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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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Apple crushed open competition again!?
By Tony Swash on 2/7/2011 3:15:08 PM , Rating: 1
So just as predicted by many around here the iPad was a short lived fad and a flop…. hang on……ugh….wait a minute …. they sold how many?

Well now Apple really are doomed because "open always beats closed" (I read that on the back of my Verizon Android handset) so now all these Android tablets can crush Apple and drive down the price…. hang on……ugh….wait a minute …. it costs how much? And you have to pay extra for the wi-fi to be enabled!

Never mind - just remember - Apple are always doomed!

By bug77 on 2/7/2011 3:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, having to pay to activate part of the device has very little to do with "open". If anything, this a case of "closed" beating "idiotically closed".

Imho, it is stupid to expect Motorola (or Samsung for that matter) to set the trend. They just partner with a telco and cripple away. Now, if Asus, MSI or Gigabyte was to have a go at Honeycomb, that would have my attention.

By Pirks on 2/7/2011 4:05:43 PM , Rating: 1
"New slogan for Android: open for the carriers, open for the OEM, but closed for you"

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