[SATLUG] Xoom Review
bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 18:43:58 CST 2011
Motorola Xoom Review
Somewhat expensive. $600 + $480 to Verizon over two years.
Wifi version only is $800, so the effective cost of cellular
All black. Looks nice. At 1.5 pounds, is slightly heavier
than it looks.
Touch is not very accurate with finger. This is probably
inherent but there is no alternative without an external
For instance if you type a long email or web address and determine
you mistyped a character at the beginning, the finger is used to
place the cursor, but it isn't accurate.
Not very good - reduced to two finger typing.
No arrow keys, page up/down
I can't find a way to cut/paste
It's probably better than a cell phone keyboard, but
that's not saying much.
Seems to play OK, but tinny as you might expect
Plug is quite small and somewhat difficult to insert.
Battery live is advertised at about 10 hours and that
seems about right.
I have not used this yet.
A cable/slot are included, but I haven't tried yet.
Good. It will require an upgrade for 4G
Good on the back. I haven't tried the front one. OK software.
There is a slot for one but it isn't active until there is a
Seems to work, but I'm not used to talking to my computer,
so my testing has been very rudimentary.
Many are designed for phone sized screens and don't scale.
Generally, there is no way to turn off an application. I'm
reluctant to purchase apps if I don't know how well they work
on the system. Actually, I'm reluctant to purchase anything
when virtually everything is available for Linux for free.
Browser - there does not seem to be a way to turn it off. Managing
bookmarks is not intuitive (familiar) to me. You have to guess
at what the icons do until you learn. about: does not work
I think it is Chrome, but I can't tell.
Mail - gmail - Seems OK. See keyboard.
Skype - no way to easily turn off (had to uninstall). Application
is not for tablet (it's for a cell phone). Hung syncing
contacts when there were none.
Music - Can't figure out how to download music.
There was some pre-installed, but I had a problem with the
Verizon configuration and had to reset to default configuration.
The store people were quite helpful and the actual 'music'
that is gone is no great loss.
Good application, but not sure if you can take notes or bookmark.
A lot of electronic books are as costly as a printed book. Some
people will gladly charge you for books out of copyright.
E-books in general have advantages and disadvantages.
Sharing - no
Search - yes (but web is better)
Text editor - none
Radio Application (download) - Plays, but doesn't turn
off without uninstalling.
CNN seems to have a nice application for reading news.
Google Earth - works well
Good for reading mail/web/books. Good for some pictures.
Good mobile access. If you roam about a lot or are
traveling, it is useful.
Soft keyboard is a major impediment. Not good for editing email or
command line type tasks like remote system administration.
This is definitely not a desktop replacement.
I plan on being at the meeting on Thursday and will bring my tablet.
Perhaps we can discover some things together.
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