Varinewu wrote:sorry, totally tech newbie here with a couple of questions. Lost my ipad, thinking of getting this as replacement, but not sure about how Android works.
1. What does it mean "up-gradable to 4.0"? Is there a cost? Is it more complicated than an ipad update which is really just tapping one key?
2. Do all tablets run on Android 4.0 have access to the same apps? i.e. is there a difference in apps between this one and the ASUS transformer on woot sellout a few hours ago?
3. Which one would you recommend, the ASUS transformer or the Xoom?
1. The Xoom ships with an older version of Android (3.X). Once you connect it to the internet, the tablet should detect that an update is available. There is no cost for the upgrade. There are only a couple of taps needed to start the update, but it can take a few minutes to complete, depending on how many apps you have installed.
2. No, some apps are restricted to some tablets, mostly on the basis of hardware (screen size, resolution, processor). Some Tegra-enhanced games are only available for devices running a Tegra processor (the Xoom has Tegra 2); some, like Sonic Episode II THD, require Tegra 3, the next generation. More about the Transformer in (3).
3. Which Transformer are you talking about? The original, TF101, runs mostly the same hardware. It comes with 16GB storage by default, while this Xoom has 32GB and LTE. The Transformer Pad, TF300, is still available and runs a newer Tegra 3 processor; it also has the promise of a Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update from Asus. Between the TF300 and Xoom, I'd go with the TF300 hands down. Between the TF101 and Xoom, it is close, but I'd lean towards the Xoom unless you are getting and plan to use the keyboard dock. For the record, I own a TF101.