Motorola XOOM 2

Motorola XOOM 2
$549.99
Brand: Motorola
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 10.1 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels, HD-IPS LCD
  • Chipset: TI OMAP 4430
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 3.2, upgradable to 4.0
  • Battery: 7000mAh
  • Released Date: 01-12-2011

Specifications

General

Device Type Android Tablet
Model Motorola XOOM 2 (also known as Motorola MZ615)
Released December, 2011
Status Discontinued

Design

Dimensions 253.9 x 173.6 x 8.8 mm
Weight 599 g
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass, Splash resistant
Colors Black

Display

Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) HD-IPS LCD
Size 10.1 inches
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. ~149 ppi
Features Ambient light sensor

Platform

Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 3.2, upgradable to 4.0
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No

Hardware

Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. TI OMAP 4430
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. PowerVR SGX540
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16GB/32GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
Audio Technology 3D virtual surround sound

Battery

Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 7000mAh
Battery Life Up to 10 hours
Charging Non-removable Li-Ion battery

Camera

Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 5 MP
Front Camera 1.3 MP
Video 720p@30fps
Camera Features AF, LED flash
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) LED flash

Connectivity

Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 2.1, A2DP, EDR
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
USB microUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. GPS, A-GPS
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No

Reviews

User Reviews 1 User Reviews We found the Xoom 2 to be 33% thinner and 10% lighter than the original Xoom, making it match the iPad 2 in dimensions. However, it is still slightly thicker and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

We appreciated the angular design of the Xoom 2, which looks distinctive. The build quality is great - it doesn't creak or flex. The aluminum back feels sturdy and the rubberized sides provide protection.
Vlad from The Verge
User Reviews 2 The standout feature for me is the superbly positioned stereo speakers at the top, delivering some of the best tablet sound I've experienced.
The tablet itself is a joy to hold with its metal build, slim design, and mini HDMI output. The screen is impressive, offering good contrast and detail, making it one of the best in my tablet experience. The YouTube app showcases smooth video playback with the ability to easily flick through thumbnails.
- David from Geekanoids
User Reviews 3 The tablet boasts a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 800. While the colors are good, the text lacks the crystal clarity of higher-end tablets. The design impresses with a rubber-aluminum combo, and the addition of micro HDMI is a cool feature for TV connectivity.
Examining the features, stereo speakers provide decent audio, but nothing extraordinary. The 5-megapixel camera on the back is standard, while the front 1.3-megapixel camera is suitable for video calls. The tablet runs on Android 4, but it's disappointing that it won't get further updates.
- GadgetFirst
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Thinner and lighter than original Xoom, matches iPad 2 dimensions
- Good build quality, aluminum back feels sturdy
- IPS LCD display has better viewing angles than original Xoom
- Camera is surprisingly good, takes great photos in natural light
- Smooth video playback in YouTube app
- Vast selection of apps in Google Market

Cons:
- Power button placement makes it hard to locate and press
- Experienced performance lag in core apps like Gmail
- Won't get future Android updates

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

7.3
  • Performance 6 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Battery 7 / 10
  • Design 8 / 10

The Motorola Xoom 2, also known as Motorola MZ615, entered the tablet scene in December 2011. Despite being discontinued, it left a lasting impression with its unique features.

Let’s dive into the details of this tablet that once aimed to compete with the likes of iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Design and Build: Distinctive and Sturdy

Measuring at 253.9 x 173.6 x 8.8 mm and weighing 599g, the Xoom 2 showcased a 33% reduction in thickness and 10% lighter design compared to its predecessor.

Although slightly thicker and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, it matched the dimensions of the iPad 2.

The angular design stood out, contributing to its distinctive appearance. The build quality received praise for its sturdiness – no creaks or flex. The combination of aluminum back and rubberized sides provided both durability and protection.

However, a drawback surfaced in the placement of the power button. Its proximity to the volume rocker made it challenging to locate and press easily.

Display: Improved IPS LCD

The tablet featured a 10.1-inch HD-IPS LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and splash resistance.

The display, although not surpassing the iPad 2, showed enhanced brightness and better viewing angles compared to the original Xoom.

Performance and Software: A Mixed Bag

Equipped with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB RAM, the Xoom 2 promised a smooth user experience.

However, performance issues emerged, with lag and stuttering in core apps like Gmail and Twitter, and less fluid animations despite the powerful processor.

The tablet ran on Android 3.2, upgradable to 4.0.4. The disappointment struck when users realized that further Android updates were not in the cards for the Xoom 2.

Camera: Surprisingly Good

The 5 MP rear camera, accompanied by a 1.3 MP front camera, impressed users with its ability to capture great photos in natural light. The 720p@30fps video recording quality added to its camera capabilities.

Multimedia Features: Audio and Video Excellence

One standout feature was the superbly positioned stereo speakers delivering some of the best tablet sound.

The tablet’s metal build, slim design, and mini HDMI output contributed to a joyous multimedia experience.

The screen, with good contrast and detail, ranked among the best in the tablet market. Smooth video playback in the YouTube app showcased its prowess in handling multimedia content.

Connectivity and Battery Life: Decent, Yet Average

Connectivity options included Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, microUSB 2.0, and an HDMI port.

While lacking NFC and wireless charging, the tablet housed a 7000mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery, providing up to 10 hours of usage.

In Conclusion: A Strong Contender with Some Shortcomings

The Motorola Xoom 2 left a mark with its distinctive design, multimedia excellence, and overall performance. However, software limitations and performance issues held it back from becoming the ultimate tablet choice.

While no longer in production, the Xoom 2 remains a compelling option for users seeking a balance between design, multimedia features, and overall tablet experience.

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