To say the Xoom 2 isn't quite as good as the Xoom 2 Media Edition is just plain unfair to the Media Edition. Costing around £329 at the time of writing, this tablet comes in at a fairly standard price for 10 inch tablets, it's on the same playing field as the iPad and Nexus 10 but a little more money than the Galaxy Tab.
Build quality and looks reflect that of the iPad, it's a solid piece of kit. It feels thin whilst keeping the weight & substance to feel premium, overall its comfortable to hold with two hands and on a table or lap but if it'd led on a table, the positioning of the unlock and volume buttons on the back of the device may cause annoyance.
"Build quality and looks reflect that of the iPad, it's a solid piece of kit."
However, once you put aside it's angular good looks and premium build the Xoom 2 has another personality. A laggy user interface, a screen that cannot compete with the likes of an iPad or Nexus plus the fact that Motorola has all but abandoned the tablet. A manufacturer could be forgiven for selling tablets using Android 4.0 but not in Motorola's case, the Xoom 2 runs Android 4.0 with almost no chance of an upgrade to 4.1 whereas the original Xoom is already running the latest! It's like Motorola have had another baby for the hell of it and then given it's eldest child all the attention.
"the Xoom 2 runs Android 4.0 with almost no chance of an upgrade to 4.1 whereas the original Xoom is already running the latest!"
So what about any killer features? Every tablet around these days has it's killer feature right? The iPad has the best range of tablet apps, the Nexus 10 has the best screen, the Galaxy Tab can make use of the S-Pen. So you'd be sure the Xoom 2 would have a killer feature? Well, no. There is nothing in particular to set this tablet out from the crowd unless you're a hardcore office fanatic, as the Xoom 2 comes pre-installed with QuickOffice HD which would normally cost £13, but the fact is, for consumers there is no one brilliant feature. This is why the Xoom 2 needs to be reduced in price and updated to Android 4.1, I would genuinely consider this a great deal if it cost £220 and came with Android Jelly Bean, but as it stands this tablet cannot be recommended by me at this time.