Motorola Xoom 2 Review

Motorola Xoom 2 Review

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  • Motorola Xoom 2 Review: It's the updated version of the brand's original Android tablet, but does the inclusion of Honeycomb offer much improvement?

    Motorola Xoom 2 Review

    Love

    • Improved aesthetics
    • Slightly lighter
    • Good web browsing

    Hate

    • Lack of Android ICS
    • Sluggish screen rotation
    • Audio port issues

    Update: Check out our Motorola Xoom 2 and Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition video (above). 

    Having entered the tablet race earlier this year with the original Motorola Xoom, the first device to run Google’s tablet-centric Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, Motorola is back and once again looking to challenge the Apple iPad 2 with a slimmer, speedier, still slightly disappointing offering in the form of the Motorola Xoom 2.

    Whilst some hardcore Android fans will be put out by the Xoom 2 being compared with Apple’s market leading tablet, the general consumer is likely to pit the Gingerbread tab against the Apple iPad 2 and we are sad to say it doesn’t fare well for the second-generation Android offering and doesn't offer enough to make it into our list of the best tablets to buy.

    Motorola Xoom 2: Design

    Whilst the Motorola Xoom 2 is visibly more attractive than its predecessor with angular cornering giving it a unique appearance, the 10.1-inch device still lacks that added spark that would see it become as eye catching as rivals such as the Sony Tablet S.

    Despite dropping more than 100 grams in weight from its original form the Xoom 2 still manages to feel heavy and slightly alien within the hand. Due to its tiny 8.8mm thickness, 10.1-inch form and slanted edges it is difficult to find a stable hold on the Android device with the added heft unevenly distributed throughout the revamped design giving it an awkward, almost cumbersome presence.

    Motorola Xoom 2: Features

    Offering a sleek and seamless browsing experience the Xoom 2's web credentials are without fault. Whilst the well-spaced and user friendly touch keyboard allows for simple URL input, the expansive display provides crisp images and bright, vibrant and detailed representation of images.

    Keeping the far from cheap tablet protected against the rigours of daily life, the maker has fitted the device not only with Corning Gorilla Glass but the same splash-guard nano technology that protects the new Motorola RAZR against spills.

    Put to the test, the water repelling tech works well allowing modest amounts of liquid to be removed with no lasting damage or trace.

    Whilst the inclusion of rear-mounted cameras on tablets is a move still fraught with questions of use and purpose, Motorola has plumped up the Xoom 2’s back snapper to a 5-megapixel offering. Less than convincing, the camera boasts a slow shutter with issues around washed out colours and less than crisp edges.

    Motorola Xoom 2: Performance

     

    Jumping to a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM for its second iteration the Motorola Xoom 2 tablet is zippy in the areas where it matters, skipping back and forth between menus with ease, opening and running a variety of apps with little trouble. Elsewhere, however, the device is farcically sluggish.

    Turning the tablet between portrait and landscape modes is the starting action for a prolonged delay that troubles the two second barrier before finally alerting the on screen content to follow suit.

    Elsewhere whilst the built-in speaker is capable of pumping out audio of reasonable quality and volume, the 3.5mm audio port caused a number of issues repeatedly refusing to acknowledge the presence of headphones and continuing to offer audio externally.

    Motorola Xoom 2: Verdict

    More of a spruce than the dramatic overhaul needed to bring the Xoom in line with the market leader, the Motorola Xoom 2 is a strong performer across most areas but in no way sets the world, or user experience, on fire.

    A somewhat strange release from brand, the 1.2GHz dual-core Honeycomb tablet that is the Motorola Xoom 2 is likely to be eclipsed in terms of both specs and performance in the coming weeks with CES 2012 and MWC 2012 both tipped to see a fleet of new high-end tabs from the likes of HTC, Samsung and of course the rumoured March arrival of the Apple iPad 3.

  • With the original Xoom failing to make a dent in Apple’s dominant share of the tablet market Motorola is back with the Xoom 2

    Motorola Xoom 2 Review

    Love

    • Improved aesthetics
    • Slightly lighter
    • Good web browsing

    Hate

    • Lack of Android ICS
    • Sluggish screen rotation
    • Audio port issues

    Having officially unveiled its second-generation Android tablet earlier today T3 has got its pristinely manicured mitts on the 10.1-inch device to bring you our hands-on Motorola Xoom 2 review.

    Having failed to hit the heights expected of the original Xoom and with just 100,000 of the tablets shipping in the year’s third quarter, significantly less than the 17 million Apple iPad 2 devices sold during the same period, Motorola has gone back to the drawing board with a completely new take for its second attempt at creating an iPad topper.

    Motorola Xoom 2 Design

    Taking design hints from the recently unveiled RAZR, the Xoom 2 boasts a super slim 8.8mm form factor that features angular corners for a tablet design uniquely its own. Aesthetically the device looks fantastic with the bright HD display offsetting crisp design lines and a rather attractive two tone black plastics and metallic rear.

    Whilst the Xoom 2 looks great, pick it up and the device loses some of its sheen. Sturdy at the edges the second-gen Motorola tablet has a disconcerting flex in the middle putting the nagging thought of poor build quality in the back of the user’s mind.

     

    Motorola Xoom 2 Features

    Despite its 1.2GHz dual-core processor the Motorola Xoom 2 takes a fair few fractions of a second more to both open, run and switch between applications than you would hope.

    These function delays are further highlighted when trying to switch the device between portrait and landscape screen modes, a processes which comes with a seemingly never-ending pause.

    Whilst not a slow device in general the Xoom 2 does however lack the killer edge and quick reactions of the leading tablets and smartphones on the market.

    With a mid-November release to see the Xoom 2 go head-to-head with the iPad 2 in the pre-Christmas there is a undeniable air of a B- student looking to take on his A* rival in a pop quiz.

    Motorola Xoom 2 First Impressions

    Better looking, sleeker and higher specced than its predecessor the Xoom 2 sadly seems to falter at almost ever hurdle. Disappointing in its current lack of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, whilst the Xoom 2 is clearly striving to rival the market leading Apple iPad 2 in both design and functionality, in practise, its succeeds at neither.

    What do you make of the newly announced Motorola Xoom 2, iPad rival or another addition to the pile of flailing Android tablets? Let us know what you think via the comments box below.

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