Apps that work and some that don't on the Motorola XOOM

Summary:One concern many have expressed about the Motorola XOOM is the scarcity of apps in the Android Market optimized for the tablet. This list of apps reflects how the apps I use heavily on the Galaxy Tab work on the XOOM.

I have spent several days with the Motorola XOOM and I am liking it more the longer I use it. One concern many have expressed about the XOOM in particular and Android Honeycomb in general is the scarcity of apps in the Android Market are optimized for the tablet. This is a valid concern and the biggest adjustment I had to make using the XOOM; some of my favorite apps don't work well.

This list of apps is not comprehensive by any means but reflects whether the apps I use heavily on the Galaxy Tab (running Froyo) work well or not on the XOOM. Each app that doesn't currently work on the XOOM is listed with a brief explanation of what symptoms the app exhibits. I am not addressing widgets in these lists, nor tablet apps in the Android Market (those should work well, right?). These are simply the apps that work well on the Tab.

Apps that work fine

  • Gmail
  • Google Reader
  • TweetDeck
  • Plume
  • Dolphin Browser
  • Thinking Space Pro
  • Pulse
  • Google Books
  • Amazon Kindle

Apps that don't

  • LogMeIn Ignition (force closes)
  • gReader Pro (force closes)
  • NYTimes for tablet (display is terrible)
  • Pocket Information (works OK but display is not very good)

Topics: Mobility

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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