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Motorola hopes that a price cut will help out its laggard Honeycomb tablet

The writing has been on the while for quite some time now: Motorola's Xoom tablet has been a sales bomb in the marketplace. The Xoom was the flagship model for Google's Honeycomb tablet operating system, but newer competition has hit the ground running with cheaper models and sleeker designs. 

To help combat the new competition, Motorola is dropping the price of the 32GB Xoom (Wi-Fi-only) from $599 to $499. This undercuts newer rivals like the 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 by $100. However, the new pricing simply puts it at price parity with the 32GB ASUS Eee Tab Transformer.

Motorola still doesn't have an answer to the 16GB ASUS Eee Tab Transformer that starts even lower at $399.

This new price for the Xoom will likely stay in place until the arrival of next generation tablets running NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-El ARM processor and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which will unify smartphone and tablet codebases.



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RE: There Is No Tablet Market
By invidious on 7/8/2011 1:13:21 PM , Rating: 2
Except for all the basic functionality that iPad doesnt support. I watch starcraft 2 vods on my xoom that are streamed from a website via flash. Well theres is no app that, therefore the ipad cant do it. Moronic restrictions like that prevent people who know what a tablet SHOULD be able to do from buying a tablet. And there are many many more.

The purpose of a tablet is to be an ultra portable computer. NOT to be an ultra large iPod touch. If Apple doesn't wake up to that soon they are going to see their market share for tablets go the same direction as their market share for smartphones.

I love my xoom. And I think any tech savy indivual would enjoy it or one of its other honeycomb counterparts. But when my tech noob friend wanted to buy a tablet i directed him right to apple, because he wouldnt be able to figure out how to make proper use of a droid. It hurt a little inside but i saved myself a lot of future tech support.

If you are comfortable being in a tech noob category then enjoy your ipad.


RE: There Is No Tablet Market
By Subzero0000 on 7/8/2011 10:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If you are comfortable being in a tech noob category then enjoy your ipad.

This is the sort of stubborn attitude that is completely unnecessary.

If the device fits your needs, then so be it. Choosing one item doesn't make you more intelligent or else.

Say for example, I am a software developer, I have an Android phone, but I choose to buy an iPad for fun.

btw, as you seems to be an expert, you should have bought Acer Iconia or Transformer, instead of the overpriced Xoom.
As you can see, you have your own reasons to justify this kind of decision.
Does that make you a noob? We all know it doesn't.


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