"Absolutely THE Best Tablet On The Market! AMAZING!!!"5.0 starson by ProffesionalTech
Pros: Android Honeycomb is hands down the best mobile OS avaialable! Excellent build quality and craftsmanship. The Xoom is the perfect size for enjoying media and being able to hold for extended periods. Battery life that rivals the ipad. Best tablet out!
Cons: Movies and music. The apps so far are better than their counterparts on the ipad. However, for the mainstream consumer, there is no 'easy' way of getting music & movies onto the device... They need to be sold via Android Market.
Summary: Last summer, I switched from an iPhone 3GS to an HTC Evo. And once again, I find that Android provides a MUCH more enjoyable experience than iOS! The difference in this case is night and day.
First of all is the form factor. Apple set the standard, but the Xoom is decidedly more sexy. It is also better suited to viewing video, listening to music/podcasts, and browsing the web... with a better screen display and layout for accomplishing all 3 of those tasks.
Speaking of layout, the design of Honeycomb is just brilliant. If you're used to using a computer than a lot of the functionality built into the design just seems to make sense... Honestly, it's the kind of innovation I would have expected from Apple!!! And Apple's decision to use their phone OS on a tablet almost makes the iPad feel more like a toy now, whereas this feels more like a legitimate tool (and threat to laptops). Indeed, if you already have a desktop pc, or you only use your computer for browsing the internet and entertainment... it makes more sense to own a Xoom than a laptop in many regards. While it does cost more, there is a HUGE difference in portability and the battery life is better any laptop I've ever used... not to mention the unique apps.
There are only a few tablet apps at the moment, but Android developers seem to turn out good apps at a quick pace as it is (there's always something new and useful to find each month on my phone). Still, this is the one area where Android is likely to lag behind Apple. ALL mobile developers develop for Apple b/c of their large following... and the Android is just now starting to get the kind of love from developers that Apple has enjoyed for years now. But with Apple becoming increasingly more strict, and stingy, developers are really beginning to embrace Android development. Truthfully, in my one year with Android... I have not missed the apps on my iPhone at all.
For every app on the iPhone, there is one comparable or better for Android. It is also worth noting that apps for Honeycomb feel noticeably more polished than their counterparts on the iPad. The Honeycomb CNN, Youtube, Gmail/Email, Calendar, Maps, & Web Browser crush what is available on the iPad!!! Very noticeable improvements.
So the one area where Android Market really trails behind iTunes is when it comes to movies and music. Music is not such a big deal b/c it is so easy to find mp3's on the web, with Amazon being just as strong a source as iTunes when it comes to music. But it is tougher to find movies (and podcasts) without using some 3rd party apps (which again ARE available on Android Market). This is a big deal when considering the mainstream consumer who just wants to be able to pick up and play w/o having to figure things out on their own... Apple has excelled in this regard. If I were not tech savvy, I would probably give up altogether trying to find movies to put on the device... I shouldn't have to search online for mp4's in different places, or hustle to find video players that support other codecs. Not a big deal to me b/c I was already used to doing it on the computer... but the average consumer is not.
But that does lead to the number difference b/w the Xoom and the iPad. The iPad feels like nothing more than a phone with more screen real estate. That will be cool for some people, especially those in need of more simplicity. However, the Xoom feels like a pocket size computer... one that you would almost rather use than a standard desktop or laptop because the experience is just that enjoyable.