I want a tablet. I want a tablet badly. But I can’t quite convince myself it’s a need. (If you have any thoughts on this, please share. If I can make it a need I’m golden!) And like most wants it’s been sitting there unfulfilled while needs take priority.
Thankfully some dear friends have come to my rescue. They’ve been gently pushing and prodding me to treat myself. I promised them I would buy myself a tablet on Black Friday. (Am I really going to do this? Spending that much money on myself makes me feel kind of sick to my stomach…)
Well, if I’m going to buy a tablet I need to figure out which one I’m going to buy.
My smartphone is from Verizon so I thought I would take a look at their website. I live in an area with 4G LTE which makes it worthwhile to consider getting a tablet with wireless service. Do I need service or just WiFi? The questions keep coming…
I did a comparison between the Motorola Xoom and the other tablets Verizon carries. I’m really interested in the Xoom but I want to know more.
I decided to head to the Motorola site, where I discovered I could get free two day shipping. I almost never pay for shipping, so that is a major plus in my book. I can buy the Xoom for $499.99 with a service plan or for $669.99 without. I still don’t know for sure. My phone just has 3G, so is 4G LTE worth it?
I headed to my Verizon store to find out. (Plus while I was there I could play with all of the tablets and make sure I was headed in the right direction.) At my local store they had two Xoom tablets on display, including one with a leather keyboard case. I’ll definitely want a case and a keyboard whatever I decide, but the leather case they had out wasn’t really my style. (I am trying to stay on track, pick out my tablet first, then worry about accessories later!)
The staff at the Verizon store were very helpful, but when I told them I just wanted to play they said, “Have fun!” and let me go. I am blown away by the speed of the 4G LTE. It’s every bit as quick as my cable internet at home. I’m definitely going to have to think about how much I’ll be using my tablet away from home or other sources of WiFi. I can see several situations where the 4G LTE service would be really handy to have.
One thing I know I would use my tablet for is reading. I definitely wanted to see what it was like to read a book on the Xoom. Over 3 million books are available as Google eBooks. It was really fun to flip the pages and even with the back lit display it felt like reading a real book. Another feature I loved were the front and rear facing cameras on the Xoom. 5MP for the rear camera and 2MP for the webcam means you’ll be able to use your tablet to take some great pictures and video chat.
The Motorola Xoom runs on the Android 3.1 Honeycomb platform. That means access to the Android marketplace with tons of available apps. And of course the basics: web browsing, email, movies and music are all available through the tablet, too.
I really like the Motorola Xoom and hope I don’t back out of my plan to buy one for myself on Black Friday. If I could change one thing I do wish it came in white. (But that’s totally minor, and the Xoom is a sharp looking machine. It’s definitely not a deal breaker.)
If you’re interested in purchasing a Xoom of your own, don’t forget you can get free 2 day shipping! And feel free to twist my arm if you see me starting to talk myself out of buying one! You can see my entire tablet shopping journey here.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions, photos and screenshots are my own.