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One year after the release of the first Xoom, Motorola has revised its tablet with a new model whose style and software follow in the footsteps of the company's Defy and Razr smartphones. With an 8.2-inch display, the Xoom 2 Media Edition is 2 inches smaller than the original Xoom and utilises Motorola's very own content management software, Motocast. The Xoom 2 ME runs on a 1.2 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. Like its predecessor, the capacitive touchscreen boasts IPS technology (updated with the newest version) and Gorilla Glass protection. As for ports, it includes 1 micro-USB, 1 micro-HDMI, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There's a 5 Mpx camera on the back with an LED flash, and an infrared emitter/detector to transform your tablet into a universal remote. The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition is being sold at the suggested price of £329.99. Hardware & Handling Apparently designed to be held portrait-style, with its 8.2-inch display the Xoom 2 Media Edition is unfortunately not one of the easiest tablets to wrap your fingers around.
Why is this table called the ‘Media Edition', you may be wondering. Well, don't worry about it too much; look at it this way, it's a smaller incarnation of the Motorola Xoom 2 tablet – while that had a 10.1in display, the Media Edition's screen is 8.2 inches – but it is still colourful and sharp. There are not a whole lot of other differences though, but still this smaller tablet manages to cram in a load of great features. The TFT screen on the Xoom 2 Media Edition (ME) offers great vibrancy and brightness in its 8.2 inches. Both films and photos look great, the viewing angles are good and you can look at the screen in direct sunlight without straining your eyes. Motorola seems to have cracked the secret to sticky fingerprints too – all our swiping resulted in just a few faint smudges, which we wiped off with the edge of our T-shirt. This is a really well made device – there was no give even when we tried to twist and pull it – and a hard poke on the screen resulted in only the slightest of shimmers. Looks wise it has nice curved corners and there are no buttons (as Android Honeycomb offers virtual controls), so it looks really clean and smart. On the back you'll see a rubberised edging that helps you keep a grip on the device.
The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition (we'll call it the ME for short), is the smaller sibling of the Xoom 2. It doesn't pack the most super-charged internals, but it offers a good screen and enough power for the essential day-to-day tasks you'd expect to do on a handheld device.Its price tag almost matches the aspirational iPad -- costing £350 from Amazon and other retailers -- but the operating software it runs on is already outdated. The tablet world is a battlefield full of ever more powerful slates, so can the Xoom 2 hold its ground against the onslaught?The ME is the littler version of the Xoom 2. Rather than coming with a 10.1-inch screen, the ME is an 8.2-inch slate, designed more for handheld movie watching than for large-screen tasks. The Xoom 2 Media Edition has a reduced 8.2-inch screen, but you'll need a thumb prosthetic if you want to use it one-handed (not included). The smaller screen means that the ME has an overall length of 216mm and a width of 140mm, making it a slightly more hand-friendly device than the standard Xoom 2's 254x174mm dimensions. It's still far too big for one-handed use -- unless you have gargantuan thumbs -- but it's a pleasant size to hold up for a while.
The best-selling tablet on the market might be the 9.7-inch iPad 2, but that hasn't stopped manufacturers differentiating themselves using by going with a smaller screen size than Apple's offering. We've seen the likes of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab and the HTC Flyer in the past, but the Amazon Kindle Fire is the first seven-inch tablet to really make an impact.Now we have the new Xoom tablets from Motorola, and not content with just releasing the 10.1-inch Xoom 2 to compete with the iPad, we've also got the 8.2-inch Xoom 2 Media Edition, which will end up head to head with the likes of the Kindle Fire.If you're wondering what the difference is between the Xoom 2 and the Xoom 2 Media Edition other than size, the answer is pretty much nothing. Both are Android 3.2 tablets, with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 1280 x 800 screen (yep, it's the same despite the different sizes) and 16GB of storage.Well, there are a couple of other differences, we confess. As you might expect, a reduction in size also means a reduction in weight, and the Xoom 2 Media Edition weighs just 388g – even lighter than the Kindle Fire, which weighs in at 413g, and a lot lighter than the 599g of its big brother.
We wanted the first Xoom to bring Android Honeycomb to the masses. It wasn't quite successful enough to manage that, but the company isn't giving up, releasing two new tablets under the Xoom name, the 10-inch Xoom 2 and its little bro, the Xoom 2 Media Edition.The Xoom 2 Media Edition is the smaller of the two, with an 8.2-inch display. We've gone hands-on with this diminutive tablet, which is due out in mid-November, costing £330. Read on for our first impressions, and make sure you check out our hands-on photos and video above too.The first Xoom was unforgivably hefty, making it really uncomfortable to lug around. That's not a complaint you could level at the Xoom 2 Media Edition though, which is just 8.99mm thick, making it just ever so slightly thicker than the iPad 2, which has a depth of 8.8mm.It's light too, weighing 386g. It felt quite substantial in our hands, but easily light enough to tow around town in a bag. We think it might even squeeze into your back pocket, if you have quite accommodating jeans and don't mind making yourself extremely pickpocket-able.The angled edges are very reminiscent of the upcoming Motorola Razr smart phone, and look quite cool. We're not bowled over by the design on offer here, but we wouldn't say this tablet is ugly.