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Motorola XOOM 2 – Extra Tough Tablet

Tablet fans who want something they can use by the pool or in the bath may want to check out the Motorola XOOM 2. This android 3.2 powered tablet has a special splash –guard coating and an extra tough Gorilla Glass covered 10.1-inch HD display making it rugged enough for use at places like the beach. It also has enough battery power for up to 10 hours of video playback and comes with both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity built-in. The original XOOM was a disappointment especially where build quality and weight was concerned.

The XOOM 2 is much lighter and features trimmed corners. A soft plastic edge runs around the tablet’s lower edge and sides, surrounding a gun metal-coloured panel. A rubbery power button, now accompanied by the volume rocker, is located on the back.  It also has two built-in stereo speakers located at the top. For connectivity it features micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media-Edition

Motorola XOOM 2 Media-Edition

The screen itself is an In-Plane Switching (IPS) 1200 x 800 pixels resolution panel and offers viewing angles approaching 178 degree mark. It also comes with a five megapixel auto-focus camera.

The heart of the XOOM 2 is a ARM 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. On the application side, Motorola have taken a light-weight approach with only minimal applications and widgets compared to those found on other tablets.


Motorola XOOM 2 Office

Motorola XOOM 2 Office

The main shortcomings are centered around limited camera controls as well as weak video recording quality. There is also the lack of tap to focus and poor auto-focus on the video camera.




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