As tech newsies groan and complain over the Motorola Xoom’s recently-revealed price tags — $799 on Verizon Wireless with no contract, $600 for Wi-Fi only — the company’s mobility chief, Sanjay Jha, is in a rush to reassure everyone that these prices aren’t all that high. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Jha pointed out that the Xoom’s 4G capabilities plus Google’s robust ecosystem justified the tablet costing $70 over a comparable iPad.
“We felt that our ability to deliver 50Mb/s would justify the $799 price point. It is 32GB with 3G and a free upgrade to 4G. … We feel that from the hardware and capabilities we deliver we are at least competitive and in a number of ways better [than the iPad].”
We’ve seen speeds in the 20 to 25 Mbps range, but Jha still has a point. Given the Xoom’s other sweet specs and the hotness that is Google’s Honeycomb, do you agree with Mr. Jha that 4G puts this tablet ahead of Apple’s offering? Take the poll below and let us know.