Image Quality Examined: Front- And Rear-Facing Cameras
Camera Quality: Rear-Facing
The Xoom Family Edition's rear-facing camera uses a lower-quality lens than some of the other tablets we've reviewed. White balance isn't that good, though it's admittedly hard to discern a difference unless you compare another tablet's output. It does a decent job compensating for low-light conditions, but again, not as well as the competition. Motorola's real weakness is evident when we use the Xoom's flash, resulting in horrible flare.
In pictures taken farther away, this isn't as pronounced of a problem.
Outdoors on a sunny day, this camera performs as well as any budget-oriented point-and-shoot, though it does have a hard time focusing on small objects when we zoom in.
Camera Quality: Front-Facing
This is an entry-level tablet, which is why the Xoom Family Edition is equipped with a low resolution (640 x 480) 1.3 MP front-facing camera. In dim lighting, image quality is extremely poor. It's sufficient for VoIP app like Skype, but make sure you're in a well-lit room.
No Bluetooth? :(
Heck its not uncommon to get a Transformer or A500 for $299-$349 these days which blow this tablet out of the water.
2. The 299 price is because of black Friday, cyber Monday, and holiday sales. It's definitely not "normal"
FYI, on the front-face cam, 1.3MP does not equal 640x480... Heck 1200x900 (4:3) = ~1MP