Motorola shook the iPhone market with its Droid series of Android phones and now the company is back with its Android powered tablet, XOOM, the first true competitor to the iPad. I will not call an iPad killer. The reason being you don't have to kill a nice product. There will always be a market for Apple fans, but those who don't want to suffocate in Apple's totalitarian environment now has a better device to use.
XOOM makes iPad look like a toy as the Linux-powered device has a bigger screen, dual core processor, the newest operating system, faster network and two cameras. Apple's strategy is to launched crippled devices in order maintain the flow of revenue by giving one feature with every version. XOOM comes with full force. It won't make your loved device obsolete the moment the next version is out. XOOM comes with what Apple will 'sell' through iPad in the next 4 years. What's the next major feature of the iPad? A camera and iPhone 4 like design ;-)
I have been waiting for this devices for months now. This device has everything that iPad misses. With (even if shameless imitation of Apple's store) Amazon's Android app store, there is going to be a huge market for Android apps.
Contrary to Apple's Nazi-like App Store, which finds its cousin in Amazon Android market, there will always be Google Android market and many more independent developers who value 'Free Software Movement' and keep offering their apps for the tablet DRM free. I will stay away from Amazon's cancerous DMR infected apps, but many others who don't care will have a market to buy apps from.
XOOM will get the best of all worlds. XOOM comes with full support for Flash (another proprietary yet popular technology). It has a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LTE, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.
It delivers console-like gaming performance on its 1280x800 display, and features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting for new types of applications. It also features Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and delivers access to over 3 million Google eBooks and thousands of apps from Android Market.
The Motorola XOOM device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi-enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011 the Motorola XOOM will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device.