Although we got a heads up from some leaked information, Motorola has gone ahead and made things all official like with the announcement of the Wi-Fi only XOOM. As expected the retailers such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Staples and Walmart will all have the XOOM available as of March 27. If you were holding out for this version expecting it to be cheaper then you may or may not be surprised -- the Wi-Fi only version will be priced at $599.99 across retailers. If you're still wondering what the Motorola XOOM is all about, check out our full on review. [PRNewswire]

Motorola Mobility Brings MOTOROLA XOOM™ Wi-Fi to United States

Innovative new tablet experience to be available from more than seven leading retailers nationwide

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the upcoming availability of MOTOROLA XOOM™ Wi-Fi edition from leading retailers across the United States starting March 27. Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club (select locations), Staples and Walmart will be offering the 10.1-inch widescreen HD tablet with Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) through both online and retail store channels. The MSRP for MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi with 32 GB of memory will be $599.

"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."

In addition, the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi will be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex Corporation, and regional carriers through Brightpoint, Inc.

MOTOROLA XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, enabling video content that's richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, MOTOROLA XOOM delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance.  The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0™ with 3D interaction and access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Market™.  MOTOROLA XOOM also supports a Beta of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash based web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications. 

As the first device running Android 3.0, MOTOROLA XOOM benefits from our aggressive work with developers across the ecosystem through MOTODEV, Motorola's developer support program to enable world-class tablet and smartphone experiences. These devices will be able to access more than 150,000 applications within the Android Market as well as the rapidly increasing number of applications optimized directly for the Android 3.0 OS. In addition, thousands of Flash-based web applications and sites will become available for the MOTOROLA XOOM.

As a part of the company's commitment and leadership -- along with Google's -- to the Android ecosystem, Motorola announced a series of global developer events in 11 cities across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. These MOTODEV events give developers access to tools, support and Motorola's team of Android experts. The first of these events was hosted in San Francisco on March 1 and had more than 665 developers in attendance.

MOTODEV also recently announced a new testing and certification program for Honeycomb applications, encouraging developers to submit their applications to get early feedback and support on MOTOROLA XOOM performance. This is a part of the company's ongoing commitment to supporting the ecosystem in delivering high quality experiences to the consumer.

More information about MOTODEV tools, resources and events can be found at http://developer.motorola.com.

About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Android, Google, Google Mobile and Google Maps are trademarks of Google Inc. All other product and service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2011 Motorola Mobility, Inc.

 
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yankees368 says:

I am so torn. My Nook Color is great and at only $250, the Xoom at $600 is still very highly priced. Flip a coin maybe?

Bla1ze says:

Flip a tablet? lol

awal1987 says:

yeah im in the same boat. i have until the 21st to return my NC. dont know what I am going to do.

The referb iPad is $349 with the same warranty.

At what price would there have been lines for the Xoom?

crxssi says:

So? The we-bought-a-stolen Xoom could be $100. Your point?

Cubfan says:

DOA.

bbalak says:

Why? This is the EXACT same price as the 32 GB WiFi iPad 2 for far superior hardware. If you're a member of Sam's Club, it's CHEAPER. You can also add up to 32 GB more via SD (when it becomes activated) for less than the $100 you would have to pay for a 64 GB WiFi iPad 2 - and that doesn't even figure in the $40 you have to pay to use the iPad 2's proprietary ports. Oh, and according to the Apple store, you're looking at about a 4 week wait for an iPad 2.

johncihak says:

Why pay for 32GB when you don't have to. I have a 16GB iPad with lots of apps and don't see any reason to pay an extra $100.

As far as the hardware goes, the Xoom may have better benchmark scores, but the iPad2 has:
- better battery life
- better screen
- much lighter weight
- better portrait mode

But most of all the iPad has thousands of HD apps. The Xoom has only a few. And gaming on Android is a complete fail compared to iOS - I know, I have Android phones.

Don't forget. iPad has Netflix. There is no plan to support Netflix on the Xoom.

