Motorola Xoom 2


A powerful new tablet PC

The launch of the Motorola Xoom 2 during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show took the world by storm and earned the device a Best of Show award back then. The gadget is a redefinition of your average tablet, in the sense that it makes everything done on it more exciting. Even if the iPad still reigns supreme when it comes to sales, the Xoom 2 deserves attention, too. Or so we think based on our tests. We’ll let them tell you more about this gadget.

Android Honeycomb OS

The first Xoom device to attack the market was Motorola’s first attempt at a tablet and it came with Android Honeycomb as its operating system. The second version is in many ways superior to the original one in terms of speed, display and dimensions. The latter make this gadget lighter and less thick. The tablet now comes with corners that make it easier to grip and hold on to; at least that’s what we experienced when we played games and it felt great not to get palm sores anymore. The most comfortable viewing experience is made possible when you hold the device in portrait mode rather than in the landscape one.motorola-xoom-2

Dropping it didn’t produce damage, neither did spilling water on it, due to the very good aluminum build. If you look at the front of the gadget attentively, you’ll notice that the bezel is less substantial than on standard tablets, proving once again that technology moves fast. We were glad to see the disappearance on the Xoom 2 of the original tablet’s digital camera styling on the rear, which houses the volume and power buttons. Something else that pleased us during our review was the fact that, every time we touched the said keys by accident while holding the tablet, nothing bad happened.

16GB internal storage

Connectivity includes the following: a microUSB port and a microHDMI one. You’ll find no dedicated AC pin. 16GB is the total amount of memory that will have to make do, because the device doesn’t ship with a microSD slot. From what we heard, Motorola doesn’t plan on creating 32GB or even 64GB versions of this gadget any time soon.

The resolution on the this version is the same as on the first Xoom tablet. This time, though, the angles for viewing were much better. The display delivers superb colors along with the best in brightness, contrast and so on; but nothing is perfect, not even on the Xoom 2 model, because the screen tends to attract fingerprints.

ARM 1.2GHz dual-core processor

The ability to take photos and shoot videos is vital for any device, and the Motorola Xoom 2 packs a 5MP shooter on the back that is able to perform quite well; the 1.3-megapixels camera situated on the front is also good, despite videos looking a bit unimpressive.

The processor installed on this tablet is an ARM 1.2GHz dual-core which packs a total amount of 1GB of RAM. The fact that it was improved from the predecessor showed in the speed it offered our device during tests. The CPU on this Xoom 2 even managed to beat the one installed on popular Galaxy Tab 10.1. But now and then it caused crashing when it came to opening applications.

And now comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for: battery life. And let us tell you that the Motorola Xoom 2 offers 9 hours of pure enjoyment, considering that the battery on Apple’s iPad 2 manages to run 10 hours before it needs a recharge.

Review conclusion

At the end of our review it should be noted that Motorola’s latest tablet, the Xoom 2, is a much, much better device than its sibling. And it even provides a cool stylus.

Technical specifications

FeaturesOSAndroid OS, v3.2 (Honeycomb)
ChipsetNvidia Tegra 2 T20
processorDual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
ScreenTypeTFT-LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours
Dimensions800 x 1280 pixels, 10.1 inches (~149 ppi pixel density)
Light sensorsAccelerometer, gyro, compass
Gorilla glass Screen
MemoryMemory card slotNot available
Internal16 GB Data storage, 1 GB RAM
Camera specificationsPrimary camera5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
VideoAvailable, 1080×720 pixel, [email protected]
SecondaryAvailable, 1.3 MP
DataGPRSNot available
EDGENot available
3GNot available
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothAvailable, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USBAvailable, microUSB v2.0
SoundAlert characteristicsNot Available
LoudspeakerAvailable, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackAvailable
– 3D virtual surround sound
RadioNot available
GPSAvailable, with A-GPS support
MessagingEmail, Push Email, IM
Internet BrowserHTML, Adobe flash
JavaAvailable, via Java MIDP emulator
Available ColoursBlack
Splash resistant
MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC+ player
MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
HDMI port
Document viewer
Photo viewer/editor
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk
Voice memo
Predictive text input
Time management organizer
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion
Stand-by time
Estimated talk timeUp to 10 h
DimensionsExternal dimensions253.9 x 173.6 x 8.8 mm
Total weight599 g