Is the iPad a one-hit wonder or could the tablet industry take off extensively in 2011? That's the question Motorola's Xoom tablet will likely answer.
Motorola' s Xoom may determine how real the broader tablet market is.
Motorola's Xoom may figure out how real the broader tablet market is.
And this larger market, of course, involves Hewlett-Packard's WebOS tablet and RIM's PlayBook, among others. But Motorola's stands as the biggest potential consumer rival to the iPad 2 because Motorola is a first-tier supplier that has already competed mightily against Apple in the smartphone market (think Droid) and, more importantly, packs in a good deal of eagerly looked forward to goodies, including: Google's Android Honeycomb operating system for tablets, a powerful dual-core processor, a high-resolution (1, 280x800) display, dual cameras, and lest we overlook, the Verizon 3G (and soon-to-come 4G) network.