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The Xoom will be the first to run on Honeycomb, a huge advantage given that many other tablets are still running on an outdated 2.1 OS.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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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.

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"???

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!

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

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).

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.

.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

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