Yesterday my colleague Peter Chubb reported on the growing evidence that Motorola could be preparing to release the Xoom 2 in the not too distant future. This was mainly down to the current device seeing price cuts in most retailers. Now we have news of customers in the UK being offered extra goodies with the device. So with the price cuts and freebies does this means the Motorola has flopped?
Residents in the UK are being offered the chance of a free wireless keyboard and mouse if you buy a Motorola Xoom during July. It doesn’t matter if you have already purchased it as you can still get the offer according to Eurodroid. It also doesn’t matter which version of the tablet you buy either, be it the Wi-Fi only or 3G model.
Owners just need to head over to this page on their Xoom, and register their purchase, then you just need to send in the receipt for the device and Motorola will send on your free goodies. Don’t know how many consumers buy a tablet and want a dedicated keyboard and mouse, but hey it’s free.
But coinciding with the price cut for the device in the US it does make you wonder if sales are not going the way Motorola originally hoped for. The device is up against the iPad 2 as well as the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which are its main rivals.
Motorola may have a large amount of units sitting around unsold, and if they are already developing a new model will want to get rid of as many as possible. The software for the device has come in for some criticism since it was launched, but future updates to the Honeycomb operating system are likely to iron those out.
Others have complained on the weight of the tablet, but as always that sort of issue is down to personal choice. The unit has some pretty impressive specs, and the fact it supports Flash will please some people thinking of purchasing a new tablet. It also has a better camera than the iPad 2 and a higher resolution screen.
The promotions currently being run by Motorola might just be to increase the devices customer base, and encourage more developers to bring more Xoom dedicated items out. Will the latest price cuts and freebies tempt you into buying the Motorola Xoom?