the icon several times before the screen registered the action. Of course, this was a display unit that 200 other people had played with before me, so the screen wasn’t exactly brand new.

The cameras were foggy at best in my experience. I tried taking a picture of the Verizon store with the front-facing camera, but ended up with several blurry shots. The cameras may not be a huge selling point for the average consumer, but for a person that does a good bit of video conferencing or takes a lot of self-portraits, the camera is important. Motorola should learn from this.

Software

This was my very first chance to play with Honeycomb. I was so excited when I saw Andy Rubin demo it at the Dive Into Mobile conference back in December. Honeycomb made all the earlier Android versions looks like child’s play. Unfortunately, Honeycomb wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. At least, it wasn’t in my experience. I absolutely loved the overall UI. The soft blues and blacks were a nice touch, giving the OS an easy-going feel. The home screen UI was amazing, to say the least. I loved the widgets, the transitions between panes, and pretty much everything about it.

When it came to the functionality and how things worked, it was a different story. A clear example would be when I noticed that in the notifications area at the bottom right of the screen, there were “Updates Available” for some apps that were installed via the Android Market. So I selected the pop-up window, and expected to be directed to the Honeycombed Android Market. This was not the case. Instead, I was surprised and confused to see that it had opened up Google Maps, which was pointing to my exact location. While I was impressed with how nice Maps looked, I couldn’t help but wonder why it had sent me here instead of the Android Market. This is one answer I never found.

When opening the browser, I was somewhat impressed, yet somewhat unimpressed to find that it looked an felt exactly like Google Chrome. While i do love some Chrome browsing, I think Google could’ve spent the time to build a new browser that blends with Honeycomb. The dark green highlights and sharp corners clashed with the look of the overall UI of Honeycomb.

All in all, Honeycomb felt unfinished to me. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt like there were some missing pieces from Honeycomb that Google just forgot to include when they made Honeycomb.

Concluding, I didn’t hate the Xoom. Motorola did a great job (for the most part) of making a killer device to compete with the iPad. Google made a pretty awesome version of Android to run on said device. While both have their faults, they go well together. Does this mean I would buy a Xoom if I had the money? No, it doesn’t. Does that mean it’s a terrible device? No, it doesn’t. The Xoom just felt like it was released before it was finished. Whether this is Google’s fault, or Moto’s fault is irrelevant. The Xoom just isn’t ready for primetime yet. So, with all of this being said, bring on the agreeing or disagreeing (more likely the latter of the two) comments!

  • Julie

    Finally someone that shares my views on the Xoom! I bought it as soon as the store opened the day it came out and was very, very disappointed in it to say the least. I experienced all of the issues mentioned above as well as the browser, gmail and launcher crashing many, many times in just the few hours I played with it before deciding to return it and get my money back. Yep, it was the worst Android device I have ever owned and it only took me a few hours of pure anger and frustration with the device to realize how much I just wanted my hard earned money back. Definitely NOT worth $800!!

    • t0dbld

      Just wanted to say Julie is gorgeous

    • Skipskatte

      I think you might be missing how Google actually works. Everything (since forever) has released in Beta, and has improved dramatically after a few months. That’s what Google does, and it needs to be expected for early adopters. (The ONLY reason I didn’t do the same as you is that it doesn’t support Flash yet, so I’m waiting on that.)
      Anybody remember Android 1.0? No? That’s because it was a rough draft. Android 2.0 was the first OS that was worth anything, and the first to have the hardware (in the form of the Droid) that could do it justice.
      The Xoom is similar. The hardware is there. The OS is DESIGNED brilliantly, but it’s best to look at this as a really nice piece of hardware with a Beta release of Honeycomb that will improve drastically over the coming weeks and months. It might have been a mistake to pick one up on day one, but you may want to revisit in a month or two once an OTA update or two comes out.

    • Jess

      Good review sexy lol. Seriously I checked out the xoom to. Went in tobestbuy ready to buy.and walked out empty handed. Just did not win me over.

  • stabbedintheface

    I know you preface this document with a disclaimer…but seriously. You walk into a store and play with a demo unit for 5 minutes and do a write up on it?

    Why even bother? Why not get a actual unit and review it?

    I love my Xoom and have been extremely happy with both the hardware and UI. And I just spent more time reading this page (and writing this) on my Xoom than you spent in the store.

