After the launch of the iPad last year many other manufacturers were quick to push out their own touchscreen tablets. Most of these manufacturers have so far opted for Google Android as their choice of operating system, despite Google insisting that it was not designed to be used on such a device.
In light of the number of manufacturers using Android on their tablets Google got to work developing a version of the OS specifically with tablet use in mind. Android 3.0 Honeycomb is what they have ended up with, and pre-released pictures and videos show it to be far more suited for tablet use than earlier versions.
This is one of the main benefits of Motorola’s new tablet, the Xoom. Motorola were not one of the companies to jump on the tablet bandwagon and rush out an Android tablet for premature release, but have instead bided their time to produce something even better. The Motorola Xoom cannot really be compared accurately to earlier touchscreen tablets and it seems far more fitting to label it as one of the first second generation touchscreen tablets to make it to the stores.
A quick glance at the hardware and software features present will reveal that the Motorola Xoom is indeed more of a competitor for the iPad 2 rather than the original iPad. It is the first tablet device to come with a dual core processor in the form of the Tegra 2, as well as having a hefty 1GB RAM to play around with. This processing power alone will make the Xoom capable of far more than earlier tablet devices, and Motorola’s new tablet even comes with OpenGL 3D graphics support.
The Motorola Xoom features 2 cameras including a 5 megapixel main camera with 720pHD video recording, 8x digital zoom as well as a secondary 2 megapixel camera that can be used for video calling. The Xoom also supports the playback of 1080pHD video and even comes with an HDMI port so that you can watch videos directly through your home TV. The Xoom’s video prowess is further enhanced by the quality of its 10.1″ capacitive screen that comes with a WXGA (1280 x 800) that is one of the largest screen resolutions to appear on a touchscreen tablet to date.
There is no doubt that the Xoom has a lot of hardware power on board and will certainly outshine its closest Android competitors upon its release. It also looks set to offer serious competition to Apple’s upcoming iPad 2 but it just remains to be seen whether the Motorola Xoom will have what it takes to steal away a significant chunk of Apple’s almost fanatical fanbase for the illustrious title of King of the Tablets.