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During a press event Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show, the newly spun off Motorola Mobility officially unveiled a challenger to the iPad in the form of its Xoom tablet, which will be the first to run Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and showed off new competition for the iPhone in the form of the Atrix 4G Android-based smartphone.

The Motorola tablet was first demoed by Google VP and Android mastermind Andy Rubin in December. Later that month, Motorola released a teaser promotional video that mocked Apple's iPad for being "like a giant iPhone," before hinting that the tablet would be unveiled at CES 2011.

As promised, Motorola revealed the tablet, now called the Motorola Xoom, during its CES keynote, covered by Engadget. Motorola is touting the device as the first to run Google's new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, which has been "designed from the ground up for tablets."

The Xoom sports a dual core processor with each processor running at 1GHz, 32GB of storage, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera. The 10.1-inch display supports a resolution of 1280 x 800. The device also features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting.



During the event, Motorola executives revealed that "the device is not completely done," but a 3G version will be released in the first quarter of this year. Users will have the option of upgrading the tablet to 4G LTE-capability in the second quarter.



Motorola claims the Xoom will get up to 10 hours of video playback on one charge. Verizon is slated to be the carrier launch partner for the device.

Earlier today, Google briefly posted a video detailing the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update, boasting that it is "built entirely for tablet." The video was quickly removed, but was subsequently posted to YouTube.



In addition to the Xoom, Motorola also unveiled several new smartphones that will compete with Apple's iPhone, including the Motorola Atrix 4G, touted by Motorola as "the world's most powerful smartphone."

Like the Xoom TABLET, the Atrix 4G has a dual core 1 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The smartphone, which will run Android 2.2, will be offered exclusively by AT&T in the U.S., as well as Bell Canada and Orange UK. Breaking down the barrier between smartphone and laptop, the device's accessories will include an ultra-thin laptop dock that will use the Atrix 4G as the "engine."



Motorola also revealed the Cliq 2 for T-Mobile, which will go on sale on Jan. 19, and the Droid Bionic for Verizon, which will be available early in the second quarter.
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How much will it cost? Seems like a significant detail.

Also, if Android 3.0 is built "entirely for the tablet", whither Android for phones? Will Google maintain two versions? Will phone users be encouraged to skip the update? Will there be a 3.1 for phones that tablet users will need to avoid? Or what?
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... Google briefly posted a video detailing the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update, boasting that it is "built entirely for tablet." ...

Why do they have to use this "Chingrish" stuff in the ad? I find it kind of offensive.
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The Xoom sports a dual core processor with each processor running at 1GHz, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera. The 10.1-inch display supports a resolution of 1280 x 800. The device also features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting.

During the event, Motorola executives revealed that "the device is not completely done," but a 3G version will be released in the first quarter of this year. Users will have the option of upgrading the tablet to 4G LTE-capability in the second quarter.

Meaning "we don't any actual product but when when we do, watch out!!!"
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How much will it cost? Seems like a significant detail.

Also, if Android 3.0 is built "entirely for the tablet", whither Android for phones? Will Google maintain two versions? Will phone users be encouraged to skip the update? Will there be a 3.1 for phones that tablet users will need to avoid? Or what?

Until Google says something its just an unknown. If it said "only for tablets" then i would jump to conclusions.

Everything i've read and heard that the OS will simply have a UI split and some things are tablet dedicated.
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Let's see, what does, "Not Completely Done" mean? Did we hear that last year?

I agree, what does it cost? By the time this thing comes out Apple will have version 2 out.
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And, as always, Apple introduces a product by talking about the experience of using it, and advertises by showing what you can do with it, then the competition responds by shouting about specs.

Which is exactly what I predicted would happen, since it's what always happens. The bitching about how the original iPad was a useless toy and just a big iPhone is now conveniently forgotten and all that matters is that other manufacturers can do a credible job of exactly copying the iPad with slighter better specs, or slightly lower cost, or both, at which point such devices are totally awesome and kick the iPad's ass.
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post #8 of 96
It looks to have a plastic shell, yet it weighs the same (.73kg) as an iPad?
Have I missed something?
post #9 of 96
So Motorola teased us with vaporware promises, only to deliver slightly better than tupperware mockups, "that aren't completely done". I's also like to know what it is going to cost.
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And, as always, Apple introduces a product by talking about the experience of using it, and advertises by showing what you can do with it, then the competition responds by shouting about specs.

