The Motorola Xoom got a mixed bunch of reviews when it first hit our shelves. Users weren’t too happy with some of the feature on-board, and it did feel quite behind against other tablets that were around at the same time. Motorola are aiming to make amends for this by rolling out two new Xoom’s before the end of the year; the Motorola Xoom 2, and the Xoom 2 Media Edition. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on the Motorola Xoom 2 and give you the lowdown of what to expect from in the next throw of the dice from Motorola.
Size, design and display
The original Xoom was a bulky device, weighing in at a flabby 708g. It seems Motorola have taken note of this and the Xoom 2 will weigh in at a trimmed 599g. It still isn’t as light as we would’ve liked, but it is a definite improvement over the original. In terms of dimensions, you’ll be looking at 253.9 x 173.6 x 8.8 mm, which makes it slightly thinner than the original Xoom, but will be similar in most other areas. The classic black bezel will make an appearance, as well as some curved edges, which should make it comfortable to hold. Not much has changed, in terms of the display, with the same 10.1″ display being used, as it was in the original Xoom 2. When we first looked at the Xoom, we were pretty impressed, so there wasn’t any reason to change something that wasn’t broken, right?
Processor and software
Under the bonnet there has been a definite improvement, with the Motorola Xoom 2 sporting a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a whole .2GHz, more than the original Xoom. The usual Google apps will come pre-installed on the tablet, so time to reacquainted with Gmail once again. So will the Motorola Xoom 2 be running Ice Cream Sandwich? Well, no. In fact it will be running Honeycomb 3.2, which is a little bit disappointing.
And the rest..
The Motorola Xoom 2 will come with a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. Battery life seems to be another aspect of the Motorola Xoom 2 which has been carefully considered, with an impressive 11 hours of battery life being quoted by Motorola. Although, we won’t know for sure until we get hands-on with the tablet. With regards to price, we’re expecting to be able to get our hands on a Xoom 2 from anywhere between £349 to £399.
So are we excited? Well, kind of. The Motorola Xoom was a disappointment in a lot of areas, but it did have a few plus points. It does seem that Motorola have listened to some of the criticism that the original tablet got, and will have hopefully rectified the problems by the time this arrives on our shores before the end of the year.