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Xoom, Xoom

As I mentioned in my My First Look At Android, part 1, I recently purchased an HTC smartphone, and have been exploring its Android operating system. In that article, I referenced Apple’s iPad, and this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show). I talked about the “year of the tablet”.

The iPad was the first consumer ‘tablet’, and its popularity (read “sales”) ensured that other manufacturers would produce their own tablet PC’s, and try to grab a slice of that market share. Well, a year later they’re coming, (or here) and Motorola’s Xoom – with it’s Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system – seems to be the lead contender for unseating the iPad as the tablet to own.

I have been watching the tablets, as I really am not satisfied with my smartphone. Why? The small, 3.8″ screen. I really would prefer a 6″, or 7″ screen. Large for a phone? I guess. But if their were a tablet/phone available here in the US, that’s what I’d get. I am considering selling my phone, getting a tablet, and using Skype.. or waiting until a 4G phone/tablet hits the market.

So I was watching for the Xoom reviews, and, lo, two arrived today.

Motorola Xoom review: Google Android reaches adolescence

“The Motorola Xoom is the first tablet computer to use Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Is it ready to rival Apple’s iPad?”

First impressions of the Motorola Xoom: Five quick insights

“The Motorola Xoom is more of a PC replacement than the iPad, but it still has some frayed edges that need to be evened out before most early adopters will want to jump on board.”

I have been a tech for too long, and am too ‘seasoned’ to be anyone’s guinea pig (aka “an ‘early adopter'”), so I will not be rushing out and buying a Xoom. (I urge people not to buy version 1.0 of anything.. as kewel and hip as be-the-first-on-your-block might be.) But I will be watching developments. These gizmos do indeed look like they are here to stay; and, yes, I want one.
But just not yet. I agree with these articles, and I’m giving myself a year for this new stuff to shake out. (And competition will lower the price by then, too.)

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February 28, 2011 - Posted by | computers, gadgets, hardware, Internet | , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I love my Android phone!

    I recently purchased a Nook with the intention of “Nooting” it to be an Android tablet. I’m delighted with it. It is darn near perfect. For the price it can’t be beat.

    PS. There is currently a deal on Nooks on Ebay where you can get one for $199 http://dealnews.com/439843.html. I actually bought another one to give to my son.

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    Comment by gadzooks64 | February 28, 2011 | Reply

    • gadzooks64,
      How nice to see you here again!

      I looked at the Barnes & Noble Nook myself.. and had the Nook Color had cellular ability (like the B&W version does), that’s the exact angle I would have done myself. It otherwise seemed near perfect… and I still may go that route. My phone is cool fersher, but my eyes really would like a bigger screen.

      Folks, turning the Nook from an e-reader into an Android tablet is a ‘hack’, described here, How to hack the $250 Nook Color into a full Android tablet.

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      Comment by techpaul | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. Good observation. My contract for my AT&T cell phone ends in April and I was looking at the Matrix but I think I will hold off a year before buying anything new also sold my ipad waiting to see what the new ones are going to be like. I think we all should step back for a year and observe. It is hard to do but that is my plan unless Apple do what it does again and blow our minds. You have a good blog. Keep up the good work. Later.

    Gary

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    Comment by Gary | February 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Gary,
      And I was looking at the Atrix 4G, as I have some AT&T services too. (I keep coming back to Verizon’s Thunderbolt as well.) But AT&T does not have an unlimited data plan anymore.

      Yes.. it is somewhat hard to be patient, but all this is brand-spanking new. Whenever you combine “tech” and “brand new” together, know you are going to pay premium dollars, and there usually will be “teething bugs”.

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      Comment by techpaul | February 28, 2011 | Reply


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