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Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition is smaller than the first Xoom and the Xoom 2, only offering 8.2 inch display (as opposed to the 10 inches offered by the Xoom 2).

The first Xoom tablet felt a bit on the chunky side, something which made it quite inconvenient to carry around. However, we can’t really say the same about the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition since it is only 8.99mm thick, only a little bit thicker than the iPad 2, which is 8.8mm thick.

The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition feels rather light, weighing only 386g. When picked up it feels solid, but light enough to be easily carried around in your bag.

The angled edges look very good, and they’re somewhat similar to the ones found on the upcoming Motorola Razr smart phone.

The screen isn’t particularly bright but it does get the job done fairly well, even if we noticed it’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

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Features

The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition offers users a 1.2GHz dual core processor, which makes the tablet fairly responsive, but not amazingly swift.

As opposed to the first Xoom, the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition lacks the possibility to expand the storage via a microSD card, meaning you’ll only get the 16GB available, which isn’t really enough if you’re planning to fill the tablet with music and movies.

On the back, you’ll find the 5 megapixel camera (that doesn’t have a very high resolution for a primary camera), and a 1.2 megapixel camera on the front.

Unfortunately, the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition lacks 3G, so connectivity is Wi-Fi only.

There are a few preinstalled apps on the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition, including one that’s named Motocast that enables you to stream and download videos, photos, music and documents to your tablet from your home computer.

The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition’s limited amount of storage space could prove somewhat of an inconvenience, but that’s why the cloud storage could prove to be a very handy feature.

Pros

The new Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition is basically a variation of the pre-existing Xoom tablet, with the obvious slimmed down profile, thus adding to its portability stats. Another difference you can easily notice from the tablet’s specs is the fact that this model has a faster and better processor, and namely a 1.2GHz dual-core model.

Cons

Even though it would’ve been nice to see this tablet with a powerful O.S. version, such as the most recent Android Ice Cream Sandwich, we will have to stick to what we have, and make the best of it. Lately, the tendency has been to offer the possibility of an upgradeable system by simply accessing the producer’s site, but I don’t see why this hasn’t caught on in the Motorola family. One other aspect I would’ve loved to see in this model’s specs list would’ve been the possibility of expanding the pre-existing 16GB memory, but maybe we’ll see this on the future Xoom tablets.

Conclusion

I’ll just start by saying that the price tag is simply unexplainable; if you take a closer look at it, it lacks an up-to-date O.S. version, an expandable memory and some of the other small, yet normal upgrades we are used to seeing in its competitors. The overall Honeycomb experience has been quite pleasant, and we did appreciate Motorola’s efforts in reducing the slate.

Author Bio:- Alexandru Gheorghe is from ProReview.net. If you like to read more technology reviews and software news you can check out his blog.

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