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Motorola's Xoom gets a lower price of entry

The 3G version of the Motorola Xoom is already in stores, but a cheaper, Wi-Fi-only version will soon be on the way. Motorola announced today that the Xoom Wi-Fi will officially be available on March 27 at a number of U.S. retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, and Walmart. 

Whereas the Xoom 3G (soon to be 4G) starts at a lofty $799 without contract ($599 with contract), the Xoom Wi-Fi will start at $599 with no strings attached. That price tag gets you a 10.1" tablet running Android 3.0, a 1280x800 screen resolution, dual-core processor and 32GB of storage space. That pricing also puts it in direct competition with Apple's 32GB iPad 2 (Wi-Fi-only model).

There is no word on whether Motorola will introduce an even cheaper 16GB Xoom at a later date to go head-to-head with Apple's 16GB iPad 2.

“MOTOROLA XOOM is a truly innovative tablet – its design, coupled with being the first tablet to have Android 3.0, results in a user experience that is one-of-a-kind,” said Dan Papalia, vice president of retail sales for Motorola Mobility. “We are now continuing to expand the choices available to consumers with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi to be available soon from numerous leading retailers in the United States.”

Hopefully this cheaper variant of the Xoom will help to spur sales. Analysts are already reporting that Xoom sales are "underwhelming" compared to the overachieving iPad 2.



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Sorry
By FITCamaro on 3/16/2011 9:58:01 AM , Rating: 2
$600 buys me a nice laptop with a lot more capability than this tablet. And I can get a data plan for it more than likely too if I want it.




RE: Sorry
By supermitsuba on 3/16/2011 10:12:01 AM , Rating: 2
500- 600 bucks is too much for a device that is for light use. Surfing the internet and reading books, ill just use my laptop/phone/kindle and be all set. These are still expensive toys.


RE: Sorry
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/16/2011 10:14:48 AM , Rating: 4
I think Apple is smart by offering a $500 iPad 2. However, I'd be more inclined to purchase a tablet if I could get a 16GB model for around $300. That's about how much it's worth to me considering I already have a smartphone that can do most of what a tablet can do (albeit with a smaller screen).


RE: Sorry
By theapparition on 3/16/2011 12:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
One of the reasons I bought a Nook Color back in December. But even after rooting and playing around with different ROMS, it left me wanting more.

I was going to wait for the Wifi Xoom, but took the pluge and bought the subsidized one with data plan. I have to say, been pretty impressed with it so far.


RE: Sorry
By therealnickdanger on 3/17/2011 11:17:14 AM , Rating: 2
The Xoom is nice for sure. I'd be tempted if it wasn't so damned expensive though.

So I have to say that there's a huge desparity here. We were promised that Android tablets would be cheap, right? I know that I can go out an buy any one of the hundreds of "aPad" models and other Chinese SKUs, but why must we wait for inexpensive name-brand SKUs?

If Apple, the king of overpriced annual landfill fodder, can charge $499 for something as great as the iPad 2, then why the hell are we not seeing comparable Android tablets for less? Is it really that hard to compete or is Apple losing money on them? LOL (Even I have to laugh at that one.)


RE: Sorry
By theapparition on 3/16/2011 12:42:57 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not going to try to convince you or anyone else, since your needs may be different.

However, I am going to say that for me, a tablet has good functionality. Instant on, 10hr battery life, access to online app store, programs designed for touch so no clunky trackpad and scrolling, etc.

Plus it also serves as an ereader. I like to read books while on a plane or before bed. The Kindle is nice for reading, but does require an external light, which isn't too convient at 1:00am with your spouse sleeping next to you. Plus with a tablet, I can also read all my Amazon, B&N, and Google books all in one device.

I also use it for my calender and to take notes and even to output presentations to clients and suppliers. Yes, most of this can be done on a phone, but the larger screen really does make a difference.

I'm not going to claim that the tablet has changed my life or is in anyway has give me an "enchanted" experience (<-I refuse to use the fruit term). However, it is quite useful for the way I use it.


RE: Sorry
By supermitsuba on 3/16/2011 12:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, i have seen people praise it for those things. And it does sound great, but i guess 500 dollar great is the decision everyone will have to make. I would be interested if they were more in the netbook price range.


RE: Sorry
By headbox on 3/16/2011 1:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
some people don't live in Mom's basement, and $600 isn't a big purchasing decision

some people are productive on an iPad, like the Gorillaz who recorded an entire album with it


RE: Sorry
By Boze on 3/16/2011 1:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
Some people aren't morons either, and realize their smartphone and laptop will do whatever the iPad can do, and a whole lot more, and oftentimes for under the $500 to $829 barrier of entry.

