Motorola CEO: Xoom "off to a good start"

Motorola's CEO Sanjay Jha said on Monday that their latest entry into the tablet market, the Xoom, is "off to a good start." Speaking at San Francisco's Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, the executive confirmed that the recently released tablet has been enjoying respectable sales figures, reports the WSJ. Jha also mentioned Motorola's expectations of how the Verizon iPhone would affect Droid sales, matching closely to the actual outcome. "We were comforted by the fact that things weren't worse than we had guided," Jha said.

Introduced at CES 2011, the Xoom was released just last week and marks the debut of Android 3.0 Honeycomb on a shipping tablet. Despite promised Adobe Flash support, its availability has been held back until this spring, when it will be available from the Android Marketplace. Support for its microSD slot has also been held back until a software update enables it, but these setbacks appear to have been mostly ignored by buyers. Reviews for the device have also been positive, pointing to the high performance and installed Honeycomb OS as particular strong points.

The Xoom's biggest rival, the iPad, costs $100 less in its most basic configuration, but is beaten out by the Xoom with its camera and 4x the amount of RAM. With the rumoured debut of an iPad 2 on Wednesday, however, this feature gap could soon be closing off. One key selling point, as noted by Motorola in their Super Bowl advertisement, is that the Xoom isn't another Apple product. Beyond features like Honeycomb and a front-facing camera, that could prove to be its biggest strength.

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This is definitely good news. I'm waiting for the WiFi version to get released in spring so I can pick up one of these bad boys

I don't know where they get off charging $800 when the Viewsonic G Tablet goes for $360-$400 for nearly the same specs.

mentas said,
LEAK: iPad 2 will feature retina display... coloured dots at the Yerba Buena Center its all about retina.

You mean it's all about misleading leaks that aren't true. Nice.

When somebody says off to a good start and they don't provide numbers red flags up. Anyways the ipad 2 is going to come out and is going to overshadow the xoom.

Melfster said,
When somebody says off to a good start and they don't provide numbers red flags up. Anyways the ipad 2 is going to come out and is going to overshadow the xoom.

It's display and operating system sure won't.

Melfster said,
When somebody says off to a good start and they don't provide numbers red flags up. Anyways the ipad 2 is going to come out and is going to overshadow the xoom.

Time for a new tagline. Hear the same crap every time, of how Apple is going to magically beat everyone by introducing old technology

Master1 said,

Time for a new tagline. Hear the same crap every time, of how Apple is going to magically beat everyone by introducing old technology

+1 They call said old tech "Revolutionary, cos we made it! *grin*"

I'm avoiding the Xoom like the plague, I love honeycomb but Motorolas threatening to bring Motoblur to it in an update, yuck.

thealexweb said,
I'm avoiding the Xoom like the plague, I love honeycomb but Motorolas threatening to bring Motoblur to it in an update, yuck.

I don't think they will. This is being touted as a "google experience" device so motoblur would ruin that. Besides, cheer up...there's an easy way to unlock the bootloader so I expect custom roms will be a piece of cake on this thing.

thealexweb said,
I'm avoiding the Xoom like the plague, I love honeycomb but Motorolas threatening to bring Motoblur to it in an update, yuck.

The Xoom's bootloader is unlockable, and it has already been rooted. No worries here. I went to Best Buy a few days ago to demo one and was just blown away by the eye candy in the UI. There's no need for OEM shells--especially butt ugly ones. Performance was great as well, although I didn't explore many apps. I haven't read anything official about Motorola forcing Motoblur onto their tablets. But I did read they will be releasing a 7" Xoom by the end of 2011 running vanilla Honeycomb.

thealexweb said,
I'm avoiding the Xoom like the plague, I love honeycomb but Motorolas threatening to bring Motoblur to it in an update, yuck.

There will be no motoblur, its pure android, besides you can always install custom roms

leo221 said,
google orders some for their conference. each tech blog orders 1. that's about it.

guess someone failed their math class

leo221 said,
google orders some for their conference. each tech blog orders 1. that's about it.

