Motorola Xoom goes on sale February 17 for $699

Of all the numerous Android tablets slated for release in the near future – and there are a lot – the Motorola Xoom is the one that many experts are picking to go up against the still dominant iPad. It will be the first tablet to run Google’s much anticipated Honeycomb version of Android (3.0), and will tout a high-resolution 1280x800 screen, dual cameras, 32GB of internal memory, and will pick up Verizon’s 4G network when available.

According to a leaked internal Best Buy sales document, picked up by Engadget, the device will go on sale at Best Buy stores on February 17. Pricing is set at $699, but we’re unsure if that’s with or without a contract subsidization (we hope not).

In the large swath of Android tablets that have popped up over the last months, and especially at CES earlier this month, there can only be a few that rise to the top and battle for some of Apple’s enormous tablet market share. The Xoom will be the first to run on Honeycomb, a huge advantage given that many other tablets are still running on an outdated 2.1 OS. The Honeycomb update is the first real brainchild of Matias Duarte, the former UI VP over at Palm who recently defected to Google to head up the Android UI department. Many would say that his influence is easily recognizable in the new OS, and many see this as a welcoming change to the increasingly stagnant state of UI development on the mobile platform.

This pedigree, along with specs that trump other Android tablets in the roster, is sure to make Motorola an Apple competitor to keep your eyes on.

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.Neo said,
According to Engadget the price will be $800 at a minimum.

like I said above, this is according to Engadget, so take with a grain of salt

Why would I buy this tablet?
1) It's an alternative to the Ipad, I don't particularly like the way Apple controls their product.
2) It's produced by an American Company
3) It runs the latest version of Android which will be able to take advantage of all the apps that are currently in the app market.
4) It's running a vanilla version of Android and therefore will likely not be boot-loader locked... this means there will be a large community over at XDA-Developers that will be creating custom roms and kernels to over-clock and modify the crap out of this thing.
5) It supports flash. Flash games and web content will really work well on this medium.

Why I won't actually buy this tablet?
1) Price - If Motorola was really trying to make a splash they would have priced this thing competitively. If someone could afford this price they probably already purchased an Ipad, that leaves the majority of potential buyers out in the cold. Personally I would have been perfectly happy accepting a less impressively spec'ed Xoom if it were $200 cheaper. I currently debating whether or not to purchase a Nook Color and just rooting it and turning it into a true tablet. The Nook Color is selling for 250... no contract.

I'm more interested in what ASUS brings. I think they will have better price points.

Actually, I think I'm leaning towards my next tablet to be 7". The size of the iPad doesn't work well for me and reading books (although great size for magazines). Especially in bed; the iPad is too large and heavy. (lol..that what she said).

If I recall correctly the Engadget article a few days ago said it would cost 799. Now it costs 699. I would take this with a grain of salt, since Engadget is known to be pretty pro-Apple, though not much as Gizmodo. But even at about this price range, this thing is still a bargain compared to the iPad. Also remember that this is Motorola, not Apple. They will most likely offer some kind of a good deal on this tablet once its been launched, not like that other fruit company which lowers prices by 5 bucks on black friday exclusively and calls it their magical sale of the year. Anyways it seems as if the masses here are more concerned with something shiny and cheap rather than something truly advanced

Master1 said,
If I recall correctly the Engadget article a few days ago said it would cost 799. Now it costs 699. I would take this with a grain of salt, since Engadget is known to be pretty pro-Apple, though not much as Gizmodo. But even at about this price range, this thing is still a bargain compared to the iPad. Also remember that this is Motorola, not Apple. They will most likely offer some kind of a good deal on this tablet once its been launched, not like that other fruit company which lowers prices by 5 bucks on black friday exclusively and calls it their magical sale of the year. Anyways it seems as if the masses here are more concerned with something shiny and cheap rather than something truly advanced

I am not surprise what you said is true. Engadget and Apple is like peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Wanderermy said,

I am not surprise what you said is true. Engadget and Apple is like peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Yea but theyre not as bad as Gizmodo. That is the reason why I stopped reading Gizmodo awhile back actually. They would worship Apple 24/7

699 is a steep price, however what I think most people are missing here is the quality of the OS and quality of the overall device (design + hardware). Sure there are $200 tablets out there just like the $300 PCs, but most of those tablets and PCs are crappy build quality, slow, and bad touch sensitivity.

wv@gt said,
699 is a steep price, however what I think most people are missing here is the quality of the OS and quality of the overall device (design + hardware). Sure there are $200 tablets out there just like the $300 PCs, but most of those tablets and PCs are crappy build quality, slow, and bad touch sensitivity.

