Motorola Xoom's sales will likely be impeded by the Apple iPad 2 introduction slated for March 2, analysts agree. The Xoom performed well against the iPad in early tests.
from Verizon Wireless, Motorola and Google wowed
at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 6 when they demonstrated
the 3D and other graphical user interface capabilities of the Xoom, which runs
Google's Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" operating system.
Dubbed by the
press as the Apple iPad "killer," the Xoom saw some bumps along the
way as rumors swirled that Motorola and Verizon would price
nearly two months of excitement surrounding Motorola's Xoom tablet Feb. 23 when
an iPad-related media event scheduled for March 2, one day before Verizon launched
the Xoom Feb. 24 for $599 with a two-year deal, $799 for an unlocked LTE (Long-Term
announcement of the event, expected to be the coming out party for the iPad 2,
will likely freeze consumers from buying the Xoom. The iPad 2, some believe,
may match the Xoom most in functionality and in price.
agreed the move was coldly calculated to paralyze tablet shoppers from snapping
up the Xoom, which is upgradeable to Verizon's 4G LTE network.
Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said Apple's freezing the market goes beyond
just clever timing. "Apple is the clear market leader, and everyone is
waiting to see what the next generation iPads look like and how much they
cost," Greengart said.
founder Rob Enderle said it's all par for Apple's calculated course.
keeps what they are doing quiet so they can react to what their competitors do
and out-game them with launch timing and provide launch marketing that
showcases competitive strengths," Enderle told eWEEK. "Apple enters
the market knowing more about their competitors than those competitors know
about Apple, and as long as this continues, it will be nearly impossible to
million first-generation iPads sold and counting, and an iPad on the way that adds
the first iPad lacked,
strategy for the army of Android tablet suppliers might be to try to
distinguish their offerings from the iPad instead of trying to beat it.
is testing the Xoom, found his model unfinished and cautioned against the fact
that consumers will have to send their current Xoom models back to Motorola for
a 4G LTE upgrade later this year. He also noted the lack of Flash support,
which is coming next month, and said Netflix won't work on it at all.
the Xoom does run many of the existing Android Apps, finding one that really
showcases this device has been elusive, he said, echoing a complaint made by
Robert Scoble and others.
is increasingly reminding me of some of Microsoft's historic problems in that
they don't seem to finish things and the folks using their platform don't seem
to be able to apply finishing touches before shipping," Enderle said.
"In the end, the iPad will likely come off as far more polished and complete
and at a very competitive price."
tested his Xoom review unit against the first-gen iPad and found:
multitasking is more efficient than iOS' task switching, but still
significantly lags webOS in utility and polish. Active widgets and Android's
generally high level of customization favor people willing to invest time to
make the device their own. The iPad is considerably simpler to navigate and
offers less customization-it's Steve Jobs' tablet, he just lets you use
cautioned that while the Xoom does appear to be faster launching and switching
among applications than the current iPad, it remains to be seen what the iPad 2
will be like, which is the real competition.
of fear, uncertainty and doubt was the whole
of Apple's little pre-announcement earlier this week.