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Motorola XOOM and Bionic: A CES 2011 Hands-On

Jan 6 2011, 8:26am CST | by , in News | CES

Motorola XOOM and Bionic: A CES 2011 Hands-On
 
 

So much pretty, so few hands.

You want to know how much I love you, dear readers? It's past two in the morning. I haven't really slept since Monday and my first meeting is at 8:30 AM. And yet, I'm still conscious and sapient, because YOU deserve the latest news on sexy tablets and smartphones. My job today would not be complete without Motorola's Bionic dual-core handset and XOOM tablet. So here they are.

First, the Bionic. I spent a few minutes puttering around with this baby. First off, I'll confirm your suspicions: it IS hot. But not nearly as hot as you're imagining. I didn't notice any difference in speed, handling standard everyday phone tasks. Which is what you'd expect. That dual-core processor won't really help much when you're checking your texts or scanning an email. You don't need a lot of power for those tasks.

Which isn't to say that the "end of waiting" isn't awesome. But I don't expect that most customers will notice wild changes in their day-to-day use with the Bionic. Still- look at how shiny it is!

Next we have the dual-core Motorola XOOM. It is thin. Crazy thin. And it feels INCREDIBLE in your hands, like the kind of tablet God would use to browse internet forums on long cab rides. The rubbery back is oh-so-satisfying, and the 5 MP camera on the back holds a ton of promise. Unfortunately, the XOOM wasn't ready for much of a demo.


Despite the fact that this thing is due within the next quarter, Motorola didn't have a working unit on the floor. The one they showed off was just running a slideshow of Android 3.0 homescreen images. That sets me a little on edge. But if any Android manufacturer has earned the benefit of the doubt, it's Moto. Without further ado, here's the video!

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