One of the most anticipated devices in the emerging tablet market, the Motorola Xoom, is now available for preorder at The Xoom will be the first device to feature the new Honeycomb version of the Android operating system, which was specifically designed with tablet computing in mind. It officially goes on sale Thursday, February 24.

Many are calling Xoom the first legitimate contender to the iPad, which has had a stranglehold over the tablet market since launching a year ago. And it's definitely launching with a number of impressive features.

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Honeycomb Android

Of all the bells and whistles the Xoom boasts, the one garnering the most attention (deservedly so) is Honeycomb. Honeycomb is the latest version of Google's Android operating system, and has been designed from the ground up for tablets. While there are other Android tablet devices on the market, they're all running older versions. With Xoom, the world will finally get to see if the wait for Honeycomb has been worth it.


Of course, another big selling point for the Xoom is it's dual-core processor, which promises to make tablet computing an experience much more similar to what consumers are used to with their PC in regard to speed and performance--oh, it allows for multitasking as well.

Video Extras

Video marketers will no doubt take notice of a couple of other unique features. There's a camera, for one, which means you can take photographs or video with the Xoom. Also, Google's Eric Schmidt told the world last week about Movie Studio, a new cloud-based video editing software that is compatible with Honeycomb. For those who deal with a lot of video, this makes the Xoom a more attractive tablet device than the iPad and the rest of the current market.

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Will It Sell?

The Xoom is $799, which is probably a tad on the high side, but only by a little--the iPad, after all, is $729. The device is 3G, and upgradeable to 4G.

Will Xoom make a dent in iPad's market share? Can Xoom help Honeycomb grow in the tablet market the way that Android has grown in the mobile market? Possibly. The device will almost certainly make a splash. But pretty much everyone is expecting an iPad2 announcement soon, and there's no telling what new features that device will carry. The iPad2 will definitely put the spotlight back on Apple, but will Xoom have enough time to carve out some market-share for Android tablets?

  • Christophor Rick

    Note: My Acer Aspire One netbook cost me $350 and has a 10-inch display. I have a modem that gives me 3G and it has Wi-fi... and a keyboard. Granted not quite as powerful, but I could get a Sandy Bridge gaming netbook for not all that much more...

    $800 for a tablet is stupid expensive, I won't get one unless it's a gift now because it doesn't make sense.

    • digim0nk

      what bout all the iSheep their pads are as expensive if not more considering the extra hardware to attach USB etc..

      the Xoom has better hardware and open compare tablets with tablets here u freelance writer specializing in technology.

  • Tgmartin

    I think the xoom will help put android tablets on the map more than samsung has. And though i will be getting one thursday, ill hold on to my receipt just in case the price drops really quick or if the wifi only model comes out two weeks later. Im hopeful for this device to be a success. Personally i think that ill always pick android over apple until they make some changes to distinguish the ipod/iphone/ipad from one another in significant way. I know its very easy to use but i do like tinkering with my new toys to figure them out. Apple has made the ease of use just to simple. Intelligent people could get really bored with it quickly. But at the same time i appreciate what they do. And i give credit where its due.