Let’s cut right to the chase on this one. As it stands, the editors of PhoneCan are content with Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
And we don’t appear to be the only ones. Which should be enough for most people to ask why. Why are so many companies accepting this purchase, even though they likely compete with Google and/or Motorola?
What are the real reasons behind the acquisition? What do Google and Motorola Mobility gain?
And what will the company be called (since Motorola Solutions is a separate company)? Googorola?
Many sites review new products before they are launched, and after having maybe thirty minutes with the device. Others are sent a test device to review, which allows for a little more time. And even a few others buy the device outright, review it, and keep it in their “phone closet” for some future purpose.
When we were asked to write up a review of the Xoom, we had a dilemma.
PhoneCan couldn’t afford to send anyone to CES a couple months back, so that type of review was out of the question. And the manufacturers surely aren’t going to send their products to be reviewed by a site that’s focused more on the empowerment of the customer than they are driving sales. So, that left us with only one option left: buy a device and test it.
So we did.
And our review comes after the break.
Much speculation has surrounded the impending release of this device, mostly centered around pricing. Early on, the “$799″ price was thrown around a bit on many sites, and was quickly followed by disbelief that anyone would pay THAT MUCH for a tablet, let alone an Android device.
The speculation can now end. Verizon has announced that, indeed, the device will cost $799.99 - without a contract. It will, however, cost $599.99 WITH a two-year contract. Both will require a minimum plan of $20/mo for 1GB/mo. No word on one-year contract availability.
The device will be the first major launch of an Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) device.
Interestingly, while the device was announced as a 4G LTE unit, the Xoom will launch with a 3G radio and be upgradable to 4G in the near future, at no cost.
The Verizon Wireless demo of Xoom can be found here.
CES is finally winding down, and while tech sites are falling over themselves to bring you news about that iPhone coming to Verizon, we wanted to focus on some actual innovation.
At first blush, it just looks like all the other high end “4g” phones coming to carriers this year. Dual Core Tegra2 processor, huge screen, some cool HDMI features. But this little device is looking to change how we think about what a mobile device can and cannot do.
Join us after the break to find out about this amazing device, easily the best in show from CES.
Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced yesterday the launch of two new Android devices in their Droid/Android line of phones: The Motorola DROID PRO, and the Motorola Citrus
Many people inside the rumor mills found online thought the Droid Pro would be an alternate version of the Droid 2, also by Motorola - namely, a global version. The rumor sites were in for a big shock when they discovered the phone had little resemblance to the Droid 2, looking more like a 2011-style Motorola Q. (Author’s note, this is why PhoneCan doesn’t dig too far into rumors!)
Verizon hasn’t released any pricing for the phones, and their tentative launch dates are “soon” and “Q4 2010,” so expect to see pricing and availability later.
In the meantime, we thought some of you might be interested in reading some of the specs on these phones.
BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — High-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the best 3G mobile network in the country: DROID by Motorola arrives on Nov. 6.