Xoom tablet debuts Feb. 24 with $800 price

Feb 22, 2011
A Xoom tablet is displayed at the 3GSM World congress in Barcelona, on February 17. US telecom titan Verizon on Thursday will begin selling Motorola Mobility's hotly awaited "Xoom" tablet computer at a price close to that of a top-of-the-line iPad.

US telecom titan Verizon on Thursday will begin selling Motorola Mobility's hotly awaited "Xoom" tablet computer at a price close to that of a top-of-the-line iPad.

Xoom will be the first tablet on the market powered by "Honeycomb" software crafted specifically for such devices by Internet powerhouse and has been heralded as a viable challenger for Apple's market-ruling iPad.

Xoom will be sold for $800, but the price will be trimmed to $600 for those who opt for two-year service contracts with Verizon.

plans will begin at $20 monthly for a gigabyte of data.

The six iPad models range in price from $500 to $830 with the three higher-priced models having telecom connection capabilities while the three less costly tablets only link to the Internet using Wi-Fi at hot spots.

With a 10.1-inch (25.6-centimeter) screen, the Xoom is about the same size as Apple's iPad, which hit stores in April and has other leading technology companies around the world scrambling to catch up.

Xoom also features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video.

The Xoom was crowned the best gadget at the giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month.

"This is really the next generation of tablets," Mobility device team head Alain Mutricy said as he held a in one hand at the awards ceremony.

"Our partnership with Google has been very intense and has enabled some great technology."

The CES accolades came just four days after Illinois-based Motorola split into two companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Mobility will focus on mobility, the Internet and computing markets while Motorola Solutions will target next-generation communications solutions to government, public safety and enterprise customers.

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MenaceSan
5 / 5 (2) Feb 22, 2011
Way too expensive. I'll wait for the price to drop about 30% at least.
Eikka
not rated yet Feb 22, 2011
In addition to that, I wouldn't buy it if all it does is play youtube videos and "apps".

Add a proper operating system, and I'm interested.
josephrobertwilder
4 / 5 (1) Feb 22, 2011
All it does is play videos and apps and video chat and have usb support for any device you want to connect to it and have ulta high screen resolution and runs Honeycomb, the most advanced mobile OS to date. No OS aggregates contacts, emails, social media, and messaging as good as Android. Android is the fastest OS and Honeycomb is the fastest Android.
gmurphy
not rated yet Feb 23, 2011
The market is inundated with android tablets, everyone under the sun that builds hardware can now slap an android os on it and viola!, a fully fledged consumer device. This is how the PC market should be, instead we have Microsofts death grip on the the entire area.
kaasinees
1 / 5 (1) Feb 23, 2011
Why so expensive? Other android tablets will be cheaper i think.
Nik_2213
not rated yet Feb 23, 2011
Still too small: I want something that's A4/legal size...
krundoloss
not rated yet Feb 23, 2011
I for one am going to wait until atleast next year to buy a tablet. The technology is still growing, I want one that can do more!
Graeme
not rated yet Feb 23, 2011
Unless they can seriously undercut iPad, xoom will not be able to get a good foothold in the market. The incumbent vendor has too much strength already.
Eikka
not rated yet Feb 24, 2011
This is how the PC market should be, instead we have Microsofts death grip on the the entire area.


I for one don't want the PC market to become an appliance market. Android isn't exactly a multi purpose operating system like Windows or regular Linux is. It's a consumer operating system, built for consuming media, and as such it lacks many things, many opportunities.

Contacts, emails, social media and messaging are just a tiny part of what you can do with a computer, and of course Android being tied to Google, you don't have much choise over which social media and which email service and which messaging system are the best supported.