The day hath cometh. The world’s first Honeycomb (Android 3.0) tablet has officially hit the streets and is ready for purchase. You can run to your local retailer and pick yourself up a shiny, new XOOM for $599 with a signed two-year contract or $799 contract free. Interested parties can read our thoughts on the Moto’s first tablet here, and if you go and pick one up for yourself… be sure to swing back by and let us know what you think! Happy XOOM’ing. More →
It looks like the 24th of February will be day-zero for those wishing to purchase a XOOM… but it won’t be cheap. According to a leaked Best Buy flyer, the Motorola XOOM tablet will begin hitting the retailer’s store shelves starting on February 24th for a price so high it will give you a nose bleed, $799. While the pricing schema isn’t too out of line with Apple’s 32GB 3G iPad — priced at $729 — the XOOM does not, however, benefit from having any cheaper or Wi-Fi only models just yet (not to mention you have to subscribe to one month of VZW service to “activate Wi-Fi functionality”). It looks like those that are looking to get their Honeycomb on will have to pay the dreaded early-adopters’ tax.
The advert also details what Verizon Wireless’ tablet data plans will look like. VZW will be offering 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB monthly plans that will retail for $20, $35, $50, and $80 respectively.
We’ll admit, we’re still pretty excited about getting our hands on a Motorola XOOM… but that $800 price-tag did take a little bit of wind out of our sails (and may take a little wind out of Moto’s sales). Drop us a note in the comments section to let us know what you think of the pricing. Too low, too high, or just right? More →
Don’t worry, folks — we’re just as shocked as you are to learn that HP will finally bring its first Windows 7-powered slate to market. Hewlett-Packard is setting its sights squarely on business users with its new HP Slate 500, a $799 tablet PC that sports an 8.9-inch (1024 x 600) capacitive multitouch display and weighs just 1.5 pounds. The Slate 500 also comes with a 1.86GHz Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, a digital stylus (usable thanks to a Wacom active digitizer), a 3-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera for video chat, a battery said to last for about five hours of usage per charge, and the lovely diamond pattern on the back case that we all know and loathe. HP’s new tablet will not support cellular data connectivity — only Wi-Fi. Yes, $800 is a bit steep for Wi-Fi tablet, but less so when you slap an enterprise sticker on it. And yes, we definitely still want one.
Warning: the information we are about to provide you is unconfirmed; please consume with a hefty dose of NaCl. European news and retail outlets are reporting that Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablet will retail for €699 ($897) and €799 ($1,025) for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively. Those prices are high enough to cause nose bleeds! For comparisons sake: in Germany, Apple’s 9-inch iPad 3G retails for €599 and €699 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively. Hopefully these prices are just speculative and the tablet is closer to the $500 price range when it makes its appearance stateside. What do you think the appropriate price tag is for the the Gally Tab?