Which is exactly what I predicted would happen, since it's what always happens. The bitching about how the original iPad was a useless toy and just a big iPhone is now conveniently forgotten and all that matters is that other manufacturers can do a credible job of exactly copying the iPad with slighter better specs, or slightly lower cost, or both, at which point such devices are totally awesome and kick the iPad's ass.

I wonder what those who thought an iPad with a rear-facing camera was stupid think of the rear-facing camera on the Xoom.
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And, as always, Apple introduces a product by talking about the experience of using it, and advertises by showing what you can do with it, then the competition responds by shouting about specs.

Which is exactly what I predicted would happen, since it's what always happens. The bitching about how the original iPad was a useless toy and just a big iPhone is now conveniently forgotten and all that matters is that other manufacturers can do a credible job of exactly copying the iPad with slighter better specs, or slightly lower cost, or both, at which point such devices are totally awesome and kick the iPad's ass.

Most every tablet is packing the same stuff, trying to be the "iPad experience"

Motorola on the other hand has just completely outdone i believe every tablet, but only if it uses their new WebTop with the dock for the Xoom like they've shown with the Atrix.

The Atrix has probably been the most exciting thing to come out of CES thus far, its literally a computer when you want it to be.
post #12 of 96
Ok. It's good and I think it's better than the iPad. But it'll be competing with iPad 2, so let's see if iPad 2 can one up this tablet.
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How much will it cost? Seems like a significant detail.

Or what kind of display panel. Asus was quick to state they are using IPS displays for all 4 of their tablets. I say this is a requirement for any decent tablet.

They also state up to 10 hours for video playback, but I dont think thats a great stat for 2011. Apple did that for "surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music in 2010 and everything about Cortex-A9 tells me that it would be hardly working for video playback of an assumed HW accelerated video. How much for web surfing over WiFi or 3G?

Of course, well have to take a look at the battery size to know how efficient this device is.
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I wonder what those who thought an iPad with a rear-facing camera was stupid think of the rear-facing camera on the Xoom.

I certainly think a camera on the back of a tablet is probably one of the worse features to tout.
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During a press event Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show, the newly spun off Motorola Mobility officially unveiled a credible challenger to the iPad in the form of its Xoom tablet, which will be the first to run Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Who decided that this is a "credible challenger"? It's still vaporware!

More importantly, is this term being supplied by Motorola or AppleInsider? If it's Motorola, it should have quotes around it. If it's AppleInsider, then shame on them for leaping to such an unsubstantiated conclusion.
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I think the addition of a barometer is interesting. What types of interesting apps can exploit that?
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Hardware wise the tablet seems pretty good.

The new UI has some merit. There are some things I definitely hope to see in the next revision of iOS for iPad. A similar form of widget support would be nice. The Dashboard concept from OS X seems like it would shine on the iPad, even if just for the lock screen (it just seems so spartan right now)... just need to make it work without killing the battery life. The maps program looks great; iOS desperately needs an update to the stock Maps program. I hope Apple is using their acquisitions in this area to bring a worthy update to their devices. The browser tabs are nice as well.

However, there are some things that just lack polish for this kind of unveiling. The tiled books on the home screen look kind of ugly... and then the coverflow-like book list seems awkward. The whole bottom black bar is a complete eyesore. It is a petty thing to pick on, but it's just hideous. Finally, I don't see anything third-party in terms of applications. Where are the big-name developers showcasing the capabilities of the new APIs for this major release ala Apple's iPad event? And what I see of the core applications looks like it was lifted from other implementations... pretty heavily in fact. I'm not expecting every new competitor to revolutionize the industry, but I don't think it has the same "wow" factor for me that it has for some of the Apple haters.

