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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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Leave it to Motorola...
By 3DoubleD on 2/7/2011 10:25:14 AM , Rating: 2
Leave it to Motorola... to make Apple look good.

Wow, what an epic fail! I was really looking forward to this tablet, but Motorola has managed to make the year old iPad look attractive again! That's saying a lot since I'd rather get kicked in the sack every day then use iTunes. I shouldn't be surprised after my Motorola Milestone experience... will the Xoom also have a locked bootloader as well?

RE: Leave it to Motorola...
By kmmatney on 2/7/2011 1:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure someone will figure out how to root it. But even so, the price is too high. You can get an iPad with 3G for less (and don't have to get a 1 month contract). I was planning on getting an iPad2 and just tethering through my phone, although I might get the 3G model just for GPS.

I think Apple can afford to have a lower price, since they make money off the App store. I'm not sure if Motorola can make money off Apps (maybe they can if you are forced to use their own Apps store application). If you root, then they probably lose all chance of making money from teh App store.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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