Christmas is coming, and that means just one thing: the annual orgy of consumerism where firms compete to part you from your hard-earned cash. Motorola's entry is a new twist on a familiar device: a new Family Edition of its Android-powered Xoom Tablet.
The Family Edition, which is currently sold via US branches of Best Buy, is $379 and boasts identical hardware to the existing Xoom tablet: it has a dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and two cameras. It runs Android (version 3.1) and should last for around ten hours. The casing is slightly different - TechCrunch describes it as "decidedly downmarket" - and there's no 3G model. Instead, the Family Edition boasts "$40 worth of apps" that promise to make the Xoom a family-friendly Christmas choice.
So what do you get? According to Motorola, the Family Edition is "Preloaded with almost $40 worth of applications, plus Zoodles™, the award-winning Kid Mode application [and] fun games like Asphalt 6 from Gameloft and SIM City Deluxe." Zoodles enables you to lock down your tablet into a kid-safe mode, ensuring your little darling(s) can't access anything you'd rather he, she or they didn't.
There's also QuickOffice Pro HD for the grown-ups, MotoPrint for browser-based printing and MotoPack, which is Motorola's own app downloader. According to Motorola it's "it’s an affordable way to bring everyone together into the twenty-first century"; according to us, it's a slightly cheaper Xoom with some apps on it. It'll be interesting to see how well it sells compared to the standard, non-family models.
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