Motorola Xoom is an excellent Android tablet PC choice
An Android tablet is a tablet PC that runs Android a Linux based Operating System made by Google.
There are several versions out, mostly those used by smart phones and those used by tablet PCs.
The Android tablet, as they are called, uses the 3.0 or 3.1 version of Android called Honeycomb.
The smart phones use the 2.0, 2.2, or 2.3 versions called Eclair, Froyo, or Gingerbread.
Coming soon is the 3.4 version of Android (named Ice cream sandwich) which will merge the tablet and phone versions into a single OS.
This should occur sometime later this year, and is being eagerly followed by smart phone and tablet users alike.
Being as this is Linux based, it is self contained and unlike windows should prove to be resistant to viral attacks, Trojan horses, and other things that plague Windows.
The 3.0 Android OS for use in Android tablet has many of the same features as the phone based Android 2.x. It can sync email delivery and contact information, gather all emails from different services into a single inbox, allow you to upload a picture for contacts and link that image to the contact book for access with a single tap. You can email, chat, SMS, or call anyone on the list with equal ease. Messages can be saved, searched, and the older ones deleted automatically. There is enhanced support for cameras, virtual keyboards, browsing the Internet, and animated live wallpapers. Bluetooth 2.1 is supported and there are improvements made to optimize hardware speeds, different screen sizes, and more. Plus calendars, agendas and Google maps are all included. Voice and video chat through Google Talk, an updated interface to make things easier to do, more support for larger screens, native support for SIP VoIP calling, a better virtual keyboard, improved copy/paste functions, better audio effects, more camera options, and both a download manager and power management system. With this comes support for native code development, better enhancements for game developers for audio, graphics, and input, support for both WebM and VP8 playback as well as ACC audio codex and a change to the newer ext4 file system. It also has many features that are unique to Android tablet. The first tablet to use the Android 3.0 is the Xoom. If you want to experience how this OS works then the Xoom is a great way to get a feel for it. It is hard to say if the OS was developed for the Xoom or if the Xoom was made for the OS because the two work together flawlessly.
The Xoom Android tablet offers all the features of the 3.0 and 3.1 Android a full playground in which to express its potential. The first thing you will notice if you have used the smart phone version is that the interface is “holographic” in nature. This is an optimized interface for the tablet. Next there is a system bar that gives access to notices, status and navigation buttons. This bar is placed on the bottom of the screen. Part of the system bar is a recent apps feature that allows you to pull up any current tasks and move quickly from one to the other. There is also an action bar. This bar, placed at the top of the screen, gives you a quick way to get a hold of options, navigation, widgets, and content.
The Android tablet OS also has a better virtual keyboard, and intuitive copy/paste system, a tab format to replace individual windows, along with the popular features the other web browsers have like form auto-fill and stealth browsing. Since the Xoom Android tablet has two cameras, the OS has support for both, including exposure, focus, flash, zoom, front or back camera choices, time lapse ability and more. Plus you can create and share albums and galleries of your shots.
Of course an Android tablet needs to have many phone like features too, like a two pane UI and fast scroll on the contacts list to allow for speedy organization and location of who you might be looking for. This two pain UI carries over to the email support too, allowing you to view and organize your messages better. One new feature is that the app will allow multiple messages to be selected at once. With two cameras, it makes sense that the Motorola Xoom tablet also comes with Google Talk support which allows for video chat. Encoded into the OS is hardware acceleration and support for the Xoom’s multi-core processors. The 3.1 included resize-able widgets, Google TV, integrated Android marketplace access, and increased usability for USB devices.
How does this all interplay with the upcoming 3.4 Android OS? Soon both smart phones and Android tablet will be able to use the same apps. “Ice cream sandwich” will converge the two forms of Android into a single OS. This will make Xoom and smart phones both better. The benefits of the 3.x UI will be grafted over for use on the smaller screens of smart phones. The unified OS will allow developers to create new apps that work on both tablet and phone with equal ease. Plus Google TV will be included for streaming media applications. This fully open source OS should allow for faster improvements and better development times for all kinds of Android devices.