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Updating a Xoom tablet is easy -- just delete everything and ship it to Motorola

Feb. 25, 2011

By Al Fasoldt
Copyright © 2011, Al Fasoldt

   Interested in a Motorola Xoom tablet instead of an iPad?
   Think twice. Maybe three times.
   To get your iPad updated, you plug it into your PC or Mac with the white cable it comes with, then let the iPad update itself. It's automatic. To update your Xoom, you erase everything on your Xoom, stick it in a box and mail it back to Motorola. You get it back, updated, in a week or so.
   Way to go, Motorola! What part of the iPad ecosystem did you NOT study when you designed the Xoom?
   (A reader complains that the update in question is actually an upgrade, and should be identified as such. OK, Xoom owners who want what the upgrade offers are buying tablets that aren't ready to be sold and have to erase everything and send them back to Motorola to have the latest hardware installed. Or whatever. Great public relations for Motorola.)