Wi-Fi only Motorola XOOM to launch March 27th for $600?
0. phoneArena 13 Mar 2011, 23:00 posted on
A leaked Staples flyer shows that the Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola XOOM will be launched by the office retailer on March 27th at a price of $600; with an upgrade to Adobe Flash Player 10.2 due March 18th, the Wi-Fi only model might hit the market with Flash right out of the box...
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1. Whit (unregistered)
This is very interesting. $600 for a tablet, the specs of which seem to be benchmarking on-par with or below that of the $500 iPad 2, according to Anandtech. I'm not advocating either platform over the other, but it seems like they'd at least want the price point to be the same as Apple's product.
8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it IS at the same point as Apple's product, you're comparing the 16GB iPad's price with the 32GB Xoom's price (with expandable memory i'll mention) the 32GB iPad is $600 dollars as well.
31. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)
here you go people the download for adobe flash 10.2 for motorola xoom. you are welcome you are all welcome. now bow down ipad2
i just downloaded it and now im watching the movie "RANGO" thats in theaters right now over the internet, can you do that apple ipad2 people nope sorry
2. YWS (unregistered)
$600 for WiFi-only model. The marketing people at Motorola must be out of their mind. I would rather buy the iPad2 and save the >$100 (including tax) on something else! The better graphics of Tegra2 plus the support of SD memory card slot do not worth the $100 plus tax. Honeycomb 3.0 is not convincingly ahead of the latest iOS. I hope Motorola does not want to go back to the dungeon of 2 years ago. It better moves fast to correct the bad pricing decision.
21. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 864; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Get your facts straight before you go running your mouth about what's what. The 32GB iPad 2 is the same exact price as this. There goes your argument about this and that not being worth it for another $100. In fact, the Xoom looks to be the much better choice here, depending upon your fanboy status and what you actually would like in a tablet of course. Yeah, there's more apps in the app store for the iPad 2 than for the Xoom, but to some people that doesn't matter when you're buying it as an email reader, web browser, and video player.
27. Whit (unregistered)
My apologies ... thank you for the correction!
3. MysteryE (unregistered)
$600 for WIFI only?
Apple has a better pricing option for their iPad.
Motorola should learn from them.
4. Sniggly (Posts: 7208; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You guys are all idiots. You forget that the XOOM is a hundred bucks more... than a device with half the memory, half the ram, poor quality cameras front and back, and lower resolution.
28. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Isnt android all about choice? I can CHOSE to buy a 16GB iPad, but you can't buy a 16GB Xoom at all....
32. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)
you would only buy a 16GB ipad because you cant afford a higher GB ipad duh! the xoom has 32gb preinstalled and when the update that around the corner comes it will be able to support up the 32gb external sd memory on top of that, and if you have more sd cards which you probably do from past smartphone or whatnot if you use up all of the 32gb sd card just pop another one in and another one and another if you want makeing the xoom limitless in memory all for 599 or 799 retail, thats all that needs to be said about that.
so like i said in the adobe flash 10.2 download that i post at the top of the comments......... now bow down ipad, ipad 2, iphone 4, iphone 3gs, macbooks
5. CommZod (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
Lets not forget that the 32gb ipad is the same price as the xoom without all of the upgraded other specs that the xoom has over the ipad.
6. jellmoo (unregistered)
@Sniggly - However, the iPad 2 still benchmarks better than the Xoom, and has an app catalogue 6000 times larger.
I'm not saying it's a no brainer or that the iPad 2 is better, but Apple has set the bar price wise. Motorola is shooting themselves in the foot by not matching that $500 price point.
7. Sniggly (Posts: 7208; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
When and where were the iPad 2 and the Xoom benchmarked side by side by the same test? Name your source. Furthermore, I just named all of the goddamned reasons why it's reasonable for the Xoom to be a hundred bucks more. For better hardware you pay a better price. Now, if you said "they should make a Xoom with half the memory and make it five hundred bucks" okay, now you're talking. But don't tell me that the Xoom is overpriced compared to the cheapest iPad 2.
9. slickshark (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)
11. Sniggly (Posts: 7208; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
That's from an apple website. The title of the article doesn't exactly scream "we are objective."
That said, there are only two available benchmarks which have been done. And a million factors can affect benchmarks, including if anything was left running or drivers and software. Maybe the iPad does do better in graphics benchmarks. But for my money I'll still take the Xoom for the reasons I mentioned.
