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Motorola goes all crazy on us with the Xoom's Wi-Fi capabilities

One of the most highly anticipated tablets that will soon be heading to the market is the Motorola Xoom. The tablet was first announced during CES and will come packing Android 3.0 "Honeycomb".

The Xoom aims to impress with a dual-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 display, 1GB of RAM, dual webcams, and a 3G wireless radio (which can be upgraded to LTE/4G). However, following the release of Motorola’s Super Bowl ad for the Xoom (which conveniently played on Apple's 1984 Super Bowl ad, this time with Apple as the oppressor), we're finding out some not-so-great information about the tablet.

For starters, the 32GB tablet is priced at $799.99 according to Best Buy. Data pricing isn't exactly cheap either, coming in at $20, $35, $50, and $80 for 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB respectively.

The biggest hang-up, however, appears to be with Motorola's implementation of Wi-Fi on the Xoom. Engadget reports that customers will be forced to purchase at least one month's worth of 3G data (plus the accompanying activation fee) before Wi-Fi is even enabled on the device. We're hoping that this is just a typo in the Best Buy ad flyer, because that kind of restriction just won't fly with customers these days.

The Motorola Xoom will be made available on February 24. You can check out the Super Bowl commercial for the tablet and its minisite here.



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Missing the Boat!
By chunkymonster on 2/7/2011 9:57:44 AM , Rating: 2
I'm particularly interested in the Xoom however, it is stupid limiting shenanigans like this that stop me from busting out the wallet and purchasing one.

Need to buy a data plan to unlock Wi-Fi?! WTF is that?

IMO, all of the tablets currently on the market miss the boat as a result of carriers/manufacturers not including voice functionality and/or voice and data plans.

I WANT A TABLET THAT HAS VOICE CAPABILITY AND A CARRIER THAT OFFERS AN UNLIMITED VOICE/DATA PLAN!

VOICE/DATA CARRIERS AND TABLET MANUFACTURERS = FAIL FOR NOT RELEASING A TABLET IN AMERICA WITH VOICE CAPABILITY AND A REASONABLY PRICED VOICE/DATA PLAN!!

Sadly, go to Europe and you can get a tablet with voice and data...




RE: Missing the Boat!
By vapore0n on 2/7/2011 10:31:19 AM , Rating: 3
Would you really pay for 2 voice/data plans? Or are you planning on sticking the whole 10" in your pocket to replace your phone?

What should really happen is, "for $10-$15 you can share your voice/data plan with your tablet"


RE: Missing the Boat!
By chunkymonster on 2/7/2011 10:50:36 AM , Rating: 2
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Would you really pay for 2 voice/data plans? Or are you planning on sticking the whole 10" in your pocket to replace your phone?
Of course I wouldn't pay for two plans, but that's the point, you shouldn't have to pay for 2 separate plans! These carriers could easily make a bundled voice/data plan package and offer it at a (even if only slightly) discounted rate.

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Or are you planning on sticking the whole 10" in your pocket to replace your phone?
Put a 10" tablet in your pocket?! WTF?! People really need to start thinking outside the box and less linear when it comes to these types of devices. And, yes, a 10" tablet with a voice/data plan would replace my cell phone as well as replace my portable movie player, mobile internet device, MP3 player, GPS, and replace my net-book.

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What should really happen is, "for $10-$15 you can share your voice/data plan with your tablet"
Some carriers offer a "shared" plan...it's called a tethering!


RE: Missing the Boat!
By acer905 on 2/7/2011 12:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
Bluetooth headsets and voice dialing have gotten powerful enough that a person might never need to pick up their phone. Just keep your tablet in your backpack/briefcase/purse/satchel/ shiny-apple-branded-iPad-case-with-shoulder-straps- so-the-entire-world-can-see-you-have-one....

And then take it out when you want to use it for non-call functions.


RE: Missing the Boat!
By Uncle on 2/7/2011 12:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
Hackers of the world unite, thought they passed a law that they couldn't lock these down, oh forgot that was for a phone.


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