With so much success with the Xoom, Verizon and Motorola announce two new Honeycomb tablets

With so much success with the Xoom, Verizon and Motorola announce two new Honeycomb tablets

Summary: With Ice Cream Sandwich rolling out and low priced small tablets, I don't quite understand how Verizon and Motorola think expensive Honeycomb tablets with 2-year contract requirements will sell this holiday season.

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It was back in March when I took a look at the Motorola Xoom Android tablet and was the harshest I have ever been on a device. Many readers thought I was being too critical, but as we now see over 8 months later it is pretty obvious the Xoom was a failure in large part due to the Honeycomb operating system and lack of adoption. Thus, I was a bit surprised when I received a press release announcing the Droid XYBOARD (how in the heck do you announce this product name?) tablets launching with Honeycomb out of the box. At least you don't have to send them back to the store to get LTE support since they have it built in. Then again, as Larry points out LTE is celebrating it's 1st birthday and still leaves much to be desired.

The new Droid XYBOARD tablets come in 8.2 inch and 10.1 inch sizes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and future upgradeability to Ice Cream Sandwich (we have heard that song before). The hardware will likely be great, it was on the Xoom for the most part, but I just don't see people picking up Android tablets with the Amazon Kindle Fire and B&N Nook Tablet available for so much cheaper and meeting the needs of most consumers.

The Droid XYBOARD tablets feature the following:

  • Verizon LTE with mobile hotspot capability (yes, there is an additional charge for this)
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual core 1.2 GHz processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Gorilla Glass display
  • WIFi radio
  • Dijit app to use them as universal remote controls

The Droid XYBOARD 10.1 will be available in three models: 16 GB for $529.99, 32 GB for $629.99 and 64 GB for $729.99 all with a new two-year customer agreement. The Droid XYBOARD 8.2 will be available in two models: 16 GB for $429.99 and 32 GB for $529.99 both with a new two-year customer agreement. The two year agreement includes a monthly fee of $30 for 2GB of data.

Does anyone plan to pick up one of these new Android tablets? I personally could never justify such a high cost for the device and data plan when much cheaper tablets are available for many of the same functions. I enjoy using my iPad 2 and HTC Flyer, but still don't think they are essential devices that replace a smartphone or laptop.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Verizon

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  • RE: With so much success with the Xoom, Verizon and Motorola announce two new Honeycomb tablets

    Umm, NO! The Xoom sold through inventory but failed to make enough to keep up and then got under cut by competitors on Price! Honeycomb was not the reason for the "perceived failure" of the Tablet at all. Very few argued that the build quality of the XOOM was anything but best in class and the product itself was a solid offering.<br><br>Anyway, you really should do some research and provide evidence for your conclusions.<br><br> as far as being a replacement system, they are missing too many great apps (yes even the iPad) to replace the PC.
    slickjim
  • RE: With so much success with the Xoom, Verizon and Motorola announce two new Honeycomb tablets

    Too expensive to even consider. If they are tacking on a 2 year agreement, prices should be no more then $300 for the 64GB version to be a seller. It's really no wonder why the Xoom was a failure, Verizon doesn't know how to market it.
    marbo100
  • RE: With so much success with the Xoom, Verizon and Motorola announce two new Honeycomb tablets

    The only non-iPad tablet out there REMOTELY worth the same price as the iPad is the Transformer Prime, and even then you have to add 149.00 for the keyboard. Motorola is woefully out of touch with the market and $30.00 HIGHER on the 10 inch model to boot.
    Playdrv4me
  • Relevant!

    What part of what's wrong with this deal will be fixed by putting Windows 8 on it? Will the hardware get cheaper? Will the data plan get cheaper?

    I'm sure Windows 8 will be wonderful, but I don't see how it fixes expensive hardware and expensive data plans.
    Robert Hahn
  • I hear Pre-Orders are up to 10

    But that dropped to 5 when 5 of the people thought they were buying an iPad (Apple users aren't that tech savvy). Oh well.
    jpr75_z
  • RE: With so much success with the Xoom, Verizon and Motorola announce two new Honeycomb tablets

    re: iphone/ipad vs Droid

    No Java
    No Flash
    No SD
    No USB
    No Bluetooth (ipad)
    No Multi-tasking
    No HDMI
    No 4G
    No Widescreen (ipad)
    Must use the itunes virus
    Must be programmed in objective c (suck)
    SDK = 300/Year + High Upload Fees to App Store
    Half the CPU
    Half the RAM
    Twice the Price

    Droid solves ALL those problems:
    Java
    Flash
    SD
    USB
    Bluetooth
    GPS
    Multi-tasking
    HDMI
    4G
    Widescreen
    No itunes (Hurray!)
    Programmed with Java/Eclipse (easy)
    SDK = Free + Free Upload to App Store
    Twice the CPU
    Twice the RAM
    Half the Price

    Apple makes NO sense from a business point of view.

    Steve (Jobs in China) gets an A+ for Marketing to the sheeple and an EPIC FAIL in technology.
    gtatransam@...
    • RE: With so much success with the Xoom, Verizon and Motorola announce two new Honeycomb tablets

      @gtatransam@...

      There are a few errors in your post...
      LP212
    • RE: With so much success with the Xoom, Verizon and Motorola announce two new Honeycomb tablets

      @gtatransam@... I'm with you. I've had my 32GB (jacked to 64 with a micro-sd card) Xoom WiFi only tablet for quite awhile and it serves me well. Bought a MiFi access card and I really like the whole thing. Flash works, have QuickOffice installed, Kindle, the Birds, etc. I really like it.
      RockerCRMC