Motorola XOOM Review: The Big Bang: Contacts, EmailBy cheatmaster 11:50 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments
Contact management is fairly straightforward on the Motorola XOOM. Your contacts acquire automatically synced with your Google account unless you explicitly disable this.
The larger classy screen has allowed some modifications that reduce the needed clicks for some tasks and thus improve usability.
The XOOM contact manager
You now acquire your contacts listed by either first or last name in the left part of the screen, while the details of the currently selected contact appear on the right. There is a handy search field on top as well as a shortslit for adding a recent contact or editing the selected one.
There aren’t too many available settings
Since the XOOM has no telephony clicking a phone number does nothing, but tapping an email address or a website automatically launches the email app or the web browser.
Editing a single contact is not the best-looking part of the contact management on the XOOM, but at least it’s easy to use. You acquire the available fields organized in groups, with plus and minus signs on the correct that let you rego or duplicate details.
There’s also an Add another field button at the bottom that lets you insert a filed that hasn’t existed so far for the specific contact.
Custom filed names aren’t available at this stage.
And here come the XOOM results from our traditional loudspeaker test. The device did pretty well getting a very fine Mark. You can find more about the test itself here.
Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score
Apple iPhone 465.160.366.2Below Average
Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab66.7 64.668.6Below average
Apple iPad 265.965.675.0Average
HTC Incredible S66.566.176.7Good
Dell Streak70.175.780.8Very Good
Motorola XOOM74.066.678.9Very Good
Emailing on the go is one of the things that create people buy tablets in the first place. The XOOM does pretty well here, coming with two optimized email applications out of the box – one for your Gmail and one that you can utilize with any POP3/IMAP account.
They both have split-classy screen interface, much like the contacts app. Initially your folders are listed on the left and the emails in the currently selected one appear on the right. Upon clicking on a single email the list of emails moves to the left tab while the body of the selected one pops up on the right.
The default email client
Bulk actions are supported too, so you will easily manage mailboxes that acquire tons of messages.
You can setup the automatic check for email interval or you can disable that completely and retrieve mail manually. There’s also a handy setting that makes your client automatically download attachments only when you are connected over Wi-Fi.
The Gmail app
It’s basically the treatment you acquire on Android smartphones with a few optimizations permitted by the large classy screen and higher resolution.
Digging into the settings menu
Writing emails is reasonably comfortable with the virtual QWERTY keyboard occupying about half of the 10.1” screen. Now this is no match for a hardware keyboard, but you won’t notice any gigantic incompatibility when handling short emails.
There’s auto correction and auto capitalization available and you can enable sounds on keypresses. There’s no haptic feedback this time so it’s not perfect just yet, but the overall experience is pretty decent.
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