Before Motorola Mobility got acquired by Google, it launched an Android tablet, the Motorola XOOM, and a smartphone, the Motorola ATRIX.
That was at the 2011 iteration of CES, though the tablet didn’t sell as well as one might expect, after a certain Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad 2 arrived on the scene as well. This didn’t prevent Motorola from launching two more tablets under the XOOM moniker, before it was acquired by the search giant.
Now, the first Motorola XOOM tablet is on sale via Argos’ eBay outlet for under £200, a fraction of its initial selling price. The device is refurbished and comes with 12 month warranty plus free delivery.
It is still a very powerful tablet, based on a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset clocked at 1GHz. It runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb and has an upgrade path to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Other features include a 10.1in display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 1GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and up to 10 hours battery life.
It does weigh a lot though, tipping the scales at over 730 grams, and is considerably thicker than the competition. Still, grab a cheap 32GB microSD card for £10 and you get a massive tablet with 64GB storage for just over £210, ideal for the kids.