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3 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola Xoom officially available today

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If you have been waiting for the Wifi-only version of the Motorola Xoom to launch officially, today is your lucky day. Of course, some places were selling them early, and one of our readers did some great hands-on time with his device, but the Wifi-only Xoom is now available to all to purchase. If you make your way out today to pick one up, be sure to hop in the forums and share your experience and everything else with us. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Reader's hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom from Staples

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

OK, all you aspiring Android Central bloggers out there. Pay attention, because n46kps is showing you how it's done. You've watched the unboxing, you've seen the benchmarks, and now it's time for the full hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet.

As you'll recall, this is the contract-free version you can officially pick up starting March 27, though some stores obviously are selling them early (this one came from Staples).

So kudos, n64kps. You've done a service for your country.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only benchmarks

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Christmas is coming early for this ol' editor, folks. You've already seen the unboxing of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, which Android Central reader n64kps snagged from Staples a couple days early. Now he's back with benchmarks!

So we're not really expecting anything different, performance-wise, with the Wifi-only version of the Xoom. After all, it's the same 10.-inch, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that we've come to know. But it's still good to put it through its paces, just in case. And the Quadrant score is close enough to our own in our Xoom review that we're not looking at any broad changes.

So check out some more benchmark tests from n64kps after the break. Thanks, man!

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3 years ago

Canadian Motorola Milestone users get Froyo update

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We know it must have been rough for Canadian Motorola Milestone users to see Android 2.2 Froyo rolled out to international users lately, but Telus did promise they would be releasing their version shortly after. Making good on their promise, Motorola Canada today announced via Facebook that the update is indeed now available via the Motorola support page. If you're a Canadian Milestone user, go ahead and get your Froyo on. 

Also, just a little side note: You might want to follow Motorola Canada's Twitter account as well. Much like with the release of the Motorola XOOM in the U.S. they are also giving away a gold Motorola XOOM. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks, Kelly!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only version unboxed by Android Central reader

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This is why you all kick ass. Android Central member n64kps snagged one of those Wifi-only Motorola Xooms a couple days early from Staples and did up a nice little unboxing video. Yes, I've said unboxings are lame, but only when I do them. When you guys do them for me, they're awesome! :p

Anyhoo, nicely done, n64kps! Now if you can get benchmarks, a photo gallery, and a full review by end-of-day Sunday (we'll give you lots of time, it is the weekend, after all), that'd be great! Love, Phil.

Now everybody go check out the video after the break!

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3 years ago

Some Staples stores selling Wifi Xoom a few days early [Updated with unboxing video]

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If you're buying a Wifi-only Xoom on release day, you might want to call your local Staples.  A lucky reader did just that, and found that one of his area stores had everything set up and was selling the no-carrier, no-contract version of the Xoom tablet two days earlier than it should be.  He took advantage, and after the break you can see his Xoom in some excited hands.

And yes, we notice that Staples has placed SD cards in the accessories area.  Those will be useful soon, we hopeThanks, and have fun, n64kps!

Update: n64kps also gives us an unboxing video, you can see it after the break as well.  Thanks again n46kps!

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3 years ago

Cellular South to sell Motorola Xoom WiFi and MiFi combo

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Regional American carrier Cellular South has announced that it will be offering the Motorola Xoom "soon." No price is mentioned, but a little sleuthing reveals a bullet point near the bottom of their page explaining that the tablet can connect to the Internet via internal WiFi or using a Cellular South MiFi (sold separately, of course). This would make it likely that the carrier will actually be selling the standard WiFi-only Xoom and will try to convince customers to get a MiFi in addition. As for price, that is still up in the air, but we would imagine that the WiFi Xoom's $599 MSRP would be a starting point for the combo deal. [Cellular South] Thanks to David for the tip!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi edition to ship Mar. 27 from Costco

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Costco has updated their item page for the Motorola Xoom, changing the shipping date from April 1 to March 27.  You can still preorder the Xoom and free gel skin case for $589.99 -- that's $10 off the MSRP and you get a free case.  Costco also lets us know that you can walk right in to your local store and get one off the shelf come Sunday March 27 as well.  Now that we've see what the competition has to offer from CTIA, are you still interested in the Wifi-only Xoom?  Talk about it in the Xoom forums! [Costco] Thanks, Jon!

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3 years ago

Hands-on redux with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch (U.S. version)

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Ahhhhh. So apparently the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9-incher that we took a look at this morning was the European one an early prototype. The real U.S. version is just as sexy, and maybe even more so, even though they wouldn't let us turn it on. It's mostly the same hardware, except for the back cover. The textured grille has been swapped out for a matte finish, and it's noticeable easier to hang onto, which is good. But otherwise, we're pretty much looking at the same thing. More pictures of the 8.9- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs are after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (USA) Video First Look!

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Following up our video look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet, we checked out its big brother the full-sized Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The 10.1 was first announced back at Mobile World Congress (see Phil's hands-on), but the 10.1 announced today is destined for US soils and is a little nicer in that it's much thinner. People working at the booth told us this re-engineering move was made to make its thickness more competitive with the Apple iPad 2.

Samsung only had the UK engineering prototypes on hand for us to play with, but we did get a good look at the North American version behind it's glass box, including a few seconds worth of comparison to the iPad 2. Check out the video above for a closer look!

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