Google is considering buying a XOOM for each employee.

One key selling point, as noted by Motorola in their Super Bowl advertisement, is that the Xoom isn't another Apple product.

So it's selling point is if you don't like Apple then here is an alternative? Thats a pretty weak selling point...

Beyond features like Honeycomb and a front-facing camera, that could prove to be its biggest strength.

I don't think that Apple is as unpopular as the tech news media makes it out to be. By contrary it seems to be very popular in the market. This is evident by the Apple brand name being so strong, and Apple being the most profitable company as of late.

As for the Xoom, I dislike the Aspect Ratio. I'm don't plan on upgrading to the iPad 2, so there is always a possibility of an Android, WebOS, or Windows tablet coming along and sweeping me off my feet. But I'll probably be upgrading to the iPad 3 when it comes out.

Shadrack said,

So it's selling point is if you don't like Apple then here is an alternative? Thats a pretty weak selling point...

I don't think that Apple is as unpopular as the tech news media makes it out to be. By contrary it seems to be very popular in the market. This is evident by the Apple brand name being so strong, and Apple being the most profitable company as of late.

As for the Xoom, I dislike the Aspect Ratio. I'm don't plan on upgrading to the iPad 2, so there is always a possibility of an Android, WebOS, or Windows tablet coming along and sweeping me off my feet. But I'll probably be upgrading to the iPad 3 when it comes out.

1) Its actually a really good selling point if people are sick of apples closed platform and jailbreaking.. Its just like how apple used the same advertisement back in 1985 when they were not just another Microsoft product.. There is a segment that hates massive corporations and likes to buy products from the relatively "small guy"

2) Exact same argument you could use when Microsoft came out with Vista and when everyone was getting sick of them.. "They are the most profitable so they must be very popular".. This turned out to be false when Vista sales were below projections..

ps.. Dont know if you knew this but Apple had like a 1 billion dollar campaign telling everyone that iMacs were not PC's ("Hi I a Mac, Im a PC).. this turned out to be one of the most benifitial ad campaigns ever..

So before you start saying that they are not doing very good marketing you must realize that everyone is just following in Apples footsteps by using the same marketing techniques..

Lachlan said,
1) Its actually a really good selling point if people are sick of apples closed platform and jailbreaking..

Which is something only a handful of people really worry about. The vast majority of people couldn't care less.

.Neo said,

Which is something only a handful of people really worry about. The vast majority of people couldn't care less.

ya but that small group of people only have one choice at the moment for a non-apple tablet with honeycomb which can equal quite a few sales.. it will become less important as the market becomes flooded with these kind of android tablets because they will have more choice..

Shadrack said,

So it's selling point is if you don't like Apple then here is an alternative? Thats a pretty weak selling point...

I don't think that Apple is as unpopular as the tech news media makes it out to be. By contrary it seems to be very popular in the market. This is evident by the Apple brand name being so strong, and Apple being the most profitable company as of late.

As for the Xoom, I dislike the Aspect Ratio. I'm don't plan on upgrading to the iPad 2, so there is always a possibility of an Android, WebOS, or Windows tablet coming along and sweeping me off my feet. But I'll probably be upgrading to the iPad 3 when it comes out.

1. Actually yes, Apple has become unpopular with quite a few people due to their ways, so yes. Besides as stated above, Apple was using the same marketing strategy themselves, so now they're getting a taste of their own medicine

2. Xoom has pretty good aspect ratio imo

Nope, I didn't hold off at all. I was first in line at my VZW store to get one last Thursday and haven't regretted the purchase AT ALL. If you love Android on your phone, you're probably going to like what they've done to Honeycomb for tablets. The Xoom isn't perfect by ANY means, and getting one right now will put you in the bleeding edge category, but it's an awesome device. And what I mean by bleeding edge is that you will bleed trying to do some things with it. Fixes will be forthcoming over time.

