Back from a Xoom experience

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JOHNGAETANO, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. JOHNGAETANO macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2002
    Akron, Ohio
    I tried a Xoom for a while, and while the new OS is much better and the best Android OS for tablets, I just missed my iPad too much. So welcome iPad2, Verizn 64GB. :)

    Built quality for Xoom is ok, but not as good as a iPad
    Browser speed was fast, but the browser was laggy at times. It also crashed a lot. Overall the Xoom is nice, but the iPad2 is amazing.
  2. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    I'd probably have a Xoom today if it weren't for the washed-out TN screen. Even at a lower resolution, the iPad screen is much nicer to look at.

    Honeycomb sure is nice though. Competition will seriously heat up in the tablet space this year.
  3. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have no experience with the Xoom. But I am very much looking forward to see how the HP TouchPad is going to turn out this summer. WebOS sure looks nice! And Apple needs to feel some heat. I love competition...
  4. Good.Shepherd macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    I spent about 30 minutes in a Verizon store today, while my wife got some things done with her phone.

    Most of that time I spent with the Xoom. Granted, I only had 30 minutes. And I fully expected to like it--I am firmly on the side of supporting good competition within the market. I had considered picking up one for the house and to experiment with the platform.

    I HATED it. Which surprised me. It felt cheap. It crashed 6 times in the 30 minutes I used it (asked the VZ guy there and he said the one I was holding had just been put out on display today).

    The internet was alright, but crashed twice. it stuck a few times.

    The screen was not as good in terms of resolution. Reminded me of a netbook screen. It wasn't as comfortable to look at. It didn't flip between viewing modes reliably, and when it did it showed how awkward it is to use in portrait mode.

    The "home", "back" and other buttons did not always respond well. It could take a few hits to get them to respond, and at times led to a crash.

    Speaker was pretty good, but when it was playing a song it was very sluggish to switch between portrait and landscape.

    So, for my first half hour or so, I wasn't impressed. I am willing to amend my opinions if my experience improves, and I'll definitely be giving it another chance, hopefully for a bit longer than I got this time. But as of right now all of it's energy is potential, not kinetic. And I wouldn't put it in the same league as the iPad in terms of initial user experience.

    Just my opinion.
  5. Dknelson728 macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    I was a HUGE fan of the form of multitasking that the Xoom provides. That's not to say that the iPad has bad multitasking, but the interface that the Xoom has for it is just so nice.

    Past that, there's nothing that I prefer about it. Better cameras are cool, but really, what's the point of a nicer back camera? I have a 5mp on my phone, and a 14.2MP DSLR, I don't need a good one on my tablet too.
  6. MBPLurker macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2010
    Yeah, the screen was the big thing for me, too. If it had a nice led ips I could learn to live with the beta software for a while. Though I'd wait for the wifi only model.
  7. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    after seeing the iPad2 sales ... Motorola must be ready to puke :cool:
  8. gigemzach macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    I've played with a Xoom my friend got recently. While it is very nice, the screen did really suck and I miss the dedicated android buttons at the bottom.
  9. Mac.World, Mar 16, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011

    Mac.World macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    Everyone, except the diehard Droid faithful, have said the exact same thing. Makes you wonder what the return rate is on the Xoom?

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