The Motorola Xoom will be the first tablet to ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the 10.1in device looked pretty impressive when we got our hands on it at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Motorola has chosen to go with a widescreen form factor on the Xoom, and the 1,280 x 800 resolution screen is going to be great for watching multimedia. Whether this form factor will be optimal for the travelling enterprise user remains to be seen, though, considering its 730g weight, which is the same as the iPad.

Those who have used Android before will see that the four dedicated Android buttons commonly found under the display have been scrapped in favour of context sensitive keys located on-screen. The virtual home button is located in the bottom left of the display, along with back and multi-tasking keys.

Touching the apps icon on the top-right of the screen brings up an overview of all the applications and programs available.

However, there are some features common to previous editions of Android such as the ability to swipe left and right to navigate between home screens, loading and customising widgets and multitasking.

Multitasking in particular has been improved with a pane now giving a preview of applications on the left hand side of the screen.

We did find that the interface was not as intuitive as the webOS operating system on the HP TouchPad but whether the latter will be able to offer compelling applications has yet to be seen.

There apps on display for the Android tablet and a number are expected to be pre-loaded on the device when it ships.

Overall, it could take users a while to get to grips with the Android 3.0 operating system, but the brand-awareness is likely to mean that users will give this tablet a chance if the price is reasonable.

If however, the $700 price bracket being thrown around is correct, the Motorola tablet could well find it hard to attract users.

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