Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

Summary: Motorola has officially announced that the WiFi-only XOOM tablet will go on sale at several retailers on March 27th for $599. This is $200 too much to compete with the entry-level iPad 2 that is selling like hotcakes.

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Motorola has officially announced that the WiFi-only XOOM tablet will go on sale at several retailers on March 27th for $599. This entry-level XOOM model will be sold at Best Buy, Costco, Amazon, Walmart, Staple's, Sam's Club and RadioShack. This is good news and bad news for those wanting a XOOM without 3G/4G connectivity; while it is good this model is going on sale, it is $200 too much to compete with the entry-level iPad 2 that is selling like hotcakes.

The XOOM has a lot of hardware features that are quite powerful, but mainstream consumers don't care about specifications. They are going to look at the XOOM for $599, and the iPad 2 for $499 and make a simple decision to get the latter. Motorola is playing catchup with Apple in the tablet space, and not even matching the iPad 2 price is good enough. This XOOM should be $399 to have a chance to compete.

It doesn't help that the XOOM is not quite as solid as it should be, while the iPad 2 is, as one would expect from a second generation product. The excuse that the XOOM is the very first Android Honeycomb tablet to hit the market won't hold water with most consumers. They want a product that works properly, and at a good price. The XOOM at $599 is neither.

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

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  • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

    more like $300 too much, and that pretty much goes for all tablets.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

      @Loverock Davidson Blah, blah, blah. Another tablet story, another expected comment. Blah, blah, blah.
      samalie
      • And, what is with James' idea about Xoom's "quite powerful" features, if he

        @samalie: ... compares the device to iPad2, which is much faster (according to tests), lighter, thinner, not plasticky and has actual tablet applications to use? And even though iPad's screen is about 20% less detailed than of Xoom, it is a way better in other degrees: it is IPS technology, and all of screen layers are glued together to fight parasitic refraction. And the OS does not look like clutter there.
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @samalie Very true. No objectivity. For example, he doesn't point out that based on common features, the Xoom's price is exactly the same at the iPad 32GB wifi model. Completely biased article. Boring.
        mrxxxman
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @denisrs
        Sorry, but the xoom has a higher resolution, more aligned with HD videos than ipad2. Thats a deal breaker for me.
        rengek
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @samalie
        Actually XOOM power button is placed at odd location, and that is first flaw in the engineering. Who would realize to look at back next to camera for a power button? And how many would touch camera thinking it is power button looking at the monitor on a regular usage. Yes, definitely it is bad engineering from motorola with great hardware specs.
        Ram U
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @Rama.Net Try using it for a while... the button is not in the way of the camera at all and it is in a very natural spot if you use the device in the wide screen mode.
        The_Omega_Man
      • @The_Omega_Man .. Are you for real? That's it?

        .. that's your justifier .. your <i>"killer feature"</i> for a (..at least) $200 overpriced, paper-weight?<br><br><i>" ... Try using it for a while... the button is not in the way of the camera at all and it is in a very natural spot if you use the device in the wide screen mode. "</i><br><br>The writeup is absolutely spot on: if *any* slate / tablet OEM wants to truly compete with the iPad they had better undercut or .. simply <i>go dodo</i>.<br><br>If you and others could just put the raw hate of all things Apple aside, you may just have the sense to see overpricing a poor imitation of an industry / niche leading technology is the height of corporate arrogance - especially for something that is clearly a buggy clone / copycat device.<br><br>I'm glad that Motorola is about to commit public suicide in the slate~tablet market-space .. the world can do without a bunch of overpaid, unproductive, talentless, corporate exec's.<br><br>The math alone is a dead-cert for death: $599 crappy, copycat versus $499 industry leading, innovative design.<br><br>.. tell us again which bunch of mentally challenged, chimps will pay an extra $100 for that <i>"privilege"</i>???<br><br>I'm sorry .. i didn't mean to insult the chimpanzees.
        thx-1138_
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @mrxxxman Actually the lack of objectivity is on your part. As mentioned in the article (if you had actually read it) the average consumer doesn't care about the spec sheet so GB versus GB isn't going to be what they are looking at. The average consumer is going to look at price first and last which gives the iPad the advantage.
        non-biased
    • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

      @Loverock Davidson
      You sound like you don't like tablets? Well, what are you comparing them to... a laptop? My laptop in no way compares to a good tablet while sitting at the airport or Starbucks, when all you want to do is check email, Facebook, or other social media. I rarely bring my laptop along for such activities.
      camcost
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @camcost@...
        My laptop does all those things you listed and more. That's why I bring my laptop along.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @camcost@...

