The original Motorola Xoom tablet failed on every level because Android Honeycomb 3.0 didn't have enough apps the device itself was one bloated slab of plastic. The Xoom 2 doesn't seem to change much — it's still fat (and maybe uglier) compared to the iPad 2.
It's hard to build a tablet these days if your name isn't Apple. Aside from competing for LCD resources and trying to match the iPad 2's battery life, you also have to deal with possible design patent infringements (read: anything that looks like a rectangle with a black bezel around it). Samsung's in hot water for allegedly "copying" the iPad's tablet design.
So in a bid to differentiate itself and avoid any lawsuits, Motorola's Xoom 2 sports a new design with "tucked corners" that's 9mm thick. There will reportedly be two models: 10.1 and 8.2-inch. Guts include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 11 hours of battery life, 4G LTE and will shoot 1080p HD video.
The Xoom 2 will also have its own optional keyboard dock and stylus.
I was excited for the first Xoom, but it really let us down. What about you? Given up on "fat" Android tablets yet?