The reason there is a 4-5 week wait for the iPad2 is because 100,000s of people realized the above.

ceriem says:

People are waiting that long because they've seen their friends playing a fun looking game on their iPad1 and wanted the same thing. It's mystique, not tangible scores that sells the iPad. I have seen XOOM owners do nothing but praise everything you have stated with maybe the exception on the portrait mode.

johncihak says:

Probably true. There are thousands of apps people see running on iPad that the Xoom doesn't have. Many are games. In my case, I saw the great Sonos app (not on Xoom), the TiVo app (not on Xoom), and Netflix (not on Xoom), not to mention dozens of games I wanted to play (none on Xoom). The Xoom may have better hardware, but it fails on Apps, screen quality and price.

The answer is to make Android a more inviting platform for games, and get some tablet apps out there to justify the price.

Just saying the hardware is great and that tens of millions of iPad buyers are wrong makes you sound like Steve Ballmer trying to sell the Zune (Xume?).

Plus with flash out this Friday Amazon VOD. Suck it Netflix. Apps are nice but will come in time. Gaming, meh. Not what I got my Xoom for. Have ps3 and Xbox for that. This is a media consumption device and it blows apple away in that regard. Whether through emailing, YouTube etc. The ipad is nice, its just a big iPhone running a smartphone OS and solely relies on its apps. The Xoom is a tab that runs a tab centric multi~tasking OS. There is a huge difference that Forbes demonstrated in their review.

trenen says:

"Apps are nice, but will come in time" and "...solely relies on its apps"

Really?? I mean, that's really your stab? What does the Xoom do without apps? Not much at all. Apps to tablets is what software is to desktops and laptops. Sure, you could natively check your email, browse the web, take and edit photos, play music and movies, etc all without downloading anything - but you can do that with an iPad as well.

Dhamp2g says:

Fk gaming you dont buy a fkn tab for gaming. This is a computer for surfing and tasking. Do you think adulys give a crap about buying this for gaming. We adults want to work on it and surf the web and watch movies that we put on it not netflix. I love netflix but when(how often) are u gonna sit and stream netflix on this. To mention gaming you have to be some 15-25 yo. Do u think it sold even 25% of the 15 million bcuz of gaming. All the apps that u really need you have on the android mkt.

johncihak says:

Ok I'll assume you are a 5-10 yo given your spelling prowess.

If you look at the iPad app sales charts you will see gaming is at the top. If you want a tablet only for surfing, you may as well buy a JooJoo tablet.

Yeah, fk Netflix. Nobody, (except tens of millions of people) watch Netflix.

You really need to get your head out of the sand and see what apps sell well and are used. Saying all anyone needs is in the Android Market is lame.

trenen says:

All the apps you need are on Android. Almost none of the apps I need are on Android. There is no Android product right now that is good for Web designers and developers. It has almost none of the apps people like me need to execute our jobs on the go (without carrying around a laptop). Android is good for some but it is definitely not a one-size-fits-all OS right now. iOS, for the good or bad, is the only system that offers close to the one-size-fits-all experience for most people.

bbalak says:

"It has almost none of the apps people like me need to execute our jobs on the go (without carrying around a laptop)."

Such as? My Dinc gives me all my email (Exchange, POP3, and Gmail) flawlessly.

trenen says:

Your particular extraction tells me you missed the whole point that I'm a Web designer and developer. I wasn't talking about email access, but since you asked:

OmniGraffle
iMockups
Adobe Ideas
iFontMaker
iDesign
SketchyPad
Ego

For starters....

bbalak says:

Based on the apps you listed, sounds like you're a Mac developer. Obviously, the Xoom isn't for you.

trenen says:

Hmm, that's weird...because I specifically stated "Web designer and developer" and all those apps are specifically for design and development for websites (and other media formats).

briankurtz79 says:

What are you talking about? Ipad 2 screen 1024x768. Xoom 1200x800. The batteries are both rated 10hours. And the xoom is WAY EASIER to thumb type on in portrait mode. Plus better cameras, more storage twice the ram, stereo speakers, and on and on.....

Dutchmasta says:

i thought it was kinda heavy though... def something to consider with a tab

bbalak says:

So by that logic, the 16 GB iPad 2 is $499 more expensive than the 16GB Xoom. OK.