However, I do suspect a lot of people are waiting either for the iPad 2 announcement tomorrow or the wifi only Xoom. Both are understandable.

SamuriHL said,
And what I mean by bleeding edge is that you will bleed trying to do some things with it. Fixes will be forthcoming over time.

Can you expand a bit more?

So you agree with those that are saying that the OS was rushed out to get it out at the end of Feb and still more development time?

evo_spook said,

Can you expand a bit more?

So you agree with those that are saying that the OS was rushed out to get it out at the end of Feb and still more development time?

I'm assuming he means that the majority of market apps aren't designed for tablets as of yet and it probably isn't as nice an experience as it could be. I'd imagine this will become less of a problem as more HC tablets are released.

evo_spook said,

Can you expand a bit more?

So you agree with those that are saying that the OS was rushed out to get it out at the end of Feb and still more development time?

I do feel it was rushed. No Flash. No microsd support. No USB host mode. Video codecs don't feel finished...stuttering on video over 960 res or so. ALL of these issues are going to get worked out. I just don't feel it's a fully finished product, but, those of us who understand that and can live with the limitations are enjoying a monumentally excellent device. At least IMO. I literally have no regrets buying it and it's everything I hoped a tablet would be for my usage. And, as I said, will only get better over time.

Hollow.Droid said,

I'm assuming he means that the majority of market apps aren't designed for tablets as of yet and it probably isn't as nice an experience as it could be. I'd imagine this will become less of a problem as more HC tablets are released.

I'm not quite as concerned about apps. The tablet hasn't even been released for a week yet. I'm quite sure apps will get updated for HC as time goes on. Again, though, all of my concerns will disappear with updates going forward. It's just that if you're getting one now, expect some road bumps. It's the nature of any brand new technology fresh off the truck.

SamuriHL said,

I'm not quite as concerned about apps. The tablet hasn't even been released for a week yet. I'm quite sure apps will get updated for HC as time goes on. Again, though, all of my concerns will disappear with updates going forward. It's just that if you're getting one now, expect some road bumps. It's the nature of any brand new technology fresh off the truck.

Ah ok, just read your reply below my first comment. Seems it's got its fair share of teething problems but I've come to expect that very few products are perfect upon release. I'm still planning on getting one when it hits the UK so hopefully Motorola/Google or the dev community has implemented fixes before then. I don't know how comfortable you are with rooting/overclocking but the devs at xda have produced some excellent work with a stable 1.5Ghz (1.2 and 1.4 also) overclock, it may help with video playback for the meantime.

Hollow.Droid said,

Ah ok, just read your reply below my first comment. Seems it's got its fair share of teething problems but I've come to expect that very few products are perfect upon release. I'm still planning on getting one when it hits the UK so hopefully Motorola/Google or the dev community has implemented fixes before then. I don't know how comfortable you are with rooting/overclocking but the devs at xda have produced some excellent work with a stable 1.5Ghz (1.2 and 1.4 also) overclock, it may help with video playback for the meantime.

I'm running Sapphire on my Droid, so, I'm quite fine with rooting/custom roms. However, I'm not touching my Xoom until it's gone back to Moto for the LTE update. Once it's back and that's done then I'll look at rooting options and pick a rom. But you're right, video could be better with more raw power. But, GPU enabled codecs would also help. The problem now is it's not doing hardware acceleration. Even with the issues we have now, this is one POWERFUL tablet. I can play all my iTunes files with no problem, so, it really is a great device. Just higher res files are problematic at the moment. USB host mode would be nice so I could get the camera connection kit and hook up my Pentax K-x. Might be waiting a while for that though.

SamuriHL said,

I do feel it was rushed. No Flash. No microsd support. No USB host mode. Video codecs don't feel finished...stuttering on video over 960 res or so. ALL of these issues are going to get worked out. I just don't feel it's a fully finished product, but, those of us who understand that and can live with the limitations are enjoying a monumentally excellent device. At least IMO. I literally have no regrets buying it and it's everything I hoped a tablet would be for my usage. And, as I said, will only get better over time.

