Motorola Xoom vs Xoom 2 – what’s the difference?
The original Motorola Xoom was the first tablet to feature Android 3.0. Also known as Honeycomb, this OS was designed specifically for tablets. The Xoom wasn’t particularly successful in taking sales away from the iPad, but earlier this year a version 2 was launched.
The Motorola Xoom 2 offers a little bit more style than its predecessor with gently shaped corners. As well as the usual 10.1 form factor, Motorola has added an 8.2-inch version catering for those who fancy something a little smaller and easier to carry around. The 8.2-inch model has the suffix “Media Edition”.
What are the other differences between the original and the new model, and is it worth buying one over the other while the original Xoom is still available?
1) Xoom 2 is more expensive
The original Xoom 32GB cost £480 when it came out in the spring of last year, but you can now get a one for under £300 if you shop around online.
The Xoom 2 16GB can be had for £346 on Amazon, while the Media Edition comes in at £300. We expect a 32GB version of the Xoom 2 to be launched in the coming months.
2) Xoom 2 has an older OS – at the moment
Updates to Ice Cream sandwich (Android 4.0) are currently rolling out to original Xooms, while the Xoom 2 is stuck with Android 3.2 until at least the summer. Android 4.0 offers a range of improvements over Android 3.2, including face recognition security, resizable widgets, a web browser with more tabs and improved camera/gallery options.
3) Xoom 2 is lighter
The Xoom 2 is over 100 grams lighter than the Xoom. This won’t be a problem if you pick up your tablet only occasionally, though for prolonged sessions it’s a very noticeable difference. The 8.2-inch Xoom 2 Media Edition is another 200 grams lighter still – just 382 grams.
Both Xoom 2 models are a touch thinner than the original.
4) Xoom 2 has a better processor and camera
The original Xoom has a 1GHz dual-core processor. While this is usually quick enough for most tasks, the Xoom 2 offers 1.2GHz. This is a useful speed increase, handy if you’re multi-tasking or using processor-hungry apps when the tablet might otherwise feel slow.
The Xoom 2 can record Full HD video, while the original Xoom makes do with 720p. Rear still camera shots are taken at 5Mp in each case, though the front facing camera resolution is better on the Xoom 2 – 2Mp versus 1.3Mp. The extra detail here is useful when video calling.
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- Battery life – After first conditioning the battery as per the manufacturer’s instructions, we test the battery life on wi-fi and watching HD video. We also test how long it takes to charge.
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