XOOM back to 2011 and remember what significant event took place in the Android tablet world. If you couldn’t gather the answer from our rather obvious (and pathetic) pun, then we’ll cut the crap and just remind you that the Motorola XOOM came out then. While it had its flaws, the XOOM rocked the Android tablet world forever. It was the first Android tablet that actually seemed like it was worth buying; and it sparked a new era in the world of Android tablets.
We’ll consent that the XOOM wasn’t exactly the key spark to the Android tablet blaze. Rather, it was the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first version of Android to actually be optimized for tablets. In truth, it was only for use on tablets. And while it was quite possibly the buggiest version of Android to date, it did two things. It was Google’s first foray into a new design language, and more importantly, it gave manufacturers a reason to start making Android tablets.
Concurrent with Honeycomb was the release of a slew of new Android tablets that weren’t just oversized phones. Travelling down memory lane, we can remember some of the more prominent names such as the Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. If you were one of the people who, like myself, were trying to decide upon one of the newfangled Android tablets on the market, then you know that it wasn’t an easy choice.
If you wanted to be the first with a Honeycomb tablet and also have the tablet that was backed by Google, then you were likely to choose the XOOM. But if you were someone who was always on the go and needed something that was thin, light and easy to use on the fly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was right for you. Maybe you were the serious worker who wanted to use your tablet for as much work as you could. In that case, you probably gave serious consideration to the Eee Pad Transformer and its detachable keyboard dock.
Of course, you may also have been a poor student like myself and been motivated by price, thus leading you to purchase the Eee Pad Transformer.
In any case, you were always looking for a tablet that fit the specific use that you had in mind for it. The same rings true today. As is natural with the progression of time, tablets have become much more refined. Today’s tablets are designed to be light, portable, and deliver media like they were born to do so. Which they sort of were. Born in a factory in some foreign country and delivered to your front door by a stork dressed as a FedEx man.
But once you unwrap that precious little bundle of glass, plastic, and possibly some metal, you’ll have to use it for something. Some of the more prevalent uses in today’s world are for streaming video, reading, browsing the web and even doing some simpler work such as word processing, creating spreadsheets and assembling PowerPoints. But many people don’t know that most tablets are capable of much more. Everything from advanced mobile gaming to interactive e-textbooks and even to some toned down photo and video editing. In short, tablets are pretty damn awesome.
Wanna know a secret, though? This entire article was written just so we could ask you how you use your Android tablet. Crazy, huh? If you want to do us a favor and make sure that we didn’t just write this all in vain, you could tell us how you use your Android tablet down in the comments below. Please and thank you!