Verizon to Offer Wide Tablet Choices with Motorola Xoom Release
News Analysis: Verizon will make the much-anticipated Motorola Xoom even more attractive to consumers by offering it with or without a two-year contract.Verizon Wireless will be making the Motorola Xoom tablet available for sale in Verizon stores and online on Feb. 24. The new tablets, which were announced in a Super Bowl TV commercial that harked back to Apple's famed 1984 Macintosh advertisement, also demonstrated features that aren't available on the Xoom's direct competition, the Apple iPad. The Xoom will be available for $599.99 with a two-year contract and for $799.99 without a contract. Initially, the Xoom will run on the Verizon Wireless 3G network, but will be upgraded to 4G LTE during 2011 second quarter at no cost. Presumably this will be an over-the-air software upgrade, but Verizon Wireless has been unable to confirm that. The Xoom runs Google's Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" operating system. Unlike the current version of the Apple iPad, the Xoom features two cameras, one outward-facing 5-megapixel HD camera and one inward-facing 2-megapixel camera for video conferencing. Also unlike the iPad, the Xoom supports tabbed browsing and Adobe Flash.
The Xoom's multitouch display is more flexible than the version that's currently available for the iPad. For example, you can use your fingers to rotate the screen image to whatever position you want, without having to physically rotate the device. The device features a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 10.1-inch display.