I'll give you the better weight, but screen? No way. Portrait mode and battery life is something that can easily get better over time with software updates to Honeycomb.

As for Apps, we all know that the Android Market isn't growing anymore, and we'll likely never see any growth in the Android Market for Honeycomb. /Sarcasm. The Honeycomb SDK hasn't been available as long as the iPad SDK. To think that apps for Honeycomb tablets won't be coming out in droves is just silly.

Netflix (and tons of other streaming services) - I have it on my DInc right now with PlayOn. I'm sure it will also work on the Xoom. I could really care less if Netflix ever comes to Android, but do you honestly think that Netflix will just ignore the entire Android population? Again... silly.

I'd say it's because Apple didn't make enough of them. Mr. Jobs told us just how superior iPad 2 is to everything on the planet, including my gaming PC. Why didn't they anticipate this demand?

Apple lost the majority of market share to Android last year. Tablets is merely the next step.

Resistance is futile.

trenen says:

Let's be practical...iOS and Android have been competing for a while. The applications, while closer in number, are not the same in quality. There are simply better apps on iOS and that has not changed over the past couple years. It sucks...but what makes you think that is going to change now?

Dutchmasta says:

you know what i like to think of your "type" as? an Android Drone. you like it? i think it has a nice ring too it... i don't understand this cult-like mentality when it comes to different Mobile OS's. i appreciate them all for their different strengths... oh btw i have seen the sceens on both and the ipad2's is nicer, despite the slightly higher rez. sry drone... idk how anyone is saying the Xoom has wayyy better hardware. it's quite comparable. if you don't see that. you dont know what u are talking about... i am no fanboy, just stating the facts here.

1gig ram
5mp and 2mp cameras.
LTE upgradable.
And non functional micro SD card (for now)

trenen says:

1GB RAM: so far iPad has proven to outperform, and even without direct performance numbers, the general census is the iPad just feels and operates smoother overall.

5MP and 2 MP cameras: so far iPad has outperformed, and that's with shitty cameras.

LTE Upgradable: 1 point

non-functioning SD slot: 1pt for feature and -1pt for not working = 0pts

-----

grand total of points over iPad = 1

bbalak says:

Freedom = unlimited points.

trenen says:

what "freedom"? freedom to download malware and viruses? Freedom to download applications that let you bounce digital boobies? You can have it!

bbalak says:

What freedom? Are you kidding? iBoobs was on the iPhone first, not Android.

trenen says:

Actually, it never hit the iPhone - so my statement stands.

http://kotaku.com/#!5116072/iboobs-never-jiggling-on-an-iphone-near-you?...

iPwn says:

Actually the Xoom doesn't have better benchmark scores than the iPad 2, unfortunately. See link for proof: http://toucharcade.com/2011/03/13/ipad-2-gpu-benchmarks-show-dramatic-pe...

crxssi says:

That is yet ANOTHER repost of the the widely quoted (and misunderstood) anandtech "comparison", which was a single, graphics-performance-only benchmark app. It was not adjusted for screen resolution, it was not objective, verifiable, nor repeated by anyone. They did detailed analysis of every criteria from the ipad 1 to ipad 2 but only pulled THREE of those many numbers out to compare to the Xoom. How can that make any sense? Plus it certainly says nothing about any other aspects of real-world performance. We don't even know how that benchmark was compiled, by whom, when, with what options, run on what software release versions, etc.

Please, let's take Anandtech's "comparison" with two tons of salt until some additional, quality information is available.

crxssi says:

RE: c.hack And the Xoom has:
-A bigger screen
-A much higher resolution screen
-A standard USB port
-A standard HDMI port
-No forced use of iTunes
-Widescreen, which is much better for modern video
-Higher resolution cameras
-Twice as much RAM
-More sensors
-SD card slot for increased storage and transfer (after patch)
-Flash video support (after update in a few weeks)
-Unlocking mode- no hack required
-Stereo speakers, not just mono
-Camera flash (ipad 2 has none)
-Wifi-only Xoom has GPS, Wifi-only Ipad 2 has none

Also...