Can't wait to see what Apple releases next. If it has the following features it will squash any interest I have for Android 3.0: widget support, multiple apps viewable, better notifications, and an easier means of sharing data/files between apps (I know... this flies in the face of the secure sandbox approach but I can only imagine how something resembling a non-itunes-or-photo-media filesystem would be useful).
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Such a slim bezel, how is one supposed to hold the device?
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I think the addition of a barometer is interesting. What types of interesting apps can exploit that?

You could boil the tablet and calculate the altitude
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I think the addition of a barometer is interesting. What types of interesting apps can exploit that?

Might be useful as a slate under water on scuba safety stops...

...won't suffer too bad from shorting out, I imagine...
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Let's see, what does, "Not Completely Done" mean?

It means buy it anyway and don't complain 'cause we warned you.
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I'm sure all the fandroids and geeks alike just jizzed their pants seeing it and the Honeycomb preview video. Regular Joe and Jane consumers just got more confused on how to work it.
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I think the addition of a barometer is interesting. What types of interesting apps can exploit that?

Pull the barometric pressure form the web based on current location then measure device altitude. You need barometric pressure to measure altitude.
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I wonder what those who thought an iPad with a rear-facing camera was stupid think of the rear-facing camera on the Xoom.

If they’re devotedly anti-Apple, they love it! Unless Apple comes out with a rear-facing camera before Motorola’s (very likely) in which case they’ll hate it Until the Motorola comes out, and then they’ll like it again....

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Pull the barometric pressure form the web based on current location then measure device altitude. You need barometric pressure to measure altitude.

Actually, GPS satellites deliver 3-axis 3D positioning: altitude included. So measuring air pressure isn’t the only option. (Has anyone seen an iOS or Android app make use of GPS-derived altitude? Does Location Services support that axis? I mean real altitude—not just assuming you’re on the local surface, which many apps do because that is usually sufficient.)

Having a barometer is neat in a “why not?” bullet-list kind of way. Certainly not a bad thing.
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During the event, Motorola executives revealed that "the device is not completely done," but a 3G version will be released in the first quarter of this year.

So both the hardware and software are still in the prototype stage, and we're supposed to take on faith that this puppy is going to be sold before April?



Recall last year at this time when Apple actually gave reviewers hands on access to iPads (not that those reviewers had the wit to comprehend the iPad's game-changing nature....).

Who do they think they're kidding with this transparent attempt to slow down the sales of iPads by promising the imminent release of their product? Hopefully nobody who reads AppleInsider!
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Actually, GPS satellites deliver 3-axis 3D positioning: altitude included. So measuring air pressure isn’t the only option. (Has anyone seen an iOS or Android app make use of GPS-derived altitude? Does Location Services support that axis? I mean real altitude—not just assuming you’re on the local surface, which many apps do because that is usually sufficient.)

Having a barometer is neat in a “why not?” bullet-list kind of way. Certainly not a bad thing.

Depends how good your GPS signal is and how many satellites you device is seeing. Therefore you may need a clear view of the sky to get accurate altitude from GPS. Barometers are much more accurate and like I said the pressure can be pulled online making the altitude measurement much faster and accurate indoor and outdoor.
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I think the addition of a barometer is interesting. What types of interesting apps can exploit that?

Well it could link to a GPS App and be used for seeing how high up a mountain you are.

***Warning if it starts rising really fast, you just stepped off a cliff.

I wonder if Mazda will use these Xoom, Xoom, Xoom, and all that.
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during a press event wednesday at the consumer electronics show, the newly spun off motorola mobility officially unveiled a challenger to the ipad in the form of its xoom tablet, which will be the first to run google android 3.0 honeycomb, and showed off new competition for the iphone in the form of the atrix 4g android-based smartphone.

Motorola also revealed the cliq 2 for t-mobile, which will go on sale on jan. 19, and the droid bionic for verizon, which will be available early in the second quarter.


vaporware.
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Actually, GPS satellites deliver 3-axis 3D positioning: altitude included. So measuring air pressure isnt the only option.

Bingo! Changes in air pressure at a constant altitude are used to predict the weather (together with changes in humidity and temperature). So you could have a local weather app that does not rely on information from the network!
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I think the addition of a barometer is interesting. What types of interesting apps can exploit that?

