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Sweet Spot #20: Geeking Out with my Tablet Out

Last weekend you might have noticed an electricity surge by way of Vegas, because it hosted the annual Consumer Electronics Show, where the worlds leading manufacturers/retailers of all things technology gather to exhibit the latest and greatest gadgets. Every year there are show favorites and every year there is a popular trend in the new “it” gadget. This year, it was all about TABLETS! This last year, tablets have been made commercially viable by, but I must iterate, not invented by, Apple. Many companies showcased their own tablets, in hopes to compete with their popular iPad. The clear “Best In Show” gadget of CES? The Motorola Xoom tablet!

Similar in design to the others out there, the Xoom was a standout in other areas. Here are the highlights:

  • Operating System: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
    – new “Honeycomb” software from Google built specifically to power tablet computers
  • Screen: 10.1-inch, 6:9 ratio, 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GHz dual-core CPU
  • Storage: 1GB RAM
    – MicroSD Storage (options options options!)
  • Connectivity: 3/4G, Wi-Fi, microUSB, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Camera: front and rear cameras
    – front: 2MP webcam for conferencing
    – rear: 5MP w/ dual LED flash and digital zoom
    – 720p video
  • Flash Player 10.1 (daddy, is it real?!)
  • Price: Unknown
  • Carrier: Verizon
    -will be available in the first quarter of the year

It all looks very promising, but the bottom line (for me and for many of you) is always the price and availability. Wherever the price point may be, it promises to be competitive. I just hope it’s not overpriced like some – clears throat – other brands.

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