2011 13/11

Is the Motorola Xoom on your Wish List? #MotoCalyp

Earlier this weekend I wrote about my love for the Wish Book and how I wished someone would create a Wish Book for grown-ups.  All the fashion, tech, gadgets, and gizmos you can imagine. But, alas, I just can’t seem to find one. So, until I do find that Wish Book, I’m going to share with you a few items, now until Christmas, that I think would make this year’s book.

One of the hottest items yet again this year is the tablet. And making it’s way to the top of that list seems to be the Motorola Xoom!

I love tablets. It’s not necessarily for the portability or how lightweight and sleek they are that gets me, it’s that darn touch-screen. Love it! I love swiping and zooming and all that jazz with the touch of a finger. And my kids love them!

So, of course, I was happy to do some research one of this year’s hottest tablets, the Xoom.  I did both research online at Motorola.com and some hands-on research of my own at a local retailer.

SIZE
At first glance, the Xoom is very sleek, thin, and lightweight, will still maintaining a good size display screen of 10.1 inches. All a must-have when considering a tablet.

Motorola Xoom

APPS
While size is nice, I really wanted to know how the Xoom functioned! So, I took some hands-on time with the Xoom at Best Buy and, well, I’m pretty impressed. The Xoom {at least the store model} featured many popular apps, including one of our favorites — Angry Birds.

Motorola Xoom

According to Motorola.com, the Android Market™ {where you would be purchasing apps on the Xoom} offers hundreds of thousands of apps. Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to check out the Android Market™ but I’m sure it carries many popular apps.  One of the apps on the store model that I was pretty excited about was the Documents To Go. It appeared to have a way to access your Google Docs files but then {sad} it said I had to pay for the full app. I’d probably go ahead and pay for it!

OTHER FEATURES
Aside from apps, the Xoom also features music and video players, email and built in Google services like Google Talk™, Google Maps™, and Google eBooks™.

Motorola Xoom

CAMERA
The camera on the Xoom is pretty cool. The camera is accessible on both the front and the back and does stills as well as video. The camera is 5 MP and the web cam is 2 MP. Taking photos upclose, the camera did a great job. And, while it does offer a digital zoom, the quality of the zoom photos just didn’t seem that great. Granted, I was trying to take those photos in a poorly lit store.  Now, the really cool part of the camera on the Xoom is the photo editing.  You can select Color Effects (take the photo right in sepia, black & white, etc), Scene Modes, and more.

Motorola Xoom

FUNCTIONALITY
Swiping between screens on the Xoom was very easy and very sleek. The Xoom also features six home screens for easy accessibility and organization and this fun little button that allows you to switch back and forth between your most recently used apps!

Motorola Xoom

You can customize your screens with the preloaded or downloadable wallpapers….I did not like the “live” wallpaper being used on the store model. The constantly moving blue lines across the screen were very distracting as I was trying to look at the different apps and features of the Motorola Xoom. But that’s just me.

Other techy features include up to 32GB memory, SD card enabled, sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, etc. for gaming), pinch to zoom on the screen, built-in microphone, voice commands and more.

Now, let’s talk price. After all, that’s usually the deal breaker for most people when purchasing tech. The Motorola Xoom is available with or without a plan with Verizon. Of course, the Xoom is priced higher if choose to go without a plan. Prices vary depending on if you go with the 16 GB or the 32 GB and I noticed that Best Buy, in particular, offered a few different bundles and a Family Edition that comes preloaded with KidMode™ by Zoodles and instant streaming from Netflix.

Motorola Xoom

There you  have it. Overall, I was very impressed with the Motorola Xoom. I don’t see it being user friendly enough for my 5 and 3 year olds {but they often surprise me} but I could definitely see buying it for myself or my husband!

You can learn more about the Motorola Xoom online at Motorola.com but I would highly suggest you check out the Xoom for yourself at a local retailer. Hands-on is the best! Also, you can see more of my hands-on experience with the Xoom on Google+. Oh, and if you are interested in the Motorola Xoom, then you might be interested in the “Buy Now & Get Free 2-day Shipping” offer!

*You should know…I was asked to do research on the Motorola Xoom #MotoCalyp as part of a part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions stated here are my own.

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