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Motorola Zoom - A Tale of Two Posts

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If you are thinking of buying a Motorola Zoom, required reading are two very different style reviews of the new Honeycomb OS based Android tablet from Motorola that debuts today.

First is Walt Mossberg, who in his Wall Street Journal review today, has made numerous comparison to the established holder of the tablet throne, iPad in his as usual very clear and concise review of something new.

Then there is CrunchGear's John Biggs. Biggs' review goes much deeper and to his credit points out more flaws than Walts, but leaves me with the same conclusion. WAIT on buying the Xoom.

A couple of reasons. The upcoming new iPad aside, as Apple lovers like me will upgrade anyway, but because there will be many other Honeycomb based devices, including new ones from Huawei, ZTE, Samsung and LG to name a few. Xoom gets the pleasure of being the first one out of the box with Verizon Wireless, and likely will have some protection on the shelf giving it some sales leadership for a while, but, it's a CDMA-EVDO device, not LTE yet. Neither AT&T nor T-Mobile have released their Honeycomb device yet either, and both are proclaiming faster networks. Third and most importantly, I prefer UNLOCKED devices that are legitimately obtained, and the Verizon device will need to be rooted to be used on international unlocked networks. And fourth, no Skype video for Android yet has been announced.

More commetary and early reviews are below.


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