As tablet computer technology increases in popularity, the Motorola Xoom is one of the front runners which everyone seems to be talking about. Motorola has announced that their tablet computer which will have Wi-Fi only capabilities will sell for $599 and provide users with 32 GB of storage space. This means that consumers who are interested in getting one of these will have to essentially pay $100 more than an iPad 2 if they want a Motorola tablet with Wi-Fi. The news of the tablet’s arrival on the marketing came earlier on in the month, provoking a lot of buzz about the tablet’s pricing and capabilities. The iPad 2 with 32 GB of storage space is also priced at $599, making it somewhat difficult for consumers to choose which one they want to get.
Upon release the Xoom tablet will be available at all of the major retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon.com, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Radio Shack. Part of what makes the Xoom so unique is the fact that it is the very first tablet computer to run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is Google’s open-source operating system which has been designed for tablet computers only. In promoting the Xoom, Motorola has been underscoring some of the big innovations such as the Honeycomb operating system as well as its multitasking capabilities. The Xoom is also set to come with some impressive browser features as well as certain customizable settings and notifications to make using it easier.
The Xoom itself will have a 10.1-inch HD display screen as well as 1GB of memory and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for taking photos. There will also be a five megapixel camera in the back of the tablet and an HDMI port as well. The tablet will run on a 1GHz duel-core processor and will even be able to predict the weather via a built-in barometer which is able to measure atmospheric pressure. One of the distinctions which Motorola has been emphasizing is the tablets ability to support Adobe Flash Player 10.2 beta, something which the iPad does not. The official release date for the Xoom 3G Wi-Fi version was February 24th and it was initially sold for $799 and $599 for those who signed a contract with Verizon Wireless.
One of the main hooks with the new Xoom tablet which is set to come out soon is the fact that consumers do not have to worry about entering into a contract in order to browse the web with this computer. This new tablet computer from Motorola has been described as being innovative and very user-friendly in its interface; however the software which is available is currently limited when it comes to getting the most out of Honeycomb, Google’s operating system. Although the Wi-Fi only version of the Xoom is set to be priced the same as the iPad 2, its entry into the market was set at $599 which is significantly higher than Apple’s tablet computer. Industry research has consistently shown that consumers tend to go with the cheaper model, which is no doubt reflected in Motorola’s sales.
Motorola Mobility says it will start selling a Wi-Fi-only version of its Xoom tablet for $599 on March 27. In Canada Wi-Fi Only Xoom Tablet will hit Canada On April 8th by pre-ordering the Wi-Fi only XOOM in Canada through Best Buy Canada and Future Shop online stores. While in UK, Wi-Fi-Only Motorola XOOM will available for purchase at £450 as from PC World pre-order page.