And how do you know this will be any different?

Jan said,

And how do you know this will be any different?

Better not be for $700....otherwise you know they will have a massive issue at hand after release...so I highly doubt Moto will destroy their rep that way /= it will be a great tab!

sexypeperodri said,
Why should I buy this when the iPad is only $499?

Because u should compare at least with an iPad with same connectivity and storage. This to start.

In hardware, Motorola Xoom is much better than Apple iPad, you Know, but we should compare the two OS's, that's the main difference.

$699 is in line with current top Smartphones and tablets on market.

Pepeda said,

Because u should compare at least with an iPad with same connectivity and storage. This to start.

In hardware, Motorola Xoom is much better than Apple iPad, you Know, but we should compare the two OS's, that's the main difference.

$699 is in line with current top Smartphones and tablets on market.

But that is the thing, I don't care about the connectivity and that amount of storage.

Why should I look into the Xoom if the iPad is cheaper and already proven to be a good tablet?

sexypeperodri said,

But that is the thing, I don't care about the connectivity and that amount of storage.

Why should I look into the Xoom if the iPad is cheaper and already proven to be a good tablet?

Wow... You don't care about the connectivity and the amount of storage... You will when you try to put videos and music on it. And you should look into the Xoom because it'll be running Android 3.0 which is IMO more flexible and more exciting than iOS. Also it'll run faster because of the specs.

RedFlow said,

Wow... You don't care about the connectivity and the amount of storage... You will when you try to put videos and music on it. And you should look into the Xoom because it'll be running Android 3.0 which is IMO more flexible and more exciting than iOS. Also it'll run faster because of the specs.

Yes and comparing the Xoom to a device that has almost been available for a year makes much more sense.

asdavis10 said,

Yes and comparing the Xoom to a device that has almost been available for a year makes much more sense.

lol?
Obviously you are going to compare the device to the rest of the devices on the market.

Who looks at a new device and says: Well its better than the rest, but "device x" was the best on the market one year ago, ill go with "device x"???

I don't get it, a comparable iPad is $729 so $699 isn't bad considering it has better specs. You know Apple will never reduce its prices; they'll give you an SD card somewhat get close to the specs of the XOOM and still charge you the same $729 so I don't think it's that bad.

NeoSigma said,
I don't get it, a comparable iPad is $729 so $699 isn't bad considering it has better specs. You know Apple will never reduce its prices; they'll give you an SD card somewhat get close to the specs of the XOOM and still charge you the same $729 so I don't think it's that bad.

But with Apple - it's all about the design quality and software - this is where many companies go wrong when building a device.

Teebor said,
This looks nice but the price tag is a little much too swallow
That's crazy.

Most cell phones cost almost that much with carrier subsidaries. The iPhone is at least $650 without them.We are talking about a tablet form of a netbook only better spec'd and you think 699 is to much? Yet the full 3G/WIFI iPad is over $800. yet the XOOM works with Flash and Java, has extendedable storage, has USB, I think HDMI, support 1080P video now and you think that's to much?

I mean really? You're to much to swallow and you're being very shallow.

great to see honeycomb coming in Feb. no to 699 price tag with/without contract. for 699, why buy this instead of ipad2?

leo221 said,
great to see honeycomb coming in Feb. no to 699 price tag with/without contract. for 699, why buy this instead of ipad2?

Because some people dislike Apple products no matter what the specs are or the price. They will flock to this and say how much better it is and point out (desperately) that whoever bought Apple's iPad is an idiot.

If you aren't bias against Apple, I'd say wait and see what Apple brings to the iPad 2, then make a decision. Lots of tablet options coming out this year.

albucian said,

Because it's better?

Given your sound logic based on unbiased facts and extensive research, I will have to counter your point with a better point. iPads are more... magical and revolutionary and stuffs.

albucian said,

Because it's better?

Thats what they all said my friend. Yet we have the same headline that the Samsung Galaxy had when it came out!. (and i dont own an iPad)

episode said,

You know what the iPad 2's specs are?

Look beyond the specs. IMO Honeycomb offers much more than iOS 4. Having your e-mail (among many other widgets) available on your home screen is huge. I would never spend hundreds of dollars on a mobile device just to stare at icons while I open and close them. Sure the iPad has many great apps, and Apple does hold the edge in the marketplace. However, I would rather invest in a device with a more flexible OS, than a device with access to an extensive market. Why? It took Android very little time to catch up in the app market for phones. Look for the Android Market to explode with tablet friendly applications over the next year. The Galaxy Tabs have already been pushing developers to do so for quite some time now.

