The Android platform is easy to navigate and I really like the dynamic tiles. It's very sci-fi. One thing that I found very compelling while researching the Xoom online was the MotoPack for Motorola Xoom, which contains a smorgasboard of pre-selected apps. It's pre-loaded on the Motorola XOOM Family Edition. Having apps suggested really helps when you're new to the world of smart devices, especially if you're not particularly computer-savvy, either.
This makes me think it could be a great gift option for someone you'd like to enter the digital age… especially when you consider the dual cameras that enable face-to-face video chatting with Google Talk. Perfect for keeping in touch with distant (literally) relatives. If your giftee is more of a bookworm than a cybernaut, the gorgeous Google eBooks reader might bring them around. I am a total print snob but I think the interface is really elegant and tactile:
I can't say that I was impressed with the service at the Sprint store I visited. Once they realized I was window-shopping and not likely to purchase anything, they totally ignored me. The Xoom floor model wouldn't turn on and I had to get a sales associate to plug it in because the battery had run out. The in-store retail price also started at $599– quite a bit higher than the current online “Buy Now; Get Free 2-day Shipping” deal which starts at $499 for the same model I looked at. Unsurprisingly, I would highly recommend the priceless you-don't-have-to-deal-with-surly-Sprint-clerks option.
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