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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 ipay on 3/16/2011 10:13:16 AM , Rating: 2
What if you already own said laptop, have $600 burning in your wallet and are feeling empty inside.
Wouldn't this make your day a little brightier?

RE: Sorry
By nafhan on 3/16/2011 10:56:25 AM , Rating: 3
...have $600 burning in your wallet and are feeling empty inside...
I occasionally wonder if this is how most Apple customers make their buying decisions.... :)

RE: Sorry
By Souka on 3/16/2011 11:18:27 AM , Rating: 4
I know a few iPhone and iPad users here at my work...they amuse me.

iPhone: they got the original the iPhone, then the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4..and I'm sure they'll get whatever hits the market this summer(?). Many paid full retail price as they weren't eligible for an upgrade.

iPad... geez...that awesome tablet they bought for Xmas is "old" now... most have gone out at bought a iPad2

This seems to be a very common trend among Apple users and their products... which is great for Apple sales and statistics.

my $.02

RE: Sorry
By Boze on 3/16/2011 1:56:05 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a crazy ass idea... take that $600 and invest it, or save it, or put it into a money market account, or start a business.

I don't know what moron jargonist came up with "disposable income", but income is only disposable if you don't have to show up at work for the rest of your life. I only personally know of two people like that - one of them is my uncle, who spent 25 years building his business and sold it to his daughter, and the other inherited his wealth from generations of hard work by parents and grandparents (and he still shows up to the office to oversee investments and new business ventures).

No wonder we're still in a recession, people are too busy throwing away money on things they honestly do not need, instead of paying off debt or investing.

I can see usage scenarios for the iPad - mostly medical, mobile sales professionals, and probably some other niche areas, but most of the people I see with an iPad don't really need one; they want one.

At some point, it'd be nice if the American public could start differentiating "want" and "need".

RE: Sorry
By nafhan on 3/16/2011 3:09:19 PM , Rating: 2
I recently saw a chart showing how much money you'd have if you invested in Apple stock instead of buying their products. An investment of the cost of a '97 G3 Powerbook (in '97) would be worth over $300,000 in Apple stock, today...

Here's the chart:

RE: Sorry
By teng029 on 3/16/2011 9:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a thought, why don't you let people who earn their money decide what they want to do with it? Who are you to decide that for them?

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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