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Old February 3rd, 2011, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Nook Color or Moto XOOM Tablet?

Guys, I need your help.

With the news of the Nook Color being pulled from shelves shortly, I am scared that they may try to lock down the bootloader ala Motostyle. IF they do that, the hackability will be limited in that there will be no Cyanogen Mod for tablets bought after said "fix".

I really want the Nook Color, but can't justify spending on both it and the XOOM tablet at the same time. So I was going to buy the XOOM first, and then get the Nook Color later on in the early summer.

Now, with B&N doing this, I don't know what to do. What do you guys think? Should I get the Nook now, wait for XOOM later (several months after release date), or take my chances that the lock down won't be as bad as I think?

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The Xoom has a pretty stiff price IMO compared to the Nook. If money isn't an issue, buy the Xoom just because it's "officially" supported and you'll have less worries about Motorola screwing with you down the road.
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it is NOT being pulled from the shelves. ignore androidcentral. a lot of stores are simply out of stock and waiting for replenishment.
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i bought a nook color (and am returning my samsung tab)... the price point lets me treat is as a tablet i can "play around with". even though the overall experience of the tab is better, the price is too high.

i'm planning on buying the xoom shortly after it comes out, with the intent of having the nook as my travel tablet / ereader, and the xoom as my "serious" tablet.
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oh, and i'll be trying out the honeycomb load on my nook color this weekend... will report on how it goes / how well it works
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The LG G-Slate looks really cool. I think the 8.9" screen is more practical. Also comes with 4g out of the gate. T-Mobile has always been more competitive than VZN.
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XOOM @ $800? If that's the actual price, the XOOM had better run circles (many, many circles) around the NC which retails for $250!
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Once I saw the $800 price tag of the Xoom I bought a Nook Color. I did it because my main use will be as a eReader, any Android tablet i bought would have had the same use, so it made sense. Looking at the XDA community and the possibilities of rooting made the decision easy. 2.1 will be just fine for what I would do on an Android tablet.

Also I figure if the Xoom is $800 other Honeycomb tablets are going to be up there as well - no way I would spend more than $500 on a tablet...
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While the initial price of the XOOM may be $800, I'm betting that it'll drop to a more reasonable cost within about 45 days. At $800, Motorola isn't going to sell an awful lot of them outside of corporate accounts...
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Not only is it $800, but you also have to purchase a data plan just to get the wifi enabled. If you don't purchase the data plan, you get an $800 brick with no wifi and no data access out of the box. Seriously? Are you trying to make people hate your product? You are selling something that is $300 more than the entry level iPad. Then you are going to rape your customers on top of that. Really? People want to love the Xoom, but apparently Motorola is bound and determined to make people hate it.
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it is NOT being pulled from the shelves. ignore androidcentral. a lot of stores are simply out of stock and waiting for replenishment.

Yes they are. I got work a few days ago to pull all nook colors. barns and noble don't want people to hack the nook color. there losing money if people don't by books on them
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Yes they are. I got work a few days ago to pull all nook colors. barns and noble don't want people to hack the nook color. there losing money if people don't by books on them
Why, then, are they showing up at other B&N locations. They aren't even updated to 1.0.1 or anything. Looks to me like an inventory reset. Put the units where they are selling. Or just maybe B&N had intelligence on where all the rooters live & are removing inventory from those areas & stocking stores where people won't root them!

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XOOM @ $800? If that's the actual price, the XOOM had better run circles (many, many circles) around the NC which retails for $250!
From what I know about them. It does. XOOM at least doubles NC. And in technology terms; double the hardware for 3x$ is not a bad deal.
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Guys, I need your help.

With the news of the Nook Color being pulled from shelves shortly, I am scared that they may try to lock down the bootloader ala Motostyle. IF they do that, the hackability will be limited in that there will be no Cyanogen Mod for tablets bought after said "fix".

I really want the Nook Color, but can't justify spending on both it and the XOOM tablet at the same time. So I was going to buy the XOOM first, and then get the Nook Color later on in the early summer.

