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
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.
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.
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?
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.