The Motorola Xoom is hitting the market at a whooping price sans any carrier subsidize for the 3G version with the WiFi model a bit cheaper. This pricing puts the 32GB Xoom nearly on par with the 32GB iPad. Both tablets ask $600 for the WiFi-only version while the 32GB 3G iPad is just slightly less at $730.
Of course that’s for the first gen iPad, with things likely being slightly different for the iPad 2, when it comes. Apple’s price points could stay very similar to the current model, but the storage level could increase, which would make the Xoom appear in a different tier altogether.
The Xoom is being regarded as one of the best Android tablets so far and boosts Android 3.0 Honeycomb as its Operating System. So far everything we have seen point to it being a direct competitor of the IPad, and the pricing suggests that this is exactly what Motorala is going for. With a little bit smaller size, this might be difficult to pull off but what from what we see the Xoom really performs on the top of the scale. The reaction time is awesome, and with Android now being the most used operating system there are certainly people around who are currently looking for something different than the Ipad.
The keyboard is reminiscent of Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard, though of course this one is black and evil-looking. The dock for the Xoom was a bit difficult to get the tablet onto, but it held it securely while you typed away wirelessly. It really works like a charm and you need to try it to believe it.
Overall we will need to see if there is a market for this tablet, especially with the Ipad 2 launch around the corner and more and more Android tablets going to market. It might be that Users are currently in a waiting mode to see what else is coming, but this one seems to be well equipped to withstand some competition.