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Product Motorola Xoom 2
Specifications 1.2GHz dual-core, 1GB RAM, 10.1in HD Gorilla Glass display with 800x1280 resolution, 16GB internal storage, microUSB and microHDMI ports, WiFi, Bluetooth, 5MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, 254mmx174x8.8mm, 599g
MOTOROLA'S SUCCESSOR to its Xoom tablet is a hit-and-miss affair and as such the device is likely to remain low down on the Christmas wishlists that will no doubt be headed up by Apple and Samsung products.
We got off to a poor start with the Xoom 2 as the charger supplied with the tablet didn't work. Thankfully, the battery was at 40 per cent and it did work with other microUSB chargers in the office. Motorola sent another charger, confirming that the cable was faulty and saving the device from ridicule at INQUIRER towers.
We were also disappointed to find no USB cables in the box. This is not a major problem for experienced smartphone users, but could be an issue for first time tablet buyers who might find that they cannot connect the device to their computer when they take it out of the box. Motorola is pushing its Motocast remote file sharing app, which we discuss below, but nothing beats being able to quickly sync up an Android device to a computer to grab a file. As it takes a while to set up Motocast on a new computer anyway, it can be much quicker to transfer files between devices using a cable.
Thinner and lighter, but not brighter
Motorola has shaved just over 4mm off the chassis thickness and reduced the weight by over 100g compared to the original Xoom. This is very welcome as the first tablet was a bit too bulky at 12.9mm thick and 730g.
The Xoom 2 is 8.8mm thick and weighs 599g, which makes it nearly identical to the Ipad 2 at 8.8mm and 601g. However, the Motorola device still looks bulkier than Apple's tablet and is not as light as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at 565g.
The Xoom 2 retains the same 10.1in screen, 1280x800 resolution and 149ppi pixel density as the original, but Motorola claims to have increased the display quality to HD and increased the brightness. During tests we didn't find the screen any brighter than its predecessor. We did find it bright enough for watching videos and browsing the internet though.
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