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Motorola Xoom Price: Is $800 too expensive?

We are seeing a lot of tablet news over the last few months, as various companies bring out devices to take on the Apple iPad. One tablet that has got many people excited is the Motorola Xoom. Now we may have some more idea of the price courtesy of a Best Buy advert.

Engadget are showing an advert which is allegedly from Best Buy, which shows the Xoom is coming on February 24th, and priced at $799.99. It was thought before that the Motorola Xoom would indeed be priced between $700 and $800. The advert in question also shows some data tariffs which begin at $20 per month for 1GB of data, or if you need more it goes up to $80 for 10GB.

PCWorld has recently managed to get some hands-on time with the Xoom, and was impressed with build quality, but did find it was quite heavy. The screen displayed images beautifully, and was found to be really responsive.

One thing that did concern was the Honeycomb camera application, with the on-screen button and navigation feeling awkward. But after only a small time with the Xoom it wetted the appetite to spend more time with it.

Is $800 too expensive for you to consider the Motorola Xoom?

Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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Chris
Chris

$799 for a tablet that is one of the first to deliver Honeycomb!? This isn't an iPad 2 or something, its an experiment for the market. Make the Wi-Fi Only model $500, or at least $550, or this thing is dead in the water before it gets good.

@SwayTrain

799 is just a suggestion. What if we were able to get together and buy together? how low could we get the price down? As low as Best buy is getting them? SwayTrain is doing this. If they get enough people they will get the price down and do some social/environmental good in the process. Who's on board? swaytrain.com

Bob
Bob

Oh Please! Stop all the whining and belly aching about the price of the Xoom. People stood in line for days to shell out over $900 for an iPad that's little more than a big iPod. No one complained about the data plan costs then for the iPad. Now that Xoom wants the same $800 bucks for a tablet that has twice the features and performance of the pitiful iPad, suddenly there's an outcry and alot of whining and complaining about the price which is the same as the 64/3G iPad! I do agree, however, that the forced purchase of… Read more »

GINA
GINA

I HAVE TO AGREE W/ALL THE ABOVE…IN TODAYS HARD TIMES THIS DOESNT SOUND SO ENTICING…I DONT WANT A PLAN…I WANT WIFI ONLY TOO….

Archosfan
Archosfan

800$ is the price of a laptop, too much for a tablet.
I'd say 600$ (or ~450€) should be the max for a high end tablet

John Brown
John Brown

I agree $800 is over the top! Then you add a monthly fee! no way for me.

Andy
Andy

I want a dual core, wifi only tablet with honeycomb for 500… I would buy that in a heartbeat

Falken
Falken

Absolutely $800 is far too expensive. There are very few apps designed for a 10" tablet. A lot of them will crash and will only lead to disappointment. It's early days for Android on big screens so for the time-being this is just a very expensive media-player/web-browser. It needs to be cheap!

Shawn ArkAngel Williams

I think they better drop the price way down if they want someone to buy it, drop the price to $500 that's FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS! Now your talking, thank you

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