Motorola Xoom Honeycomb Tablet Hands-On at MWC 2011 (Video)

February 15, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Among the tablets that are being shown off at the ongoing MWC 2011 in Barcelona, the Motorola Xoom appears to be attracting the most number of techies. The company has announced that the much anticipated tablet will be launched in Europe along side it’s 3G and WiFi cousin in the second quarter of this year. And we got a chance to go hands-on.

As you might know, the Motorola Xoom is the first officially unveiled tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google’s latest OS that has been specifically made for tablets and for devices with a large screen size.

The Motorola Xoom comes equipped with a 10.1-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280×800, and has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for 720p video capture, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera aimed at video chats, built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting.

The device also comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor, improved widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, and the latest Google Mobile innovations such as Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction.

But when the Xoom was introduced at CES in January, the software was very far from ready.

But so much has changed now, and the company’s booth at the Mobile World Congress is packed with the tablets ready to be fondled by tech lovers, and we also got to play with one.

The home screen of the tablet brings memories of the Android handsets that we have laid our hands on.

There are some icons to launch applications and widgets that display information. You will be able to interact with the widgets on the home screen.

In the video, you can see that when we are on the home screen, we can swipe left and right to navigate between all the different apps and widgets, and there is no physical home button.

The company decided to provide a virtual home button that now persistently appears on the bottom left of the screen. The only physical button is an on/off switch that is found on the rear of the device.

Although the interface was a bit confusing than that of the other tablets that we had tested, it was fast and there was no crashing or errors.

As you know, the display size of the Xoom is larger than that of the Apple iPad. Although the screen is awesome while watching high definition movies, we prefer the iPad display for holding vertically and reading websites.

The device also produces quite impressive pictures. From the video, you can take a peek at some of the crisp pictures that were taken with the tablet.

And the video also shows the device’s WiFi capabilities and how perfectly your fingers can interact with the Google Maps. The pinch-to-zoom is simply perfect.

From our experience, the Xoom seems to be quite awesome and we loved it. And for those of you who are waiting anxiously for the device, the company mentioned it would be available in February in the US.

We are expecting a launch to happen sometime around the 24th of this month.

It has to be seen how the device will perform on the tablet market against all the newly unveiled tablets such as the LG Optimus Pad, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the yet to be announced Apple iPad 2.

One of the main rivals to the Xoom will be the 10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab that comes with features quite similar to that of the Xoom.

They have the same display size and very similar dimensions, but the Xoom is 131 grams heavier than the 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab. But we think that the Xoom will certainly be a best seller throughout all the territories in which it will be sold.

So, are you interested in the new device? You can leave your comments in the box below.

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