Now, with B&N doing this, I don't know what to do. What do you guys think? Should I get the Nook now, wait for XOOM later (several months after release date), or take my chances that the lock down won't be as bad as I think?

Please help!!:'(
-Elo
I would not worry about this rumor. It has been debunked, and even if it were true. Android devs can spank the pants off any security B&N can come up with.

I do have to ask, why would you need both the Xoom and the NC? They are both tablets. If you just want an ereader--it makes more sense to get an eink device for half the price, e.g. Nook or Kindle2.
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From what I know about them. It does. XOOM at least doubles NC. And in technology terms; double the hardware for 3x$ is not a bad deal.
I'm not hating on the XOOM...I'm sure it will be an outstanding device! But $800 for a tablet...when there is a $250 tablet (NOOKcolor) that can ALREADY run a hacked up version of Gingerbread (and it runs well)? I think the cap on tablets for mass appeal is around $600.

Is the XOOM better than the iPad and Galaxy S Tab? Yes.

Will Motorola fail if their tablet is priced over the iPad and Galaxy S Tab's? I think so. Especially considering there will be many Gingerbread tablets released by many other manufacturers within the next 6-12 months. With a price tag of $800, Motorola is only targeting the elitist IMO.
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I agree, but they now have the high end market, and I think everyone would be surprised at how many people will blow $800 on a toy. Look at Apple.

Moto could probably shave $50 off it with ease, but I think the difference in price has to be a lot greater than that to make a noticeable change in sales. Anyone who would pay $700 for a tablet would probably pay $850... I would, if I had the cash. (I'm trying to sock away $250 for the NC)
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Yes they are. I got work a few days ago to pull all nook colors. barns and noble don't want people to hack the nook color. there losing money if people don't by books on them
Then how come I bought one at a B&N store yesterday?
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I agree, but they now have the high end market, and I think everyone would be surprised at how many people will blow $800 on a toy. Look at Apple.

Moto could probably shave $50 off it with ease, but I think the difference in price has to be a lot greater than that to make a noticeable change in sales. Anyone who would pay $700 for a tablet would probably pay $850... I would, if I had the cash. (I'm trying to sock away $250 for the NC)
I think Moto needs to shave much more off of these than $50 to be successful. Right now, Moto is trying to "cash in" on the success they tasted with the original Droid and the Droid X. The Droid 2 was a pretty big flop considering it is the follow-up to the original and extremely successful Droid. I just think they could blow the Galaxy S Tab out of the water by setting the price at $600 vs. $800. The Galaxy S Tab is $500 and for many people (myself included), that is pushing it for a device the really don't NEED.

But we'll see...maybe I'm wrong and Moto will hit big despite the price tag

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Then how come I bought one at a B&N store yesterday?
The fact that B&N pulled them to prevent hacking was debunked. There are new ones that people have confirmed are just as easily rootable (just updated to the latest software). I'm hearing that B&N just moved their inventory around to deal with some production delays. I don't know if that completely accurate...just what I'm hearing and reading.
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I do not think you are wrong. You wont catch me buying one... unless I close this contract that I should be working on instead of reading droid boards.
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I think it really depends on what they're trying to compete with. If they're going to compete with the Galaxy Tab, the price may be right. The Tab is $600 and the Xoom has better hardware and a very, very slick OS. Faster processor, more onboard storage, more ram, better camera, etc... Worth $200 more? You can make that argument. If they're trying to compete against the iPad, an $800 device plus a data plan is frakking insane. It's still got better hardware, but it's an unknown vs the iPad as far as the average schmuck is concerned. Someone who has it set in their mind that they want an Android tablet, may well choose the Xoom. Someone who just wants a tablet or is unsure if they want a tablet or not is going to go with the iPad because it's about half the price and there's no data plan attached. If they hate the iPad, they can return it with no hassles. They've seen iDevices before. They basically have some idea what they're getting. The same can't be said for the Xoom.
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The nook color vs Xoom or any tablet is a debate based on what you plan to do with a tablet. If you fall under the basic user category, you might not need all the bells and whistles of the xoom like the faster processor, two cameras, gps, 3g, etc. The nook color would probably be good enough. Like I said on another thread, the Xoom right now is the first class section of the plane and most tablets are coach but at the end...whether which ticket you buy...you still end up arriving at the same destination.
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The nook color vs Xoom or any tablet is a debate based on what you plan to do with a tablet. If you fall under the basic user category, you might not need all the bells and whistles of the xoom like the faster processor, two cameras, gps, 3g, etc. The nook color would probably be good enough. Like I said on another thread, the Xoom right now is the first class section of the plane and most tablets are coach but at the end...whether which ticket you buy...you still end up arriving at the same destination.
That was very well put!
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I've been thinking about buying a Nook Color and rooting but then I checked one out at B&N when I realized that 7in. just isn't enough real estate for what I'd use it for. That also puts the Galaxy Tab out of contention for me as well.

