Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Released November, 2011
  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 3.2
And like almost every one of these touchscreens, it's responsive and a pleasure to use.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
7.4 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xoom 2 Media Edition
6.9
iPad 4
7.9
iPad Air
7.2
Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xoom 2 Media Edition
n.d.
iPad 4
n.d.
iPad Air
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xoom 2 Media Edition
6.8
iPad 4
7.2
iPad Air
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xoom 2 Media Edition
8.4
iPad 4
9.5
iPad Air
9.3
Reviews from phonearena.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and theverge.com

7.4

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xoom 2 Media Edition
7.4
iPad 4
8.2
iPad Air
7.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xoom 2 Media Edition
1,585
iPad 4
1,347
Nook HD+
1,811

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Xoom 2 Media Edition
2,229 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition


7.0
The display isn't as vivid and high contrast as AMOLED ones but is on par with most competing tablets with LCD panels – viewing angles are good and colours reasonably rich.

6.2
I can't be sure that the Xoom had the most reflective screen ever, but Motorola did itself no favors by combining a very glossy front with a dim and unimpressive LCD.

7.0
They're as good as the same thickness, with the Media Edition coming in at 8.9mm thick (0.1mm thicker than the Xoom 2) and made of the same matte plastic, meaning that Media Edition is just as comfortable to hold the big Xoom 2, except it's much lighter – a winning combination.

Overall

6.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Colors are richer and more accurate, viewing angles are drastically improved, and although glare remains a problem, it's a much smaller one now.
by The Verge (Dec, 2011)
The viewing angles are absolutely top notch, with the image barely distorting at all from any viewpoint.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2012)
While the 149dpi of the Xoom 2 seems plenty sharp enough for now, and is noticeably sharper than the 1,024x768 screen of the iPad 2, you can bet we'll look down upon it as antiquated by this time next year.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Apps

Android tablets still trail iPad for the sheer breadth and quality of apps on offer but the tide is starting to turn now that Android is becoming so ubiquitous.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
Motorola has made no changes to the interface and just added a couple of enterprise level apps; a citrix client (Citrix), a remote meeting tool (GoToMeeting) and a productivity suite (QuickOfficeHD).
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
The Android Market app store has recently been given a trendy new interface that makes scanning over its surface a richer experience than before.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Operating system

Motorola's big addition to the Xoom 2 family is definitely its MotoCast software, which streams content from your computer to your tablet.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2012)
In the meantime, Motorola has thankfully not made any bold customisations of the Honeycomb OS.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
Motorola doesn't help matters by shipping software with even worse performance than we're used to from Honeycomb, and its few nice additions are buried under a mountain of lag.
by The Verge (Dec, 2011)

Camera

If you're going to put a 5-megapixel autofocus camera on the spec sheet, you might as well make it a good one, and that's exactly what Moto has done with the Xoom 2.
by The Verge (Dec, 2011)
The standard camera app also lets you capture 720p video using the 5-megapixel sensor.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
The same is true for photos, but I'm still happy to see Motorola take imaging seriously and equip the Xoom 2 with a camera worth using.
by The Verge (Dec, 2011)

Operating System

It feels more like a useful media tablet than the Android 2.3-powered, seven-inch HTC Flyer, for example, and we like the size 8.2-inch size for a light video device.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2012)
It's better-suited to large 10.1in screens than the smartphone version of the software, with a better-integrated notifications system that borrows design elements from desktop operating systems like Windows and Mac OS.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
It just makes it work a little better, which is something that Android for tablets needs - it doesn't offer as pleasurable and "complete" an experience as iOS or Android for smartphones.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.1"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 149 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.2 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support 1 Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 599 g
Size 253.9 x 173.6 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 8.8 mm
Battery life 9 hour
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