    P.S. In regards to the camera…did it ever occur to you that it may be foggy because it’s a demo unit that has been played with by 1,000 greasy hands? My camera is nice and clear

    • http://androidguys.com Thijs Koot

      Well, in case you missed it, it’s not raining review units out here.

  • 4G or Not To 4G

    I am not sure how is the set up in Verizon stores, but I have been in two different Best Buy’s and two different Costco’s and they are not set up in a fashion to make this device exciting for customers. In Best Buy there is no sign up. The Xoom is the last device in the last row of the computers. Had I not asked for it, I would have never found it. Then the device had no wi-fi connectivity, nor Verizon 3G, with very limited apps, so it was not something somebody coming to check out would want to buy. In Costco it wasn’t as bad, as it was at least at the front of the booth, but still no internet connectivity. Luckily I could tether it to my handy-dandy G2 and get to see it do something. If this is how the Xoom is being treated, they are not going to sell many.

  • 4G or Not To 4G

    @Justin, forgot to mention, I do have to dis-agree with you about the feel. The material on the back of the Xoom felt terrible to touch, making me feel like I would need to buy the case whether I want it or not.

  • acupunc

    I did the same thing. Went into Best Buy and played with the Xoom for a few minutes. As opposed to your experience, I didn’t have one single hitch. Everything worked great, extremely responsive, hardware and design felt great in the hand. . . and as stabbedintheface states, why even bother with the review? I know the Xoom isn’t for me because I know what I’m waiting for in an Android tablet and I also know not to buy first gen products within their first few months of existence ;)

    So, you had a poor experience and I had a good experience with the Xoom in our five minutes each. . . the world is balanced :)

  • mntngirl

    I agree whole heartily with stabbed. You might as well have written a review from a commercial. Is the xoom perfect? No. Nothing out there is perfect, not even the Ipad. (Blasphemy, I know) The xoom works fine IMHO. I love it and can’t wait to see it grow in the coming months. I am writing this on my xoom actually :-)

  • Mike

    5 minutes is not enough, my initial impression was neither overly positive nor negative either. after 4 days though, i prefer it over the galaxy tab even though i like a 7″ screen better. but honeycomb is pretty slick (after you get used to it, a few things are indeed a little different) and the xoom being really zippy (not something you may notice in a couple minutes of use, but you’ll get the feeling overall), i think its a step closer to becoming a laptop replacement than other device’s. i dont have a buyer’s bias, i get to use these devices’ for work, but this one in particular i’m enjoying to use.

  • David

    I haven’t seen anything of that moments you wrote in the review.
    My Xoom works fine and smoothly. Design is awesome- black, soft aluminum, Gorilla Glass-coated screen. I’m happy with it. Really happy. It works like a

    I haven’t seen ANY videos proving its ‘problems’.

    It can’t be compared to scaled ios, all existing ios restrictions and 4:3 screen of ipads.
    Honeycomb looks great and is a true OS for tablet computers.

    The only problem us that I’d really like if all tablets costed less.:D
    Xoom is a hard to beat Android Honeycomb war machine. Now I want to unlock its dual-core processor to 1.5Ghz!!! And Flash 10.2 update! FTW! And in May 4G free upgrade, holy sh*t, I love Android. Thank you Google^-^

  • Alan

    I got my xoom on friday the day after the launch. I am extremely impressed with it. Yes occasionally an app force closes but the same thing happens on my droid x. Give it some time the os has been out for four days! I have already decided to sell my netbook because this does eveything plus more that I needed my netbook to do. Google is definitely on the right track with honeycomb. Anyone with half a brain will buy this over an ipad. Flash player isn’t available yet but it will be in a couple weeks. Adobe is programming it to take advantage of the duo core processors. That will take some time and I would rather get it in a couple weeks an work then now and suck. Anyone interested in a device like should should really take a look at it and if u think it was rushed to the market wait a little bit and the moor bugs should be fixed. Also got to motorolas website because try are selling it for 600 with no contract.

    • Harry

      I just looked at the motorola web site, $799 is the price that I saw. Where did you see it for $600?

  • Sandy

    People should stop writing 5 minutes “first impression” previews. It misleads potential buyers.

    When we buy any instrument , we have an impression in our mind and first physical experience may not be the reflection of whats in our mind.

