The new tab from Motorola revelaed at CES yesterday will be a serious iPad competitor. It's better in a few ways.
It betters the iPad by being Flash compatible, having front- and rear-facing cameras--one of which records in HD, a larger screen, higher resolution of 1280 by 800 (instead of 1024 by 768), and runs on Verizon instead of ATT's wireless system.
The Motorola Xoom, says PC World, runs on two next-generation platforms: Google's Android 3.0 operating system and Verizon's 4G wireless technology.
4G means it is a fourth-generation wireless system, also known as LTE (Long Term evolution). It is many times faster than 3G systems most smart phones and wireless apps now use. The tab will come with Verizon 3G but be upgradeble to 4G as it gets rolled out in 2Q11.
Till now, Google's Android OS was criticized for not be optimized for use with tabs. While lauded for phones, Android 2.0 was not meant for use with tablets, even though a slew of new tablets have been rolled out that rely on Android 2.0
Android 3.0, code-named Honeycomb, is made for tablets and touchscreens.
"This is Google's first attempt to take on the iPad, and it's a worthy one," says MSNBC says.
Will be interesting to see if the other new tabs using Android 2.0 will be upgradeable.
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