Motorola Xoom 2. Though the original Motorola Xoom stood out as the first big tablet push with backing from Google, it didn’t turn out quite to be pinnacle of Android tablets.
It was soon surpassed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a straight-up iPad 2 competitor, while the Asus Eee Pad Slider and Asus Eee Pad Transformer showed that Android tablets could really excel when they did something different.
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Still, there’s no doubt the Xoom was a good device in its own right, so Motorola’s been tweaking and trimming, and has now released the Xoom 2.
Though there have been some internal changes, it’s the outside where the difference is most notable. Motorola seems determined to take the iPad 2 head-on here, because the Xoom 2 has the same thin profile as the iPad 2 (both measure just 8.8mm thick), and at 599 g. is actually lighter a whole 2g lighter than Apple’s tablet.
Inside, the 1GHz dual-core processor of the original has been bumped up to 1.2GHz, all the better to smoothly run Android 3.2.
Sadly, there’s no Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich here at launch, which inevitably means any Xoom 2 owners will always be looking over the horizon at the rosy unified future.
The screen is the same size and resolution as the original Xoom: 1280 x 800 pixels in a 10.1-inch display. It’s an IPS panel, and so offers excellent viewing angles, which is what we expect from a good tablet.