    XOOM hardware class is outstanding. Hardware works smoothly with software. Honeycomb is here for a long run and it experience is going to be noting but pleasure. For the price, there are many goodies , free 4G upgrade, 2 cameras, memory upgrade, flash upgrade, growing applications. Unless iPAD which is mainly for entertainment, XOOM has potential to replace notebook / PC.

    Please write your review after using it for some time and I bet you will come out with total different review :-)

  • http://jeftek.com Jef

    I picked up the Xoom expecting to most likely feel “I really didn’t need a tablet, so I’ll be returning it” yet a few days in I’m getting to think it’s going to be a keeper.

    I have had my share of Force Closes on Apps for sure, but I suspect these might be since I have non 3.0 esque apps also installed. (Beautiful Widgets animations caused alot of my issues it seems). As more apps get updated with the new 3.0 SDK and take advantage of the new framework we should see things improve.

    It is definitely a 1.0 release of 3.0, as some parts are definitely missing. For example, I can’t believe they shipped this without HTTP proxy support ( http://jeftek.com/1887/motorola-xoom-http-proxy-support/ ) and expect enterprises to take it seriously.

    5 minutes is NOT enough to test drive this device. It’s enough to affirm your first impressions, but you would be shorting yourself more in depth exposure to make a valuable decision.

    I was originally felt that I would hate it because I dreaded typing on such a device with the onscreen keyboard, but after finding alternatives ( http://jeftek.com/1899/using-motorola-xoom-tablet-keyboard/ ) it’s really become my goto device at home.

    Will I keep the device? My wife laughs at me when I say “I don’t know yet”…

  • chekorama

    Hey Justin after read 5 sentences of you article i can see it was full of bullshit. For sure your girlfriend or(boyfriend) after 5 minutes having sex with you gets bored and start to feign pleasure.

  • http://necropolislabs.com Terrormaster

    I’m gonna have to agree with Justin on this one. And while my experience was similar to his I had specific things I was looking for as an end user. Yes as far as design aesthetics goes Honeycomb is a homerun, it’s very pleasing on the eyes. However in use it was a far different story. My HTC Eris running 2.1 feels far less clunkier than the Xoom did. Transitioning from screen to screen felt a little laggy considering the processor this thing packs. I found sometimes I had to try a couple times touching specific app icons to get the right one to launch. The screen definitely could have been a bit more responsive and a tad more accurate considering what they’re charging for this thing. The eReader was OK but I found that you had to tinker with the font sizes based on what book you were reading or sometimes it would cut sentences off on the top and bottom edges. But the thing that irked me most was the one thing that’s bugged me about Android as far back 1.5 and thats the transition time between orientation changes. Flipping it from portrait to landscape and vice versa took upwards of 4-5 seconds. I know it’s a little thing but it’s always bugged me. And as much as I LOATH Apple products the iPad smoothly transitions between orientations near instantly utilizing a processor that inferior to the Motorola Xoom.

  • islander

    I bought a xoom on day one and it’s been an outstanding piece of hardware ever since. Handily exceeded all my expectations. Honeycomb is excellent, the more I play with it the more its brilliance really shines through. The hardware is equally as good, didn’t think motorola had it in them to produce a piece of hardware of this caliber. Worth every penny, especially once I’m blazing on lte speeds..

    Please spend more than five mins reviewing something before writing anything about a product. You are wasting your time and more importantly – wasting mine and doing all those involved in creating this product a huge disservice.

  • ilikeshade

    I would agree with this article after the first time I handled the xoom on launch day in a Verizon store. I walked away very unimpressed. The transitions werent as smooth as i would hope from the tegra. Some apps were a little buggy. Fruit ninja looked terrible. And there are only a handful of apps optimized for a tablet. Needless to say 800 for this thing is crazy town.
    I am an android faithful so I decided to check it out again at a nearby best buy. As was said before the tablet was hard to find and lacked any sort of labeling. I wouldn’t have seen it unless an employee pointed it out. There was no wifi and no google account assigned to utilize the market. As there was obviously no line I sat there for a good 20 minutes with the xoom trying to get the best understanding of the device and os I could.
    After my second run with the device I was definately impressed with the efforts of google to give us an appropriate tablet experience. For sure tablets like the xoom will give netbooks a run for there money. With functions of work in mind for communications and production I really see quite the potential in the xoom. But alas I still walked away from my second run wanting more, but optimistically. Google will only work more to make tablets amazing and I will be waiting to get one. This is an amazing start and will be watching out the next coming months for when price points come down and the OS and apps polish them selves up to a deserving experience for consumers. Google wont dissappoint.

