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Motorola's Xoom Family Edition Review: Not Just For The Kids

Display Quality: Black And White Uniformity

Motorola Xoom Family Edition
White Luminance cd/m^2
349.0817369.1145346.6840
345.0091374.5918347.8698
327.2575336.5330329.6968
Black Luminance cd/m^2
0.13660.13790.1282
0.09240.10120.0910
0.10210.09750.1461

White uniformity is somewhat even, but the center of the screen is noticeably brighter. You won't see the difference unless you stand a few feet back.

Black uniformity requires a bit more commentary. The middle of the screen on the left and right sides are particularly dark. We first noticed this issue when we were watching videos.

When we move into a completely dark room, the problem becomes quite obvious. The edges of the screen are subject to extreme light bleed, which throws off uniformity. This explains how we ended up with such a high contrast ratio, since we use the measurements from the center of the screen.

We've seen this issue on other tablets, but it was never so dramatic that it affected the contrast ratio to such a degree. 

There are some other compromises to bear in mind. The iPad 2's viewing angles are fairly constant. But that's not the case on the Xoom Family Edition. Horizontal viewing angles (in landscape mode) are as good as looking at the screen straight-on. However, if you move a few degrees vertically, the contrast ratio falls fast. In the screenshot below, you see the Family Edition's display almost appear white.

  • tanjo
    Nice value. Too bad there's no card reader... Do I hear iPad killer?
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  • tranfire
    @tanjo it has micro SD
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  • tanjo
    @transfire: Ooops sorry misssed that :p
    No Bluetooth? :(
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  • onanonanon
    tranfire@tanjo it has micro SDYeah, but for me, one of the best uses of a tablet would be to view photos from a digital camera and yet very few models support an SD or SDHC card.
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  • cknobman
    Sorry but regardless of price after seeing just how piss poor the screen is (most notably extreme light bleed) and how long the charge times are I dont think the low price justifies its shortcomings.

    Heck its not uncommon to get a Transformer or A500 for $299-$349 these days which blow this tablet out of the water.
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  • acku
    9523631 said:
    Sorry but regardless of price after seeing just how piss poor the screen is (most notably extreme light bleed) and how long the charge times are I dont think the low price justifies its shortcomings.

    Heck its not uncommon to get a Transformer or A500 for $299-$349 these days which blow this tablet out of the water.
    1. The Transformer also has light bleed.
    2. The 299 price is because of black Friday, cyber Monday, and holiday sales. It's definitely not "normal"
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  • pyrrocc
    FYI, on the front-face cam, 1.3MP 640x480... Heck 1200x900 (4:3) = ~1MP
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  • pyrrocc
    Grrr... can't do standard inequality of angled brackets....

    FYI, on the front-face cam, 1.3MP does not equal 640x480... Heck 1200x900 (4:3) = ~1MP
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  • slabbo
    A500 can be found in practically every Costco I've been in, and for $319 including a leather case.
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  • The size specs on the Xoom and Xoom Family are not correct. Xoom Family is longer AND wider, not the other way around.
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