22. protozeloz (Posts: 5383; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
how was the benchmark performed?
did the xoom had all its widgets on?
was the xoom multi tasking and doing background work...
also the resolution of the xoom is bigger for around a 30% margin
how people compare two devices that are completely different one from the other without taking all those things and just jump a do a benchmark test?
29. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
I dont understand. How is android superior if you have to remove all of the things that make it so wonderful to make it perform at its best?
33. protozeloz (Posts: 5383; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I don't think I've said you have to remove stuff, have I? now... is my post wrong by saying that some devices mat score different benchmarks due to certain circumstances and yet perform in a really similar way when playing the same apps and games?
Ive also read the the benchmark may be 'inaccurate' but not going to talk about that since i have no real source on hand to prove the argument... Ill wait and see what comes out against the benchmark
13. earle.evans (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)
As it seems the $500 price point is the sweet spot (for the higher end tabs...I know you feel the iPad is not that, but for arguments sake), a XOOM with half the memory might not be a terrible idea.
10. surfy101 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
It's all about strategy... and Motorola had it wrong. iPad is a proven tablet, whereas Xoom (and Honeycomb) is not. To consumers, it's not all about 'my hardware is better than yours' to justify the higher price. It's about pricing it at the same (or lower) price as your competitor, to make it real convincing for buyers. Then use the market share that you have to develop and retain your customers.
12. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Jesus people!! just wait for more tablets/pads to come out. i doubt the first ones are the powerful-est.
25. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
I agree, we are still missing some Big Boys at the poker table(Sony and Microsoft). This may be the year of the tablet but next year will be the year of tablets worth purchasing.
14. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Okay lets review because some kids are getting left behind.
The iPad 2 goes for $599 has less than a 9.7" screen, only 1025 x 768 resolution, a low quality manufactored 1GHz A5 processor (samsung used to make the A4), 512 ram, vga camera on the front and back, 32gb capped out, will never play adobe flash which every big website is now moving towards and you have to pay for any good app.
The Xoom WiFi goes for $599 has a 10.1" screen, has 1280 x 800 resolution so i can actually watch HD properly on it, has a Tegra 2 processor that can be over clocked to 1.5GHz and runs perfectly, has 1 GB of ram that when mixed with the multi screen button lets you multi task between different programs flawlessly, has a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front, has 32gb of memory on board and can take up to 32gb more, will have adobe flash to actually utilize the internet before the end of march, and every single one of the best apps are for free.
iPad users you won't even have a year left for having the number one OS on a tablet. The whole point is that there are going to be many more android tablets at all price points so shut up about ur price. Samsung Galaxy will be at $399 next month and MSi will have a $299 Honeycomb tablet June 1st, not to mention, HTC's two Flyers, LG's G Slates, Toshiba, Asus etc. And if you think Android isn't won't take over as the number one OS for tablets and your that delusional, just look at what Android did in cell phones.
19. earle.evans (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)
You do realize that the "what Android did in cell phones" is a byproduct of putting the OS on many phones at all price points, correct? Just like the argument you're making above. Will we get to have fragmentation graphics every 6 months like we do with the phones so we can see just who all is up to speed with 2.2, etc.?
23. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Yes I do realize that the android is on different cell phones. And what they did with that strategy is topple the iOS. Just like any apple product the iphone and ipad have limitations that the android don't. So for the fact that most people prefer it which is statistically proven for people that have used both from the ages of 16-30 then I would say it's funny how most of them are on an older OS than 2.2. Sorry but if you're trying to be smart then you can't back up products from apple. It just means you haven't done enough research. There's always a better alternative, in this case tablets will be taken over by Androids. So enough about which OS is better, the number speak for themselves. Right now apple has the best marketing ever and Moto doesn't at all. So Apple clearly had the numbers but how long will that last once they actually have competition. Just stay tuned, it'll be hilarious.
30. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Most people dont "PREFER" android most people "PUT UP" with it! Go around your local mall and ask people with android phones especially on T-Mobile and Sprint if they would rather have an iPhone.
15. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Not a fan of the way Motorola marketed this product. I hope this taught them a good lesson that people don't actually compare specs first, just the image and price. Guess they got too full of themselves when their Droid line pulled them out of bankruptcy.
