Despite delays, last-minute price cuts and assorted brou-ha-ha, the Motorola Xoom is on its way. We’ve just taken delivery of our Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi review model and are giving it the usual WITB? going over.
What you get in the box is pretty standard stuff – the Xoom itself along with a multipart charger and a USB cable. Not the charging dock that Carphone Warehouse is bunging in with the 3G version sadly.
This is the first Android 3.0 tablet that we’ll be reviewing in full and is the first Honeycomb tab that’s going to be hitting the UK. We’re going to take time getting used to all the ins and outs of Honeycomb and put the Xoom Wi-Fi through its paces.
Expect first impressions, thoughts, comparisons with the iPad 2 and the rest before we plough on with our full review. Until then, please feast your eyes on the handful of pics we’ve duly snapped for your delectation.
As it’s Wi-Fi only, the first thing you’ll want to do is get Wi-Fi’d up – tap the clock in the bottom right of the screen and this handy settings widget pops up. From here you can access the settings, enter your wireless router’s password and get surfing.
The Xoom deftly switches between landscape and portrait modes with no hassle. The new-look virtual keyboard is very easy to type with.
One of the Motorola Xoom’s two external speakers, in the same unit which houses the 5-megapixel camera and dual LED flash and the lock screen/power button.
The microSD card launcher there, next to the 3.5mm jack. It’s not quite as snazzy as the iPad 2’s metal SIM launcher but it does the job. Hang on, there’s something in there. Let’s just see if we can’t…
Voila! It’s a microSD-shaped piece of clear plastic, reminding us not to put a memory card in until we’ve updated to Android 3.0.1. Ok ok, we won’t.
The volume rockers of the Motorola Xoom, located near to where the power button, speaker and camera unit is housed.
The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi side by side with an iPad 2. As you can see it’s not as wide when held in portrait but it’s nowhere near as thin.
The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi sitting on top of an iPad 2. Tech sites will never tire of taking pictures of phones and tablets in Jacob Epstein-style poses.
The Motorola Xoom’s various ports and connections on display: the proprietary charging port, micro HDMI and micro USB.
The multipart charger and the micro USB wire. We were surprised that no micro HDMI to HDMI cable was included. Then again you can pick these up for under £10 so it’s not a huge loss. More pictures/first impressions/thoughts coming soon.