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Motorola Xoom Pre-order: Best Buy Price Confusion

The news that the LG Optimus Pad a.k.a. the G-Slate will be more expensive than the Motorola Xoom would have come as a shock to consumers, mostly because they were unaware that the latter tablet had been priced. We learned of the price from Engadget, who found out that the Xoom had been placed on Best Buy with a pre-order price of $1,199.

That listing has since been taken down from the online store, but it certainly got us thinking. Most rumors point to the fact that $800 will be the guide price, which certainly gave a few readers something to say. Engadget did update their article by saying that the high $1,200 price on Best Buy was just a placeholder.

Let us hope that both Motorola and Best Buy inform us soon as to the price of the Xoom tablet, maybe sometime over the next day or two during MWC 2011. One thing we do know, they do not have long, as most rumors suggest that the first Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet will be released on February 24th — that’s just 10 days away.

A recent OSM article also points to a price of just $799 for the Motorola Xoom, which makes you wonder why Best Buy would put such a high placeholder price on the website? Maybe they did it to get more of a reaction from consumers — not that the Xoom needed any?

The new tablet from Motorola needs to be something special to help make it stand out from the range of other Android tablets coming to the market. Things will certainly be tough, as the device will also have to take on the BlackBerry PlayBook and the much-anticipated iPad 2. One thing is certain, 2011 is going to be a great year for those wanting an alternative to Apple’s tablet.

Which tablet do you have your eye on the most this year?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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Dialacab

Notion Ink Adam, less than $500 has better spec

@haze_blaze

Yea, I definitely wouldn't pay $1200 for it… no matter how much I want it! I will gladly pay $800 for it though, b/c the hardware and OS combination is everything I could hope for in a tablet. It's half of what I would spend on a laptop, but could potentially end up being used more.

Outside of gaming, everything else I use my laptop for could be done on the tablet. So it's pretty easy to justify the cost for me personally. iPad 2 would have to make A LOT of improvements for me to even consider it.

Eric
Eric

i agree I was really looking forward to the xoom, but @$800, maybe I'll wait and see what the ipad2 has to offer!

crp
crp

XOOM was my first choice…..but anything ($$) over the IPAD2 will drive me to the IPAD2!! simple

gifftor
gifftor

I was really, really looking forward to the Xoom, but even discounting the "required" data plan subscription that is rumored, $800 is too much EVEN for someone who really likes his Droid, really wants a tablet and REALLY doesn't like Apple.

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