A weather app so the idiots using it will know when it's raining so they can go inside. Oh sorry, they don't have apps.
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Does anyone know If this device or android support file upload via web browser?
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Bingo! Changes in air pressure at a constant altitude are used to predict the weather (together with changes in humidity and temperature). So you could have a local weather app that does not rely on information from the network!

Then I think Motorola should throw in a rain gauge, thermometer and anemometer.

I look forward to Xoom owners mocking iPad fan boys for their inability to chart local meteorological conditions. It could be the new multitasking.
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Bingo! Changes in air pressure at a constant altitude are used to predict the weather (together with changes in humidity and temperature). So you could have a local weather app that does not rely on information from the network!

except of course the NWS website forecast and apps that use it have about 100x more useful information about your upcoming weather. and GPS can always tell you your altitude as well (it's all been mapped).

the barometer is total fluff. really, a joke. for total suckers. embarrassing ...
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half-baked?

The Google video meant nothing to me.
Funky music and lots of images, but how does is make my life better?
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A weather app so the idiots using it will know when it's raining so they can go inside. Oh sorry, they don't have apps.

Or you could pool the information about the pressure from tens of thousands of devices and use it in a centralized computer for a new way to tell the weather?

Sorry, I digress... Much too often I forget that we're not here to exchange ideas, but to bash Apple's competitors and their sorry customers. So, yeah, they're all idiots, and everything about this tablet sucks, it's DOA and vaporware and iPad 2 will wipe the floor with it. Also, 334.00 FTW.

kthxbye.
post #36 of 96
Vaporware Google ad-machine.

Good work. Just call it the Courier and be done with it.
post #37 of 96
I'm trying to make sense of what I saw in the video.

The first thing appears to be home screen switching and a way to add widgets to the home screen. That's the flashiest thing in the video. Looks completely over the top for what they're trying to achieve but it's nice. Since Android fans love widgets more than anything in the world, I guess it makes sense to start by showing your widget-selection interface.

Then the browser, which looks the same as previous versions.

Then they have a carousel for selecting books. A carousel. That makes no sense at all.

Then an ebook reader with the worst page turning animation I've ever seen.

Tablet-optimized mail, which looks good, with a similar layout to mail on the iPad.

Another carousel for choosing YouTube videos.

Google Talk video chat. Maps looks good.

Other innovations appear to be: They have the back, forward and home buttons on screen. I guess no hardware buttons on these tablets? It also has the time down there. It's a large bar, using a lot of screen real estate to tell you the time, especially for a widescreen device in landscape mode. Very odd. Aesthetically they've taken some cues from Windows Phone 7.

It doesn't look like a bad attempt. It doesn't appear to offer anything the iPad doesn't offer (except widgets) and suffers from the usual poorly thought-out use of animation that competitors come up with when they try to match Apple's designs.
post #38 of 96
Once again, Apple creates a market, then gets destroyed in that market. Maybe I'm jumping the gun, but it's only a matter of time before iOS lite...er, I mean, Android does to tablets exactly what it's done to smartphones. And with that new Motorola phone they just showed off, I'm thinking Apple am doomed.
post #39 of 96
Encouraging, how so? you say. It means that Apple will have at least these features in their new IPAD2
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Or you could pool the information about the pressure from tens of thousands of devices and use it in a centralized computer for a new way to tell the weather?

Sorry, I digress... Much too often I forget that we're not here to exchange ideas, but to bash Apple's competitors and their sorry customers. So, yeah, they're all idiots, and everything about this tablet sucks, it's DOA and vaporware and iPad 2 will wipe the floor with it. Also, 334.00 FTW.

kthxbye.

I have to agree with you... I, myself own a lot of apple products and, love my iPad. But this thread is just bashing for no reason.

If this type of hardware had Apple backing and software integration it would be unbelievable! Literally! It's a great piece of hardware, but I would like to see how it's implemented.

This does however respond to the people who always ask for "competition" on this site. In hardware only, but let's please hope it raises the bar at Apple.
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