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Motorola Xoom dripping with tasty Honeycomb in hands-on photos

If you want to get your hands on the Motorola Xoom tablet, you'll have to wait, but at least you can hold your meaty mitts up to the screen while you peruse our hands-on photos.

Flora Graham
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After a fear-soaked weekend worrying that Motorola would mess up its gorgeous new Xoom tablet with Motoblur -- don't worry, it promised not to -- we're back to daydreaming about the flagship slab of Android 3.0 Honeycomb goodness.

Although we love the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the best Android tablet so far, we can't wait to wrap our mitts around one with a user interface that was specifically designed for the big screen. 

We took the Xoom for a test drive recently and spent even more time with Honeycomb. Although it was still a prototype, and far from stable, we're happy to report that the user interface is fresh and fun to use.

The 3D-style carousel of home screens packs in plenty of space for widgets, and the widgets themselves can now support more graphical whizz-bang-osity. For example, a widget for Google's ebook reader app shows a stack of book covers, which you can scroll through right in the widget.

The Xoom itself still has some tweaking to do, including deciding once and for all what colour it's going to be. We've seen it in black and silver -- and so can you if you click the gallery above.

But there's no doubt that at 10.1 inches, the Xoom will be a hefty beast. Like the iPad, you're likely to need two hands, a lap, or the wrists of a milkmaid to hold the Xoom up for a long reading session. The iPad is around 5g lighter than the 730g weight we expect for the Xoom.

Hit the gallery above to measure up the Xoom for a spot in your valuable hand land, then check out our full in-depth preview here

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As well as dark metal, as shown, we've seen all-black versions of the Xoom that look mighty slick, too.
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This lighter metal version of the Xoom reminds us strongly of the original iPhone design -- which was great, but we hope Motorola goes for something more original.
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Unlike the iPad, the Xoom doesn't skimp on ports. Micro-USB and mini-HDMI are on the bottom, and there's a microSD card socket on the top that will have to wait for a software update before it's activated.
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At 13mm thick, the Xoom is the same thickness as the iPad -- and easily slim enough to slide into the skinniest bag.
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There's an official dock for the Xoom, which has a mini-USB port and a headphone port, so you can rock the big cans at your desk.
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The dock also holds the Xoom up at a good viewing angle -- but won't be much use when you want to type on the screen.

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