February 24, 2011

ARE PEOPLE REALLY GOING TO PAY A PREMIUM...:

Motorola's Xoom: The iPad Gets Some Serious Competition (Harry McCracken, Feb. 23, 2011, TIME)

Then there's Motorola's Xoom, which goes on sale at Verizon retail locations this Thursday. (I've been testing a pre-release unit provided by Motorola and Verizon for the past few days.) It's the first honest-to-goodness, no-qualifications-necessary iPad rival from a major manufacturer to hit stores. That's in large part because it's also the first to pack Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the operating system that Google designed specifically with tablets in mind. The Xoom has its fair share of raw edges, but it's a great leap beyond earlier Android-based tablets such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab, which took the unsatisfying shortcut of using earlier versions of Android that were meant for smartphones.

Verizon will sell the Xoom for $799.99, a hefty $300.99 premium over the current iPad's starting price of $499; you can get a $200 discount if you commit to two years' worth of data service.


...not to own an Apple? And do you have to have a data plan or can you just connect to WiFi?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2011 7:15 AM
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