    • Joey

      I hope you are right. But, i have had my Google TV for a few months now, and there have not been any changes to it, and it needs a few. I have also spent two trips to try the Xoom. One for 5 min in Verizon, the other about 20 min in another Verizon store. I left the second time too, just because I think it is too expensive, and I don’t like Verizon. One thing about the model in the Verizon store is that it seemed full of just Verizon stuff, I don’t think I had access to some of the Droid features. Is Verizon putting some front end stuff on the store models, because it was just showing little video clips. I have had the same experience as someone above, it does not change from landscape very easily. I wish it had Netflix too. So, like so many others, I am waiting.
      J

  • Justin Marden

    I’m seeing a lot of good comments here.. except Chekorama. His (or her, not really sure which) comment is completely off topic and has no validity. I noticed several of you asking why I even bothered to do a first impressions article. I did it to prove a point. Despite the heavy advertising and hyping up that motorola and verizon have done, their device (and Honeycomb for that matter) isn’t ready for mass consumers. Obviously several of you have gotten Xooms and love them. Good for you. I wrote this article to prove that not everyone is lulled by fancy presentations from CES or impressive commercials. Some people actually want the device to do what they say it can do in those commercials, and some people want an Android tablet that can do things that the iPad can’t do. I knew I would take a lot of heat for this, but it was worth it.

    • Strangeanomaly

      I actually think your article is a bit irresponsible. If it was an article about how poorly Google, Verizon, Motorola market the Zoom in point of sales locations, I would say you’re right, however this is not what your article is about. You go further and discuss the design after using a probably misconfigured demo unit.

      I don’t think you proven the point you set out to do.

  • Tim

    I like Honeycomb and I like the XOOM but it does feel like an unfinished product. Flash isn’t important to me. 4G IS important to me so one has to wonder WHY would Motorola release the XOOM and Honeycomb before it can be showcased in the best, most positive light? And then tell customers to come back in a few months for 4G and Flash will be available in a few weeks. Huh?!?! Really?!?

    I can’t wait to see the Android tablet market grow over the next few months. I will definitely be picking up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 device. Hopefully Samsung will learn from Motorola and release a device that is ready on day one (with front facing speakers). And can somebody write an app that simulates e-ink like on the Kindle. One of my primary uses for this device will be ebooks but I wish that were easier on the eyes.

    Bottom line from my experience the XOOM/Honeycomb (Android 3.0) is a great device and Honeycomb is intuitive, powerful, quick and easy to use. Android will continuously be improved no doubt but nothing about it currently will prevent me from jumping in as soon as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 becomes available in a 4G configuration. (I really like my Galaxy S phone and TV and I think the Tab will be as delightful and all will play nicely together)

  • Appelflap

    Very provoking and therefore interesting. Love the comments by users to prove the opening statement is wrong. It gives a really good (first hand) impression of the pros and cons of the xoom.

  • JokeyRhyme

    Just wait until the source code for Honeycomb drops. The community will be all over it, and many of the blindingly obvious omissions by Google / Motorola will be fixed in the first few days. The benefits of this device having an unlocked SPL will be experienced for years. If you want the latest version of Android for tablets, then this device won’t be beat.

    I’ve heard reports that the screen is dimmer and has a poorer viewing angle than the iPad’s screen, and was disappointed to compare the weights on the sheet. My main gripe with the iPad (besides being completely useless without iTunes, yuck) is the weight, and Motorola weren’t able to fix this. Samsung has a much lighter 10″ model coming, but they are also full of yuck.

    I’m still going to get one as soon as I can figure out a decent method of obtaining one in Australia. We’ll probably have to pay 50% more in store than everyone else for completely illogical reasons, so I think an import is the way to go. I trust the community / Google to fix the software, and I can live with the hardware issues (camera, screen, weight, etc).

    People keep saying the Browser is like Chrome, and I would say nay. I develop web applications for mobile web browsers, and if it were true then all my problems would disappear. Targeting Android WebKit is the most disappointing experience for an Android fan, given so much is missing or broken compared to iOS. Give me a browser that works just like Chrome please!

    Also, Honeycomb and Gingerbread are all about sharp corners, highlighted edges and gradients. Google is leaving rounded corners to Apple, and I think this is an important visual design differentiator.

