Motorola Xoom Tablet: Is $800 Too Much to Pay?

The anticipated Motorola Xoom Android tablet recently unveiled at CES last month may have a price tag of $800. This possible sticker price stems from a leaked Best Buy ad which tantalizingly displays the retail cost plus an availability date of Thursday, February 24th.

The Xoom certainly boasts some amazing attributes, namely the latest Android Honeycomb OS, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, plus access to Verizon’s blazing 4G LTE wireless data network. There’s also a sharp 10.1-inch (1280 x 800 pixel) display and the ability to record 720p HD video.

Still, if the details of the Best Buy ad are true, then Verizon will slap on some stiff tiered data charges to tablet plans. According to the ad, prices range from $20 for 1GB of data per month all the way up to having to pay $80 for 10GB. Keep in mind this is for 3G access and the add doesn’t mention 4G pricing save to say it’s an available upgrade.

Perhaps $800 is the un-subsidized price for the Xoom for non-Verizon subscribers. Even so, is this too much to pay especially when the 16GB Apple iPad with Wi-Fi is $499 and the iPad 3G is $629? How much of a premium would you pay for Honeycomb or the Xoom’s other cutting-edge features? Let us know by taking our quick poll.

via Engadget

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  1. AC Says:

    For $800, you can buy three netbooks (all with larger screens, more memory, and faster processors) and still have $50 left. Only a complete fool would buy the Xoom.

  2. jb82 Says:

    $800 is ridiculous. Motorola are obviously trying to get a premium for being the 1st honeycomb device but in reality they ought to compete with the ipad to gain market share. It really has to be under the ipad price… say $600 or $650 to be viable. Take a lesson from the Samsung Tab which also tried to match ipad prices and was deemed too expensive (the xoom is even more expensive than an ipad equivalent!). Th ipad price can be at a premium as it was holding a consumer monopoly of decent tablets… some would say it still has it until a decent competitor with mass appeal can break through. This becomes niche at best at $800.

  3. Jesse B Andersen Says:

    They should lower the prices of the Xoom tablet and focus on apps and content which they can charge for if used in their system.

  4. Tom Says:

    Come on, get real. We all know it’s about about the software inside. And the software inside is virtually free, which means it’s now all about the hardware. And $800 is way too much for what the spec sheet reads. Fail.

  5. sohopro Says:

    I prefer to choose iPad 64G 3G, at least it has better reading supports from well-known media.

  6. BeaBoo Says:

    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 a data plan just to use the WiFi is even a deal breaker for me.

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