I'm considering a Xoom and trying to get honest opinions from people. If you had it to do over again, would you still get the Xoom or wait for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (or another Android)? What about the Ipad2? Would it be an option for you now?
I'd like to know what you like and dislike about the Xoom and why.
One thing that I am worried about with the Xoom is its long term prospects, consideering how few have actually sold. I would hate to buy one to have Motorola stop developing it due to poor sales.
I'll give this a shot, as it can be hard for me to put into words why I like the XOOM. The iPad 2 was not a consideration because I like choices, namely keyboard. I also am an Android fan who was looking forward to Honeycomb. I have not been disappointed. The only other tablet that I was trying to hold out for was a ten inch HTC tablet. I grew tired of waiting for that. I hear that it may have Sense on it, as well. I like Sense for phones, but don't want it on a tablet. If I were into the waiting game now, the ASUS Padfone has piqued my interest. However, that is rumored to be out this Christmas, which would probably be too long. I need more details about it anyway. My only regret with the XOOM is that I waited as long as I did to get it, which was about three weeks after launch. I wanted at least a ten inch tablet, a cellular radio, and at least Android 3.0. The frequent updates have been a plus. HTH.
in a heart beat.
I had an iPad, which I loved. It was a great basic tablet. But it does not compare to my xoom. I had hoped that my iPad would replace my laptop, but it never quite could. Since purchasing my xoom, my laptop has remained on my desk at work.
It is just an all around better, more powerful device. When the xoom and the iPad 2 were both announced but not yet released, I had hoped that the iPad 2 would be more powerful, so that I didn't have to repurchase all my apps by switching to the xoom. I was of course disappointed.
Still no real multi-tasking, no flash support, no widgets, no control over settings, no choice in how I mod the device for my needs, lower rez screen, lower rez cameras, slower processor, no tabbed browsing, smaller screen, and on and on...
In the end, I could see no choice but upgrading to a xoom, and there is no looking back. Not only has it managed to replace my laptop effectivly, (which my iPad could never quite do) but it has also begun to replace my smartphone. I am seriously considering downgrading my phone to a simple flip phone, since I hardly use the smart features anymore. Something that never crossed my mind when I was using the iPad.
Don't get me wrong. I like the iPad. I would not hesitate to recommend it to people looking for a more basic tablet. But to anyone who wants a more powerful device the Xoom, as well as a few other top tier android tablets are your better option... with any luck, Apple will come out stronger with the iPad 3.
I agreed with everything that you said, except the last two sentences. I think that the pricing was set by Motorola, rather than VZW. The Wi-fi only XOOM was $200 cheaper than the cellular XOOM at launch. Since VZW did not affect the pricing on the Wi-fi XOOM and that pricing is in line with the cellular version, I doubt VZW influenced the price of the cellular model.
Sadly, I should have known better than to expect Motorola to actually update this product. They still have a chance to prove me wrong in September, though.