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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 theapparition on 2/7/2011 11:59:58 AM , Rating: 3
So just what features of the magical upcoming iPad2 are going to be exceeding the capabilities of the Xoom? Or in your words, reset the bar again.

Double storage? Xoom lets you plug in an SD card, so that's already there.

Dual core, dual camera, etc. Yep, already done on the Xoom.

I'm not discounting Apple, as they do have the capability to constantly surprise everyone. But I don't think the iPad2 will have anything else that the Xoom doesn't already have. Seems like Apple will be playing catch up, from a technological perspective.

Not that it will matter for sales. iPad sells very well and if rumors of the Xoom's price and locked wi-fi are accurate, then even with better hardware, I don't see this Moto tablet competing in the slightest.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 12:29:04 PM , Rating: 2
Apple has always done more with less. Same as OEM's also pack as much power into a single space without taking the proper time to optimize and take advantage of said power..

Other manufacturers need to surpass Apple and by a fair amount, merely being close is not going to give them the competitive advantage. Especially when the foothold Apple current has over the market.

Heck pretty much every high end smartphone had a higher resolution, and faster CPU than the iPhone for a good year and a half, yet the iPhone still remained dominent.

Better specs mean little to nothing unless the system as a whole is cohesive, easy to understand, and works well.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By theapparition on 2/7/2011 1:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'd agree with you, that to take on Apple individually, you really need to hit a home run with a product. But as a collective, it is quite easy to surplant thier stranglehold on the market.

Just look at the sales of smartphones both domestically and worldwide. Android now is the best seller, despite not a single device outselling the iPhone.

Tablets I don't see differently. Soon there will be a myriad of tablet devices, all with different specs. All competing and making the market for those devices better.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 1:25:15 PM , Rating: 2
Android smartphones can also be had for zero dollars. One of its main draws is that it gives you the full smartphone experience for a much smaller pricetag.

Exactly what incentive is there for people to buy a tablet that many will consider to have less features, behind in apps, and the same or more money?

Not saying people won't buy it, but Android worlwide sales and lower price for phones are certainly linked to one another.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By theapparition on 2/7/2011 3:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Android smartphones can also be had for zero dollars. One of its main draws is that it gives you the full smartphone experience for a much smaller pricetag.

While true, there is also the option of choice of different phone models on many different carriers. Considering that most models are priced on parity with the subsidised iPhone, I'd wager that choice has far more to do with the platform adoption than one time entry price. I'm sure it's a factor, but I think it's a secondary one.

quote:
Exactly what incentive is there for people to buy a tablet that many will consider to have less features, behind in apps, and the same or more money?

Agreed. Exactly why I stated that this Moto tablet won't go anywhere if the price rumors are correct. Just priced far to high, even though it does provide more features and is more technically capable than any other competition currently released. Although Apples top line model costs more, the bulk of iPad sales are in the lower price range.


By omnicronx on 2/7/2011 3:18:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Considering that most models are priced on parity with the subsidised iPhone, I'd wager that choice has far more to do with the platform adoption than one time entry price. I'm sure it's a factor, but I think it's a secondary one.
That is only the case for high end Android devices, which are not the bulk of Android sales. I.e you are incorrect, the majority of Android devices sold are not on par with a subsidized iPhone.

Ok, I will take that back as I just thought about the fact that Apple usually continues to sell the previous model for less money, but if we are talking solely about the latest iPhone which as far as I know account for the largest portion of sales (I'm going to guess that supply of these older phones is limited, and they are merely depleting stock i.e no new phones are shipped), that is not the case.


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 omnicronx on 2/7/2011 2:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
Did you even read his comment?

What do Apple profits have to do with his statements? Someone mentions a stat where Apple is struggling and you feel the need to downplay it, even if it has nothing to do with the topic at hand? Clearly Apple is winning the profit game, but that has absolutely no baring on his comment..

He is merely displaying that total worldwild sales are higher, without a best selling phone, and that massive success of a single device may not be necessary to advance Android in the tablet market.


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 theapparition on 2/7/2011 3:01:56 PM , Rating: 2
I believe the old addage was "What's that got to do with the price of tea in China".

Meaning, while you link was accurate, it was completely off topic and unrelevant to the discussion at hand.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
By IcePickFreak on 2/7/2011 10:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
Now we just have to hope that those suicide nets hold at the Foxconn plant that manufacturers Apples products, at least until they have enough stock for Black Friday! *fingers crossed*


By michael2k on 2/7/2011 2:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
It will have everything the Xoom has, but come in $300 cheaper.

$499 for the base 16gb (possibly 32gb) iPad with 2 cameras, 2 cores, etc, etc.

So the bar will be price, in this case.


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