1) How do you know the iPad 2 has better battery life?
2) The Xoom is the same weight as the iPad 1 3G, and people weren't screaming that the iPad 1 was "heavy". But you are right that the iPad 2 is lighter, and slightly thinner.
3) Of course the iPad has more tablet apps, it had a year headstart. But in a few months there will be a lot for Android also. At the rate Android is growing, I don't think this is a major concern except for the VERY impatient.

I am not saying the Xoom is perfect- far from it. And if it is ONLY about apps, then the iPad 2 wins over ANY Android tablet, of course. But there are a lot of nice things about the Xoom. And I suspect in a few months, the price of the Xoom (which is the same as the iPad 2 with the same storage) will drop.

Dhamp2g says:

Dude the general publicjust sees an ipad for $499~599 and they see the (what they call a generic ipad) for $599 and they say well for that price im getting the brand name tab. People on these sites know better but the general public does not. All of these tabs combined may have 20% of the market in 18mo unless they take a price cut to get in the door. Im a huge android fan but this is just a fact. I think the xoom will be half price in 6mo after moving very few units (due to price only) bcuz its a great tab.

r.l.schmidt1 says:

The portrait mode argument really is a moot point. When you buy a laptop it certainly isn't setup in portrait mode. Having a landscape oriented device is much easier to use and I personally rarely use portrait.

Gameboy70 says:

For me, portrait mode is the reason for using a tablet instead of a laptop. Yes, I use landscape whenever I'm typing (I rarely thumb type in portrait), and more often than not when laying it on a flat surface; but for reading ebooks and browsing the web when the tablet is actually in my hands, portrait mode is a vastly superior experience. I read constantly and almost never watch videos with the iPad, so landscape gets less use.

One of my biggest reservations about the Xoom is that it seems biased toward landscape mode (I hate the 3.5mmm jack's positioning on the Xoom compared to the iPad, or just about any other tablet). I want a tablet that's completely agnostic about its orientation.

trenen says:

Yup, right down to the position of the labels on the front panel and all the buttons...the Xoom does scream 'landscape'. I think that was a poor decision on their part. I also agree, portrait is frequently used on iPad - it's a better reading experience as far as comfort and that 'book' feel goes. While the branding on the back is not agnostic, the rest of the device is, for the most part, and that's a great feature on its own.

Dutchmasta says:

superior hardware? i dont see it. you want to point it out to me plz? you have no idea what you are talking about so i am not going to even get into it. wow ignorance is alll over android central haha

inspiron41 says:

if this is DOA, then the iPad is DOA

youareme7 says:

As much as I would have liked to see $499 for this tablet, this price I can swallow. Now I'm wondering if I should wait on the Asus Transformer / Toshiba Tablet / samsung 8.9" or pull the trigger on this baby.

Dhamp2g says:

Im gonna wait 2 more wks and then buy this at best buy where I am a silver member an I have 45 days to return it. By that time the other tabs will be out and I can return it for fhe HTC or samsung.

NickA says:

Still 100.00 more than the iPad2, and 200.00 more than the original iPad. But I'm going to sell my iPad and put towards this wi-fi only version. I can't wait for more accessories to come out for it too.

bbalak says:

How is it $100 more? Where I bank, $599 = $599. Are you saying a 16GB iPad is the same as a 32GB Xoom?

inspiron41 says:

"$599 = $599. Are you saying a 16GB iPad is the same as a 32GB Xoom"

in addition it's 32GB + microSD card. that's a whole lot of space for $600.

why spend more for the 32GB? Simply if you're watching movies, listening music and downloading apps your hard drive will fill up really fast.

lowcal says:

Its definately a work in progress but I absolutely love mine. I don't even use a laptop anymore.

glinc says:

I want to laugh at the sales numbers already and can't wait to see how many people make lines ahead to buy this product.... or maybe there won't be lines at all?? hahahha

Examiner19 says:

I want this, but I'm waiting to find out if it will stream Netflix. Does it have the right chip for the DRM that Netflix supposedly will require?

johncihak says:

Netflix DRM support will be in Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips, not the Tegra in the Xoom. No Netflix for Xoom.

arundc says:

Just not yet...Netflix has a work around the DRM issue on Snapdragon and they will certainly work on the Tegra. There is a glut of Tegras out there now, not just on the Xoom. It would be in Netflix's best interest to capture that market too. It is important to note that Netflix's absence is centered more around the Android O/S and its DRM versus the hardware of the final product.

