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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 1:44:46 PM , Rating: -1
My ownership has nothing to do with the fact that you agree with me on the fact that iPad is between a phone and a computer price wise.

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: 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?
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.

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