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Motorola Xoom  (Source: Motorola)
Analyst cuts projections for Motorola thanks to poor sales

Motorola has made quite the comeback in the last couple of years after slipping significantly with handsets and smartphones that consumers just didn't buy. The comeback made by Motorola is thanks in large part to the Android operating system.

The latest launches from Motorola including the Xoom Android tablet and Atrix Android smartphone have turned out to not be as popular as Motorola hoped according to some reports. The revelation that the two products just aren’t doing well on the market comes from analyst James Faucette from Pacific Crest. Faucette cites a channel check he performed that shows the sell-through for both the Atrix and the Xoom "have been disappointing."

Faucette reports that the Atrix in particular is being hurt by the low $49 price tag Apple has on the iPhone 3GS and the same $49 price for the HTC Inspire. Those low prices are conspiring to limit the demand for the Atrix. Because of the poor demand and sales of the Motorola devices, Faucette is cutting the 2011 revenue forecast for Motorola to $12.2 billion from its previous estimate of $13.7 billion.

Faucette also dropped his outlook for Motorola in 2012 as well cutting the projection to $13.6 billion from $15.3 billion before. He also notes that further reductions could be made to his projections if Motorola is unable to adjust and refresh its product portfolio. Undoubtedly, the lower price of the iPad 2 is hurting sales of the Xoom tablet as many tablet shoppers aren't willing to give Android a shot.

Faucette does note that Wall Street is confident in Motorola management and that the company has good cash reserves. However, he notes that if Motorola isn’t able to launch products that stand out in a crowded market shareholders may start calling for new management.



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Why would anybody buy a Xoom?
By Tony Swash on 4/6/2011 1:18:36 PM , Rating: -1
Why would anybody buy a Xoom?

It doesn't run iOS

You can't buy it in an Apple Store

It looks shitty

Android has less than 100 tablet apps compared to the 80,000 iPad apps

You can't access iTunes content store

It doesn't support FaceTime

You can't play content via Airplay through your TV

I mean seriously unless you are a dysfunctional non-representative techie with a chip on their shoulder about Apple what possible reason is there to buy a Xoom rather than an iPad?

And please, in the name of god, no prattle about technical specs (nobody in the real world cares about technical specs) or Flash (flash is device de-optimiser not a feature, including Flash is reason not buy a device).




RE: Why would anybody buy a Xoom?
By Lanister on 4/6/2011 1:33:39 PM , Rating: 5
"Why would anybody buy a Xoom?"

well, because:
It doesn't run iOS
You can't buy it in an Apple Store
It looks great
You can't access iTunes content store

The question is why would I buy an Ipad? I have an Iphone through work, why do I need a larger version of my phone?


RE: Why would anybody buy a Xoom?
By rburnham on 4/6/2011 2:49:48 PM , Rating: 2
Not having to use iTunes is reason enough to buy a Xoom.


RE: Why would anybody buy a Xoom?
By Capt Caveman on 4/6/11, Rating: 0
RE: Why would anybody buy a Xoom?
By Lanister on 4/6/2011 3:14:38 PM , Rating: 2
If the app worked well I would agree with you but it has been my experience that Itunes does not work well.

To me it all boils down to personal preference and I don't believe people who like Ipads or Xoom's are wrong. When asked my opinion I say this:

Ipad/Iphone = A wife who tells you when where and how to have sex. You know what to expect, it gets the job done and some people prefer it. It's not very exciting, but its reliable "It just works"

Xoom/Droid phones = A wife who is wild and up for anything, you can get your freak on whenever or whereever you want, problem is you might throw out your back, get arrested, or catch her cheating on you but it is a lot more entertaining.


RE: Why would anybody buy a Xoom?
By teng029 on 4/6/2011 3:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
that has to be the worst analogy i've heard for these products..


By FITCamaro on 4/6/2011 3:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Ipad/Iphone = A wife who tells you when where and how to have sex. You know what to expect, it gets the job done and some people prefer it. It's not very exciting, but its reliable "It just works"

Xoom/Droid phones = A wife who is wild and up for anything, you can get your freak on whenever or whereever you want, problem is you might throw out your back, get arrested, or catch her cheating on you but it is a lot more entertaining.


Win


RE: Why would anybody buy a Xoom?
By kitonne on 4/6/2011 4:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I do not know anybody who uses a single app for everything, except maybe for XTree Pro (or ZTree nowadays :)


RE: Why would anybody buy a Xoom?
By LordSojar on 4/7/2011 3:10:45 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
[No one cares about] Flash (flash is device de-optimiser not a feature, including Flash is reason not buy a device).


Really now?

Here's some facts about Flash...

1. 1.2 billion mobile phones are Flash-capable
2. 70 percent of online gaming sites run Flash
3. 98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops use it
4. 85 percent of top 100 Web sites use Flash
5. No. 1 platform for video on the Web – 75 percent of all videos use Flash, including Hulu, Disney and YouTube
6. 2-3-million-person Flash developers community
7. 90 percent of creative professionals have Adobe software on their desktops

You really need to stop listening to everything Apple says Tony. You really really do. HTML 5 isn't even close to finalized yet, it's still buggy and the programming community isn't used to it.

So basically, buying an Apple product is like buying something and knowing you can use it to access everything in... say 2-3 years. YEH! By that time, you'll be wanting the iPad 4... So nice job wasting your money on that measly iPad 2 that can't do very much in terms of web browsing.

Oh, and Safari Mobile sucks.....SUCKS. I'm enjoying my tabbed browsing and Flash 10.2 on my Xoom while you rot without it. :)


By kmmatney on 4/8/2011 2:38:22 PM , Rating: 3
I have to say - I don't miss flash one bit on my phone. Maybe in the 2 years I've had my iphone, the lack of flash was maybe annoying 1 or 2 times. There are also a few different tabbed browsers you can get for the iPad, so that is not an issue.


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