I am what can be best described as a cautious gadget geek. I love electronics, and when a
new gizmo comes out on the market I can’t wait to get my hands on it. But the cautious side of me holds me back. I don’t have the passion (or possibly recklessness) to be an early adopter. So when smart phones came out, I waited for a couple of years before I acquired a DROID. Years after I first handled an eReader I finally purchased a NOOK. And now, unable to restraint myself any longer, I’ve finally laid hands on a tablet. And what a wonderful experience it’s been.
Apple’s iPad, controlling an estimated 90% of the market, is clearly the king of the tablets. From all I’ve seen, it’s a position that they clearly deserve. But since I purchased my DROID, I’ve developed a certain loyalty to Motorolla. Fortunately for me my brother, who is less risk adverse than I in the early-adopter role, jumped on the XOOM shortly after it was released. So I patiently waited for his to explode. When it didn’t, and after I was finally able to play with it, I made my decision.
The XOOM is amazing. I’ve found that I can do about 90% of what I normally do on my laptop. Blogging, email, social networking are all easy and easy to master. Once I get my Bluetooth keyboard, I’ll be better positioned to write on it as well. (Note: if you purchase an App such as QuickOffice you can create and modify Word documents, and if you’re happy with virtual keyboards you can type away. I like to have my whole screen for writing, so I’ll be investing in a Bluetooth keyboard).
And of course, as a NOOK owner, I was thrilled that I could access all of my NOOK books on my XOOM as well. To add to that, with the Kindle App, I now have easy access to all of those eBooks that I’ve been wanting to purchase but couldn’t because I didn’t want to read on my laptop. So now I have expanded what is available to me for reading. It’s very, very exciting.
I’m not going to go too much into technical details. The XOOM Wi-Fi comes with a dual core processor (it’s fast), supports video conferencing (which worked surprisingly well the one time I tested it), and the audio chat is pretty cool too.
A common criticism of the XOOM, to which I have no defense, is the cost. The WiFi version that I purchased runs $499. After you add on some basic accoutrements (like carry case, screen protector, and charging station), you’ve already busted $700. So a cautious consumer is placed in a position of buying the world’s leading tablet from Apple, or something that is clearly NOT an iPad. All I can say is that you’re choosing between two quality devices.
So while not the iPad killer that it was originally billed as, the XOOM is a worthy competitor. I have no sense of “having settled”…quite the opposite. The XOOM is powerful and versatile, opening a new door of connectivity and productivity for me. Definitely recommended.