Oh and the Xoom has better specs than any tablet to date.

Jmaxku said,

Look beyond the specs. IMO Honeycomb offers much more than iOS 4. Having your e-mail (among many other widgets) available on your home screen is huge. I would never spend hundreds of dollars on a mobile device just to stare at icons while I open and close them. Sure the iPad has many great apps, and Apple does hold the edge in the marketplace. However, I would rather invest in a device with a more flexible OS, than a device with access to an extensive market. Why? It took Android very little time to catch up in the app market for phones. Look for the Android Market to explode with tablet friendly applications over the next year. The Galaxy Tabs have already been pushing developers to do so for quite some time now.

Oh and the Xoom has better specs than any tablet to date.

Could always buy an iPad and iPhone4 for the same price, then install Android on the iPad. same features + a phone.

dimithrak said,

Thats what they all said my friend. Yet we have the same headline that the Samsung Galaxy had when it came out!. (and i dont own an iPad)

The Samsung Galaxy has sold very well, sold out early on. It did so with Zero advertising that I saw, epsecially compared to the iPad. Add to that "Samsung" is known for TV's and not computers and tablets. Apple is known for that kind of stuff.

The Xoom is already looking better than the Galaxy by a long shot, so I would be it will sell really well.

I will go out on a limb and bet that the iPad 2 wont have a USB slot.

ILikeTobacco said,

Could always buy an iPad and iPhone4 for the same price, then install Android on the iPad. same features + a phone.

I do not forsee Honeycomb being ported to an Apple product anytime soon--or at least before the launch of the Xoom. Nor would I ever attempt such a difficult task at the risk of bricking my iPad. I've rooted Android handsets, and it was enough to make me think twice about buying a phone with vanilla Android vs. one with a OEM shell. Which is why I purchased my Nexus One and tossed my Hero aside. Carriers and manufacturers continually fix loop holes that allow their products to be rooted. I want fast OTA updates from my software provider and nothing short of it. I don't want to deal with nightly builds and bugs.

ILikeTobacco said,

Could always buy an iPad and iPhone4 for the same price, then install Android on the iPad. same features + a phone.

Might be fun for hackers but not an overall good solution...

Oh and the Xoom has better specs than any tablet to date.

Well, it better considering it isn't even out on the market yet. Is that suppose to be surprising for some reason? News Flash: Tablets that come out after the Xoom will have EVEN BETTER specs! zomg.

Jmaxku said,

Look beyond the specs. IMO Honeycomb offers much more than iOS 4. Having your e-mail (among many other widgets) available on your home screen is huge. I would never spend hundreds of dollars on a mobile device just to stare at icons while I open and close them. Sure the iPad has many great apps, and Apple does hold the edge in the marketplace. However, I would rather invest in a device with a more flexible OS, than a device with access to an extensive market. Why? It took Android very little time to catch up in the app market for phones. Look for the Android Market to explode with tablet friendly applications over the next year. The Galaxy Tabs have already been pushing developers to do so for quite some time now.


Oh and the Xoom has better specs than any tablet to date.

I have Widgets and Gadgets for Windows and Mac OS X that I never use. I might use them if they come to iPad (which I would be willing to bet iOS will get Widgets in the next version or two). But I guess touching those darn icons is a little too much trouble for some folks. And to think, we all use to type in a program name on a DOS prompt or shell to launch it... how far we have come.

Jmaxku said,

I do not forsee Honeycomb being ported to an Apple product anytime soon--or at least before the launch of the Xoom. Nor would I ever attempt such a difficult task at the risk of bricking my iPad.


Installing Android on an iPhone or iPad is no harder than jail breaking the devices which is pretty simple. Apple has never been very good at locking the devices down.

[quote=Shadrack said,]

I have Widgets and Gadgets for Windows and Mac OS X that I never use. I might use them if they come to iPad (which I would be willing to bet iOS will get Widgets in the next version or two). But I guess touching those darn icons is a little too much trouble for some folks.

You've completely missed my point. Widgets = better time management. Think about it. With a grid of icons you can open ONE app up and use it. Oh what great fun. But with widgets you have all the information you need relayed across the board. I'm so very tired of explaining why I find a sea of apps (iOS) to be boring and stale.

And why wait for Apple to catch up? Multitasking, folders, mobile hot-spot, nfc technology and now widgets...

Innovation happens on both fronts (ie iOS's pinch-to-zoom), but iOS always seems to offer less features than Android.

