I've read thousands of comments, reviews and comparisons to iPad to the point I want to gouge my eyes out! Bottom line tabs are cool. Sure the iPad is sexy and sleek, but when it comes to functionality my Xoom is just as good if not better than anything else out there. I've read lots of people trying to turn their Xoom's in to missile command for the European front, get disappointed because it won't and blast the heck out of it as useless. A tab is not intended to replace your laptop/PC/Mac. Sure you can do a lot of similar things on a tab like most of the "general" stuff like email, Facebook and surfing, but try doing intense design work or reporting on a tab. It ain't happening. Maybe some day, but today its a stop gap between lugging around a laptop, a portfolio of papers, books and using your smartphone.
The Xoom works and that's what matters. For those that compare Xoom to iPad, if you read carefully the things they are talking about are minuscule and really preferences more than fact. Apples to apples (excuse the pun) Xoom's hardware is superior to iPad. It all comes down to software and how the hardware is utilized! It's a little heavier and it doesn't have the bejillion accessaries an iPad has available, but who cares? I didn't buy the thing so I could pimp it out! And if you haven't invested hundreds or thousands of dollars in Apple products to run iTunes, then an Android Xoom tab is right for you. I have a Macbook, Apple TV and I use iTunes exclusively. But when I need to crossover, there are alternative ways to doing things. iPad, Mac and iTunes play nice with each other. So if that is the world you live in and you don't want to rig or have the know with how to "hook-up" your non-Apple products to work with Apple, then BUY an IPAD!
Performance rocks. As for apps...I have not come across one they don't have that I need. Sure a lot of apps are bad, but do your research, read the comments of other users, make an good educated decision and you will be happy. Crappy apps do not = Xoom sucks. A crappy Android app will suck just as bad on a Xoom as any other Android tab or phone out there. It means the app sucks!
My battery lasts forever. Every once and while i will hear something ding in my work bag letting me know that I need to take the Xoom out and use it more often! Then I rememberI haven't charged the thing in a week...yet it still has most of its juice. So standby time rocks!
My personal uses for the Xoom -
surfing the web (reading news mostly)
Listen to music
My work uses for Xoom -
Meeting notes, todos, action items
Review docs, excel, ppt or PDF files
Listen to music
surf the web (read news mostly)
My Xoom is wifi only. Picked up the EasyTether app and I bluetooth with my Droid X to get 3G when outa wifi range. No rooting necessary! Actually if I can't bluetooth with something I find I don't usually need it. Picked up the dropbox app and the files I need physically sync to my Xoom automatically when wifi connected from any PC I use it on. You really need to think CLOUD when using a tab. USB memory sticks, SD cards and connecting to your computer via USB are laptop/pc legacies. I have access to thousands of songs, videos, docs and files and only a handful are on my Xoom. Wifi on this little bugger rocks and you will find you won't need all those legacy relics of the past once you get used to going without.
Is Xoom the best tab out there? I wouldn't look at from that perspective. It's an Android tab running pretty much the same Android every other tab does. Most people just get irritated at idea another tab has something they think they need! Trust me...been there done that myself. In reality though, as long as you can run the apps you feel you need, connect via wifi or even tether to your smartphone for cellular wifi, this tab is just as robust and good as the rest.
I prefer high end Pioneer over Denon for my stereo equipment. Does that mean Denon is not as good? No. Apples to apples they pretty much do the same thing. What it comes down to is what sounds good to MY ear, what features it has and for the value/price it sells at. Show me an Android tab running Honeycomb that can do something my Xoom can't do just as well and I will admit I'm wrong.