Feb 24 AT 11:37 AM Nick Gray 41 Comments

Motorola XOOM introduces Honeycomb to the world, now available from Verizon

The Motorola XOOM has landed!  For those who have been waiting for an Android tablet running on Android 3.0 (designed specifically for tablets), the Motorola XOOM may be the tablet you have been waiting for.  The Honeycomb tablet can be found on Verizon’s website or Verizon stores across the country for $599.99 with a two year data contract or for $799 if you simply want the Motorola XOOM without being tied down. 

Though the Motorola XOOM is the most feature-rich Android tablet to date, new users will need to wait a bit in order to take advantage of Verizon’s 4G LTE network and Adobe Flash.  Motorola is claiming that the XOOM’s LTE upgrade should be available within 90 days while Adobe is hoping to have Flash 10.2 ready for the XOOM within the coming weeks. 

Thanks to our friends at Verizon, we’ve managed to get our hands on the Motorola XOOM.  After some hands-on time with the Honeycomb tablet, we’re hoping to share our initial thoughts and impressions. 

Now that Honeycomb has arrived, we’re wondering how many of you are going to be picking up a new Android tablet.  Is the Motorola XOOM what you’ve been waiting for or are you planning to wait a bit to see how the T-Mobile G-Slate and Galaxy Tab 10.1 turn out?

Source: Verizon Wireless

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Mike

    I’m walking to the Verizon store while typing this on my phone.

    • Nick Gray

      But are you going to buy one? I’ll be heading over to a Verizon store in a bit to see how many peope are actually looking at this thing. I love Honeycomb but can’t find a reason why I would need a 10 inch device.

      • http://Website Mike

        I am going to buy it. That much I know. Whetheror not I get this 3G/4G one, or holdout for the Wifi one and just tether, I don’t know.

        • http://Website Andy

          Hold out for the wifi and tether, no need to spend an extra 200 dollars and then pay 2 data plans

  • http://smartic.us bryan

    I went into a Verizon store this morning and purchased the Xoom. It was $847.99 in total. (Maryland has a 6% sales tax). I also signed up for the 3GB plan and they did’t even charge me for that. Maybe I’ll see all those fees on my first bill.

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

      Yep, you will. That first $20 bill will be close to $90. :(

    • http://Website Maximus

      LOL that 20$ a month for 1 GB of Data is not going to Work

      Based on the Data calculator from Verizon u will go through that 1GB of data in 30 minutes

      more like 100$ a month! lol they charge u 10$ per GB after the Monthly Data Usage

      U were better off waitng for the WIFI version

  • http://Website AdamJ

    Got mine already! Loving so far but am wondering how I am going to watch TV and movies on this. Where would I get them from? No Netflix, No Hulu, No Flash yet. What are the options?

    • http://Website AdamJ

      I’m on a Mac so I don’t PlayOn supports mac?

      • http://Website AdamJ

        I double checked. No Mac support. So right now I can say the only real disappointment with my Xoom is there really is no easy way to watch TV or movies which is a pretty major fail for a tablet. Hopefully this won’t be a problem soon enough.

    • http://Website Daniel

      Get yourself a Slingbox and the mobile Sling Player app for android. I don’t know how I ever survived without this!

  • http://Website Nicholas

    Stopped into a Verizon store at lunch to play with it. I was left thinking; why do I need a tablet?

    There is definitely a learning curve to Honeycomb. I have been using Android for the better of 2 years and the honeycomb interface had me thoroughly confused at first.

    I didn’t like the placement of the on/off button on the back of the device.
    I don’t like the software home and back buttons; I prefer to have those separated from the OS.
    It was fast, the internet worked fine; but in the end its just a low end computer in a tablet format. I don’t know why I need a nice Android phone and an Android Tablet?

    I would much rather prefer my CR-48 from Google for lightweight internet computing.

  • http://Website protandim

    when are the quad core tablets coming out?

  • http://Website AdamJ

    I thought I needed a contract and that the wifi wouldn’t activate without one but the guy at Verizon had no idea what I was talking about so got one with no data. I will get a plan when 4G is ready but until then I don’t really need it.

  • http://Website calvin

    Funniest post ever

  • mac08wrx

    Im getting one i dont care if there are better coming out this thing is bad ass. Here i come Verizon Buahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • http://Website kevin

    there is always something bigger and better coming out if we all think like that noone will buy anything.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    I really wanted to run out and get one today, but I’m holding off for a few weeks to see if there will be any sales or price reductions. $800 is just out of my comfort zone right now, but I’ll jump on it as soon as I can get it for cheaper, unless there’s a better competitor out by then.

