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

HDMI Output: Business As Usual

HDMI Output

HDMI output on the Xoom Family Edition functions similarly as on other Android-based tablets. TVs and monitors supporting native 1080p reflect a 1280x800 upscaled image able to fill the display.

As we've said in the past, Google should refine the experience. When you're typing, the Android keyboard is automatically cloned onto the external display. Ideally, you'd only want to see it on the tablet. At the very least, you should have the option to hide it. A resolution of 1280x800 doesn't facilitate much workspace, so every little bit counts.

While the interface issues are shared between all Android-based tablets, cable management is not. Motorola's Xoom Family Edition features a well-planned layout, though any time you charge, output video, and attach headphones at the same time, the tablet is going to look uncharacteristically busy. Fortunately, that'd be a rare occurrence.

  • 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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