Flash, I agree that it should already be available, but I hate flash a nyway.
But what do you need microSD for on a just purchased 32 GB device? and USB host mode on a daily basis? what do u want to connect to it anyway?

Julius Caro said,

Flash, I agree that it should already be available, but I hate flash a nyway.
But what do you need microSD for on a just purchased 32 GB device? and USB host mode on a daily basis? what do u want to connect to it anyway?

Oh I'm not personally complaining about the microSD thing. But, right now I can't get any pics off my camera and when I travel in a few weeks I'm not bringing my laptop or netbook. JUST the Xoom. And since it's a trip specifically for picture taking, it'd be nice at the end of each day to be able to download my pictures off the camera onto the Xoom. MicroSD support would help with that, but, honestly I'd rather have USB host mode. As for Flash....yea, I'd like it for a few games I play online and some video sites. PlayOn requires Flash, for example. None of these issues are keeping me from using my Xoom on a daily basis for a lot of awesome tasks.

I can't justify paying the ridiculous price of the Xoom. Based on current offerings, if I were to buy a tablet now, it would probably be iPad.

TCLN Ryster said,
I can't justify paying the ridiculous price of the Xoom. Based on current offerings, if I were to buy a tablet now, it would probably be iPad.

iPad 2 for me, yay

TCLN Ryster said,
I can't justify paying the ridiculous price of the Xoom. Based on current offerings, if I were to buy a tablet now, it would probably be iPad.

100 dollars more for specs that kill the ipad is ridiculous indeed

Master1 said,

100 dollars more for specs that kill the ipad is ridiculous indeed

The iPad is almost a year old. Wait to see what the new iPad offers and then compare it. Untill then, stop trolling.

Master1 said,

100 dollars more for specs that kill the ipad is ridiculous indeed

100 dollars less for a super smooth and hundreds of thousands of apps

evo_spook said,
Oh I'd get one, maybe if a bit cheaper, but the biggest issue is the Apps that are available.

im pretty sure that will be remedied within the next few months as tons of honeycomb tablets come out..

I've got to say, I was super excited for the Xoom before I got one. I am pleased to say that it has by far exceeded my expectations. Anyone on the fence about getting one should just go play with one at the store, you will definitely be impressed!

I wonder if many, including me, are holding off on purchasing the Xoom until we see what the iPad 2 has to offer.

If the iPad 2 is not compelling, I can see myself getting a Wifi Xoom.

DukeEsquire said,
I wonder if many, including me, are holding off on purchasing the Xoom until we see what the iPad 2 has to offer.

If the iPad 2 is not compelling, I can see myself getting a Wifi Xoom.

I am holding off in more in hopes that the iPad2 will force MOTO to drop the price of the Xoom just a tad. Competition is a great thing.

KarbonKopy said,

I am holding off in more in hopes that the iPad2 will force MOTO to drop the price of the Xoom just a tad. Competition is a great thing.

good point..

DukeEsquire said,
I wonder if many, including me, are holding off on purchasing the Xoom until we see what the iPad 2 has to offer.

If the iPad 2 is not compelling, I can see myself getting a Wifi Xoom.


I'm waiting for the WiFi one. Not more apple crap

Greenstein said,
+1

I like to play games on my couch/TV, and often It's hard to find a good surface for my mouse. The ipad has proven to be the perfect mouse pad- worth every penny.

SharpGreen said,

I'm waiting for the WiFi one. Not more apple crap

lol wait a second, you are telling me this 800+ dollar over priced piece of garbage doesn't even have WiFi? Another reason to tell Motorola to shove it, they are bat **** crazy.

RawGutts said,

lol wait a second, you are telling me this 800+ dollar over priced piece of garbage doesn't even have WiFi? Another reason to tell Motorola to shove it, they are bat **** crazy.


No it has WiFi. I meant the WiFi-Only one. And the only $800 "over-priced piece of garbage" here is the Ipad