Also, Redbox is going to start a streaming service soon. Netflix is not the only player any more. There's Amazon too...plus have you heard of PlayOn? As soon as Flash is enabled, the Xoom should be able to access Netflix using this route.

Never say never...forgive the Beiber reference :)

youareme7 says:

There's a lot of conflicting information going on here, I'm not saying you're wrong because I've seen those posts saying Netflix will only be in Qualcomm's chipsets, but I've also seen that they have been working on building an app using the Tegra 2 dev platform

"Netflix is using the Tegra 2 development platform to bring the Netflix experience to Android super phones and tablets. We're working closely with NVIDIA to ensure Netflix takes full advantage of Tegra's outstanding acceleration and security capabilities." -- Greg Peters, Vice President, Product Development at Netflix

http://pressroom.nvidia.com/easyir/customrel.do?easyirid=A0D622CE9F579F0...

Maybe that was said before and they changed their minds, but there is still hope and we (unfortunately!) haven't heard peep from Netflix in a long time about this.

ASIDE: REALLY!? CAPTCHA? You guys need to work on your spam filters...

arundc says:

LOL...my point exactly about the CAPTCHA.

trenen says:

Or at least make the captcha required at posting...not after the fact.

Looks like my 3g xoom will be going back to costco so I can get a wifi version. (what I wanted in the first place) I love my xoom but don't need the verizon version. I just had to have one.

Berliner says:

Does this version have a built in GPS, the barometer etc? Because I'd just tether it to my evo.

bbalak says:

It is my understanding it does not have GPS. GPS data comes from the cell radio.

arundc says:

Will it have the microSD memory card capability? There is no reference to it anywhere on the WiFi version.

youareme7 says:

I'm wondering about this myself; if Moto's Dev website is to be believed, then it will in fact have GPS (which I want) but that could also be a typo so I don't know. It will also have the barometer and other sensors as well.

WiFi Xoom:
http://developer.motorola.com/products/xoom-mz604/

Oh, the tech specs on the consumer site also say it has GPS, I'm pretty confident it will have it:
http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Ta...

bbalak says:

If it does, that would be awesome. The problem is, where is the data going to come from? Google Maps, FourSquare, etc.?

crxssi says:

That is an extremely good question. One I wish I had an answer for...

big007hed says:

When can you start pre-ordering this from the retailers?

ceriem says:

I'm in for sure now. Was only waiting for this announcement.

eric6052 says:

I think that Motorola really should have done whatever they needed to to meet the entry level ipad price. Even if that meant an 8 gig model (you could add more space using not the average micro SD cards). It definitely seems like the cameras on the ipad are junk compared to the XOOM but so what if it helps Apple get to the lower price and do it profitably. Like it or not people compare tablets to the ipad at $499, regardless of specs.

johncblandii says:

I know where I'll be on March 27. :-)

And for all the smattering about it being more than the iPad 2...compare specs. XOOM has better specs and is exactly the same price when you compare 32 GB to 32 GB.

Having a cheaper tablet [16 GB iPad 2] is appealing to general consumers for sure. Apps are as well. At this point it is a preference thing and me want my honey! :-)

ttflyer494 says:

Sorry, but this thing is still WAY too expensive. The hardware on the XOOM is NOT superior to the iPad 2. The apps selection on the XOOM is a joke at this point... The XOOM should be priced like what it is - an iPad clone (at BETA level, no less). Too bad MOTO screwed this up. Apple sucks and I would have loved to get a XOOM, but I guess I'll wait for somebody to price their android tablet properly....

sookster54 says:

Xoom sales "underwhelming" for the initial model, I don't think this'll be any better. We'll see how well the Samsung 8.9" sells, so far 7" tablets sell the best and that's what I'd buy.

crxssi says:

