Motorola Xoom, Atrix 4G: iPad Challenger Debuts at CES 2011
Motorola Xoom: Android Honeycomb Tablet
Motorola unveiled its Xoom tablet at CES 2011. The Motorola Xoom (pronounced "zoom") runs on Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb. Unfortunately, Honeycomb is tablet-only, with no phone version announced.
The Motorola Xoom tablet boasts quite a few features that the iPad lacks:
The Xoom's hardware also leapfrogs the pack: a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, a 2 megapixel webcam, dual-core 1GHz processor and 1080p HDMI output. Its 1280x800 resolution display demands satisfaction.
Motorola says it'll be out before the summer with integrated 3G, with a 4G model following later this year.
The Xoom also features a front-facing 2MP camera for video chat, as well as Adobe Flash support. Besides WiFi, the Motorola Xoom connects with the outside world via the Verizon network; no word yet on network affiliation in non-US markets.
Serious tablet competition is ultimately good for the market: the iPad only had one serious competitor so far: the Samsung Galaxy Tab. For all its prettiness, the iPad's shortcomings are made more apparent at this year's CES, particularly in the face of new tablets that don't presuppose another high-end machine in the house, or that the device will only have one user.
Atrix 4G & Droid Bionic: Dual-Core Smartphone
Motorola is also showing off the Atrix 4G, touted as the world's most powerful smartphone. The Atrix 4G boasts a dual core processor and is geared towards content creation. Motorola's "webtop" layer uses Firefox 3.6 as its web browser, which will either make you very happy or very sad.
The Motorola Atrix 4G will run on AT&T (boo, hiss) in the US, and on Orange in the UK.
Motorola also showed off the Droid Bionic, another Android phone. The Droid Bionic is a dual-core 1GHz Android platformer with 512 MB RAM. The front-facing camera can connect with the rear-facing camera for "see what I see" functionality. The Droid Bionic is also earmarked for Verizon's 4G network.