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Android Honeycomb Tablet

With the entire consumer electronics industry collectively diving into the tablet market we are being flooded with a variety of devices and options to choose from. One of the latest and greatest devices to launch is the Motorola Xoom.

The Xoom sports Android version 3.0, also known as Honeycomb which is the first Android OS designed specifically for the tablet form factor. It has an improved notification panel, easy home screen customization, a desktop like web browsing experience, google mail with two pane user interface (email app offers multipane view and unified email box).

Another feature that is nice is the Micro SD Card slot allowing you to increase your memory or switch out memory cards as needed. The iPad comes with internal memory and that’s all she wrote. No expandable memory.

The Xoom has a 5 MP Camera with Dual LED Flash and HD Video Capture which is pretty much standard now for tablets.

You can transfer information between your computer(s) by tethering to the micro USB port. This port is not for charging, however. The Xoom has a single pin charging port. I’m not sure why you can’t charge with the Micro USB port. Personally, I think it would have been better to charge the device with the many Micro USB adapters I already have. :(

Motorola Xoom specs

Optimized document viewing on large 10.1″ HD display – Good sized real estate on the screen. The tablet market seems to be dividing itself up by screen size with the Playbook and Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox and others coming in at the 7″ mark and the Xoom, iPad and others opting for the larger screen space.

A 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1GN DDR2 Ram
OTA upgradable to future tablet software releases

Rapid charge technology lets you charge approx 50% faster which is great for days when you are relying on your Xoom for your entertainment and productivity needs.

Scratch resistant screen – this is great for people like me who tend to be a little rough on the their devices. I still recommend a screen protector though because you can’t be too careful!

Optimize document viewing on the large 10.1″ HD widescreen display (1280 by 800 wvga) and of course, lets not forget to mention the support for Adobe Flash 10.0 This is a big deal for some people who like to have access to websites built using Flash on their mobile devices. The well documented Flash war may be over with Apple holding their hands up in victory but there are still many flash based sites on the internet.

The 2 MP front-facing camera is great for self portraits and for google plus hangouts skype. The HD camcorder with 720p video capture allows you to make some cool movies.

  • The Android 3.0 platform and 1 GHz dual-core processor.
  • It has 10.1-inch multi-touch HD display, 25 ounces.
  • It has 1 GB of DDR2 RAM.
  • It also consists of 802.11b/g/n, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing web cam.
title MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi) Motorola Protective Portfolio Case for MOTOROLA XOOM (Motorola Retail Packaging)
Height 0.5 inch 11.3 inch
Length 9.8 inch 7.56 inch
Width 6.6 inch 0.95 inch
Weight 1.61 pound 0.5 pound
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  • The Android 3.0 platform and 1 GHz dual-core processor.
  • It has 10.1-inch multi-touch HD display, 25 ounces.
  • It has 1 GB of DDR2 RAM.
  • It also consists of 802.11b/g/n, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing web cam.
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Blackberry set to launch iPad killer? The BlackPad Cometh!

Research in Motion (RIM) is rumored to be unveiling its highly anticipated new tablet in San Francisco next week. RIM is expected to show off the device at a developers conference and name being thrown around right now is the BlackPad! Well… iPad, BlackPad, why not? Another silly name but it works for me.

The success of the iPad in the tablet market is causing other manufacturers to jump into this lucrative new segment. Apple effectively created the category when they unveiled the popular iPad but competition is a great thing and there are about to be a string of new innovative devices hitting the market. There has been a lot of talk about the Samsung Galaxy Tab recently but lets keep our focus on the news about a potential BlackPad launch…

Research in Motion has not officially confirmed the device launch but it seems that the device will be a seven inch touch screen with a camera ( possibly a front and back facing camera ), wifi and bluetooth connectivity and a new operating system!
This new operating system was developed by QNX Software which was purchased by RIM earlier this year. There is also a rumor that this new QNX OS will replace the successful Blackberry OS. If this is true it will be interesting to see how the new OS compares to the iPhone or Google Android OS. Blackberry has traditionally dominated the enterprise market but has lost a lot of market share in the consumer category. This new OS could put them back in the game in the consumer smart phone market.

Industry analysts are suggesting that RIM should focus their BlackPad tablet on the enterprise segment and not try to clone or compete directly with the iPad. If they differentiate their tablet as a business tool and not as an entertainment device or content consumption device. Analysts are saying that Research In Motion should gear their tab towards content creation.

The questions still remain. Will there be a front facing camera which would allow video conferencing? Will it be 3G? There are rumors that the only way to connect the device to a 3G network is with a tethered Blackberry device. Will the new OS be capable of rivaling iPad or Android? And finally what will the BlackPad cost?

Only time will tell… We’re looking forward to hearing more about the BlackPad soon.