There are no sales data yet because the WiFi version is not available yet. If you mean the expensive Verizon 3/4G version, well, what do you expect? If you listen to the people at Android Central, 90% or more have been waiting for a WiFi-only version.... it is what people have been asking for, for a long time.

voiceonly says:

It really would be nice and actually show a sign of intelligence if all the people (kids?) that are bitching about the XOOM being more money than the iPad would actually compare Apples-to-Apples (no pun intended)

FOLKS, the XOOM is a 32gb wifi tablet, so please, compare it to the 32gb iPad and NOT the 16gb iPad. Hell, if you wanted to, compare it to the 64gb iPad of equal value (wifi only, or wifi+3G) when you consider that for somewhere around $100, you can add another 32gb to the XOOM.

Also, stop pulling your dicks out for a pissing contest and saying my is better than yours. If you dont' like what I have, don't buy it, I'm sure as hell not going to compare or buy a moped for my motorcycling needs to my Road King. I bought that for my specific wants/needs. Everyone should just grow up and think intelligently.

What's the saying... It's better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

FatMikeNJ says:

If I only had $500 and I walk into a best buy to buy a tablet, what are my choices???

I know xoom from all the news and ads.
Same with the iPad 2.

But I only have $500 (tax exempted lol)....
Hmm.....

iPad 2 starting at $500
Xoom starting at $600

Ok.
I'll get a iPad 2.

bbalak says:

Is there a guy with a gun at your head in this scenario? You could just save your money for a bit longer and get the same memory for the same price. You could also get a Nook Color for $250.

trenen says:

The kind of scenario he made probably happens far more often than you would like to believe.

bbalak says:

In an Apple store maybe...

trenen says:

Ummm ok...ask your mom and dad that the next time they go and buy you your next toy, k? :)

sookster54 says:

Or the wifi Samsung Galaxy tab for $399.

jarobusa says:

Do you think the average consumer cares about specs? They care about price and what apps are available. At this point iPad 2 wins. I really wanted to buy the Xoom, but Honeycomb is still beta quality and the list of apps made for honeycomb is minimal (plus no SD card access, no flash player, etc.). Remember this is Apple, the 'it' company at the moment.

scottyhifi says:

OK, compare apples to apples. The entry level iPad 2 is $499 and the entry level Zoom is $599. That's a failure by Moto to not have an actual apples to apples device. The rest of your post sounds like absolute drivel. Um, nice job on that.

bbalak says:

Your logic fails after you state "OK, compare apples to apples" and then you don't. 32GB WiFi Xoom = $599. 32 GB WiFi iPad 2 = $599 (+ $40 for the dongle to really compare "apples to apples").

So, the entry level Macbook Air is $1000. The entry level PC Netbook (Running Windows 7) is about $300. What an absolute fail for Apple. It's all their fault for not having an entry level device.

trenen says:

That $300 is not going to get you the build quality or experience of a $1k Macbook Air though. Apple is about quality and innovation...not about attracting the cheapest of consumers - and lately, that has been working wonderful for them - about $255 billion worth.

bbalak says:

I have a $300 Acer netbook with Windows 7 Professional that does everything I need. The build quality is excellent. So is the battery life. It isn't milled from a single piece of aluminum, it doesn't have a SSD, it doesn't have a light up keyboard, but it does everything I need it to do - run office software, email, web, skype, etc. It also has twice as much storage as the MacBook Air.

As far as the "experience", well, that depends on how much KoolAid you drink.

I also have a 3 year old MacBook Pro. So far, the cooling fan has had to be replaced, and the battery doesn't charge any more. It is the first and last Mac laptop I will ever buy.

scottyhifi says:

Who gives a crap about the 32GB of storage? That's my point. It's a tablet. Most of what you do is in the cloud. The average and higher than average consumer isn't that concerned about 16 vs. 32. The majority of iPads bought were the 16GB version.

If Moto wanted to compete against tablets already on the market they needed to meet or beat the price of the best selling tablet. Android fan boys that keep falling back on the specs are missing the point.

Just the fact that you call a Macbook Air a netbook is very telling.

