2011 can be rightly called “The Year of Tablets”. Many tablets are entering into the arena with some wonderful ideas. Motorola Xoom is in the top row. With top class hardware Xoom is considered best for Gaming and Apps.
Other Good news is Applications designed for Honeycomb Android OS will also work on Motorola Xoom.
Here is the list of Best and Top Xoom Apps.
Xoom Apps for Fun
There are plenty of ways to make your Xoom beutiful and fun. The Honeycomb Wall with its cute bees is a welcoming screen as you power up.
There is a free version and a 78 cents version. The latter gives you touchable bees, bees noise a battery level indicator and an editor to customize the display elements- including a color filter.
As you would expect YouTube looks wonderful on the Xoom. All that processing power and cutting edge video rendering pays off.
Unlike the iPad the Xoom handles Flash video, so a lot of videos you could never watch on the iPad are now there in full.
Best Xoom Games Apps
NVidia not only deliver a fine dual core processor for the Xoom they bring all there knowledge of graphics drivers to make the new tablet unsurpassed in sheer visual power. Here are a couple of the best games that will wow even hardened gamers.
Great Battle Medieval
Great Battles Medieval
Slitherine and Koch Media developed Great Battles Medieval, as a real time strategy game for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It looks great ported for the Xoom as well.
Comes from the PS3 to Honeycomb and should be a hot favorite with shooters who like slaying aliens.
‘We Rule’ Due for the Fall
I was disapointed to hear we might have to wait to the Fall for the popular startegy game ‘We Rule’. What are Ngmoco thinking? The Xoom was made for this game.
Best Apps for News
The Pulse app is the iPads most popular news app and looks just as good on the Xoom. You set up newsfeeds from your favorite sources- as many as you like and they are presented in an engaging way that allows for easy choice of what most interests you.
On the big screen Xoom you can read an article while having other article summaries displayed. This is great way to hit information overload before the day is old but news junkies could not ask for more.
A useful and highly customizable news app with regular updates from CNN.
You also get access to CNN iReport. This allows you to upload newsworthy photos as well as get involved in discussions.
WeatherBug is one of best weather services around and the first to optimize for the Xoom.
- Live neighborhood weather from over 8,000 locations
- Hourly forecasts and 7 day plan ahead forecasts
- Integration with Google Maps- touch any area and the local conditions are available
- Choose current weather, forecast and alerts tailored to your GPS
- View 2,000 weather cameras in the U.S.
- Easily share the weather information with friends and family.
- Option to view live radar and maps.
2 Gingerbread Apps that a Xoom will Benefit from
Pandora Internet Radio
This is a gingerbread app but works fine on the Xoom and looks a lot better than a smartphone app inflated for the iPad.
You should expect a Honeycomb version pretty fast but int he meantime this will satisfy the need for almost any kind of music anyone could want- as long you can bear the costs.
Facebook have given low priority to Android updates (is this a no love for Google thing?) but the Gingerbread Facebook app will satisfy most needs.
Best Apps for Productivity
The 10 inch screen of the Xoom lets you to get a lot of stuff done. The best 2 apps to make sure you never have a (good) excuse for slacking are:
This is an incredible useful app and one of the best remote access software packages. You install Log Me In on any computer and you can then access that computer from your Xoom. The full range of applications on your home or office computer are then available for you to use. So if you Microsoft Office at home you can also have it on your Xoom. You can also read and compose emails, view pictures and many other useful things.
The pro version allows file transfer, remote printing and desktop sharing amongst other benefits but the free version is a powerful tool in itself. It is compatible with Windows PCs and Mac OS X
Quick Office is a mobile version of Microsoft Office’s best productivity software.
You can full use of Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations on a Xoom.
Their is complete easy access to cloud based services like Google Docs, Dropbox, MobileMe, Box, and Huddle.
Files and Folders are especially easy to manage with most functions orientated to the touchscreen.
You can find it in the Android Market place or check out it’s features in detail here: quickoffice_suite_android/
Best Xoom Apps for Business
Tablets have so many business applications and Xoom is set to attract some very specialized apps for everything from healthcare to stock control. These are the must have apps for business users.
Virtual conferencing is set to be at least as common as real face to face conferencing- especially for road warriors.
Fuze meeting is a free app for smartphones and tablets running Android with 2.2 and 3.0 versions.
It includes includes VOIP (voice over IP), and allows users to participate in a meeting and view shared computer desktops. Users can also upload videos, documents and pictures to be shared.
This allows you to accept and process payment from all the major credit cards without any other kind of equipment. Authorization is fast and electronic receipts can be issued immediately by email or text message.
It can be used on smartphones and tablets.
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