"This is the end
My Xoom has served me very well this past year and it has never let me down once. Motorola did... and to a lesser extent, Google did as well. I still believe the Xoom is the best Android tablet built if we consider quality and what it delivered compared to other first generation HC tablets. As a Canadian owner who chose a 'stock' experience, I wasn't impressed with the support Motorola gave to the international Xoom community but I was far more disappointed that they didn't put up more of a fight compared to Asus and even Acer. I wanted two things for my next gen tablet: a Tegra 3 (or equivalent) and ICS.
With these goals in mind, I started looked at the limited offerings still presently available. The Acer A510 has just been released and this was one I was looking at... it should be available here in Canada within a week. It sounds like a real promising Tegra 3 tablet but I've heard about a few kinks in what was an already small sample group. These are nothing to be seriously concerned with IMO but might be a symptom of rushing these out before the Olympic games in London as Acer is a sponsor. On the other hand, the Asus TF300 just snuck in from out of nowhere it seems and, while a more 'budget conscientious' version of the Transformer Prime (TF201), it fixes WIFI and GPS by opting for plastic instead of aluminum offering, drops camera flash, and drops clock speed a tad (at 1.2 now) while still offering a tegra3 tablet starting at $379 for 16 gb or $399 for 32 gb.
At $400, it's hard to argue against what is pretty much an upgrade over the Xoom even if not a perfect upgrade. In the end, the TF300 is what I pre-ordered and I should be getting it around the 10th of May. I decided to get the dock to go with it... bundled together it retails at $519 which is still less than what I paid for my Xoom originally.
My beloved Xoom is staying within the family -- I'm getting $200 for it though it does leave me with the Bluetooth Keyboard (they had no interest in it). It's a great little keyboard so I'm sure it can come in handy from time to time. The rest of the balance is being covered by some money I've received for my birthday which means that, in the end, this is a free upgrade.
I've already created an account over on the appropriate 'related' forums so I may see a couple of you there. Aside from that, the Xoom forums have always been great and welcoming so I will be sure to stop in now and again. With the Xoom going to a family member and since I'm pretty much 'tech support' for my family, this will remain a valuable resource if I have need of some help.
Thanks for everything folks and may Motorola put out a WORTHY successor to the Xoom!
04-26-2012 11:21 PM
good luck hope the new tablet is a good move why not pop back and tell us all how you get on once you have used it for a while
Best wish and good luck
Originally Posted by moriarty777
Good luck with your new tablet, drop in after you've had it a while and give us a review.
Nexus 4 - CyanMod 10.1
SGS-II - Rooted - Jedi Mind Trick VX3
Samsung Note II - Jedi Master 13
Motorola Xoom - WiFi - Rooted - EOS 4.2.1 Nightlies
Good luck moriarty777,
I completely understand your reasoning. I wanted to keep mine stock as well, but unfortunately, with Motorola now handing off the update for the 3G Xoom to Google, who knows when we will see (if ever) an update. Supposedly, the Xoom was a so-called "Nexus" device, but its sad that even my Acer A100 will see the ICS update before my Xoom.
I'm an SV on the Transformer Forums as well, so I am looking forward to seeing you there. Oh, and in case you are wondering, the video files you already have for your Xoom should work fine on your new TF as well
I understand your plight (to a certain extent), but instead of waiting I installed the US firmware on my Xoom last July, I have beem running ICS since it was released, it truely makes the Xoom a new tablet! A couple of days ago I was playing with a Xoom at Best Buy, it was still running HC 3.2 and boy was it painful, hesitant and generally just slow, conversely mine with ICS 4.0.3 is unbelievably fast, scrolling and screen changes are so snappy it surprises you. It is because of this the desire for me to upgrade has been tempered quite a bit, but in the end I will still probably do it for other reasons but keep the Xoom as well. I have a couple of RAM mounts for it and will use it as a GPS and track recorder with the Torque app (I have a BT connected OBD-II reader), the Xoom seems like more of rugged device for these applications.
I looked at the TF300 which looks like a good unit, but I am gunning for the ASUS Infinity, I want to try the higher resolution (1920x1200) and will get a WiFi unit with 64GB of memory.
I got my xoom over a year ago in UK and was frustrated at the beginning! Since day one self reboots while online wideo watching, while browsing and while pdf reading! UK was left behind US, there was no custommer support just motorola forums full of frustrated custommers!
When finaly after long SIX Months of frustration we got our first update , xoom was responding better but there was still at least 10 self reboots a day! so the only one good think i can say about UK motorola is that they replaced my xooms board in a week ( unfortunatelly after 7 months of frustration ) .
back then i thought of selling tablet and buying ipad but fortunatelly i got my xoom fixed and installed ics on it...man the tablet is better that i ever thought could be and will definitely stick with it for longer while ! Because developers here care about rom, people here care about each other and its just the way it should be.
hope your new tablet will bring you so much joy what rooting and installing ics on my fixed xoom!