An Amazing Tablet PC: The MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet

Review: MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (Wi-Fi)

I have been interested in getting a tablet PC for some time but was not really up for getting an Apple iPad because, ironically, I found it too mainstream.

I wanted something new that nobody else with tablets had and I wanted it to be able to play Flash video which I would be watching a lot of.  Enter the best tablet that is not an iPad.  And, truthfully, for my money, this is better than an iPad.  The name:  The The MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet

The reviews of this tablet, which are just coming in, are terrific.  And the features?  Abundant.  From the Amazon page, here is a listing of the various features of this tablet:


  • Next-generation tablet with 10.1-inch HD display, Android 3.0 platform, and ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor; support for Adobe Flash for viewing web sites, movies, games, and more
  • Front-facing 2-megapixel camera and microphone for video chats; rear 5-megapixel camera with LED flash for high-res stills and HD 720p video
  • 32 GB internal memory; HDMI output; microSD expansion (with software upgrade)
  • Up to 10 hours of video playback/Wi-Fi web browsing

For my money though, this was about the three “P’s”:  price, performance, and picture.

The price right now for the Xoom tablet is just $599.  The performance–dual core mobile processor. 

And the picture is what I love best.  This bad boy can play movies in full screen AND play Flash files, which, in my mine, sets this ahead of the Apple ipad.


Resizing Pictures for Email and Facebook

I had to teach my mom yesterday how to resize pictures for email and Facebook.  This was a chore.

You see, my mom has now embraced Facebook as a means to keep in touch with all of us and it has been the most pleasant thing because she expects us to be on Facebook all the time.  Mom–we have jobs and are not all retired with endless amounts of time on our hand.

Well, the main thing that my mom is trying to do is put up all of the pictures that she has and tag everyone.  We are talking about thousands of photos here.  And, of course, many of these pictures are not even yet digitized.

So, I taught my mom how to scan them in about 6 months ago but now she says “all of the pictures are too big to put on Facebook or email”.

I wish my dad were doing this.  A couple of years ago my dad asked me the difference between HDMI and DVI and with very little explanation, my dad understood everything that i was telling him.  Not so with my mom.

I show her how to use this thing called the Picture Resizer for Windows XP.  Then I showed her again, and again.  Then, she asked about quality degradation when you change the size of pictures and I thought she might be getting it.  Not so fast cowboy. 

She fumbled a few more times before, after 3 hours, she finally understood how to resize her photos for email and Facebook.