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I just returned my Xoom, I found there was little to be gained by changing, in fact I found the entire Xoom experience to be a waste of precious time. In a nut shell, the hardware and physicals are better than the iPad and Google applications are more mature and robust in the Xoom. Even with those positives, the real negatives were in the complexity of making the Xoom do its thing and the APPS portfolio for the Xoom is pitifully inadequate. Sure they got numbers but the quality and maturity of most of the apps is laughable.

I spent about 25 hours on my Xoom the first week, just trying to figure out how to make it do stuff. Unfortunately the efforts for the second week were similar and I decided to retreat to the iPad which just works. The Xoom was not any faster than my iPad 1 on WIFI or 3G, in fact I found that frequently the iPad was faster and more responsive. I don't like Safari, but what ever they include on the Xoom was worse. Yes, I could have added fire fox, but that is more to the point, the Xoom out of the box is not much until you spend a huge amount of time and effort figuring out what doesn't work, finding a solution and making it work.

Bottom line I decided my time was better spent using my tablet and less time tweaking and customizing it. With the iPad it doesn't do some important things like flash, but you know what, I find I get along fine without it.

And for those keeping score, I really don't like MAC or Apple at all, and I find the iPhone to be a mess.

MY ASSESSMENT - as I see it.

Attribute

Xoom

iPad (1)

Delta

Comment

Physicals

       

Cost

4.0

3.0

1

 

Storage (Max GB)

3.0

5.0

-2

32 vs 64 GB

Size

4.0

3.0

1

Xoom ~1” narrow

Weight

3.0

4.0

-1

Xoom +3 Oz

Case

1.0

3.0

-2

Xoom case is DOOM!

Ergonomics

3.0

5.0

-2

XOOM Button placement, charger location

Sound management

4.0

4.0

0

 

Bluetooth

4.0

1.0

3

 

Cameras

4.0

1.0

3

 

3g Cost

4.0

2.0

2

Verizon 1GB $20, AT&T 250 MB $15

4G

2.0

1.0

1

Neither has it, Xoom promises it

SD Card

3.0

1.0

2

Xoom has hardware not yet supported

PC conect HW

5.0

1.0

4

Xoom uses standard micro usb, iPad proprietary

Charger

1.0

3.0

-2

Xoom Charger separate from micro usb and not compat with the case

hardware apps summary

3.2

2.6

 

Xoom hardware more features and power than the iPad.

Application base

       

Flash

5.0

1.0

4

 

Word/Excel

2.0

2.0

0

Both lousy

Audio

5.0

5.0

0

 

Video

3.0

3.0

0

Ipad just works except flash and some WMV, Xoom requires an applicatoin

Google Apps

5.0

3.0

2

iPad’s version of Google Apps less robust, wonder why?

Email

4.0

4.0

0

 

Sync software

1.0

5.0

-4

Cannot believe I am voting FOR iTues!

base apps summary

3.6

3.3

 

Email and GOOGLE apps work better on the Xoom

My Apps

   

0

 

Netflix

1.0

5.0

-4

NO NETFLIX for XOOM!

Olive Tree Bible

4.0

5.0

-1

iPad easier to figure out, simpler but as powerful

FreeCell HD

2.0

5.0

-3

My card game in iPad superior to Xoom

WiThrottle

3.0

4.0

-1

iPad version more polished, easier to use

CraigsList

1.0

4.0

-3

iPad superior, Xoom's difficult to even use

Fox News

1.0

5.0

-4

iPad, no contest

Google Nav

4.0

2.0

2

Google stuff superior on the Xoom

Weather Bug

3.0

5.0

-2

iPad's version easier to use

Slingbox

3.0

3.0

0

Did not buy it for Xoom, too expensive just to test

Learning curve

1.0

5.0

-4

MUCH more difficult to master the Xoom navigation, too many confusing features that are difficult to figure out.

my apps summary

2.3

4.3

 

Summary, iPad apps more mature and polished.

         
 

3.0

3.4

-10

 
 
   

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