        That is why I have a smart phone. More than adequate for such things while in a place like an airport. If I am going to carry bulk around I rather have a laptop where I can do actual computing instead of a few quick tasks like reading/sending an email or updating my facebook status.

        Of course other people may see it differently which is perfectly fine but if I am going to shell out $500+ for a device I want it to do what a $500 laptop will do. Seeing as most people (that I see) lug their laptop around along side their tablet anyway I don't see much of a difference.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @camcost@... And if you are going to replace a netbook with a tablet, the Xoom is much closer to one based on features and OS. Things like customization, ports, multi-tasking, memory, and the fact that you don't need an actual computer w/iTunes to set it up like you do with iPad 2.
        mrxxxman
    • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

      @Loverock Davidson Agreed.
      athynz
    • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

      @Loverock Davidson
      I got my first computer in the mid-80s. There weren't many portable computers around at the time. In my mind I created what I considered to be an ideal portable... it was quite similar to a tablet form factor. When laptops hit the market and flourished, I was surprised with their clumsy design... they are an open-and-shut book which you hold sideways! It never has been a good design, not from day one, and still isn't.

      The design of a typical laptop is a compromise design. It's not all that great on your lap, on a table, held in bed, opened on an airplane, sitting in class, or any other place it might go. It is somewhat portable, but not ideally portable. A tablet is much more similar to carrying around a pad of paper, which can go anywhere with ease. That is the reason why warehouses and medical centers have been using tablet format devices for 20 years, as opposed to impractical laptop designs.

      My biggest surprise is that it's taken this many years for tablets to finally find their place. But actually, it makes sense, since the input of text has always been important and an onscreen keyboard has never compared to a physical keyboard. Technology advances will keep giving us better and better alternatives to the laptop keyboard, and with each improvement, the laptop will get more and more impractical to carry around.
      camcost
    • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

      @Loverock Davidson True, tablets shouldn't really be much more than $300
      Jimster480
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @Jimster480

        Yes for $300 I can live with the limitations of a tablet in their current form. Which is probably why I opted for an Archos101 for $320 for a 16GB/10" model.

        I am actually interested in seeing where the development of the Hybrid Tablet/PCs go where you can get a tablet that is part of the laptop that can be removed to use the light tablet OS or is all touch running both a Full OS and a Tablet OS with the ability to switch back and forth. There are a couple out now or right around the corner but even the price on those is a little high.
        bobiroc
    • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

      @Loverock Davidson Totally agree! These tablets have less to offer than the latest China tablets that sell for less than $300. I don't call these knock-offs because they've been around long before the IPAD hit the market thanks to ANDROID.
      joeltang
    • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

      @Loverock Davidson
      never said this before, but I completely agree 100% when the iPad1 came out I laughed my self silly, the dumb thing cost $75 more than my current laptop (at the time), and I'd been using that laptop for 3+ years at that point! not to mention the laptop could out perform 4 or 5 iPad1's combined, and that was a cheap tablet (granted it was marked down $250-$300 on black friday when I bought it, but still, I bought it for $425 with a 240GB hdd, 802.11b/g, a DVD+/-RW, multiple USB ports and an SD card slot... what did the iPad have? nothing but 16GB onboard memory)

      My first thought was "there goes apple making another over priced hunk of junk that you need to buy the highest end model at almost 200% the cost of the low end to have anything decent" If they had come out in the $200-$300 range I would have bought 2 iPads on launch day breaking my "no icrApple device in the house" rule (yes I make my friends leave their iPhones in the car, and no I don't get a lot of visitors)

      I've been laughing at Amazon for how much they were charging for the Kindle since day one current prices on both it and the nook are very tempting, especially now that you can root and install android 2.3.3 on the nook color. Going to try and talk my wife into using o rooted nook color instead of getting her a new notebook this year. Now that the price is something reasonable. You should not pay more for less, I don't care what process the display has to go through. Price is the reason I never bought a tablet PC from toshiba 10 years ago, I laughed at them too for putting a $1500-$2500 price tag on a device with the performance of a $200 pc. I wanted one with a quad core processor in it and I would ditch my desktop for it, but by the time they were available I was no longer interested.
      aiellenon
      • RE: Motorola XOOM WiFi for $599 is $200 too much

        @aiellenon Do you notice a theme here? You seem to be laughing silly at companies that are selling their products like hotcakes. Based on that do you think maybe you are missing something?

        [i]"...breaking my "no icrApple device in the house" rule (yes I make my friends leave their iPhones in the car, and no I don't get a lot of visitors)"[/i]
        I am sorry but that's just plain pathetic. I love my iPhone and prefer it over Android phones that I have messed with but I don't have any bias against them. I would feel like a small minded hater on a pathetic power trip if I made my friends with Android devices leave them in the car.
        non-biased