My Samsung Galaxy S - $0.01 with 2 year contract
My Acer Aspire One 532H - $599, with a 500 GB hybrid hard disk and 2 GB of RAM

$600 and I have access to anything a Windows 7 computer can access and a smartphone with anything Android can use. And the best part is, most of the apps I want or need to use are free from my "App Store".


RE: Sorry
By probedb on 3/17/2011 4:52:55 AM , Rating: 2
Then you don't want a tablet so why are you moaning.

A laptop is useless in half the situations I want a tablet for.


RE: Sorry
By supermitsuba on 3/17/2011 9:43:50 AM , Rating: 2
Great for them to be able to produce music on an iPad. I can do the same thing and more on a laptop. I didnt argue that it didnt have its usefulness, but when it is a choice for an underpowered computer vs a fully capable computer, for the same price, its really up to the person to find its worth.

Also im not one to run out and buy every electronic device ever to come out as a fad, otherwise that would have me living in my mom's basement :o)


RE: Sorry
By ipay on 3/16/2011 10:13:16 AM , Rating: 2
What if you already own said laptop, have $600 burning in your wallet and are feeling empty inside.
Wouldn't this make your day a little brightier?


RE: Sorry
By nafhan on 3/16/2011 10:56:25 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
...have $600 burning in your wallet and are feeling empty inside...
I occasionally wonder if this is how most Apple customers make their buying decisions.... :)


RE: Sorry
By Souka on 3/16/2011 11:18:27 AM , Rating: 4
I know a few iPhone and iPad users here at my work...they amuse me.

iPhone: they got the original the iPhone, then the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4..and I'm sure they'll get whatever hits the market this summer(?). Many paid full retail price as they weren't eligible for an upgrade.

iPad... geez...that awesome tablet they bought for Xmas is "old" now... most have gone out at bought a iPad2

This seems to be a very common trend among Apple users and their products... which is great for Apple sales and statistics.

my $.02


RE: Sorry
By Boze on 3/16/2011 1:56:05 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a crazy ass idea... take that $600 and invest it, or save it, or put it into a money market account, or start a business.

I don't know what moron jargonist came up with "disposable income", but income is only disposable if you don't have to show up at work for the rest of your life. I only personally know of two people like that - one of them is my uncle, who spent 25 years building his business and sold it to his daughter, and the other inherited his wealth from generations of hard work by parents and grandparents (and he still shows up to the office to oversee investments and new business ventures).

No wonder we're still in a recession, people are too busy throwing away money on things they honestly do not need, instead of paying off debt or investing.

I can see usage scenarios for the iPad - mostly medical, mobile sales professionals, and probably some other niche areas, but most of the people I see with an iPad don't really need one; they want one.

At some point, it'd be nice if the American public could start differentiating "want" and "need".


RE: Sorry
By nafhan on 3/16/2011 3:09:19 PM , Rating: 2
I recently saw a chart showing how much money you'd have if you invested in Apple stock instead of buying their products. An investment of the cost of a '97 G3 Powerbook (in '97) would be worth over $300,000 in Apple stock, today...

Here's the chart:
http://www.kyleconroy.com/apple-stock.php


RE: Sorry
By teng029 on 3/16/2011 9:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a thought, why don't you let people who earn their money decide what they want to do with it? Who are you to decide that for them?


RE: Sorry
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/16/2011 8:50:20 PM , Rating: 2
Different uses, different pros and cons. The huge pro for a tablet is instant on, takes up nearly no space, and can last forever on a single charge. When I use in-flight wifi, it is with an iPad. I can use that thing non-stop on a LAX to JFK roundtrip and still have power left over, and it fits easily on the seat tray, there are no cords to manage, etc etc. The laptop lives in the overhead storage bin now.

Same thing at home, I don't use a laptop in the living room anymore, an iPad is way more convenient and quicker to use. My laptop is basically a LAN party/HTPC machine at this point. Most other situations, tablet all the way.


Still too high
By SkullOne on 3/16/2011 10:14:37 AM , Rating: 2
Once again Motorola botches the Xoom pricing. They should have gone $450 with the WiFi only in order to compete.

What a failure the Xoom has turned into all because of stupidity. It truly could have been a possible iPad killer but Motorola screwed it up.




RE: Still too high
By nafhan on 3/16/2011 11:01:39 AM , Rating: 3
There won't be an iPad killer until there's a good reason to own a tablet. Right now, tablets are largely a luxury device that duplicate functionality already available in other devices that most people own.


