Motorola Says 4G Makes The Xoom Worth $799, Do You Agree?

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.

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  1. Billy Grove Says:

    Thank for you underscoring that yes it will be 70$ more than the 3g iPad.

    I don’t understand why the$ wh the 3g iPad being $729 Motorola is getting lambasted for selling #Xoom at 800?

    4g
    more ram, 256 vs 1k
    dual core,
    cameras,
    higher resolution,
    HDMI out
    gyroscope
    speakers

    I understand the app store is more robust on the iPad but this price comparison is being misrepresented all over the internet!

    Good article

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