Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Tablet Computer: The iPad 2 Killer?

After the slick Motorola Xoom tablet computer has been considered as the best device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it seems like the hype has never ceased. Being the first gadget to run the very latest Android version from Google - Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it is regarded by many as a potential threat to Apple’s domination on the tablet computer market. A month after the CES, at Mobile World Congress, the Xoom has impressed many critics once again. But does it have what it takes to compete and beat the soon-to-be-released iPad 2?

The Motorola Xoom features a 10.1-inch. touch screen (1280×800 resolution), capable of playing high-definition content. It utilizes the innovative and unbreakable Gorilla Glass display. The Xoom is powered by a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 (1 GHZ) processor, and it is equipped with 1GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.

It has a built-in 5-megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear that can record 720p videos. Whilst in the front, there is a 2 MP camera made for making video calls. The Motorola Xoom has an HDMI port, which means you can hook it up to a much a larger monitor or HDTV to fully enjoy any high definition video.

The Motorola Xoom has an awesome candy bar look that seems to lure you into its wonderful technology. Some other interesting features of this tablet computer: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, and Barometer.

Main features and technical specifications of the Motorola Xoom:

During the 2011 Super Bowl, Motorola showcased a commercial (see the embedded video below) that was intended as a satire of Apple's landmark 1984 Super Bowl ad. The advertisement also highlights the slick Android 3.0 interface and some of its cool built-in apps.

I know that it is not fair to compare Motorola Xoom to the first generation iPad. But what if we will match the Xoom with the upcoming iPad 2. Which one will you choose?

In terms of processing power, it seems like the iPad 2 will be as fast and powerful as the Xoom. There are valid rumors that the iPad2 will also have a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, which is a huge leap from the original 256 MB one.

When we talk about other hardware features particularly the camera and the display, I think Motorola Xoom will have a little edge over the iPad 2. Apple will likely put a less powerful camera on the iPad 2 and may still use the same display technology with the same screen resolution found on the first iPad.

I believe no mobile OS could beat Android 3.0 Honeycomb at the moment. But since we haven’t seen the next version of iOS (to be released around Q2) yet, I will just keep my mouth shut and won’t make any comparison in the scope of operating system being used.

It would be hard not to be impressed with the Motorola Xoom and Android 3.0 combo. In terms of overall features and capabilities, they are ahead of the pack as of the moment.

So will the Motorola Xoom beat the iPad 2? I’m going to leave that question for you to answer.


  1. An $800 tablet can't kill the iPad, personally i find it weird, a tablet that has an opensource OS comes out more expensive.

  2. Why do you find it weird? Does open source somehow equal less expensive in your mind? I would rather pay more to actually own my device and install what I please on it, rather than "rent" an iDevice and let Jobs tell me what I can run on it.

  3. You sure about the HDMI port ?
    It is not in the connectivity section of the spec you have there

  4. I wish people would stop referring to new products as the next iWhatever killer. Who cares how it stacks up against Apple products, it's a different market. You don't use Linux because it's better, you use it because it's more fun and has more tweakable options.

    If you want a product that works all the time and looks like everyone else's get an Apple product, if you want to learn and experiment and like open source ideals use Linux/Android.

  5. You must be pretty ignorant to compare the iPad and the Xoom based on price and only mention the OS.

    The Xoom has a dual core CPU, higher resolution screen, more ports, so it's not strange it's more expensive. Imagine the price if it had iOS running. ;-)

  6. Here's the answer: iPad's rule. It's the software that counts, not hardware.

  7. iPad is nothing more than a rented device living inside a walled garden.