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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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RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/2011 10:52:39 AM , Rating: -1
quote:
I don't need a "tweener" device
Sure you don't need it, because you don't care about the price of that sub 3-pound notebook of yours, but most people do.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 12:23:05 PM , Rating: 2
Do you even have an iPad Pirks?

I don't have a sub 3 inch notebook and I would tend to agree with his tweener comment.

The iPad is intuitive and fun to use, but it is pretty much exactly what he said. More than a phone but not quite a computer.

My iPad has become my TV device, newspaper, and for light use when I travel, but it hardly replaces my other devices. I still need a cell phone, and my computer to do anything out of the realm of consuming content.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 1:22:28 PM , Rating: 1
Once again, do you own one?

I do, thus my opinion is based upon personal usage. You don't, making your statement nothing but a baseless guess.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 2:12:32 PM , Rating: 3
Venus is between the Earth and the Sun.. So F'in what?

You clearly tried to claim that he was incorrect, and that his statement was only correct if you changed it to 'price between phone and computer jargon'. So exactly what is your point?

Your comments are baseless Pirks, you don't own an iPad, and from the sounds of it you don't own a sub 3" netbook. So exactly what do you have to ad the conversation aside from bias remarks based on nothing but opinion and not even real usage of either scenario?


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 3:11:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
quote: You clearly tried to claim that he was incorrect Learn to read. I said that his post was correct IF HE DID NOT TAKE PRICE OF HIS NOTEBOOK INTO ACCOUNT.
EXACTLY YOU MORON! You changed his post to something he did not say, nor something that he would agree with (and would have changed the meaning of his entire post), what exactly do you think that implies?
quote:
Brandon doesn't own a sub 3" netbook either. He owns a sub 3-pound notebook. See any difference? ;)
Cry me a river.. clearly I meant lbs unless they started making notebooks smaller than smartphones.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By StuckMojo on 2/13/2011 1:11:04 PM , Rating: 1
I can't believe you guys have enough time on your hands to argue about this.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By FITCamaro on 2/7/2011 4:42:29 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad costs as much or more than many laptops. The last several laptops people I know have purchased have been $500. That got them a 15.6-16" screen, 4GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Core i3 processor, and Windows 7 64-bit.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: 0
By invidious on 2/7/2011 5:24:10 PM , Rating: 3
Regardless or price or brand, tablet devices clearly have a niche based on their unique size and battery life.

Whether it is worth the cost is completely relative to the person's disposable income. Some people spend more on a house than others do on a car, clearly those people don't give a crap if their 3 figure tablet is cost efficient, its a luxury item. Nor should they be considered stupid for not caring.

I'm not saying most expensive means best, the ipad has seriously limitations and it looks like this Xoom has some too. But just because something isnt a good value doesn't mean its worthless.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By adrift02 on 2/7/2011 1:34:32 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly omnicronx.

I got an ipad as a gift and while I do love it, I wouldn't be able to get through even one day of work with it and of course my cell phone is always needed at my side regardless (and not just for wireless tethering).

Yet, I get tons of use out of my ipad. It's great for casual browsing on the couch, playing games like scrabble or chess with my friends, or watching netflix in bed. My laptop does all of this, but it's almost a pain to have to lift open my laptop at home unless I'm working. The ipad is just convenient (light, crazy battery life, ready-to-go).


By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 2:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The ipad is just convenient (light, crazy battery life, ready-to-go).
Exactly! If not for the convenience I most likely would not use it. It also sounds like our usage is very similar.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By cknobman on 2/7/2011 1:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
I think you have it backwards buddy.

My sub 3 pound netbook(sure you can trash it if you want) only cost $150 brand new and runs a full featured operating system. In fact it can ran any OS I choose to put on it.

So please tell me where you "cost" reference fits in for tablets that cost $300 plus dollars?


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 2:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I assume the OP was talking about a small CULV notebook or something and not a netbook.

That said, they can still be had for less than an iPad and are full featured. I've seen some marked down to the 450$ range or less. Of course they can range much higher but that is not the point.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By tastyratz on 2/7/2011 3:23:22 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks nobody is agreeing with you, You are taking statements out of context and saying they agree with you because you can reform their statement to something that pleases you.

The device is a tween device, both in price point AND functionality. It is not quite a computer it is a glorified smartphone with a large display. While it serves its purpose it does not run a fully capable OS be it mac os/windows / etc.

To say he can afford a sub 3lb notebook does not make the ipad a more appropriate choice for his needs. Each level of device and its compromise between features/price/etc. might differently apply to different individuals. For some a small tablet makes sense, while for others it is redundant with a laptop/smartphone combo.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By jvillaro on 2/7/2011 6:04:22 PM , Rating: 2
Ok your as annoying as always...
Would you like this one for example to fit Brandons description?
Acer Aspire Timeline AS1810T
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-TimelineX-AS1830...

Or are you going to say that 0.09 pounds above the sub 3 pound "limit" is a no go...
Or maybe that it's a little more expensive than the cheapest iPad?


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By jvillaro on 2/7/2011 7:36:38 PM , Rating: 2
But does it comply with what Brian said?


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/8/2011 9:54:13 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, because he doesn't care about price


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By chick0n on 2/11/2011 11:16:18 PM , Rating: 1
my sub 3-pound notebook cost less than the iPad

so what's your point ?


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