Here’s a re-cap article on my three Motorola Xoom tablet and case hands-on videos, written by Natalie R. Enjoy!
With all the high tech equipment, brain-power and configuring that goes into making a Motorola Xoom, you’d think they would spend just a little more time on making it easier to open, let alone turn on. Dan Schott from Xoom Accessories.com has provided several humorous video reviews of the product to show just how difficult the ostensibly simple task of opening the portfolio case and powering on a Motorola Xoom can be. You may be thinking, how difficult could it possibly be? Well, to put it briefly, the average time for completing the task was two minutes among three different people. Now I understand why they put instructions on the back of the pop-tart box. If you feel like you’re up to the challenge yourself, and don’t want to spoil the surprise of how to open and power on a Motorola Xoom, I’d advise you not to read further. However, I will send out a warning that the task has a high risk of making you feel stupid and/or highly confused.
Dan begins his first video by choosing a random stranger in a mall food court to see how they might approach this difficult challenge. Once approached, the man fumbles while trying to open the Xoom case. Finally, he opens it after approximately 30 seconds of turning, squinting, head-scratching, muttering incantations under his breath, praying, retrieving a magic key after slaying the dragon– okay, I may be exaggerating here, but you get my point. Now that he has completed his first challenge, the random man must conquer the next task of (cue Beethoven’s Fifth) turning the device on. The man struggles with this task for an entire minute until you start to wonder if only King Arthur is capable of turning on this Motorola Xoom. Finally, Dan relieves the poor man by telling him that the button is in fact, located on the back of the device.
After the first (ahem) “interesting” experiment, Dan tries the device out on another unsuspecting volunteer, Tyler. Tyler’s attempt is slightly more impressive than the previous contender. He figures out how to open the Motorola Xoom in surprisingly the same time it takes to open a cookie jar. In this Xoom demo video, Dan points out that there are no buttons on the front because it gives the Motorola Xoom a more modern and futuristic look to it that makes it appealing to consumers. Tyler almost makes a costly mistake with one of the Xoom accessories (the stylus) by removing the cap from the pen side and almost attempting to write on the screen with it. Dan then explains that the stylus that comes with the Motorola Xoom is double sided: one side is just a regular pen with a cap and the other has a soft end that is to be used to navigate on your Xoom. This Xoom accessory can be found at all major electronic stores such as Best Buy, Verizon and Amazon. Or, if you’d like to support Dan and what he does, you can even buy it through their Amazon store.
After watching Tyler struggle with the Xoom a little longer, Dan makes the recommendation to viewers that consulting the guidebook upon purchasing your Xoom may be a wise decision that will save you from a lot of the hassle witnessed in these demos. While showing off the elusive button on the back of the Xoom, Dan explains the features of the camera beside it. The Xoom comes equipped with a 720p video recorder that could act as your camcorder and home camera. It can also act as a movie player for your children. The remainder of the video mentions how convenient the Motorola Xoom is for storage and traveling because its lightweight feature makes it easy to unpack and carry around with you everywhere. The Motorola Xoom is a product you absolutely can’t miss out on. If you feel intimidated about the task of opening and turning on your Motorola Xoom, the final video should make you feel a little more confident in your attempts. However, if you’re a male, it would seem that your best option (based on these videos) would be to just ask the nearest female.