  • http://Website Maximus

    I will be picking 1 up but it will be the Wifi Version only because My Nexus S has Wifi Tethering and instead of paying 50 or 80$ a month for 5 -10 GB of data which u will NEED for this Device

    I can have access to Wifi at all times

    I think anyone with Wifi tethering should consider waiting for the Wifi Only version

    Im not opposed to paying the Unsubsidized price of 800$ as i believe spec Wise the MSRP is just about accurate for what this device is capable of and the manufacturing cost

    I just know that i will be paying that 10$ overture for constantly going over the monthly Data on my contract

    So the Wifi Version makes more sense

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

      Just as an f.y.i, I have the Galaxy Tab with the 1 gig plan, which I usually run out of 10 days before the end of the month, at which point I switch to wi-fi only, including tethering from my Nexus 1.
      Using it on wi-fi only somehow doesn’t work as well as having 3g as well. It works OK, but I notice occasional disconnects from Google Talk, which also seems to turn off all notifications. In general, I just have a feeling that it doesn’t work quite as well. I don’t think it’s a total deal breaker, but thought I’d mention it.

      • http://Website Maximus

        Just curious….How frequent is your use?

        Are u a using things that are data Hogs?

        i just cant envision 1GB of data lasting more than a week if im lucky lol

        • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

          Hmn… hard to say. I definitely use it a lot, but I’m on wi-fi in enough places.
          I tend to do any music streaming through my phone, which has a 5 Gig plan, so that’s probably where I’m saving most of my data on the Tab.

  • http://Website slbailey1

    A 10″ screen is too big and too heavy for me. I’m waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. All indications are pointing to an anouncement in March, maybe during CTIA.

  • http://Website Quasar

    I want a tablet like this for its portability. It will be nice having the ability to access the internet and apps from anyplace in my home on a large touch screen (rather than having to sit at my desktop PC). Laptops are too bulky and cumbersome for me since I have limited use of my arms and hands. Touch screens are so much easier for me to use than buttons too. It’s really exciting where technology is going. I just wonder what the pricing of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the G-Slate will be (for wi-fi only versions). I also want to see a Xoom/Tab 10.1 next to a G-Slate to see how an inch in size will affect the feel of the device.

  • http://Website DROID Sam

    I completely agree. BB is acting odd these days by charging customers for things that are not really required. They can get away with it since they are the only remaining electronic store around . As much as I hated Circuit City, they at least helped BB treat their customers with a little more respect than they do now.

  • http://Website DROID Sam

    Now that I’m done ranting about BB, I do think that the XOOM is a great tablet. I played with it a little today, but I’m still not sure if it’s the right one for me. I’m not a huge fan of a 10 inch screen, so I’ll be waiting to see how the T-Mobile G-Slate from LG stackes up (in size) to the XOOM. If it shaves a bit more than an inch off the screen, the tablet itself should be at least 10-15% smaller.

  • http://Website Bryon

    I’m really glad to see this blog before I decide to get a tablet. I am getting some money back from taxes and I was debating whether to get a new cheap phone now and a tablet later or wait to buy a better phone later. This makes me think about the latter. I want to watch TV from my HD DVR at home from DISH Network. I have a Sling adapter I purchased on my employee account and it works great with my 3G iPhone. I especially like that I can fast forward any commercials I don’t want to watch. Tablet PC is a nice idea for me though because I can use my Sling TV Everywhere and I need a new computer anyway.

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    I’ll hold out until after the Ipad 2 comes out. I’m sure by then either the wifi only will be available or the price will surely drop some.

  • http://Website thatguy

    I have one. I ordered it and had it overnighted. I love it except the no flash surprise. The size is what I wanted. I have a DX so the small ones don’t appeal to me. As far as price goes, people have been paying this price for the iPad and the Xoom has better specs IMO. I personally don’t see a price reduction in the future. If you want cheap get a nook color and root it. It may not be what you want but it would be cheaper.

    • islander

      Agreed, hard to see the price on this coming down any – given the quality of hardware. You really are getting what you paid for.

  • islander

    I got one. Had low expectations but it blew them out of the water. Its very well made, is equipped with lots of top. Notch sensors and the os is REALLY nice. Got one to try, may need to pry it out of my cold dead hands at this point. Bought from bbuy without a plan. Had to argue with sales Guy that verizon changed their policy, got a call from their management saying that I was right.

    Probably get lte plan later. This thing ROCKS! with all the awesome hardware in this thing, you are definitely getting what you paid for the experience is just as good. Highly reccomend!

  • islander

    Dont get one, cause you won’t want to take it back. Its awesome.

  • http://www.sfdshop.com sfdshop

    I got mine on the 24 and I now leave my mac pro at the office. This thing is awsome I can even use quick books on it. New tech is always expensive and you do not see mac subsidizing there equiptment. Stop the hate this is an awsome piece of hardware. The only disapointment I have is the apps that are availalbe, Google should have at least had all of there apps available for it. Google should have had voice up and running. That said certain features are missed. Any one recomed a good texting app.
    If this is the first to come just imagine how awsome the next few will be. Also remember this is stock.

  • http://www.sfdshop.com sfdshop

    Oh yea one true disapointment still reads as mobile web

  • http://WIdget MIk

    AWesome! I work for verizon and this is selling out. Internally, this has the most excitment of of any product we launched lately. The future is now.

  • http://Website moallj

    Personnally I would love to pick one up, but being overseas has led me to question Motorola’s integrity when it comes to updates and “Flash ready” devices. If their process for updating the Moto Milestone (the european version of the droid) is any indication of support…well let’s just say that I won’t be purchasing another Motorola product anytime soon.