Something of a land mark occurred in the tablet space in the US yesterday with the officialÂ launch of the Motorola Xoom.
The XoomÂ is a slightly different proposition in the growingÂ tablet market inÂ that its the firstÂ to feature Android 3.0 aka â€śHoneycombâ€ť, the latest version of Googleâ€™s Android OS whichÂ has beenÂ designed specifically for tablets.Â
Many tech enthusiasts and experts have been anticipating the Xoom’s arrivalÂ as itâ€™s expected to be the closest rival to the Apple iPad to date.Â And so far, based on the early reviews, the Xoom seems to be standing its ground.
Â â€śThe Xoom and Honeycomb are a promising pair that should give the iPad its stiffest competition. But price will be an obstacle, and Apple isnâ€™t standing still.â€ť
The Wall Street Journal, Â Read the full article
â€śIs the Xoom a real competitor to the iPad? Absolutely. In fact, it outclasses the iPad in many ways.â€ť
Engadget, Read the full article
Take a look at the device – Â Motorola Xoom Official Video
Form factor wise, the Xoom is slightly larger than the iPad, measuring 25cm x 16.8cm while the HD screen resolution at 1280 x 800Â is higher than the iPadâ€™s 1024 x 768.Â The device features a front-facing 5-megapixel camera, GPS and an excellent battery life.Â The current US specification also offers WiFi and 3G connectivity and interesting to note, a SIM card slot which can be used for a free upgrade to the 4G LTE network in the future.Â
US pricing for the Xoom is around the $800 mark for the 32GB, 3G version although there is the opportunity to buy it for $500 on contract through Verizon.
As for availability in Europe, Motorola are a little vague, promising only that it will make its debut over here sometime within Q2.
As for apps, many of the early reviewers have made a point about mentioning the lack of tablet specific apps available in the Android Market.Â Weâ€™d like to point out that CoPilot Live navigation apps are designed for Android tablets as well as smartphone and CoPilot Live runs on a number of Android tablets including:Â the Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Commtiva N700, the ViewSonic gTablet and ViewPads.Â Weâ€™re Â already testing our compatibility on the Xoom so when it is available in Europe,Â CoPilot Live willÂ be good to go!
So will the Xoom be a challenger to the Apple iPad?Â We shall seeâ€¦.as donâ€™t forget, next week the iPad 2 will be making its official debut!