Xoom rotation and Wifi only version

Discussion in 'Motorola Xoom' started by gquiring, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. gquiring

    gquiring New Member

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    I went to Best Buy today and used the Xoom for about 20 minutes. Overall I like it, I also have experience on the iPad. I don't know the Android interface as I have an iPhone. Overall I have always felt the iPad is just too simple. The lack of a notification tray and the Safari browser has kept me from buying one. Also the Apple app restrictions will never change.

    The Xoom was fast, smooth and I did not have much issue navigating around. But my one gripe was rotating the device. I had seen someone else comment on the issue and it's terrible. It takes around 7 seconds for it to sense any movement and in some cases it just never rotates. Does anyone know if that is hardware problem with the Xoom or a software issue?

    I am interested in the WiFi only version. I saw comments today on Engadget that SamsClub has them for $540. Does anyone know if the WiFi version has GPS? I am going to assume no since the GPS chip seems to be embedded with the 3G chipsets.
     
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    http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/17/motorola-posts-specs-for-gsm-and-wifi-only-xoom-indentical-to-o/

    Apparently yes, the wi-fi only model supports gps dancedroid

    Did you play any game demos that used the tilt sensor to control? If the game is responsive then I'd have to say it is an issue with android 3.0, not the sensor.

    I found that on my phone, running droid 2.2, the screen checks for it's position roughly 5 times a second, and usually can re-orient itself within 1-2 secs.

    Has anybody popped alogcat to their xoom lol?
     
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    gquiring New Member

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    Yeah I didn't try any games. I spent most of my time in the browser and playing with the Market stuff. Best Buy's internet speeds sucked, so installing apps from the Market was very time consuming. What would be a small download in the Market store that is free to test the sensor? I would like to go back to BB and try it.
     
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    I couldnt tell ya, I dont ever use it for games or anything else but auto-orient.

    Also, reread my first post :)
     
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    Well I just bought one today after playing with it for about 5 mins. I have a droid x so I know my way around android, but 3.0 is definitely different. But I have not had the problem your talking about. I flip mine all ways and it seems to do it within 5 seconds anyway I go. It also may have to do with the overclock I have but before I did it I still found it very responsive. I would recommend it way over the ipad and the ipad 2.

    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
     
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    Even 5 seconds is not great. Have you tried any motion sensing games?
     
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    I want a.xoom for free or altleast a cheap one

    Sent from my DROIDX using DroidForums App
     
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    My xoom rotates in under a second every single time. Not sure why its taking 5+ seconds for you guys...

    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
     
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    Same thing for me, 1-1.5 seconds per rotation. 2 seconds on the desktop if I'm running a live wallpaper.
     
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    My Xoom rotates in within 1 second (2 max) and in games that use tilt/rotation have all been very responsive and the few flaws I had in the games were with the game itself not the Xoom.
     
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    I wonder if the rotation issue is related to store demos because they have a tether security cord on them that is very stiff. Maybe it dampens the sensor?
     
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    Same for me - very fast, but not as fast as my Wife's Ipad.
     
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