For those of you who do want to know, the Xoom is priced competitively against the iPad 2. The $600 is for 32gb wifi.
16. luxzy801 (Posts: 138; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)
Ok, at the risk of making me sound like a f'in fanboy, im going to say this....
What the hell is everyone yappin about?
Lets take this for a benchmark, a god damn LE1700 Motion tablet that was made in 2008 that is worth about 300 dollars right now on eBay has better benchmarks than both these pieces of plastic...
Since when does a mobile dual core processor compete with any regular notebook processor, I guarantee you that I can compare a dual core mobile processor against a Pentium 4D and the P4D will come out on top, so why the hell are you gonna spend $500 for an iPad or $600 for a Xoom when you can get an Inspiron DUO with an ATOM 550, 2GB DDR3 Ram and a minimum 160 Gig 5400 RPM hard drive with at least 4 times better bench marks at the same price, can somebody with a straight mind answer this for me.
What the F*** happened to this??????????
I am seriously starting to think that everyone is starting to choose looks over functionality...
Let me put this straight:
Android is a smartphone Platform
iOS is a smartphone platform
How can these two smartphone platforms compete with anything that has a functionality of a normal computer???
Oh, wait, let me guess!!!! The fanboys are going to through out "APP STORES"
If I wanted a half a** light sabre app on my tablet, I would just watch star wars on a regular tablet!!!!!!
Give me a app that can be used in a real world that is developed specifically by engineers for that specific real world application...
You cant, because it doesnt exist, a 9 year old with minor knowledge of computers can make an app for these platforms.
Im sorry, but everyone go ahead and play with your light sabre and fart apps on your overpriced pieces of plastic while I do real sh** on a unit that can actually perform!!!!!
Hate all you want people, start thinking for yourselves, not what major companies want you to think.
and now a word from the apple and android fanboys
17. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Easiest response would be that these "tablets" offer what the consumer only uses. Majority of the blame goes to Apple, due to the fact that they decided to offer minimal technology with ease of use to the mass. When something like that happens, it shifts the whole technological world. All of a sudden you have people that haven't been able to keep up with technology start talking about their amazements with Apple products. When the IBM super computer came out on Jeopardy, I was so happy technology was still advancing and not just minimal wants for consumers.
Another response would be, Steve Jobs said the iPad was going to overtake the laptop/netbooks. People follow what he says, try finding fan boys that didn't regurgitate what he says when it comes to arguments.
18. Sniggly (Posts: 7208; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The problem with your argument is that anything I've seen with an atom processor runs like shit warmed over.
24. luxzy801 (Posts: 138; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)
Have you even used a computer with an atom processor or are you just saying it to be able to look smart.
Let me tell you about the Atom processor, I have a 3 year old Lenovo S10 with an Atom processor running 1.6GHz x2, 1GB DDR2 and a 160GB HDD (Normal Specs). I have tested the functionality and was able to run two browser windows with 6 web pages loaded on each, outlook, quicken, quick books pro, word, excel and windows media player running a couple of songs and was able to work just fine with minimal issues. So how is there a problem with my argument. Its easy to say "Anything I have seen", I have seen MAC Address verification issues with a macbook, does that mean that the macbooks have an issue? No, I have not tested macbooks so I am not going to pretend that I know what im talking about when I dont, and who knows, maybe the person that had the macbook had no idea how to use a macbook.
Dont base your argument on something that you have seen, it makes you sound like a desperate fool who is trying to disprove something............
26. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
You have a valid point. I still dont understand why ppl would want a tablet over a netbook when it comes to sheer functionality. Until a tablet comes out that can compete with the functionality of other computing devices, I can't justify spending that type of money.
20. seijidan (unregistered)
I guess people here don't know how to read. This 600 dollars wifi only Xoom is 32 GB. The iPAD 2 32 GB is priced 599 dollars. How is that not competitively priced? The Xoom's memory can be expanded in the near future as well. However, the Xoom should've made a model that had different storage like a lower 16 GB to have made it more competitive. With that said, the Xoom felt more like a beta product to me when I tried it first hand. The OS was buggy and crashed on me many times and was rather sluggish compared to iPad 2. I do appreciate the interface, very stunning. I appreciate the cameras and video chat on Google Talk. I appreciate the desktop-like experience in the browser. It definitely was a mistake to have the Xoom come out at 799 off contract when it seemed like people wanted it