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.