We’ve just got hands on with the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition, a delightful new 8.2-inch Honeycomb tablet just launched today. While we’ve had our reservations about Honeycomb before, we like what we’re seeing here: could this be tiny tablet we’ve been looking for? Read on for the breakdown.

At its press launch in London today, the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition was almost being treated as an afterthought by spokespeople on hand. After getting to grips with it though, we’d have to say it’s the most impressive Android Honeycomb tablet we’ve seen on these shores so far.

It runs Android 3.2, and Motorola promises an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will come in “due course”, and offers some impressive specs: it’s powered by a gig of RAM and a 1.2GHz dual-core Texas Instrument OMAP processor. Visually, it’s a huge break from the bland original Xoom, taking its design cues from the newly announced Razr Android phone: it’s pretty damn thin at 9mm, and is covered in the same Splashguard coating to shrug off minor spillages.

Really, it’s the size that’s got us so excited about the Motorola Xoom 2. The 8.2-inch Gorilla Glass screen packs the same 1280×800 resolution as most Honeycomb tablets, but stuffed into something the size of a BlackBerry PlayBook, it’s incredibly sharp, and colours on the IPS display are a big improvement. This feels like exactly the right size for the Android keyboard and browser – it’s just a shame there’s no 3G option planned, just Wi-Fi.

There are a couple of problems, mind. We said it was the finest Honeycomb tablet on these shores: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, currently the subject of litigation by Apple, is in another league thanks to its stunning AMOLED display (Seriously, it’s the best screen we’ve ever seen). Were that to go on sale in the UK, it would immediately render the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition obsolete.

More pressingly, we’re still struggling to figure out what place an Android tablet of any size has, while it lacks the tablet optimised apps the iPad boasts. Why not just buy a big Android phone instead? Indeed.

Still, if you now iOS is for you, look for the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition to go on sale in the Carphone Warehouse, PC World, Best Buy, Currys and Dixons in mid-November – price is still TBC, but we’ll update as soon as we get it.

  • casandrasdream

    Nobody wants wp7, it sells nothing.

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