ILikeTobacco said,

Installing Android on an iPhone or iPad is no harder than jail breaking the devices which is pretty simple. Apple has never been very good at locking the devices down.

Yes. Installing Android 2.2 on a iPhone 3 or 3g. Not an iPhone 4 or iPad.

NeoandGeo said,
Hard for me to find a good reason why this costs more than my brand new 42" Plasma television.

Because that 42" plasma television is old technology and this is new technology. How much were 42" plasma TVs when they first came out? About $3k-5k depending on if you want the DYNX, LG, or the Samsung. Lots of old stuff can be had cheaply and is often a better deal. Those who want to stay on the bleeding edge pay the premium to do so.

quintesse said,

Hmm? Last time I looked the iPad with 32GB, WiFi and 3G was about $729

For 699, you can get the iPad 16GB which has WiFi, and an iPhone4 with 16GB, 3G. With the update thats coming, you can turn the iPhone into a hotspot giving the iPad 3G.

So for the same price, you get the same stuff, but two devices giving you more options like making phone calls. (assuming you hold it right)

Why is it that all these posts seem to forget there's a contract with that $199 pricetag for the iPhone? Really? Is it THAT easy to forget?

ILikeTobacco said,

For 699, you can get the iPad 16GB which has WiFi, and an iPhone4 with 16GB, 3G. With the update thats coming, you can turn the iPhone into a hotspot giving the iPad 3G.

So for the same price, you get the same stuff, but two devices giving you more options like making phone calls. (assuming you hold it right)

How many camera's on that 16gig iPad? How many USB slots? What is the screen resolution?

rrode74 said,

How many camera's on that 16gig iPad? How many USB slots? What is the screen resolution?

Rumors that iPad 2 going to have a magical and revolutionary 1 mega-pixel rear camera.

Wanderermy said,

Rumors that iPad 2 going to have a magical and revolutionary 1 mega-pixel rear camera.


Tablets being the most practical way to make photo's of course.

ILikeTobacco said,

For 699, you can get the iPad 16GB which has WiFi, and an iPhone4 with 16GB, 3G. With the update thats coming, you can turn the iPhone into a hotspot giving the iPad 3G.

So for the same price, you get the same stuff, but two devices giving you more options like making phone calls. (assuming you hold it right)


16GB WiFi iPad: $499
16GB iPhone: $199
24 month contract, minimum bill: ($40 talk + $15 data) * 24 = $1440
Total: $2138


Orr...

16GB WiFi iPad: $499
16GB iPhone off contract: $599
Total: $1098

You choose.

OrangeFTW said,
Why is it that all these posts seem to forget there's a contract with that $199 pricetag for the iPhone? Really? Is it THAT easy to forget?

The 3G on this device was a point of argument which means contract.

Wanderermy said,

How many camera's on that 16gig iPad? How many USB slots? What is the screen resolution?

How many camera's on the iPhone4? What is it you need the USB slots for? You connect a keyboard to the iPad already. It has a "webcam" on the front. You can sync your files using the WiFi or 3G which means no need for USB storage. The screen resolution is your only valid point until you consider you are comparing a device that's been our for months to a device that isn't out yet. A new iPad will be announced soon so until that happens, your point is pointless. My Dell from 2000 that cost $1000 doesn't compare to my custom build from last year for $1000. That's how technology moves forward in case nobody told you. New devices will have slight improvements from old devices.

Trong said,

16GB WiFi iPad: $499
16GB iPhone: $199
24 month contract, minimum bill: ($40 talk + $15 data) * 24 = $1440
Total: $2138


Orr...

16GB WiFi iPad: $499
16GB iPhone off contract: $599
Total: $1098

You choose.

Or...

16GB WiFi iPad: $499
8GB iPhone 3G off contract (eBay): $199
Total: $699

Trong said,

16GB WiFi iPad: $499
16GB iPhone: $199
24 month contract, minimum bill: ($40 talk + $15 data) * 24 = $1440
Total: $2138


Orr...

16GB WiFi iPad: $499
16GB iPhone off contract: $599
Total: $1098

You choose.

What exactly are you planning on using an phone for without the having someone give it service to make calls?

ILikeTobacco said,

The 3G on this device was a point of argument which means contract.

There is no requirement to purchase a 3G XOOM with a contract just as with an iPhone except with the XOOM, your device still works as expected. We are assuming that the leaked price is unsubsidized and do not know the subsidized price.

To answer your second question: I don't know why someone would want to buy an iPhone without a plan but it would be stupid to assume foe how many months they will pay the bill.