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One thing the Motorola Xoom was great for was watching videos. Whether it was from YouTube or from the web after the Flash Player was installed, I enjoyed kicking back and watching some flicks on the device. If Android had support for Netflix this would be perfect, but we are still waiting on that to come around. The only downfall to watching videos on the Xoom was holding it for long periods of time. Again the thing weighs over 2 lbs and it’s noticeable once you pick it up. Hold it for 20 -30 minutes and your arms will get tired. A stand of some sort is a must have with this device. For the record, I did get to watch some NCAA Madness streaming over the Wi-Fi.
Now, it is pretty clear that there are a lot of fun things to do with a tablet like the Motorola Xoom, but are tablets the next major computing device? Are we entering a “Post-PC era” as Steve Jobs said? In my opinion, tablets are an addition to PC’s and smart phones, not a replacement for either. I could not see myself taking the Xoom everywhere with me instead of my laptop. The screen was not viewable outdoors, the keyboard was not meant to write out long articles, and the weight was just as much as a laptop. For someone who just needs the web on the go, perhaps some video and music, this might work as a laptop replacement. As for the home PC, my computer runs more things than this thing could handle. From being a media server to the several Xbox 360’s in my house (including DVR) to gaming no portable device could take its place.
Does the tablet have a place in my life? Yes it does. I need one of these on my coffee table. There are countless times while watching TV or having a conversation on the couch that I want to quickly look up something, check my e-mail, or perhaps watch a second game of the NCAA tournament. I found that I was often leaving the Xoom on the coffee table and picking it up several times throughout the day for a “quickie”. Perhaps to relay a message to a friend through Google Talk or check the weather, things that I would just put off rather than lugging out my laptop and waiting for it to boot and log in and connect.
Is it worth the price? If I had the money, I think I would certainly pick one up. Being that I don’t have the money, I would certainly look for something cheaper. A tablet at around $300 would be ideal, even if it is not a powerful as this device. The Motorola Xoom is an impressive device. It’s speedy and can handle what you need it to do. Perhaps the upcoming Wi-Fi only version would work better for me, as I don’t see myself toting it around. The 3G speeds were decent, but not any faster than my Droid. When the 4G upgrade comes out that might change my thoughts on that.