  • ari-free

    Motorola did the same exact thing with Droid. They were in a hurry so they took Android 2.0 and ran with it. It’s usually best to wait for the first bug fix before trying something. It doesn’t sound as if Honeycomb is missing any special features anymore but they still have to debug the heck out of it.

  • BBalzWI

    I think the majority of store units haven’t ran most of the updates for the market itself or applications.

    I know when I went to play with it in a VZW store this was the case. It didn’t run that great and I suggested that they connect their demos to WIFI and update everything that needs to be.

    After doing so, everything ran a bit snappier… which leads me to believe this isn’t a Honeycomb issue but an issue with optimized applications for tablets.

    All tablet apps for me have been perfect and snappy. Anything not intended for a tablet… 75% of them run fine and snappy and 25% of them run mediocre from time to time and have the occasional force close or bug.

    Not enough to turn me off to the tablet… considering most applications have already received 2-5 updates through the market.

    Going to be fun to see things in 3 months.

  • http://necropolislabs.com Terrormaster

    There’s nothing wrong with Honeycomb per se. It’s just that the Xoom experience left me a bit meh, I dunno… Lacking. I definitely agree on the comments that it feels very beta-ish. And I can see the rush to market considering iPad is about to go second gen and there still wasn’t a decent first gen Android tablet on the market yet. But I agree it needs to bake more. My biggest issue is that it’s overall not a very fluid, buttery smooth, and speedy user experience, especially considering it’s sitting on the blazingly fast Tegra chipset. It saddens me that a generation one iPad sitting on slower and older technology still outperforms this thing.

    Since the bootloader IS unlcocked on the Xoom I’m quite anxious to see what Cyanogen does with it once Moto drops the source. Hopefully they’ll optimize a lot of the code to improve performance. It’s just sad that it can’t come to market optimized and blazingly fast considering the ridiculous $800 price tag.

  • Androidboy

    I am in the UK and awaiting the launch of the Xoom.

    I will not be buying one if the card slot does not work and flash is still missing. Also, if there is any hint of having to retrurn it to have upgrades/enhancements performed that will be another no-no.

    To me, it seems that it has been a bit rushed to market and whilst impressive in many ways, the price in the UK will also be a major factor as we often just find the US dollar sign just replaced with a UK pound sign!

  • Michal

    That is a ridiculous price. How are android tablets even competing.

  • http://www.gmachine.net Greg

    I think this review together with its comments have giving some real person insight to the Xoom. I have been pretty excited about it and look forward to getting one. I had decided I would wait for the WiFi only version as its cheaper and I could always tether it to my phone if needed. It looks like now my wait for the WiFi version has added another reason that should have been obvious, but my excitement has overlooked it. Stability, its always a little more stable after anything (now a days) has been in consumers hands long enough for the real world to find the leftover bugs and the developers to fix them. I still can’t wait, but my patience now has an added bonus.

  • http://www.gmachine.net Greg

    @Justin, I’d also like to add that after reading your comment following your post, I can’t help but feel you wrote this post more about getting things stirred up than an actual review.

  • Robert Middleswarth

    I have to both agree and disagree. I have bought the Xoom and am using the Xoom. The software still feels a little beta. Once and update or two is out the door that will clear up some. The tablet is snappy overall but ever once in a while it will get a little unresponsive my guess is it is related to a bug some-place that hasn’t been cleaned up yet.

    The biggest issue so far is the limited amount of software and no clear way to tell if a piece of software will work well on the tablet or not. Some software seems to work well even though it doesn’t say it has been updated for android 3.0 and other software just doesn’t run well at all.

    Thanks
    Robert

  • Adam

    I am just baffled that the insight on a product for this website comes from a store demo unit REALY!?! Is this how budget AndroidGuys is? This really makes this whole page invalid and just a low tiered fan boy site. Whether your opinion of the Xoom is positive or negative. A person with a weighted opinion like Justin should not be speaking without a real review. I love the Xoom personally and understand that it has some items not quite ready on it. But, what do you expect from Honeycomb at launch. 50,000 apps that have only been tested on an emulator before the product even existed?? This is something Justin obviously does not understand about development of a product that relies on 3rd parties to create the experiences for this type of device.
    So, I am deleting Android Guys from my bookmarks and Pulse because of lazy fan boy writing like this.

