Motorola Xoom

Motorola's going through something of a purple patch just now, with well-liked Android phones and now, an impressive Android tablet too. The Xoom won't be cheap, but it's one of the most interesting Android devices to date.

It isn't cheap

Despite some reports the Xoom probably won't cost $1199 - that's likely to be a placeholder figure on the Best Buy website rather than the real price. We're hearing a guide price of $800 - £720 in the UK - but there's no confirmation of a UK price tag yet. That £720 is credible, though:  Motorola sees the Xoom as a premium product.

It's a ten-inch tablet

Roughly the size of an iPad, the Xoom has a 10.1" display running 1280x800. Motorola says you can expect around 10 hours of battery life when you're watching video, although streaming video over Wi-Fi or 3G would shorten that considerably.

It runs Android 3.0

The Xoom was one of the first Android 3.0 tablets to be announced. 3.0, aka Honeycomb, is the first Android version to be designed specifically for tablet computers: previous versions were designed solely for smartphones.

It's got a dual core processor

The Xoom has a speedy 1GHz dual-core processor - an nVidia Tegra 2 - which is fast enough for HD video output (720p on-screen or 1080p full HD via its HDMI connector). It has a gigabyte of RAM, 32GB of storage, twin cameras, 3G and Wi-Fi - although while you'll be able to add storage via the internal SD card slot, it isn't working yet. Apparently Google needs to update Android before the Xoom's SD slot will work.

It's got some stiff competition

Competition is fierce in tablet-land, with Samsung upping the size and processing power of its Galaxy Tab to match the Xoom's performance and size and other ten-inchers en route - including the soon-to-be-announced iPad 2. If the Xoom turns out to be £720, it's likely to be significantly more expensive than many similarly specified rivals.

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