I used a Xoom! And...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Synthion, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Synthion macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    I was disappointed.

    I was really, really hoping for a legit competitor. I'm a "double agent" so to speak because I love both OSes, iOS and Android, and I was PSYCHED for Honeycomb, and I like Moto, AND they played it up like nobody's business (even apple's), AND something that costs $800 better knock my freakin socks off.

    But no, the XOOM disappointed.

    Andr. 3.0 seemed like a step backwards from gingerbread, laggy, unnatural, very foreign, definitely a learning curve, (which I personally don't mind, but others might), and I HATE buttonless. First I was an advocate, now I am an opposer.

    It felt solid enough, but god, it took me at least a minute to find the wake from sleep button. (next to the camera? Really?) It definitely had the insides of a beast though.

    I'm not a fanboy. I like quality. And despite being a good first shot, I give this Tablet a Synthion Grade of

  2. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX

    you didn't use honeycomb, because if you did, you would realize it's none of the things you said.

    it's very fast, fluid and functional. it's a TAD bit more complicated in navigation in terms of mobile OS because you're used to the VERY dumbed down OS of Apple.
  3. mkruck macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    So, you're saying that the Xoom currently shipping is not running Honeycomb? Odd, because I had the exact same experience that Synthion had. Just an all around laggy, non-intuitive presentation layer.

    Of course, I use the very dumbed down OS of Apple.
  4. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    I also used a XOOM. I don't remember it being laggy at all. However, I still greatly prefer using my iPad.
  5. iPad 2nd Gen macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    I'm glad there is competition. They dont stand a damn chance because they use fragmented broken ass Android.
  6. Synthion, Mar 1, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011

    Synthion thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    I am a tech-savvy guy.

    I dual-boot linux on a mac.

    I use terminal, all the time.


    I am talking about other people, especially those who have no experience with android. Like I said, Android KILLS IT with Gingerbread, but they lost it with Honeycomb. I'm waiting for a serious upgrade, because either I had a uniquely horrid experience, or I ill never recommend this to anyone.

    PS: love the wide screen though, I like landscape mode.
  7. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
  8. iPimpin macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2010
    I can't stand my HTC evo phone or the android OS. It has taken the form of permanent hot spot with its 4g connection
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    "The Honeycomb Browser, camera app and even Marketplace have all crashed on me over the past two days."


    There are many bugs sprinkled throughout the OS (background data automatically enables itself after a reboot even if you disable it). Things like this combined with the instability I mentioned earlier makes me feel like Honeycomb was a bit rushed, perhaps to hit the streets before one other major tablet announcement coming this year?

    "Performance in Honeycomb seems even more dependent on background apps than with earlier versions of Android."
  10. Synthion thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011

  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Yes really.

    The Anandtech review was very favorable, even beating the iPad on battery life.
  12. Synthion thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    On the Tab?
  13. newbiemacguy128 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
    Honestly, a lot of your words were mine when I first switched to a Mac. Very unnatural, foreign, learning curve, buttonless trackpad, 1200$ for this!?! Good solid build with great hardware though...

    Really, there isn't much the iPad can do that the Xoom can't, and vice versa. You get used to it, you start liking it. I hated the Mac for the first 2 weeks, thats for sure.
  14. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    No, the Xoom.
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I just used the Zoom and it was fairly nice. I like how the web browser was literally Chrome. It was smooth but for some reason, Android didn't feel as responsive as iOS. I think it really comes down to what apps you can get on each device.
  16. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    Fixed for you. Also, I used a Xoom in a laptop dock. It felt oddly similar to a MacBook Air, in terms of build quality.
  17. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Ahh, right... its a Xoom, not a Zoom lol
    Build quality was pretty good too
  18. Synthion thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    Maybe you are right, but maybe you aren't.

    I personally felt much more at home when I made the switch to the :apple:.

    But the Xoom still was laggy, unresponsive, and overall an awkward User Experience.

    Here's hoping the Xoom II will be better! (and cheaper) (and wi-fi only) (and has more apps)
  19. cpuguy18 macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2011
    my xoom is laggy sometimes.
  20. touchmonkey macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    hey, it happens
  21. jarvijarv macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2008
    Tomorrow, all attention will once again go to the unidsputed _____ (fill in the blank) of tablets, and we will be saying Xoom what? Honeycomb, huh? Galaxy, what's that?......sorry, just had to put it out there.:rolleyes:
  22. JDB1983 macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2009
    I configured my dock to be on the left side of the screen.

    I changed my desktop wallpaper to an image I downloaded of the web.

    I've mastered the 2nd mouse button.

    I guess that makes me r00t.
  23. newbiemacguy128 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
    Thats because everyone is different in their tastes ;). I was pretty disappointed in the iPad, as many others were. The case will be the same with the Xoom.

    I've played with the Xoom a bit and didn't think much of it. Laggy or unresponsive though was not on my mind. Although everyone has different tolerance levels for a slowdown. You still see people with netbooks who think its fast enough :p.
  24. davidcmc macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2009
    So is my iPad.
  25. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    im still looking for one to play with. I finally played with the galaxy tab the other day. what a piece of junk that thing is.

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