Motorola Xoom 2 - More Design, Connectivity and Storage

score

We wouldn’t go as far as to say the Motorola Xoom 2 is unattractive –

far from it. It’s slim, light, dense, and has cute lopped corners that

help to differentiate it from the many black Android slabs available to

buy. But its good looks are those of a TV actor rather than a movie

star. Chiselled and toned perhaps, but there’s something amiss that you

can’t instantly put your finger on.

It’s the redundant flap, the

relatively abundant seams and the overly ornate camera lens area.

However, it’s only something we notice so much because of the high

standard set in the tablet market, and build quality here is excellent –

on par with the best. Motorola claims it is splash-proof too thanks to

the entire machine’s innards being coated in water repellent. Not fit to

dunk in a bath for long periods like a Defy, perhaps, but it won’t fry as soon as it gets near water.

Other

hardware bonuses the Xoom 2 can shout about include the use of a

standard microUSB charging socket, where several others use proprietary

solutions, and its subtle hardware buttons. There are none on the front

but a volume rocker and power button are to be found on the back right

edge, where they fall neatly under your fingers. The Xoom 2 can charge

over a USB connection to a computer, as well as the included AC adaptor.

Xoom pics 8
Without

expandable memory or a full-size USB slot, connectivity might be

considered a tad rudimentary, but it excels on the wireless front. The

Motorola Xoom 2 has a built-in IR transmitter, which can be used with

apps like Dijit to turn the tablet into a universal remote. Most Android

devices would need an IR accessory such as Griffin’s £40 Beacon to

achieve the same effect. Dijit is no replacement for a high-end Logitech

Harmony remote at this point, though. The interface is simple enough,

but the setup process isn’t.

The Xoom 2 is also a bit obsessed

with wireless transfer of files. Using the MotoCast desktop app, you can

stream and download files from your computer over a Wi-Fi connection, or from anywhere round the world if you leave your PC on.

The installation files for this software are included on the tablet

itself, showing up as a discrete 70MB drive when plugged in.

Motocast
The simple Motocast UI, en Francais

However,

you can only freely transfer files to the rest of the internal memory

using a cable once this software has been installed, seriously hampering

the plug and play versatility of the device. We’d much prefer the

simplicity of a mass storage mode – which would make the 16GB of

internal memory (12GB user accessible) show up as a disk drive as soon

as you plug the Xoom 2 in – but there is no such mode here. More storage

black marks for Motorola.

Latest from Trusted Reviews