It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Amazon has cut the price of the Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition to a mere £185, a massive 44 per cent discount off the suggested retail price.
This is arguably the best value for money tablet on the market. Not only is it cheaper than the Google Nexus 7 16GB model, but it also costs almost £100 less than its bigger brother, the 10.1in Motorola XOOM 2, with which it shares all the hardware specs except the screen size and the battery capacity.
The tablet has an 8.2in, 1,280 x 800 resolution display (covered with Corning Gorilla Glass), a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, plus a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear one.
It also has the MotoCast streaming feature, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an infrared display control, a splash-proof coating, and top, side and subwoofer speakers with adaptive virtual surround sound. However, there's no microSD card slot.
The tablet is powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb and should be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich or straight to Jelly Bean. Google’s decision to launch the Nexus 7 with Asus is puzzling as it deals a financial blow - in terms of lost sales - to Motorola, which is owned by Google.