The big problem with the XOOMâ€™s display is its color. The screen looks fine when using apps and games. But photos and videos are a different story: the colors look a little washed-out and cheap. Rich golds become dingy browns. Blue skies become slightly overcast. While watching Pixarâ€™s â€œUp,â€ scenes that should have looked nearly as rich and crisp and thrilling and vibrant as they do on my TV looked like they would have on the seatback video of a commercial airliner.
The displayâ€™s lack of color intensity isnâ€™t dealbreakingly noticeable, but when you set the XOOM next to an iPad displaying the same content, itâ€™s a complete slaughter. Thatâ€™s a real shame on a device thatâ€™s genetically predisposed towards being a fantastic media player. I hope this is something that Motorola can fix with an update to the XOOMâ€™s display driver.
The 9.7-inch 4:3 IPS LCD on the iPad is top-notch. I would have assumed Motorola would have wanted to at least match the iPad’s display in terms of performance. I guess not.