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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 3:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
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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.

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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
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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.


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