Wifi-only Motorola Xoom coming 27 March – $599

Motorola's newest 10" tablet has just shown up in the weekly circular for Staples. It's listed for $599, which is about 200 bucks less than the 3G model. Engadget mostly liked this tablet when they reviewed it a few weeks ago, and even though it starts at about $100 more than the iPad2, the extra cost might be worth it.

The Xoom is running Android v3.0 on a dual core Tegra2 CPU. The 10" screen has a higher resolution (1280x800) than the iPad2, and the Xoom also has a microSD card slot, better cameras, (5MP and2MP), more ports, and Flash support. Note that the iPad2 has none of these.

The Xoom also has HDMI out, an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and a speaker. Now that I look at it, the Xoom shows that the iPad2 isn't really all that impressive. All the iPad2 has going for it is Apple.

P.S. In case you haven't heard, the second camera on the iPad2 is crap. Like the camera on the latest  iTouch, it can shoot 720p, but it can only take pictures at 720x960. I have a camera that can shoot 720p video, and it can also take 10MP pictures. The iPad2 camera is pathetic.

via Droid Life

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11 Comments on Wifi-only Motorola Xoom coming 27 March – $599

  1. That price is significantly more appealing than the 3G price ($899?). I’d agree re iPad 2. There’s a lot of hype and a conglomeration of fanboys spinning around it right now; when the dust settles I think we’ll see that it really is just the brand name that has gotten people so excited.

    That said, I’m waiting for the 10″ Samsung Tab to come out. Then I’ll make a comparison and go from there. I have a Samsung Galaxy phone and it’s awesome, so I’m leaning towards one of their tablets, at least right now.

  2. Glad to see you are finally coming to your senses. The Xoom offers much more than the iPad for $50 more (at the high end), not least of which is not being tied to Apple’s apron strings. How much is the Apple cachet really worth? I know to sum people it is better than going to heaven, but I’d rather have choice than cachet.

  3. Motorola tries to get as much money as it’s possible with it’s first (honestly, still raw) competitive with iPad device. I believe that everything will be changed after new releases (LG, Samsung, Acer, etc).

  4. Well, you have the flier, but are you sure about that card slot? I thought I read this was one of the few tablets NOT to have a card slot. Or maybe I’m thinking of the 10″ Samsung GTab coming up.

    Nothing from Moto interests me after the revelation of them preventing hacking.

  5. I thought the Xoom had 32gb internal storage? If that’s the case, this is the same price as an equivalent ipad2, not $100 more.

  6. As an iPad [1] user, I admit that the Xoom beats the iPad 1 and 2 when it comes down to specs and on paper. Sucks when great features like SD/USB connections, HDMI out are all BUILT In when Apple charges an extra $30 for just one of those features and so when it comes down to price–they are both equal. But you really do need to see the bigger picture–until Android can get more developers for the apps, then many more users will follow. As the Android phones have indicated, there’s far too many phones with different processing powers that one app from a developer won’t work 100% at times. So while Apple takes 30% away from a developer, the market has proven itself to be stable and still profitable.

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