Today we received the official announcement from Motorola that their much anticipated Xoom has stepped onto the tablet playing field. The Xoom is the first tablet to feature Android 3.0 aka “Honeycomb”, the latest version of Google’s Android OS which was designed specifically for tablets.
Many tech enthusiasts and experts have been awaiting the Xoom as it’s expected to be the closest rival to the Apple iPad to date, largely due to the introduction of Honeycomb. And so far, based on the early reviews, the Xoom seems to be standing its ground.
“The Xoom and Honeycomb are a promising pair that should give the iPad its stiffest competition. But price will be an obstacle, and Apple isn’t standing still.”
The Wall Street Journal, Read the full article
“Is the Xoom a real competitor to the iPad? Absolutely. In fact, it outclasses the iPad in many ways.”
Engadget, Read the full article
Take a peek at the device yourself ~ Motorola Xoom Official Video
From a hardware standpoint, the Xoom is equipped with a large 10-inch screen, although it is a little narrower and longer than the iPad. The HD screen resolution at 1280 x 800 is slightly higher than the iPad’s 1024 x 768. The device features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, GPS and an excellent battery life. Currently the device offers WiFi and 3G connectivity and interesting to note, it also has a SIM card slot which can be used for a free upgrade to the 4G LTE network in the future.
One thing that is really attracting attention to the Xoom is the price! It looks like the 32GB, 3G version will be available for $800. You can also purchase it along with a contract from Verizon for $600. Details about a WiFi only version have not been officially announced yet although some reports state it will be in the ballpark of the WiFi iPad at $600.
As for apps, many of the early reviewers have mentioned the lack of tablet apps available in the Android Market. We’d like to point out that CoPilot Live GPS navigation apps are designed for Android tablets as well as phones and CoPilot Live runs beautifully on a number of Android tablets including: the Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Commtiva N700 and the ViewSonic gTablet and ViewPads. And don’t worry we’ve also already starting testing our compatibility on the Xoom so we’ll let you know as soon as we confirm it’s a go!
So will the Xoom be a challenger to the Apple iPad? We shall see….as don’t forget, next week the iPad 2 will be making its official debut!