Conclusion: We're torn. On the one hand - charming customizations such as floating notes, a pretty reasonable price tag and solid performance make the Motorola XOOM 2 a good tablet. We really enjoyed making use of an IR port on a mobile device for the first time in years and MotoCast works a treat.
Pros: Some great customisations, Fast, especially web browsing, Splash-resistant, Comfortable when held in portrait
Cons: Yellow hue across screen, Flap at bottom serves no function, Camera uses stock UI, 1.2GHz dual-core futureproofing is questionable
Conclusion: I'll be honest here: I don't understand the hate some reviewers have heaped on Moto's second gen Android tablet. It does a very good job of addressing complaints with their first gen Xoom: it's as thin and light as the most anorexic and popular tablets on the market and it has a clean OS that's not...
Pros: Slim, light, quality build. IPS display, 4G LTE, AV remote, dual digitizer with pen included.
Summary: Flat multimedia tablet. The Xoom 2 Media Edition is very compact. Motorola opted for a somewhat unusual screen size of 8.2 inches, which is located somewhere between the common sizes of seven and 10.1 inches. Can the 9 millimeter flat slate live up to Motorola's multimedia promise?
Pros: Handy and lightweight, Bright screen, High viewing angle stability, Good workmanship, The case simply feels good and the Xoom 2's high-end screen is a treat for the eyes.
Cons: Less power than its predecessor, High price, Tight internal memory, The internal memory's capacity is a bit tight. Moreover, no apps for managing media are preinstalled.
Summary: Elegant Evolution. The successor to the Xoom is here: the Xoom 2. The new tablet looks better and performs faster thanks to its upgraded hardware. But is it fast enough to compete with the latest tablet generation? We put the Xoom 2 (16 GB with 3G) to the test.
Pros: Bright display, Great viewing angles, Light, Fast WLAN and 3G, The Xoom 2 has a bright display with good viewing angles. It can be used easily and has fast communication modules.
Cons: Keys "feel" bad, Average battery life, Modest camera quality, A better camera would spice up the tablet. The battery life could also be longer.
Conclusion: The Motorola Droid XYBoard's unique size and quality combo set it apart from the me-too tablet fray. It's portable but the screen is roomy enough for enjoyable web browsing and gaming. And that display is extremely sharp and bright thanks to the IPS 1280 x 800 panel.
Pros: Great IPS display, good size compromise, rugged, 4G LTE.
Conclusion: The Xoom 2 has a few notable improvements on the original Xoom, notably that it's slimmer and lighter, with an improved processor. But it's lost the ability to expand its memory and despite a good screen and decent camera, for the price, it's struggling to compete with the iPad 2 and others.
Pros: Gorgeously sharp screen, slimmer and lighter than original Xoom, fast dual-core processor
Conclusion: If you need the bigger screen, the Motorola Xoom 2 is a fine tablet. But if you want the same fast processor, with a sharper screen, at lower cost, in a (just about) pocketable case, then the Xoom 2 Media Edition is the one for you.
Motorola Xoom 2 review: The Xoom 2 is an improvement over the original Xoom, but these improvements aren't enough to justify its expensive price tag
Good Gear Guide.au
21 June 2012
Summary: The Xoom 2 has an extremely tough fight on its hands to remain relevant in an increasingly crowded market. Motorola has made it thinner, lighter and faster than the original Xoom, but it is running outdated Android software and has sluggish performance.