Your right, it does work right out of the box... and I do enjoy it.. i have always loved Android, until I got the HTC Thunderbolt, i then switched to iphone... honestly i do love that phone. Im not a root, or jailbreak guy.. so the iphone worked for me perfectly. How ever, i did miss some stuff from droid.. so when vz had the black friday xoom sale i got one to in my mind have the best of both worlds... yes the xoom works, and there a lot of things i like about it.. but soon i remembered the things i didnt like about android.. lag, freeze ups, reboots, lack of any support... and to fix those things.. i have to root, void the warranty..and have a rom that possibly some features still wont work... during that time, i got to use my friends ipad.. it worked flawless, had none of those problems.. not to say apple dont have issues, but for me it just worked great.. im a photographer and the apps for me in this area are just far better on apple..
and when apple says there will be an update... it happens, and right when they say it will... I think that was my biggest reason for leaving android when i had the tbolt... they had MAJOR os issues with that phone and couldnt fix it for months.. so i left to apple.. that phone was horrible.. and it just seemed that when an update did come out, it was full of bugs and then had to have even more updates to try and fix those. it was just frustrating.. im not saying im a fanboy of either, i like both and there are things i dont like of both... but for me.. apple is working... but i really wanted the xoom so i could have both.. i just wish vz could just support the thing, so i can enjoy it to the fullest.... with out risking bricking the thing, not trying to start a droid/apple war.. i love both.. and i think the help from users like you guys are top notch, far better than apple users.. im sorry if i ruffled any feathers here
05-05-2012 09:18 AM
One thing to note, Venghous, but Apple does extrude 'exclusivity' on their software, Google has no control over the various vendors who make the phone and then the Wireless providers.
Apple also does not take guff from the wireless providers, unlike the others. The problem is, the vendors hack Google OS to give their own spin, hence why they have been trying to push Honeycomb not being open right away to try and eliminate the whole fragmentation issue, not that it stops vendors from still pushing out variations of Gingerbread tablets and some hacked Honeycomb ones. ICS is hopefully suppose to stop the fragmentation, but again, you are also forgetting one thing that is also a problem for Google Android OS that is not a problem with iOS. Apple also demands that in order for you to run their OS, it should run on THEIR hardware, which means iOS only works on iPads, iPhones, iPods. All the android devices are not 'the same' hardware wise, which is why there is the other issue with vendors having multiple versions as well as hacked OS to allow their hardware to work with the Android OS. While the core should be the same, I know from the company I work with, there will be minor code changes that makes it difficult to handle certain things. Again, hopefully, even the current ICS hacks for Xoom are not any more detrimental than what is going to go out for the Xoom for apps in general.
I just rooted my Xoom. It took 15-20 minutes. Those instructions that are posted at the beginning of this thread are very simple and straight forward, you should have no problems. I have a wifi Xoom and just rooted my tablet to get full USB functionality. Why do you want to root your Xoom? What features do you want from the Xoom that you say it has to be rooted to have? I own about 6 Android devices, including the HTC Thunderbolt, and have not experienced any of the issues you speak of except some lag, but that can be fixed by installing another launcher from the Android market. You have support for the tablet from the manufacturer, your mobile phone provider, and forums such as this one. Actually if you root, you will lose support from the manufacturer (probably) so you will technically have less support. I used to own a 64GB iPad and it was a great device, but I ended up rarely using it so I sold it. I can do so much more with the Xoom. It does more than the iPad out of the box. I can change the interface using tools on the Android Market, use external hard drives and USB drives, expand the storage without buying a whole new device, access more free apps, etc. I understand the appeal of the iPad as it is a simpler device and is designed to just run on one hardware platform. Because of that, it is a bit more stable and easier to use. I use a few of their products and really like them. I have an iPod and and an iPhone (used as an iPod, not activated as a phone) and I like their simplicity and they interface with my vehicle. I guess you just have to make the choice that works for you!
Originally Posted by venghous1
Last edited by mikekoz; 05-14-2012 at 10:10 AM.