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Eh, I disagree about the whole user interface comparison between Xoom and IPad 2. Xoom's UI has more customizability, yes. But as for functionality, iPad 2 is more intuitive. And you most certainly do not need to have all icons on home screen. For example, iOS allows you to stack multiple app icons together to form a sub window you can name. That means you can set all your games under one sub window, all productivity, etc. as for multitasking, it's about the same too. Push the home button twice and you can swap between apps. Some apps explicitly forbid multitasking though. On the other hand, android supports multitasking a little better in that you can bring up a list of windows. However, keep in mind that battery drain and system performance on Xoom will degrade increasingly with more apps open. Regular use of task killer is needed.
If you are not extremely tech savvy, iOS is still the way to go. I've owned a variety of Android gadgets in addition to both iPad 2 and 3. My girlfriend, who is not very tech-y, refuses to touch my current android tabs, Transformer Prime and HTC EVO View.
One more thing to note is that Xoom's viewing angle is noticeably worse than IPS panels like transformer and iPad, or even great LCD panels like View. It's still heck of a lot better than Dell Streak.
Also, keep in mind that most Xoom reviews out there were written a long time ago before tablet standards were raised substantially.
One additional comment I'd make is that since this Woot is for a refurb of a rather old device, battery performance will likely be a crapshoot. It depends on how much the previous owner took care of the tablet (e.g. Battery drain and full charge monthly). Factories never replace batteries as part of the refurb process.
With that said, Xoom should be really awesome for Tegra 2 optimized games from Gameloft. It's native support for micro-HDMI output also makes it a replacement or substitute for Roku and other wifi video streaming devices, and play flash videos. Those are things IPad can never do (well, not easily).
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