*Let's keep this civil please, it's all based on personal preference*
Well, I just came back from Best Buy. Returned the Xoom. Funny BB Mobile guy said shortly after the Ipad 2 announcement he got a few calls on the Xoom return policy. We actually both had a laugh.
I was honest with him when he asked why I was returning it. iPad 2.
Here is my take on it. I LOVE the Xoom, I really do. It does SO friggin much but at the end of the day I would do what my friend down in LA was doing. I asked myself what I was doing on the Xoom that I wasnt doing on the iPad and if the cost made sense. And after serious thought, it didnt make sense.
2 weeks ago I had a 16GB wifi only iPad that I took everywhere with me. I did everything on it. I browsed, I read books, I had it setup in the back seat for my son to watch movies while on car trips, I used the countless apps available, Netflix, music, etc. Used the thing to its full advantage.
Then I caught wind of the Xoom, the price was high, yes but I love Android too and thought why the hell not. I had a nice tax return and some extra cash to spend.
After a few days I was starting to realize that for ME, the difference in my usage between the 2 just wansnt that different. And truth be told, the cost just wasnt worth it to me in the end.
I can do the same on the iPad 2 (FOR MY PURPOSES) for less money. Granted I am grabbing the 3G version but at 629, its easier on the wallet.
I will miss you Xoom. I really will
- 03-02-2011, 03:11 PM #2
- 03-02-2011, 03:13 PM #3
Like you said, it all comes down to personal preference. I had an iPad and it didn't make sense for what I wanted to use it for, especially since I already have an iPhone. I was going to wait until the Wi-Fi only Xoom was released but I was able to capitalize on Moto's 25% off coupon so that was the deciding factor.
Am I sure I'm going to love the Xoom? No, not really, but I figure that in the worst case scenario I'll be able to break even. I'm still very curious about Moto's 7" tablet and the Blackberry PlayBook. It's all about what just works for you.
If I had jumped in on the 600 dollar deal then I would have kept it FOR SURE. I asked myself that very same question.
Like I said though and many others too. The sticker price just didnt do it for me after getting some REAL use out of the thing. I actually feel a bit sad now not being able to reach for my Xoom.
And I didnt want a contract. I like being able to jump around
- 03-02-2011, 03:30 PM #6
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- 03-02-2011, 04:02 PM #11
Bold move to overprice a tab in the same market where the ipad exists.
And its kinda rushed to market too. Too many promised features. Apple generally doesn't make mistakes like that.Treo 650 > HTC Mogul > HTC Touch Diamond > BB Curve > Palm PRE- > HTC Evo / BB Bold > Nexus S 4G
If flash really mattered to me, expandable storage, etc, is there were an absolute must, like I know it is for many others, then I agree with the price range. I can still find it a bit high but I can agree that that is what we must pay to have such features on a brand new, first the the market Honeycomb device. But at the end of the day those things, amongst others, arent that important to me. I got along fine without them on the iPad.
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- 03-02-2011, 04:25 PM #13
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- 03-02-2011, 04:26 PM #14
My complaints were the lack of the features on release and the price. It upset you that I was talking bad about the Xoom. But now you return yours because the features and you would have kept it if the price was lower.
I totally agree with your stance, even if it did take you 2-3 weeks to catch up.
- 03-02-2011, 04:32 PM #15
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It also still needs an anyconnect VPN client from cisco. This may cause me to sell my Xoom I got with the 25% off.
I have the Xoom doing most of what I need it to do, but the VPN issue has me teetering on the birng of an iPad2 despite the fact I think the Xoom may be the long term better product. I need to be able to connect to my work computer, and currently cant with my Xoom.
I really thought that I would take it one step ahead and go beyond what I could do on an iPad 2. Turns out I was wrong. I like to give usage a price figure and the 800 dollar price didn't match my usage level. And I didn't have a problem with you talking negatively about the Xoom, there are plenty of other people here who had gripes with it before launch. You poo-poo'd it and complained about things before you had one in hands. I know the Xoom is an excellent device even with the shortcomings, and I gave it a fair chance from the begining. I am moving on now...
- 03-02-2011, 04:41 PM #18
- 03-02-2011, 04:43 PM #19
Here's a better question: if the iPad was good enough, what in the hell makes the iPad 2 worth paying another $600+ for? The iPad clearly isn't too slow, and the dual-core processor is nothing. Are you paying $600 for the neat little cover? The cameras? It can't be the cameras. Surely someone like yourself has enough money that you've got a pretty new phone, right?
- 03-02-2011, 04:45 PM #20
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I have yet to read what the profit margin is for Motorola, but I saw somewhere that what makes it expensive are the cameras? This is the first real tablet to compete with the iPad and it does so in just about every aspect except for price and apps. It's just too bad that Apple is so closed with these portable devices.
- 03-02-2011, 04:48 PM #22
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i think the wifi only not been available at launch is confusing purchasers. everybody keeps comparing the 3g/4g xoom to the wifi only ipad (2)... if you compare the 3g ipad (2) to the xoom, things arent that extreme.. specially if you have in mind that you wont need special adapter sfor the hdmi or usb ports, or that you can expand the memory with a sd card if you want, or the pleasure of enjoying the web as is.. with flash.
- 03-02-2011, 04:59 PM #24
- 03-02-2011, 05:03 PM #25
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Neither one is a bad device to be honest with you, it all comes down to personal preference when all is said and done. I personally prefer Moto's products I always have, way before all these consumer based cell phone products were avail to general public. I am android for life...I am consumed with them. I also own a MacBook and wouldn't trade that for the world either. Yes Moto needs to still refine the Xoom ALOT at this point, it does have several glitches, but I do think this device is going to be "the way to go" in the future. Apple is the most innovative company out there hands down, Android is the most innovative OS out there.
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