Friday, April 29, 2011

Sprint to Sell Motorola Xoom May 8th

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I've had the Motorola Xoom for about a month now.  I got it as soon as it was available from Amazon.  It's a really great piece of hardware.  Now comes word that my hometown company Sprint will start selling the Wifi version on May 8th.
After about a month, I'm still struggling on iPad vs. Xoom.  The main winning point for me right now is the number of Apps the iPad has access to.  While Android continues to gain ground, the apps still don't seem as robust.  However, the hardware for the Xoom is amazing.  Also the integration of the OS is impressive.  While it doesn't truly multitask, it does a better job of bringing everything together than iOS at this point in time.  It's especially nice if you happen to be using gmail, Google calendar, etc as all of that is available almost the moment you enter your username & password.
So, I still can't declare a definite winner between my iPad ver 1.0 & the Xoom.  They are both great devices, but both hold some advantages over the other.
Here is the press release from Sprint:
First Tablet Built on Android 3.0, Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi, Available with Sprint on May 8 for $599.99

First device to feature Android software built specifically for use on a tablet,
delivers a powerful multi-tasking experience, making it easy and fast to surf the Web, watch videos and play games with a PC-like experience

As the first device to feature Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb), as well as a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and 1GHz dual-core processor, Motorola XOOM™ Wi-Fi will be available from Sprint beginning on Sunday, May 8, for $599.99. Android 3.0 is the version of Android designed specifically for tablets and features innovations in widgets, multi-tasking, Web browsing, notifications and customization.

With a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, Motorola XOOM delivers exceptionally fast Web browsing performance and supports a Beta of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2, downloadable from Android Market™, enabling the delivery of Flash-based Web content, including videos, casual games and rich internet applications.

Motorola XOOM also features two cameras, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with flash that can capture HD video and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for Google Talk™ with video chat. Motorola XOOM can also display content on any HDMI®-equipped HDTV (HDMI cable sold separately).

With its large touchscreen display, Motorola XOOM makes it easy to stay connected from anywhere using personal and Exchange corporate email. It also offers access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Market, making it an ideal e-reader.

Motorola XOOM also features the latest Google™ Mobile services including, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D interaction.

Additional key features include:
Android Market for access to more than 150,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Calendar, Voice Actions, and YouTube™
Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
Integrated GPS
1GB internal RAM memory and 32GB onboard user memory
Dimensions: 9.8 inches x 6.6 inches x 0.5 inches (249.1mm x 167.8mm x 12.7mm)
Weight: 25.74 ounces (730 grams)
3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will be available through Sprint Direct Ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Sprint Business Sales, beginning on Sunday, May 8, for $599.99.

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