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Motorola SA launched the Motorola Xoom tablet and Atrix smartphone in South Africa on Wednesday. The Xoom has been touted as an effective challenger to the dominance, in the tablet space, of Apple's iPad and was released internationally in May 2011. With a 25cm screen, the Xoom falls into the larger tablet category and it runs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system which was specifically designed by Google for tablet devices.

Google recently bought Motorola Mobility Holdings for $12.5bn to help protect its fast-growing Android mobile operating system. The Xoom is the first tablet to run the Honeycomb OS and features a 1GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. Unlike the iPad, it sports a memory card slot and also supports Flash for rich web content. Both touch screen devices have front and rear cameras and Motorola claims that the battery life is better than competing Android powered devices.

Some analysts have suggested that Google's move to buy Motorola Mobility may make Asian manufactures like Samsung and HTC nervous because they depend on the free Android OS for their mobile devices. But Google said that it partners with many device manufacturers. Tablet technology has taken South Africa by storm, with Motorola Mobility announcing the availability of its Xoom tablet, the first device to run on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system in the country. Megan Nicholas, country director of Motorola Mobility SA, said with the arrival of Xoom, customers would now experience tablet technology differently.

“Motorola Xoom redefines the tablet device category. According to analysts, Honeycomb is set to become the international standard operating system for tablets, being the only open source operating system available to manufacturers.

Nicholas said with the boom in mobile web access, the Xoom would provide the best customer experience. “The Motorola Xoom is a device designed specifically for individuals who demand excellence when it comes to creating or consuming content. “The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favourites such as widgets, multitasking, browsing, notifications and customisation,” she said.

Speaking on the adoption of tablet technology in the country, Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx, said he was astonished by the number of tablets that were now available in the country. Goldstuck believes the tablet wars have begun in the country and “more than a dozen opposing armies have lined up their forces and the shooting war has started”. Both the Samsung device and Apple’s iPad have screens of around 10 inches in diagonal width – the iPad is 9.7 inches, which is regarded by many as the ideal tablet size,” said Goldstuck.

Since the honeycomb version was all sold out online, I went with the Xoom, since it was in the market longer, most honeycomb apps will be compatibable with it. Flash is supported on 3.0, and works rather well. The Cnet apps for android also work well, although not tablet optimized. Wii Motes do connect and work wonderfully with 3.0 as well, despite some online sites saying otherwise. My PS3 bluetooth keypad connects to, which makes typing this long message on my xoom a breeze. My question is about the recent lawsuit from apple. I’ve found a Nexus S on Amazon for �260 (about $300 I think) and am thinking of buying it. 
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