In fact, it’s perfectly clear from the design that e-reading is one of the Xoom ME’s primary intended roles – both the web cam and Motorola badge have been sited with portrait rather than landscape orientation in mind.
The rubberised back allows for a firm grip
Some of the weight saving is also due to the reduced sized battery. At 3900mAh it’s only just over half the capacity of the 7000mAh battery in the Xoom 2 but that’s not the wholesale disaster you might expect. Looping a 720p MP4 video, it managed 4 hours 20 minutes from a full charge but in more general use you can easily get over seven hours depending on screen brightness, Wi-Fi use and so forth.
Web browser show everything in its place and the AnTutu results are in line with expectations
Diminution aside, the Xoom ME is physically and technically identical to the Xoom 2 proper. That means it’s very well built, splash resistant and rather attractive, thanks to its gently bevelled edges. Inside you get the same 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core chip, 1GB of RAM and 1.3 and 5MP cameras pointing forward and backwards respectively. Usefully the web cam now works with Skype video calls.
In all ways performance is identical to the Xoom 2 proper, and that means you also have to make do with the same 16GB of storage and no expansion slot. Physical connectivity extends no further than the 3.5mm audio out, micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports.
Next page: Spatial agent
I do not farkin' believe it.
Decent price, lovely screen etc etc. I read throught the specs and yet another one of the OEMs has done again. Only 16 Gb on board and no expansion slot! I have to ask - do they want to sell me a tablet or not? There is no excuse for this. If they cannot deliver *both* connectivity *and* expansion at a reasonable price (I do not expect to pay bottom feeder prices, I am willing to part with some proper wonga) why are they in this business at all? Moto was *one* step away from persuading yours truly to open his wallet and make a large number of moths homeless and they managed to fumble the ball - unfarkingbelievable.
Or, maybe, it's so they don't have to pay the MS FAT tax?
Second the external storage comment
What are the tablet designers on ?
I have an Ipad2 which the biggest pain in the ass is no external storage provision, just to add I did not buy this and would not have for this exact reason. This feature is top of my list for my next tablet purchase and anything missing it will be scrubbed from the list.
Try again Motoraola.
No external storage - not very 'Media Edition' in my opinion..
So once I've put on a few albums, a TV series and a few films, I'll be out of space - I've got a 32GB MicroSD in my Sensation and that's well over half full, without the videos!
A very strange choice for what would otherwise be maybe the perfect tablet..
It's all about the web. Allegedly. So you don't need local storage, you'll be streaming everything. Apparently.
Who bought Motorola again?