You don't have to like Apple. But they were right with the iPad's price.

FatMikeNJ says:

I wanted a HC tab so much... and the xoom is looks and feels very polished ... but, this is a BETA product... and I'm not dishing out $600 for the privilege to wait for features, deal with bugs, and wait for updates to roll out for optimization on a $600 tablet.....

That's why I'm getting a iPad.

I owned a viewsonic GTab, archos 101, and still got a nook color running nooter and HC v4 preview.....I'm a Google fanboy that's gonna be rocking a 16gb iPad 2. Google is kinda late to the game.... but the game is far from over :)

FatMikeNJ says:

Btw.... iOS is a real shitty OS lmfao...

trenen says:

Then why are you getting an iPad?

So people are not pissed that Motorolad did not make a 16 gb wifi only xoom model for 500 bucks. It not really the price of this device they have a problen with. They just aren't expressing their frustration accurately.

eyesparky says:

The real launch of Honeycomb is coming form the end of March through April. The 3G Xoom as released was a developer device and it is a bit of a shame they advertised it like it was fully consumer ready, as the few short term faults it has are being used to bash the entire Honeycomb platform. I would think that by the time the wi-fi version launches, simple things like the SD card will be resolved and hopefully Flash will have shipped, making it better placed to address the wider market.

By the end of April, the 3G Xoom will hopefully have the option to upgrade to 4G in place and the 3G versions will be hitting markets around the World in a consumer ready state. Developers needed this device as soon as they could get it so it made sense to make it available, the marketing push could perhaps have been better timed.

Over the next few months there will be a huge selection of quality Honeycomb tablets hitting the market and then the real competition in the space begins. I expect rapid iteration of Honeycomb and think manufacturers who skin their devices stand a real chance of becoming dated extremely quickly.

crichton007 says:

I'm sure they'll sell more now that the price is in line with iPad prices but they'll have some serious issues of buyers remorse on their hands if the OS is still as buggy as it has been. Heck, I played with it for 5 minutes in store and had an app crash.

Wookie Claws says:

Xoom tablet here I come!!! Odd that its releasing on a Sunday, but that works for me because I will have the rest of the day to play with it :)

Why the Xoom over the iPad2... Flash primarily. Sure the ipad has Netflix now, but thats not enough to shunt me from the rest of the functionality I will have with Flash on board the Xoom (which is supposed to be available on March 18th). I know Honeycomb isn't quite polished yet, but I liked what I saw when I was using the Xoom in Costco (wireless booth, Verizon device).

Motorola seems to abandon some devices and update others; I think they will update and promote the Xoom as its native Android.

pounder001 says:

Since I am only interested in a WiFi only option, a $660 (with tax) Xoom is not a reasonable purchase price option for me - I am leaning towards the 16gb iPad2

jmc2543 says:

I myself broke down and got the Xoom under contract and paid $599. Yes $600 is a good chunk of money I can however say I don't regret it. This tablet is a really great device and will only get better with time.

deezus says:

I see it like this:

Ipads seem smoother because they do less. Ipads are running a phone os thats stretched out. Basically a giant iphone without the dropped calls.
Ipads are for your casual basic user.
To have a tablet locked down with itunes that IMO, is a virus, is a weakness for a power user but welcome to someone who wants it simple.

Honeycomb is a tablet specific OS. It runs like a pc and has lots of room for growth. Yes, it has a few issues but these are minor and easily fixable. For me this tablet will be used casually and for business.

Oh, and the anandtech benches are a failsauce. As honeycomb becomes mature this unit, and others like it, will crush the ipad in sales. Just like it did the iphone.

I think the ipad is a cool device but as long as you are forced to run itunes and os is closed i will never own and apple product. It all comes down to software.

toddjy says:

It's amazing how many iLosers are hanging around AN ANDROID BLOG to bash Android devices. They must be seriously scared that Xoom sales will beat iPad 2 sales. It's okay, iLosers. Just because your device is second rate, doesn't mean it's a horrible device and that you wasted your money. Wait, the two cameras are less than 1mp, and there's no place to plug in a memory card. Oh, yeah, I guess you did waste your money.