December 20, 2014

Android 3.0 Era Begins, Motorola XOOM On Sale

The age of Android 3.0 begins today with the release of the Motorola XOOM.  The 10.1-inch tablet is available online and at a Verizon store near you for $599.99 with a two-year service agreement or $799.99 outright.  Details, as if you didn’t know, include a dual-core 1GHz processor, 32GB internal memory, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.



  • David in NYC

    I’ve been waiting for this day for six months — back when there was some thought there would be an Android tablet for the Friday after Thanksgiving.

    I went to the Verizon store on 34th Street in Manhattan at 9:30 this morning. First, I couldn’t find the thing. There were two massive, beautiful displays for the Ipad and Iphone, and two separate displays for the Galaxy Tab.

    When I found the Xoom, it had no marketing materials or signage around it save for the standard Verizon placards.

    I eagerly picked it up, and find that it had no wireless connection. When I asked, two employees got in a fight over whose fault it was. After waiting literally ten minutes for them to figure out — which they never did. Eventually, I told the Verizon employees to forget it, and turned on my free T-Mobile wireless hotspot.

    I came away horribly disappointed. The widgets on the screen look like flung on after-thoughts. The keyboard is a major step down after Swype (how do you hold something this heavy and type? I have to go back to Blackberry pecking?) I could barely see books and movies because the glare was so severe on the screen. The market selection of apps was a joke, and when I tried to download Angry Birds, I couldn’t figure out the process, though I’ve been downloading from the Android market for 18 months. These are only a few complaints — I can sum it up by saying this felt like a prototype.

    I wanted to like this so much. But I would be kidding myself if I didn’t say it is a major, major fail of software design, marketing and pricing. It’s just simply not ready for launch.

    David in NYC

    • Tim

      @David in NYC, Great review. Thanks for sharing. You confirmed what I thought about the Xoom and that is it seems rushed to market. If Flash and 4G will be several weeks AFTER launch then WHY, oh WHY put the Xoom out there now, at that cost, when the iPad is there as a compelling alternative? I understand wanting to be the 1st to market but they are tarnishing the Android tablet brand with this pre-production device. Ugh!!

    • David Juliano

      I got the exact opposite experience. Perhaps it was just the particular verizon store you went to.
      I went to one in San Diego and they had a line out the door waiting to see it. Big signs in the window, 3 on display to play with and people buying them left and right. When I finally got into the store to check it out, it was awesome!! Blows away the ipad (i would guess the ipad2 also but well see) and way better than the galaxy. My only complaint was having to pay $20 a month for the data plan so after I bought this one, I will get another wireless model next month for my car and just tether to my droid 2.

      p.s. I still have a macbook but this is so awesome, I might just give up my macbook like I did with my iphone for android phone.

  • stefan

    Xoom is crap, the samsung galaxy tab is way better and the samsung galaxy tab 10.1 will even blow the ipad away.

  • FB

    They rushed it out because they wanted to beat iPad 2 to market (which is rumored to be announced next week).
    I’m not getting on-board until they have a wifi only version. As David pointed out, he has a “mifi” personal hotspot. So if I’m already paying for a MiFi hotspot, why pay for a data connected tablet if I have a separate connection already?

    I think I’ll wait for the wifi only version or when they have the third round of software updates to get the kinks out.

    I’m disappointed.
    This isn’t the way Honeycomb should get it’s start.

  • David Juliano

    I got the exact opposite experience. Perhaps it was just the particular verizon store you went to.
    I went to one in San Diego and they had a line out the door waiting to see it. Big signs in the window, 3 on display to play with and people buying them left and right. When I finally got into the store to check it out, it was awesome!! Blows away the ipad (i would guess the ipad2 also but well see) and way better than the galaxy. My only complaint was having to pay $20 a month for the data plan so after I bought this one, I will get another wireless model next month for my car and just tether to my droid 2.

    p.s. I still have a macbook but this is so awesome, I might just give up my macbook like I did with my iphone for android phone.

  • CGW

    Toyed with this device at a CostCo in Florida. My Heavens, but what a humingous disappointment! The software was jerky and imparted a decidedly unfinished look and feel. If this is the best that can be thrown up against the mighty iPod, then I think that the mighty iPod is going to remain mighty for a mighty long time.

    (And, no, I’m not an Apple Fanboy)

    PS. Fedup with the Xoom, I then fiddled with the nearby Samsung Focus/Windows Phone. And I fiddled, and fiddled. What a surprisingly delightful experience! Talk about slick and deliciously fluid…

    And this from a Nexus S owner/user…

  • Peter

    Wake me up when it is available in more than one country. Wifi only would be nice too.

  • 4G or Not To 4G

    Just came back from my local Best Buy store, and had a similar experience to Dave. There was no signs up to let you know it was there. No special display, in fact if was set up in the last row of computers as the last device before the wall. If you don’t ask somebody where is it at, you would never know. There was no Wi-Fi turned on, there was limited apps on it. The device was just not set up like if they cared or not if it would be sold. Also the material that it was made of feels terrible in my hand. I would only bet because Motorola wants you to buy their tablet case.

  • Ryan

    Give the….real…? Vendors a shot at it first. I have been in the mobile phone industry for years and have used very few…maybe two motorola devices that were merely decent. I’m sure there are plenty of people who love their motorola devices but I have worked on and repaired almost every model on all carriers and can tell you they make junk. I am also extremely sick of arguments about android vs iphone. Who cares. The iphone was first and was an amazing device. I’m sorry apple fans but from a tech point of view…and a mechanical point of view…and an engineering point of view the 4 is junk. Currently android easily…easily has the upper hand. Once apple opens up their platform from its closed state its stuck in they will be able to contend. Their current model wont hold up long…eventually they will run out of fan boys :)