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Motorola's Xoom gets a lower price of entry

The 3G version of the Motorola Xoom is already in stores, but a cheaper, Wi-Fi-only version will soon be on the way. Motorola announced today that the Xoom Wi-Fi will officially be available on March 27 at a number of U.S. retailers including, Best Buy, Staples, and Walmart. 

Whereas the Xoom 3G (soon to be 4G) starts at a lofty $799 without contract ($599 with contract), the Xoom Wi-Fi will start at $599 with no strings attached. That price tag gets you a 10.1" tablet running Android 3.0, a 1280x800 screen resolution, dual-core processor and 32GB of storage space. That pricing also puts it in direct competition with Apple's 32GB iPad 2 (Wi-Fi-only model).

There is no word on whether Motorola will introduce an even cheaper 16GB Xoom at a later date to go head-to-head with Apple's 16GB iPad 2.

“MOTOROLA XOOM is a truly innovative tablet – its design, coupled with being the first tablet to have Android 3.0, results in a user experience that is one-of-a-kind,” said Dan Papalia, vice president of retail sales for Motorola Mobility. “We are now continuing to expand the choices available to consumers with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi to be available soon from numerous leading retailers in the United States.”

Hopefully this cheaper variant of the Xoom will help to spur sales. Analysts are already reporting that Xoom sales are "underwhelming" compared to the overachieving iPad 2.

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RE: Sorry
By supermitsuba on 3/16/2011 10:12:01 AM , Rating: 2
500- 600 bucks is too much for a device that is for light use. Surfing the internet and reading books, ill just use my laptop/phone/kindle and be all set. These are still expensive toys.

RE: Sorry
By Brandon Hill on 3/16/2011 10:14:48 AM , Rating: 4
I think Apple is smart by offering a $500 iPad 2. However, I'd be more inclined to purchase a tablet if I could get a 16GB model for around $300. That's about how much it's worth to me considering I already have a smartphone that can do most of what a tablet can do (albeit with a smaller screen).

RE: Sorry
By theapparition on 3/16/2011 12:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
One of the reasons I bought a Nook Color back in December. But even after rooting and playing around with different ROMS, it left me wanting more.

I was going to wait for the Wifi Xoom, but took the pluge and bought the subsidized one with data plan. I have to say, been pretty impressed with it so far.

RE: Sorry
By therealnickdanger on 3/17/2011 11:17:14 AM , Rating: 2
The Xoom is nice for sure. I'd be tempted if it wasn't so damned expensive though.

So I have to say that there's a huge desparity here. We were promised that Android tablets would be cheap, right? I know that I can go out an buy any one of the hundreds of "aPad" models and other Chinese SKUs, but why must we wait for inexpensive name-brand SKUs?

If Apple, the king of overpriced annual landfill fodder, can charge $499 for something as great as the iPad 2, then why the hell are we not seeing comparable Android tablets for less? Is it really that hard to compete or is Apple losing money on them? LOL (Even I have to laugh at that one.)

RE: Sorry
By theapparition on 3/16/2011 12:42:57 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not going to try to convince you or anyone else, since your needs may be different.

However, I am going to say that for me, a tablet has good functionality. Instant on, 10hr battery life, access to online app store, programs designed for touch so no clunky trackpad and scrolling, etc.

Plus it also serves as an ereader. I like to read books while on a plane or before bed. The Kindle is nice for reading, but does require an external light, which isn't too convient at 1:00am with your spouse sleeping next to you. Plus with a tablet, I can also read all my Amazon, B&N, and Google books all in one device.

I also use it for my calender and to take notes and even to output presentations to clients and suppliers. Yes, most of this can be done on a phone, but the larger screen really does make a difference.

I'm not going to claim that the tablet has changed my life or is in anyway has give me an "enchanted" experience (<-I refuse to use the fruit term). However, it is quite useful for the way I use it.

RE: Sorry
By supermitsuba on 3/16/2011 12:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, i have seen people praise it for those things. And it does sound great, but i guess 500 dollar great is the decision everyone will have to make. I would be interested if they were more in the netbook price range.

RE: Sorry
By headbox on 3/16/2011 1:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
some people don't live in Mom's basement, and $600 isn't a big purchasing decision

some people are productive on an iPad, like the Gorillaz who recorded an entire album with it

RE: Sorry
By Boze on 3/16/2011 1:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
Some people aren't morons either, and realize their smartphone and laptop will do whatever the iPad can do, and a whole lot more, and oftentimes for under the $500 to $829 barrier of entry.

My Samsung Galaxy S - $0.01 with 2 year contract
My Acer Aspire One 532H - $599, with a 500 GB hybrid hard disk and 2 GB of RAM

$600 and I have access to anything a Windows 7 computer can access and a smartphone with anything Android can use. And the best part is, most of the apps I want or need to use are free from my "App Store".

RE: Sorry
By probedb on 3/17/2011 4:52:55 AM , Rating: 2
Then you don't want a tablet so why are you moaning.

A laptop is useless in half the situations I want a tablet for.

RE: Sorry
By supermitsuba on 3/17/2011 9:43:50 AM , Rating: 2
Great for them to be able to produce music on an iPad. I can do the same thing and more on a laptop. I didnt argue that it didnt have its usefulness, but when it is a choice for an underpowered computer vs a fully capable computer, for the same price, its really up to the person to find its worth.

Also im not one to run out and buy every electronic device ever to come out as a fad, otherwise that would have me living in my mom's basement :o)

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