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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 1:28:33 PM , Rating: 0
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.
Check out this one:

Just look at the profits of smartphone makers both domestically and worldwide. Apple now is the best profit maker, despite Android outselling the iPhone.

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
"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer

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