RE: Still too high
By theapparition on 3/16/2011 12:49:41 PM , Rating: 2
Despite the fact that it has double the internal memory (1GB), double the external memory (32GB), higher res screen, more connectivity options, SD card support (future) and arguably a more funtional OS?

Sure, I'd like them all priced at $1.99 too. But Motorola can't sell them at a loss like others can. They have no other revenue stream to make up for that loss, unlike Apple, who takes a percentage of everyone's online purchases.


RE: Still too high
By invidious on 3/16/2011 1:10:37 PM , Rating: 1
There is no reason that Google couldnt subsidize the hardware costs by offering the manufacturers a piece of the app store revinue. This would allow the android tablet manufacturers the same luxury that Apple has.


RE: Still too high
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/16/2011 9:03:39 PM , Rating: 2
iTunes brings in only 10%. Apple makes money on the hardware, period. They get better margins margins combined with better hardware (check Anand's iPad 2 benchmarks) because they buy in significantly higher bulk than everyone else. They can make orders of 30 million IPS panels or 30 million SoCs or X amount of flash memory or whatever, because they know they will sell through it. They can also pay for components years in advance due to their stockpile of cash.

Volume discounting on this scale is an advantage that nobody else has at the moment. It either results in other companies settling on selling inferior hardware at the same price or higher than what Apple does, or biting into their profit margins. I don't think selling at a loss is acceptable for anyone. A colossus like Microsoft was in the red for nearly a decade with the XBox, and they were able to manage it because their software generates so much profit. That said, I don't know if they are willing to go through something like that again. A company like Motorola isn't capable of sinking cash into a product like that, so yeah, I don't think a loss leader like that is really an option.


RE: Still too high
By Boze on 3/16/2011 2:06:22 PM , Rating: 3
After reading Anand's benchmarks of the iPad 2, I'm really disappointed in the Xoom's hardware. iPad 2's graphics hardware easily outpaces the Xoom by double most of the time.

Back to the drawing board for Android developers. Here's hoping that Galaxy Tab 10.1 is packing some heat.


RE: Still too high
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/16/2011 8:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
The Xoom's hardware is garbage. The screen isn't IPS, the higher resolution is a product of a widescreen display, not really pixel density, and the chassis is too thick compared to the iPad 2. Anand's benchmarks all across the board cemented that the Xoom cannot even compete in terms of raw performance.

Motorola cannot expect to sell Xooms anyone except the anti-Apple fanboys or Fandroids at this point, not unless they bite the bullet and take much lower profit margins on the device. I think they will too, expect the Xoom price to drop in the next few months.


RE: Still too high
By Alexstarfire on 3/16/2011 5:00:08 PM , Rating: 2
The irony and hypocrisy are overwhelming.


By theapparition on 3/16/2011 12:16:32 PM , Rating: 2
Adam is smoke and mirrors vaporware. Only a few people that pre-ordered them as early as December have received them. Many have even returned them due to defects.

I looked hard at the Notion Ink Adam and was initially impressed. But terrible business plan, poor execution and out-right lies from the company turned me off.


By ranran on 3/16/2011 5:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
it's not vaporware. It exists and people with *working* ones mostly love it.

Your points are valid, though regarding the company and its practices, however I would argue that intentional/malicious deceit is not the cause, but rather experiencing a massive reality check as their product goes from imagination to shipping.

I'm still very interested in the Adam, particularly the Pqi screen versions, and I think it has the potential to be the best Android tablet out there - if they can get honeycomb working on it ASAP and reduce manufacturing defects. Its ports (USB, HDMI, etc...) and expandability (microSD slot) are huge bonuses over the Ipad2.

Heck, Xoom's SD slot doesn't even work yet, although that seems to be a Honeycomb issue at this point...


It will not sell
By laok on 3/16/2011 12:24:11 PM , Rating: 2
Too high

Motorola has to face the reality.




Can't wait!
By mrdeez on 3/16/2011 7:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
I have been wanting a tablet since xmas. Now my time has come...

I understand a laptop is cheaper but for me, I do service calls and need fast access to doc's and email and web to bill and research on the job. I also dont need something as bulky as a laptop. So, come on 27th!!




So I bought the 3G version
By rburnham on 3/17/2011 8:42:41 PM , Rating: 2
I thought about waiting for the WiFi only Xoom, but it occured to me that having the option for 3G if I ever wanted it would be better for me. I don't travel much, but when I do, having 3G on a tablet would actually be pretty helpful.




$599 - $499 =
By rvd2008 on 3/16/2011 10:34:51 AM , Rating: 1
= FAIL




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