What Is a Motorola Xoom?

What Is the Motorola Xoom Computer Tablet?

Motorola Xoom is a computer tablet and a new alternative to the iPad. Since the iPad came out last year, electronic tablet devices have become one of the hottest of electronic trends. All the early adopters had to have an iPad, while all the competitors had to design their own version of the Internet pad.

Motorola is actually late to the game, but that’s probably a good thing. Instead of rushing out a product to capitalize on the first six months of the iPad craze, Motorola decided to spend over a year in development, designing and testing, letting technology advance another year, and now they have a product they consider a worthy challenger–one expected to exceed the iPad in performance (though not sales, given branding).

What Are the Motorola Xoom Specs?

The Xoom has the largest touchpad screen on the market, comparing favorably to the iPad with a 10.1 inch screen. This makes the Motorola Zoom slightly heavier than the iPad, though.

Xoom’s memory capacity sits at 1 GB or RAM, while the original iPad only have 256 MB of Ram. The more natural comparison will Xoom versus iPad 2, which comes out in April. At least until then, the Motorola Xoom has the most memory among computer tablets on the market.

At the same time, Xoom compares favorably to most other computer tablets on the market in battery life, with roughly 10 hours of capacity. As you can see, the Motorola Xoom definitely has the specifications to make it a big success on the market, if the pricing doesn’t come in way over-the-top.

How Much Does Motorola Xoom Cost?

The big stumbling block is the speculated price of the Motorola Xoom. Early word suggests that the standard price for a Motorola Xoom is going to be around $800, or about $300 more than what an entry-level iPad is likely to cost you. That’s such an outrageous jump in price that I assume this is going to price Motorola Xoom out of the market, for most consumers.

When the release date hits, you can expect to find better deals on Xooms, but only if you sign up for a Motorola service plan. In other words, the Motorola Xoom only becomes feasible if it drives customers to Motorola. I predict there will be a lot of potential computer tablet costumers who decline that deal just on principle. To beat the reigning champ, you have to beat the champ decisively, and costing three-hundred dollars more than what many customers already think is an outrageous price does not get it done.

Motorola Xoom is going to be a superior product than the iPad 1, but you’re going to have to pay a premium to use it. Anti-Apple computer users might view the Xoom as an option, but most computer-neutral buyers are going to balk at such an expense.

There’s one other group of people who might be on-board with the Motorola Xoom: the Android phone fanatics.

What Is Motorola Xoom’s Operating System?

Motorola Xoom’s operating system is called “Honeycomb”, and it’s a version of the Android operating system specifically designed for computer tablets. If you aren’t aware of what “Android” is, then let me explain.

Android is an operating system originally designed for smartphones. Supported by Google and a consortium of 78 (and counting) hardware, software, and Internet companies, Android phones have become all the rage for people tired of their standard old cell phones. Android phones cost more, but as more telecommunications companies join the Android bandwagon, it’s becoming synonymous with smartphones.

Therefore, it’s natural for Motorola to partner with the most successful operating system in their industry (that is, telecommunications).

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  6. Apple’s IPhone and Other Smartphones
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