  • SinghDroid

    I’m not sure why people are getting so upset at this article. A good device should give you a decent first impression and the Xoom does not. A store unit is actually a decent representation of what an average user’s Xoom will look/behave like after a month of usage.

    I spent a half hour on the device on two separate Verizon stores and had all the issues outlined in the article. Even the homescreen transitions were very jerky and laggy at times. Honeycomb is definitely very unfinished and had more crashes than the G1 had with 1.x on it in its early days. Even the hardware isn’t all that great and the screen was dull and had a lot of glare. The iPad next to it was brighter when I was browsing the same websites for comparison (I upped the brightness of the Xoom to 100%). Even my current Nexus One has a brighter screen and feels faster than the Xoom. Verizon makes the experience worse by having huge bright lights on top making the screen look even more dull and they have annoying demo apps that keep running that take over whatever you are doing. I uninstalled the demo apps and killed a few other apps to see if it makes the tablet faster but it didn’t do much. On top of that they don’t have WiFi and the 3G seemed pretty slow even with full signal (compared to ATT 3G on my N1).

    I hope the Samsung 10.1 has a better screen and has a better version of Honeycomb by the time it comes out.

  • Justin Marden

    @Greg It was a bit of both. I was trying to give my first impressions of the device, while pointing out that not everyone wants that “epic Android tablet”.

    and @Adam.. i’m not even sure where to begin. First of all, AndroidGuys isn’t a low-budget site. Several members of AG have bought or are planning to planning to buy a Xoom in the near future, and will have full reviews up soon. And not to be rude, but if you’re not looking for “fanboy writing”, you’re in the wrong community. We’re all Android enthusiasts, in one form or another.

    Why did I write this article instead of buying a Xoom and doing a full review? I think the article speaks for itself. I didn’t think the Xoom was worth wasting $600 that i don’t have, just to play around with it for a few hours, write up a horrible review, and then send it back. The bottom line is that if a user doesn’t love something in the store, they won’t buy it, unless they really believe all the hype that Moto and Verizon put out. Of course I know that Honeycomb isn’t ready yet, and that the 3rd party developers that make Android what it is have to tweak their apps. I KNOW THIS. I dare you to find one instance in this whole article that indicates that I think Honeycomb will always be flawed. I dare you. I know that with time and a lot of diligence on the part of our awesome Android devs, Honeycomb will be what it’s meant to be: awesome. And as Ari-Free pointed out, Moto did the same thing with the original Droid.. and now, it’s capable of running Gingerbread, once again thanks to awesome Android developers. The unlockable bootloader on the Xoom will open up incredible development opportunities for everyone, and it can only get better from here.

    As for your deleting AndroidGuys from your bookmarks, I’m sorry about that. We value our readers and their loyalty, but if you stop visiting our site because you disagree with one article and jumped to conclusions, then i must reiterate that you’re in the wrong community. I hate to sound judgmental and snobby, but we constantly run into people that disagree with us on anything from processors to apps to Android versions. Bottom line: not everyone feels the same way about Android. That’s what makes it so great. We have all of these differing minds that can make their ideas a reality and help Android advance at the same time. I’d be willing to bet that if you posted your thoughts on the Xoom after 5 minutes of use, you would get a few hundred negative comments as well. Good day to you, sir.

  • Jason

    I got my hands on one and it is truly an amazing device. The only thing that turned me away as does with all tablets is the lack of the ability to support multiple users. I don’t want my google account loaded onto a family device at all times. I’m sure this will be added later or I hope it will. I am still considering grabbing one though I will likely wait until they announce a smaller version or once the current version drops in price.

  • Remy-Juan

    I recieved a huge credit because Verizon screwed up something on mu account and thats what encouraged me to get the Xoom. I had the Galaxy Tab and loved it!! I didnt want an Ipad because it seemed huge, but once I put my hands on the Xoom, I loved it. Truth is, at first I was like “hell no” $800 what for what? please!

    I loved being able to leave home without my laptop(s) macbook or my netbook or my HP touchsmart (which i just sold for $400 *slams head into desk*). The Tab is cool but the screen was a little small for presentations. I decided to wait for something bigger. WIth my credits and my $400 from my hp sale, I was able to get it and it is a replacement for netbooks!! I dont feel the size and it is a great device!! I am just waiting on the updates… *slick excited*

  • JP

    Could anyone tell me if a Motorola Zoom with 3G purchased in the US would work in Australia?

    Thanks very much

    JP