Product Type: Motorola Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Part of my Life!
Motorola XOOM With Wi-Fi
Member Name: EmilyWrites
Motorola XOOM With Wi-Fi
Advantages: Excellent battery life, very easy to use, works smoothly
Disadvantages: Camera isn't great, a little heavy compared to other tablets
I've had my Motorola Xoom for over a year now and love it as much today as I did when I first got it! I use it every day and wouldn't be without it. I paid around £250 for mine, and though the price does fluctuate, some sites are still selling it for around this price. You would pay double for an ipad (and then some for all the paid-for apps!) and I can't see any advantages for doing so. Everything my friend's Ipad can do, my Xoom can do too.
This tablet has a 10.1 inch screen which is a lovely generous size for playing games and watching films, while still remaining fully portable. Because the tablet is thin, and the keyboard is a touch screen one, this tablet is considerably smaller, lighter and more easily portable than my old 10 inch netbook was. Similarly the battery life is far superior with each charge lasting for around 10 hours initially, and still lasting for a good 8 hours or so after a year of regular use.
One of the main things I use my tablet for is watching films and television programs online. It's so much more convenient than putting the telly on and going through the tv guide or channel surfing. If I know what I want to watch, I just use my tablet to bring it up on Iplayer or Project Free TV. Some of my friends use Netflix, which can be downloaded onto this tablet, but I prefer not to pay the monthly subscription charge for that.
The sound quality is excellent, and the volume can go up loud enough for two people sitting near by to hear it. Outside, I can play music on this and find the volume sufficient for a small group sitting in the garden or similar. It certainly doesn't go loud enough to replace a stereo though, and if you were having a party where you wanted to play MP3 files or access YouTube - you'd want to boot up a main PC or similar.
The graphics quality is great, much better than my old netbook was. It's like watching a TV rather than the traditional low quality I used to get trying to watch things on my netbook or PC. This is strictly an indoor affair though, as the glare from sunlight outside makes the screen impossible to see properly. This is a shame as while I can store plenty of film files on here that I've downloaded or taken from DVD, I can't really watch them on the go. My little boy manages to watch things okay in the back of the car, where there is usually sufficient shade, but I've not been successful trying to watch something on a train before. The same goes for trying to play games or read a book on this in transit.
The applications that you can download onto this are available from the Google Play store. The only Android app that I've tried to download so far, and not been successful doing so, is the ITV player app. I got a message saying that this app was not compatible with my device. Everything else has downloaded fine though, including the Kindle app for books, BBC Iplayer, Angry Birds, Facebook, Yahoo Mail, Candy Crush etc. For such a small computer system, I'm still surprised by how smoothly graphic-packed games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush run on here actually. The storage space is 32gb and so far that's been more than enough for me. I tend to delete games and films when I've finished with them and have so far never used more than half the memory at any one time.
Everything I've got on my Xoom tablet has been free, but if you want to spend a little money, the Play store also offers you the opportunity to purchase films, music files, magazines and books that are instantly transferred to your device on purchase. I love the idea of this and may well pay to put a few magazines on here for my next holiday. It's definitely a space saver for trips away! Plus it's easy to put on files from your PC if you want to (such as MP3 or DVD files). There's a USB lead included and the internal software is 'intelligent' enough that I can just drag and drop files from my PC onto this device and have them show up working instantly in the correct folder!
This tablet also has a photo and video camera on it, though the resolution is fairly low - not much better than a cheap mobile phone would have. The lack of a flash means that I rarely take any decent photos on this. It is a convenient way to take a quick snap that I want to add to my facebook account though. This isn't the lightest tablet I've ever come across though so be aware that you're not going to want to use this in place of a standard camera.
The wi-fi connection and touch screen both work really well. My tablet automatically connects to my home wi-fi without a problem and is easy to connect to public or friend's connections when I want to as well. It's as easy as clicking the internet symbol, selecting my connection, and tapping in a password if required. The touch screen is excellent and responds smoothly to taps and swipes. There have been one or two occasions when the whole system has frozen on me, usually because an internet page has been trying to throw a load of pop ups at me, but the simple restart process solved this every time (hold down the power button and the volume up button for three seconds).
My child has a cheaper android tablet that cost a little under £100, and while that works fine for him, this Xoom is definitely the superior version. Not only because of the battery life and general quality, but also because it can do that little bit more than your cheaper tablets can. It has the drag and drop file transfer option, it has a smooth touch screen including an intelligent keyboard that only pops up when you need it and it has flash player etc as well. My child's tablet is restrictive in the video files he can view online, while I have yet to find a file format that I can't view on mine.
I use my tablet every day, for watching TV, listening to music, reading the paper online, playing games and checking my mail and facebook etc. It even lets me store my apps and shortcuts on multiple screens to make them easy to find. Considering I've had this for over a year now, I think it's hats off to Motorola for producing such a long-lasting product. I've had far too many devices and phones die on me in the first six months in recent years.
Summary: I love my Xoom and wouldn't be without it.
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