The Motorola Xoom has been met with mediocre sales figures in which some are reporting 100,000 units sold in about six weeks. Though these numbers are respectable, compared to Apple selling one million units in one weekend, one could label the Xoom a dud. But there is something else besides the sales figures that should be discussed. Why did Motorola release a unit on the market that was half complete? Why did Google allow this to happen when its newest Android OS called Honeycomb is being blamed for lackluster hardware support?
Overall, the Motorola Xoom has better hardware compared to the Apple iPad or the Apple iPad 2. The Xoom offers better cameras, HD support, HDMI, and USB. But that is where the comparison ends. Here are some of the problems that are being reported by Xoom users. The SD card slot does not work as of yet. Also, Xoom support for 4G requires the user to return the unit to Motorola for an upgrade. To add to the problem, some users are reporting Wi-Fi problems connecting to either home or work networks.
Another issue that Motorola dropped the ball is pricing. The original Xoom with 3G support was priced at $800. Though the price is comparable with a similar Apple iPad 2 unit, the company had no entry-level Xoom. I checked on the Best Buy Web site and you can now purchase a Wi-Fi Xoom unit for $589. The same unit is also being offered on Amazon for the same price.
When I tested the Motorola Xoom I really liked it. I found that it compared favorably with the Apple iPad 2. I found Android Honeycomb intuitive and very easy to use, just like the iPad. I think that the Xoom has better hardware specifications, but until all of the bells and whistle work properly, this can only detract from the product.
What do you think? If you are in the market to buy an Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, or other tablet, which do you plan on buying?