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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Drawbacks of Motorola Xoom Tablet PC

There are many who believe that Motorola Xoom tablet PC is the first tablet PC capable of competing with market leader iPad 2. In terms of hardware, there is hardly any difference between iPad 2 and Xoom.

All granted, but then Xoom has some downsides too. First of all, the current version of Xoom does not feature Adobe Flash and so users do not have access to videos or animations that requires Flash support.

Flash support could have been place where Motorola could have exploited over iPad 2 as Apple does not allow its users to enjoy Flash supported contents. Another drawback of Xoom is its inactive SD card slot. It features a SD card slot but the Android 3.0 OS, which Xoom runs on, does not yet support SD card, and for it to be active Android requires an update and Motorola has already said it would release an update as soon as possible.

Moreover, it is expected that Android would come up with a Xoom version in Spring which would support Adobe Flash.

Last but not the least, compared to iPad 2, Motorola Xoom cannot provide wide range of quality apps for its users because most of the applications current available in the Android market are not tablet-centric. They may work very well in Android-based smartphones, but those are not yet up to the mark for the tablets, and it may not be possible in the near future.

Apple has wide array of apps available in app store which users can just download and install instantly on iPad or iPad 2 tablets. It is true that Xoom has the potential to become a strong competitor for iPad 2, but it may not happen in the near future unless it starts to provide quality ‘user experience’ same as iPad 2.

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