So I’ve read over almost all of the reviews of the Xoom now (on my iPad, naturally). The consensus is very clear: promising but extremely buggy.
You have to wonder why Motorola and Google would allow a product with so many bugs/quirks to not only go out to reviewers, but to go out to the public starting tomorrow. Actually, no you don’t have to wonder at all. You only have to think of one word that starts with a lowercase “i”.
If Google/Motorola didn’t beat the iPad 2 to the market, they knew they would be screwed. The Xoom is already more expensive than the iPad, a device which has now absolutely dominated the market for a full year. The iPad 2 will be priced the same, but with big bumps on the spec/feature side of things.
And not one of the reviewers has suggested that the Xoom is an “iPad killer” in any way. It has some specs which are better on paper, but in reality, the bugs stop those from actually being better. The bottom line seems to be that the Xoom is merely the first tablet that is even remotely worthy of being compared to the iPad — at all. And when you think about it, that’s really kind of pathetic. Again, it has been a year.
I’ve only played with the Xoom myself for about 10 minutes. It seemed very nice. I love the idea of true tabbed browsing on a tablet and a true tablet-optimized native Gmail experience. But the reviews from those with a lot more time actually using the thing out in the field simply aren’t very good.
And you can tell that a few of them are really pulling for this thing to bring some sort of competition to the market, but the Xoom falls short of the iPad. And that’s the iPad 1. And the iPad 2 is seven days away.
And then there’s that other iPad looming…