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Motorola Xoom Family Edition review

Don’t let the name of the Motorola Xoom Family Edition (FE) fool you. This tablet is seen by many as the one that the original Motorola Xoom should have been. It’s a tad lighter, a hair slimmer, and comes with a wallet-friendly price tag. It also supports for a more advanced version of the Android software. So where does the “Family Edition” bit of its name comes from you ask? Perhaps only its lower price.

Motorola bills the Xoom FE as “loaded with fun.” It has several pre-loaded apps and its default software can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Like the original Xoom, it comes with a fairly impressive list of standard specs. It has a 10.1-inch 1280x800 HD screen, 5MP camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI, and 16GB of onboard storage space. And the thing that made the original Xoom rather undesirable, a wallet-busting price tag, is conveniently absent from this version.

It may not be the most feature-rich Android tablet on the market today, but this one looks like a great choice for those wanting a good tablet that anyone in the family can enjoy.

Need to Know: Motorola Xoom Family Edition

1. Default software can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)

2. Comes with a highly-affordable price tag compared with its predecessor. (The Good)

3. Internal storage is limited to just 16GB. (The Bad)

4. Takes very long to recharge the battery. (The Bad)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

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Screen Size

The Motorola Xoom Family Edition's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 24 WHr battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Xoom Family Edition Specs

Release date October 16, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 24 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.0 x 17.7 x 1.1 cm (10.2 x 7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 650 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, White balance, Scene Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Xoom MZ505

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