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Just bought a Xoom
errr are they any good?

WebmasterWorld Senior Member essex_boy us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4312397 posted 1:48 pm on May 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Its being delivered on Monday I bought before I asked.... Doh.

Ive done that before, couple of hundred quid on software to look at and never used and and and and....

Plus and minus of the Xoom, any one...



Msg#: 4312397 posted 4:32 pm on May 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

The plus is a cool name. XOOM.

I like it already.

Other than that I could't say. I keep my toys to a minimum. One because I'm cheap and two because I don't see the need.


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Msg#: 4312397 posted 7:54 pm on May 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

Essex, I think you're going to like the Xoom. I have an updated B&N NookColor, which runs Android and Apple's iPad2 (32GB/Verizon). But, like people do, after I bought these I got into what SHOULD I have bought. The Xoom looked good to me.

I'm very pleased with the iPad2 and it was the right decision for me, a Mac shop. But, if you are a web professional, then the Xoom might be the better choice as you want to see what a website looks like, including flash. I hate flash for my websites, but it makes up a lot of the web. I could not see a gardening site on my iPad yesterday, for example.

That said, I've been surprised that not having flash on the iPad has not been a big deal at all for what I use it for. (Weather.com, for example, has a great app for the iPad that is better than their flash driven radar maps.) At the office, however, we want to see all of the pop-ups, all of the flash, everything, on potential client websites. And just to keep up with what is what. Thus, if you're a mobile webpro, Xoom is a good choice. It's fast, light-weight and the screen res is excellent.

You're going to hear a lot of about the iPad apps you don't have. Honestly, many of the popular Apple apps are not as useful as the good ol' internet. The New York Times, for example, has a big-deal app which is nice and all, but their website is much better. That's what I use.

After you've had it for a while, I'd like you or someone one to start a serious thread here about re-thinking our websites for tablets. It's a real issue and I do not think it's obvious what should and should not be done.

(One way the Xoom is likely a good choice; you cannot sign on to this forum with an iPad. Not certain why. But, with my Nook Color, no problem posting. Oh, other than it takes forever to type out the word "forever" on the screen keyboard.)


Msg#: 4312397 posted 8:09 pm on May 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

other than it takes forever to type out the word "forever" on the screen keyboard.)

Heh... takes me forever on a regular screenboard...


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Msg#: 4312397 posted 9:30 am on May 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

other than it takes forever to type out the word "forever" on the screen keyboard

I believe the FlexT9 onscreen keyboard is available for the Xoom, which does "Trace" entry (as well as voice and handwriting recognition). I'm happily using it on an HTC Android phone and would never go back to using a "Tap" on screen keyboard.

I don't find it quite as good as Swype but then Swype aren't selling to the end user which is a fairly definitive argument against them if it doesn't come preinstalled on your device.

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