Motorola Xoom Is Better Than the iPad

Emily Abbate
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motorola xoomIt's official, there's finally a little competition worth talking about for the Apple iPad. While Apple fanatics wait at home, highly anticipating next week's announcement for the iPad 2, Motorola has been busy with their release of the Motorola Xoom. The Xoom is the first Android tablet, competitively priced to compete with Apple's version.

And you know what? Motorola might actually have something here. Apple fans everywhere, it's time to open your eyes to the world outside of Mac. A part of me just died admitting that, but it's true. Here, take a look for yourself:

The Xoom is great for multitasking. With a simple click, users are able to see an assortment of windows that display exactly what you were doing when applications were last open, without leaving your current screen. On the iPad, you have to go back home before opening another app. Is it a deal-breaker? Okay, not really. But it's one less thing to worry about, and one less click sounds better to me.

But then it gets better. If you're a Gmail junkie (and these days, who isn't?), then clearly the Xoom, which is a Google device, is going to take the gold over the iPad. Email on the iPad is simple using the Mail app, but at least on the Xoom, you can separate the two. If you're someone who likes to separate business and pleasure, then this could be your meal ticket. 

The Xoom uses Talk, a video chat application that supports multiple chats at once. The social butterfly can speak with one person and text message with another. And unlike the iPad, which only allows you to talk to other Macs, Xoom allows you to talk to anyone, on any computer or device that has a camera. Woooohooooo, face time for all!

The only downside? Pricing. While a two-year contract on Verizon with the Xoom and a two-year contract with the iPad and AT&T are roughly the same, I'm all about the baseline costs of the actual devices. A 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G sells for $639. The Xoom, however, costs $799 to start. In the Apple world that we live in, one would think Motorola would be a bit smarter about that, no?

In short, I'm a Mac. For me to say that Xoom has a fighting chance over the iPad, well -- it's a big deal. I was raised in a house with the first ever Apple desktop computer and I'm the daughter of a businessman who I refer to as my personal "Apple Genius." I have to admit that after seeing these Xoom stats up close -- I don't know if Apple has my vote for best tablet on the market. However, time will only tell if Motorola can keep on its game face against the Apple giants. I can confidently say for now that at least they're a serious contender.

What do you think of the Motorola Xoom?

 

Image via Verizon

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