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
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:
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.