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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 tastyratz on 2/7/2011 3:23:22 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks nobody is agreeing with you, You are taking statements out of context and saying they agree with you because you can reform their statement to something that pleases you.

The device is a tween device, both in price point AND functionality. It is not quite a computer it is a glorified smartphone with a large display. While it serves its purpose it does not run a fully capable OS be it mac os/windows / etc.

To say he can afford a sub 3lb notebook does not make the ipad a more appropriate choice for his needs. Each level of device and its compromise between features/price/etc. might differently apply to different individuals. For some a small tablet makes sense, while for others it is redundant with a laptop/smartphone combo.


RE: And we all forget the iPad 2
By Pirks on 2/7/11, Rating: -1
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis














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