Android tablets come and Android tablets go, but one thing is for certain - wait long enough and you'll get yourself a good deal on some impressive hardware. Online Computer is selling the 32GB 3G version of the Motorola Xoom for $399 unlocked, which is a pretty awesome price given the specs.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't the only tablet on Apple's lawsuit radar. Foss Patents unearthed a paragraph from the Samsung complaint which mentions that Apple also filed a complaint against Motorola, related to the design of the Xoom tablet.
Android 3.2 is an unexpected little update, especially with Ice Cream Sandwich coming later this year. But good on Google for making its less-than-amazing Android tablets a little bit better all the time until that major new hotness happens.
It's OTA update fever! Over the weekend, Telstra pushed out Android 3.1 for the Motorola Xoom tablet, which should also finally activate the SD card slot (no word yet from Optus). —Thanks Jeff. Meanwhile, there's also Vodafone-specific update to the Galaxy S II that apparently improves web browsing on that network.
If Motorola is as good at releasing a 4G Xoom as they were at upgrading the 3G model, I wouldn't count on ever seeing one.
It takes a lot of faith to shell out something like $US600 for a 4G LTE tablet that isn't able to get on the 4G network. But that's what anyone who bought a non-Wi-Fi Motorola Xoom did. And according to a tipster over at Phandroid, their patience has finally paid off. Because they received an email instructing how to ship your Xoom to Motorola so it can get those new 4G goodies.
We've seen what happens when a Smart-Covered iPad 2 endures serious abuse. But how do different tablets fare in the same test? The people responsible for the last stress test dropped an iPad, Xoom and Galaxy Tab to find out.
Those rumours that were floating around last week have proven to be correct, as Telstra's just announced that it'll be launching the 10.1-inch Android 3.0 tablet in May 2011. While pricing details are yet to be revealed, the tip-off is that it'll be available as an outright purchase or with a mobile repayment option.
We know that a Wi-Fi-only Xoom is out there, lurking. And according to Droid Life, it's going to be showing up soon at Sam's Club for the entirely reasonable price of $US540. Assuming it's a 32GB model, that undercuts iPad 2 by a cool 60 bucks.
It's taken almost a year to get here. The first tablet to matter since the original iPad. The Xoom is the first real Android tablet. It arrived ahead of the iPad 2 by a hair. Since it's living in the "year of iPad 2", as Apple put it, it seemed only fitting to wait to drop judgment until we'd seen everything the iPad 2 had to offer. Frankly, there's no way the Xoom could live up to everything it needs to be. It's not even done yet, really. It has problems. But it's still very good. It's the first non-iPad tablet worth buying. And it'll get better.
Beauty, as they say, is only skin deep. So let's take a look at the Motorola Xoom's hypetastic insides, shall we? There aren't too many surprises in iFixit's tablet teardown, but if you want an up close look at that sweet Tegra 2 - and a cheat to bump it up to 4G hotness right away - head on over there now.
Boy, tablets cost a fair whack, don't they? $US600 on a two-year contract at Verizon, or $US800 without - either way, the Motorola Xoom tablet is a few hundred too many for me. Pick one up from Verizon Wireless from this Thursday, along with 1GB of data for $US20 monthly.