Two highly-anticipated and well-received devices were released this weekend and are available both in-store and online at P.C. Richard & Son: the Motorola Xoom and Nintendo 3DS. These devices are paving the way for new technologies and are certainly worth taking a look at.
The Motorola Xoom won the Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show and sets itself apart from all other tablets with its look and feel. It runs on the Android 3.0 platform which is specifically optimized for large-screen devices and features five customizable home screens that you can easily access your favorite live widgets or application shortcuts. Each screen features a familiar launcher with access to all installed applications, as well as a Search box for universal search of apps, contacts, media files, web content, and more.
This tablet features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi via Google Talk, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera (with LED flash for stills) that captures video in 720p HD. The 10.1-inch display delivers console-like gaming performance on its 1280 x 800-pixel display, and it features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer, and adaptive lighting for new types of applications.
Other features include a 32 GB internal memory, memory expansion via optional microSD cards (with future software upgrade), 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, access to personal and corporate e-mail, HD 1080p video playback, HDMI output for connecting to a compatible HDTV or monitor, and a 3250 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing.
Play portable games for the first time in 3D without glasses and immerse yourself on a whole new plane. The level of 3D you experience (or playing the traditional 2D) is entirely customizable via a slider on the right-hand side of the top screen.
In addition to the familiar + Control Pad and button controls found on previous Nintendo hand-helds, Nintendo 3DS now also includes a Circle Pad, which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, giving it the freedom and precision needed to play games in 3D worlds. A built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor can react to the motion and tilt of the system, so whether players are twisting their systems side to side or moving them up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS games respond instantly.
Each Nintendo 3DS system comes pre-loaded with a variety of fun games, applications and features, such as Nintendo 3DS Camera. One camera points at the user, while two additional cameras point outward. These two outer cameras take photos in 3D. The fun, built-in game “Face Raiders” asks users to shoot at funny depictions of their own faces.
The console also promotes physical activity. When put into Sleep Mode it can act as a pedometer, letting users earn Play Coins for the steps they take that can then be traded in for additional content in compatible games and applications. By accessing the Activity Log, users can check their steps as well as their play time.
Which of these electronics were you looking forward to most? Weigh in in the comments.
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