Tablet Wars: Who's Xooming Whom?

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)'s first Android 3.0 tablet -- the Xoom -- is out today on the Verizon Wireless 3G network and will be upgradeable to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) at a later date.

The device is getting mixed reviews. Many like the new operating system but wince at the price tag, which is $800 without a contract or $600 with the standard two-year ball and chain. Still, at least some potential customers are liking the new machine:

"Just played around with the xoom at verizon store," writes designer/blogger Gordon Fraser on Twitter. "Love honeycomb!"

What they say
The big daddy of tech reviews, Walt Mossberg at The Wall Street Journal, has some good words on the Honeycomb tablet. "I consider it the first truly comparable competitor to Apple’s hit iPad," he writes.

Naturally, Mossberg isn't so impressed with the price of the device and so ends with this sting: "As much as I like the Xoom and Honeycomb, I’d advise consumers to wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve next before committing to a higher price for the Motorola product."

Meanwhile, there's a minor catch to the planned upgrade to LTE for the Xoom, as CNET notes: "Consumers who buy Motorola's new Xoom tablet when it hits stores today [Thursday] will have to send their tablets back to Motorola if they want to upgrade to 4G LTE.

Hey, at least it's a free upgrade! Verizon says the LTE option should be available in about 90 days.

Motorola has also been hit with a trademark lawsuit over the product's name by -- you guessed it! -- the Xoom Corporation. You might think that consumers could easily tell the difference between a tablet and an electronic payment company, but Florian Mueller at the FOSS Patents blog isn't so sure.

"I ... wouldn't view Xoom's action as just a ridiculous 'troll' suit," he writes. See Mueller's post for an in-depth overview of the multiple issues in the suit.

What we say
See below for more on the Xoom:

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:12:10 PM
re: Tablet Wars: Who's Xooming Whom?

How much would you spend for a tablet? Is $800 too rich for you?

jobenso 12/5/2012 | 5:12:07 PM
re: Tablet Wars: Who's Xooming Whom?

Whats the wifi only version going for?

jobenso 12/5/2012 | 5:12:06 PM
re: Tablet Wars: Who's Xooming Whom?

Then I think the better question is, what's the wifi version going to be. I'm already walking around with a very powerful phone that can handle the internet connection.

I would think 699$, basically the middle of the current pricing would be my limit for any tablet. I'm going to use this thing in the house anyway.

Plus; let time bring that initial price down, wait 6 months and the sticker shock will be less.

I see 499$ as a wifi price point.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:12:06 PM
re: Tablet Wars: Who's Xooming Whom?

The wi-fi version isn't out yet.

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