Motorola jumped in the tablet mix with both feet to compete directly with Apple’s iPad. The Motorola Xoom is a 10 inch tablet designed to run on Google’s new Android 3.0. It currently runs on the Verizon Wireless 3G networks but can be upgraded to a 4G once the carrier releases it in a few months.
Motorola is serious about this machine – they just ordered 700,000 to 800,000 units for the first quarter of 2011. By these standards they are estimating sales to be around one million units this quarter. This isn’t a crazy amount (if you do remember, the iPad sold 1 million units in 28 days ) but it will make a dent in the tablet market.
Why buy a Motorola Xoom?
It’s hard to compete with Apple’s iPad but the Xoom does have features that aren’t found in the famous tablet such as front and rear facing cameras, and HDMI and USB ports. It also has a built in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting for new types of applications.
More Motorola Xoom Specifics:
- 1 GHz Dual Processor
- 10.1 inch widescreen HD display
- Native resolution of 1280×800
- HDMI output
- 1080p HD video playback
- Front facing 2MP camera
- Rearing facing 5MP camera with 720p HD video capture
- 3G/Wi0Fi with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2 2011
Does all this hype change your mind? Would you buy a Motorola Xoom instead of the oh so popular iPad?