$800 will buy you an Android 3.0 tablet: the Motorola XOOM

Summary:World's first Android 3.0 tablet coming this week

If you can't wait to get your hands-on the world's first Android 3.0 tablet, the Motorola XOOM, Best Buy will be offering it up for in-store purchase beginning February 24th.

The Motorola XOOM sports Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), a 10.1" HD screen, Adobe Flash Player, 3G (upgradable to 4G LTE), front (2 MP webcam) and rear-facing (5 MP) cameras, and more.

The only drawbacks I've found so far with the Motorola XOOM is its price and connectivity requirements. Being that it's the world's first, it's priced at $799.99. That's a good chunk of a change for a tablet, that's basically untested at this point. As for connectivity, you must subscribe to at least a month of service from Verizon. The pros, however, do seem to outweigh the cons, with the XOOM being upgradeable to LTE, coming with both Wi-Fi and 3G access (via Verizon's network), a dual-core processor (NVIDIA's Tegra T20), and a 10.1" screen. Aside from the price, it seems like it could take away some of the iPad's marketshare, that is until the next version of the iPad (iPad 2) ships.

If you want to guarantee that there will be a XOOM with your name on it, head over to a Best Buy store on February 24th--no more pre-orders allowed, according to the pre-order page.

In the meantime, check out the promo video below:

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Laptops, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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With more than fifteen years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands, technologies and services into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the Vice President of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider. Prior to Mobiquity, Evans was Managin... Full Bio

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