Device Review: Motorola Xoom


So today is day two with the Motorola Xoom-  The purchase and activation yesterday was frustrating and annoying but that had nothing to do with the device and everything to do with Best Buy employees not being properly trained on the activation process.

I love the device, the Android OS is much more suited to my tastes than iOS.  I love the ability to put widgets on my home screen and instantly have information like the last news update from the NY Times or the latest tweet from my wife.

The only downside is that I am an early Adopter so I am waiting for all the app developers to make their apps work perfectly with the new device.  That has its upside as well though because every day a new app gets releases or is like Christmas in February.

So far I have been impressed with the sped and responsiveness of the dual core Tegra2 processor and I am getting more and more used to the Honeycomb OS. The menu buttons are nice because they are always in the same place, no more remembering which way I have the device turned so I can get to the menu button. I have seen a few complaints about the placement of the power button which is on the back of the device on the left side, but I like the placement it is right where your hand rests when you hold the device in landscape mode. 

I am not as impressed with the portfolio case that Motorola sells with the device. The stand functionality is nice but it is really awkward to hold the device with the case opened completely and you cant’ charge the Xoom with the case closed because the power is on the side of the device which is covered by the spine of the case. Of course they are really tempting me to buy the charging stand.

Overall I’m pleased with the device and can’t wait for Flash 10.2 to come out in a couple of weeks to make the experience even more exciting.

Jerry Sutton

I am, at heart, a software developer though I am currently managing a small Information Technology department for a mid sized company located in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. When I am not playing with the latest smart-phone or trying to become inspired to write code I read almost anything I can get my hands on from Pulp Era adventures to biographies of world leaders and everything in between.