Motorola Xoom Review

Philip Greenspun:

If you don’t have a television, this makes it better for watching standard 16:9 HD-aspect ratio movies than the original iPad, with its 1024×768 (4:3) screen.

The best HDTV, if you don’t have a TV. Harsh. There has been a lot of negative press regarding the Motorola Xoom, so checked out what actually customers were saying on Amazon.

As of this writing there are 235 customer views: 142 (60%) were 5 stars, 50 (21%) were 4 stars, 18 (7.7%) were 3 stars, 18 were 2 stars, and just 7 (3%) gave the Motorola Xoom a single star.

Here are some things customers liked about the Motorola Xoom:

  • Tabbed browsing with the included Chrome browser.
  • Drag and drop e-books, photographs, videos.
  • Stereo speakers.
  • Adobe Flash.
  • Seamless syncing with Google services like Gmail.
  • 16:9 HD video playback.

So what’s not to like?

  • Lagging, freezing, crash-prone browser.
  • Dead pixels.
  • Difficulty connecting to WiFi networks.
  • Camera app slow to load.
  • Sluggish operating system.
  • Flash does not work out of the box.

One comment: Flash is polarizing. I only run Flash when I have to on my MacBook Pro by loading Google’s Chrome browser. When Flash is running my MBP heats up and overall responsiveness on websites slows down considerably.

Motorola might have to get more strict on its dead pixel policy from its LCD suppliers because those pixels would ruin the otherwise nice experience of watching 16:9 HD videos. If you’d like to purchase the WiFi-only Motorola Xoom consider using this link: $588.99 at Amazon.

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