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Motorola Xoom 2 quick review

Motorola's Xoom 2 is the follow-up to the original Xoom, which was one of the first Android tablets to appear. Now, of course, Android tablets are abundant, and there are top-end, mid-range and budget models to choose between. The Xoom 2 comes in two incarnations; we're looking at the standard edition here, not the Media edition that has a smaller screen.

Smaller, lighter, faster

The new Motorola Xoom 2 is 33 per cent thinner than the original, and 100 grams lighter - coming in at 603g, 253.9 x 173.6 x 8.8mm. The tablet has a new-look chassis with the edges angled slightly to avoid the boring old Samsung Galaxy Tab / iPad look, and the new design works well. It's distinctive, but doesn't negatively affect your ability to hold or use the Xoom 2.Verdict

The Motorola Xoom 2 is a great tablet. Its slightly quirky design doesn't hamper its use, and it has plenty of oomph under the bonnet. Without memory expansion, it feels slightly hampered and for that reason, it has lost a mark, in our books

Best point: Fast processor; solid build; great screen.

Worst point: No memory expansion.

Read the full review over at our sister reviews website ITReviews - here.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.