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IFixit questions why it should take six days to perform a Xoom LTE upgrade

Until the iPad 2 is announced next week, the Motorola Xoom is the hottest tablet on the market right now. Sporting a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space, and a gorgeous Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" operating system, the Xoom has a lot to offer.

One aspect of the Xoom that has gotten a lot of attention is its ability to be upgraded to LTE technology. Verizon explains that a customer can send off his or her Xoom for an LTE modem upgrade and have it returned after six days

However, iFixit questions why Verizon doesn't simply allow its retail stores to perform the upgrades or allow customers to take matters into their own hands. According to the gadget teardown gurus, a qualified technician should be able to perform the upgrade in roughly 10 minutes.

All that it takes to perform the upgrade is a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove two screws at the bottom of the Xoom (which allows the back panel to be removed). At that point, the upgrade socket is made available. Disconnect the two antenna connectors and twist a couple more Torx screws and you're now ready to put in the LTE module upgrade.

IFixit's Miroslav Djuric explains:

A seasoned technician can perform this swap in less than 10 minutes. Heck, a donkey could probably pull it off in less than two hours. We have no idea why a customer couldn't just go to a Verizon store and have on-site representatives enable 4G on the spot, just like they're able to transfer mobile contacts and perform other activation procedures.

Six days versus ten minutes… you be the judge.



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RE: Hmmm
By Lord 666 on 2/25/2011 11:28:14 AM , Rating: 2
After last night's experience at a VZW retail, its way better to get anything done be people who know what they are doing versus the glorified clothes sales people. Bought an iPhone for my wife (the one with within factory tolerances, especially due to c-sections) and even though I said don't do an ESN change, the person started to. Even worse, because she was not with me, it software bricked her previous phone while she was driving with the kids. Score: Fedex 1 (for the overnight shipping of replacement Octane) VZW 0. Luckily she liked the iPhone.

Held a Xoom while i was there, the fit and finish are very tight. Not as solid as an iPad, but still impressive. Anyway, not a chance an in-store idiot should be doing this work.


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