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Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition tablet, down to £160

Motorola may well be owned by Google, that doesn’t mean that the XOOM 2 Media Edition stands a chance against the Google Nexus 7, the game-changing Android-based tablet launched in July.

Google has been ruthless, introducing the 8GB version for £159 and the 16GB for £199, then within months, cutting the price of the 16GB to £159, killing the 8GB version and then introducing and reducing the price of the 32GB version to £179, making the playing field as uneven as it has ever been.

The XOOM 2 Media Edition is still a fairly capable tablet though. This £160 device is essentially a smaller version of the XOOM 2 10.1 which costs £230 and has a bigger battery and a bigger display.

It is coated with a splash-guard coating and its screen is covered with Corning Gorilla glass. It has a 8.2in 1,280x800 display, a dual-core TI OMAP4430 system-on-chip clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM 16GB onboard storage (but no microSD card slot) and a 5-megapixel rear camera and a front facing one.

The tablet is a mere 9mm thick and weighs 386g. It Also features a built-in Dijit Universal remote control plus a free app called MotoCast which allows you to stream media from your computer to your tablet.

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