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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 Flunk on 2/7/2011 11:38:04 AM , Rating: 1
I agree. For me and many others, tablets are pretty worthless. I have a desktop, notebook and smartphone. I use my notebook in the living room, around the house and if I really need to take it on a trip, why do I need something slightly smaller for that? I'm also not going to carry it everywhere, way too big.

Who is this really for anyway? The only answer I can come up with is that it's for people who don't have smartphones or notebooks.

RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By mcnabney on 2/7/2011 12:35:35 PM , Rating: 2

People love gadgets, but hate unemployed workers.

RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By kmmatney on 2/7/2011 1:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I don't have a tablet yet - I'm waiting for iPad2 (or an Android device if it offers better value) but I'd love to have a device I can use comfortably on the couch. Right now, I use my phone, but I really want a larger screen. I have a laptop but its convenient while relaxing on the couch.

It's a luxury gadget, but I think it has a lot of value. I don't expect to do hard-core work, but just the ability to do email and full web-browsing would allow me to do a large part of my job.

I'm a cheapskate, and never buy things like Starbuck's, teh fastest computer parts, etc.. but to me a tablet offers much better value than a netbook. I place value on how often I use a device, and I would use a tablet all the time.

By ShaolinSoccer on 2/7/2011 7:20:14 PM , Rating: 2
They need to come out with an ipad type gadget that ties directly to your smartphone wirelessly so the ipad itself won't need much technology in it. It would just basically "stream" what's in your phone to the ipad. Then they could sell those ipads for cheap and maybe have them come with most smartphones. Would be a nice compliment to any phone.

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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