Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition - Android interface, Apps and Verdict

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Otherwise, we’re talking about a fairly standard Android tablet.

Motorola has made no changes to the interface and just added a couple of

enterprise level apps; a citrix client (Citrix), a remote meeting tool

(GoToMeeting) and a productivity suite (QuickOfficeHD). All are

available separately on the app store though.

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition


The only really notable addition is MotoCast, and ironically this is

actually another of Motorola’s slip ups. The app itself is fine,

allowing you to setup your computer and tablet so that you can stream

your media from one to the other from anywhere round the world –

assuming you keep your computer on. However, Motorola has made it so

that you’re required to install MotoCast to access the tablet’s onboard

storage. Not a big problem for your home PC, but when one of the great

advantages of Android tablets is that you can simply plug them into any

computer to swap files around, it’s a bit of a pain that on this model

you have to install something.


MotoCast can be used when connecting the Xoom 2 Media Edition to a TV, making for a really nice media browsing interface.


This aside, the Xoom 2 Media Edition offers a lot once you’ve set it up

how you like and packed it full of your favourite apps. Android tablets

still trail iPad for the sheer breadth and quality of apps on offer but

the tide is starting to turn now that Android is becoming so ubiquitous.

Some of our favourties such as Dropbox, Fieldrunners, Spotify,

SketchBook, Skype, StumbleUpon and the Times all now have apps. That

said, official apps for Toodledo, Cover Orange, and Monkey Island are

still lacking.

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition


So essentially, you’re looking at a choice between better core

functionality than an iPad (better camera, IR transmitter, better video

playback, Flash enabled web browser) vs the iPad’s continued app

dominance. When it comes to other Android tabs, though, the Xoom 2 Media

Edition holds up well. Costing ~£330, this tablet is fairly

competitively priced, though not enough to be truly compelling. Neither

bargain nor bank buster. It is, however, the best small tablet currently

available.


”’Verdict”’

The Xoom 2 Media Edition doesn’t completely win us over thanks to a few

sloppy design decisions, a lack of 3G option, no expandable memory and

Android’s continued lack of apps. However, the core features on offer

are compelling, with an IR transmitter for controlling your telly, a

high res screen, a couple of decent cameras and solid performance. Most

of all, though, we simply like that this tablet offers all the power of a

larger tablet in a smaller, more portable form factor, and does so at a

competitive price.

Score in detail

  • Performance 7
  • Value 8
  • Design 8
  • Screen Quality 8
  • Features 7
  • Battery Life 7

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Memory (RAM) (Gigabyte) 1GB

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Operating System Android
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