Friday, November 23, 2012


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Motorola built the very first Android tablet back at the beginning of 2011, but despite being in the in the game longer than anyone else, it's yet to move either of its new tablets to Android 4.

As with Android 3.2 tablets, this means certain aspects of its performance - general responsiveness, panning and scrolling - don't feel 100% smooth. iOS on the new iPad, OS 2 on the BlackBerry PlayBook, and Android 4 tablets are generally much smoother.

Yet despite this shortcoming, the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition noses in front of tough competition to win the accolade of best compact tablet. There are many reasons for this, not least its physical design.

This tablet has an 8.2in screen - the largest of all the models in the compact section of this guide - but it doesn't look or feel that big. The rubberised edges of the tablet make it easy to grip and comfortable to hold, and it's slim and sleek, measuring 9.5mm from front to rear, with a weight of 388g.

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It impressed us in other core areas too. Despite having a larger screen than the MediaPad and the PlayBook, the Motorola Xoom 2 pixel density is still high. The resolution of 800x1280 stretched across 8.2 in gives a density of 184ppi - higher than most 10in tablets. The display's IPS technology, meanwhile, ensures a colorful picture and exceptional viewing angles. Contrast and punch aren't up to the standards of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7's gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus display, but it's excellent nonetheless.

Other pluses include a decent camera, capable of producing sharp 5-megapixel images in good light, and a good performance. If that all sounds great, it's the Xoom 2's extras that push it over the line in the race for top honours. As with its larger sibling, this tablet has been treated with a special water-resistant "nano" coating - on both the outside and inside - so a sprinkling of water or a dousing in hot coffee shouldn't mean a trip to the repair factory. There's also the small matter of an infrared emitter, embedded in the top short edge, which allows the tablet to function in tandem with the bundled Dijit app as a universal remote control for your TV, hi-fi and set-top box.

If there's one disappointment it's battery life. In a looping video test, it lasted only 4hrs 19mins, which puts it at the bottom of the tablet this month. There's no microSD slot for storage expansion either.

Even with these factors taken into account, however, the Motorola Xoom 2 is worth to buy. Its combination of innovative extras, a quality screen and sumptuous design makes it one of the best tablet on the market.

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Product Details:

Screen Size: 10.1 inches
Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800
Max Screen Resolution: 1280x800 pixels
Processor: 1 GHz
Hard Drive: 32 GB
Graphics Coprocessor: Integrated NVIDIA
Chipset Brand: NVIDIA
Wireless Type: 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 1
Average Battery Life (in hours): 4 to 6 hours

Other Technical Details
Brand Name: Motorola
Series: Xoom
Item model number: XOOM Wi-Fi
Hardware Platform: Android
Operating System: Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Item Weight: 1.6 pounds
Item Dimensions: L x W x H 9.80 x 0.50 x 6.60 inches
Color: Black
Rear Webcam Resolution: 5 MP
Processor Brand: ARM
Processor Count: 2
Computer Memory Type: DDR DRAM
Flash Memory Size: 32
Hard Drive Interface: PC Card
Hard Drive Rotational Speed: 1000 RPM
Audio-out Ports (#): 1
Battery Type: lithium_ion

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