Looks like I'll be waiting for the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM. /sadpanda
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I've been thinking about buying a Nook Color and rooting but then I checked one out at B&N when I realized that 7in. just isn't enough real estate for what I'd use it for. That also puts the Galaxy Tab out of contention for me as well.

Looks like I'll be waiting for the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM. /sadpanda
To each thier own. Personally, I don't want a 10" tablet to do the things I want to do.

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personally, i just wanted a color e-reader for books, color magazines, color KIDS BOOKS(for my 3 year old!) and newspapers. I didn't even want a "tablet", but When I found out I could root this thing fairly easily, it was a no brainer to buy and make it into a basic tablet. Why not unlock all of its potential?? it'd be crazy not to take advantage of the android market and such (all for only $250)
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I think the Nook will be more ideal for me than the Android tablet on steroids known as the Xoom. I don't think I'll use the Nook for much more than Browsing, Movies/Multimedia and Games. Possibly may use it for some school tasks as well. I think I'd blow my money on a super smartphone before a tab...
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I think the Nook will be more ideal for me than the Android tablet on steroids known as the Xoom. I don't think I'll use the Nook for much more than Browsing, Movies/Multimedia and Games. Possibly may use it for some school tasks as well. I think I'd blow my money on a super smartphone before a tab...

To me, tablets are supposed to be "in between" phones and laptop. Right now, the tablets aren't really priced "between" them. they're priced in teh laptop range.

Netbooks are "between" phones and laptops in terms of functionality and price($250-$350 generally). I view tablets as a "touchscreen netbook" and should be Priced accordingly. Thats why the ipad and the Xoom kinda turn me off. If i'm going to spend $500-$800, it should darn well do pretty much what a laptop can do in that price range. And at $800 price range, that should be quite a lot.

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To me, tablets are supposed to be "in between" phones and laptop. Right now, the tablets aren't really priced "between" them. they're priced in teh laptop range.

Netbooks are "between" phones and laptops in terms of functionality and price($250-$350 generally). I view tablets as a "touchscreen netbook" and should be Priced accordingly. Thats why the ipad and the Xoom kinda turn me off. If i'm going to spend $500-$800, it should darn well do pretty much what a laptop can do in that price range. And at $800 price range, that should be quite a lot.

just my opinion of course
Thats about the best interpretation of what a Tab SHOULD cost that I've heard yet. Tabs like the Xoom, although power, aren't necessarily going to replace a laptop. But one thing I am looking at is how they price smartphones at full retail. A good number of people wait until their eligible for an upgrade before picking up the newest tech in smartphones. Though there are some folks that buy it full retail and the average for them are 450-600 bucks.

So theres the other side of this story that is... will they make a Xoom/iPad like device cost just as much as a full-retail HTC EVO?
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To me, tablets are supposed to be "in between" phones and laptop. Right now, the tablets aren't really priced "between" them. they're priced in teh laptop range.

Netbooks are "between" phones and laptops in terms of functionality and price($250-$350 generally). I view tablets as a "touchscreen netbook" and should be Priced accordingly. Thats why the ipad and the Xoom kinda turn me off. If i'm going to spend $500-$800, it should darn well do pretty much what a laptop can do in that price range. And at $800 price range, that should be quite a lot.

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Thats about the best interpretation of what a Tab SHOULD cost that I've heard yet. Tabs like the Xoom, although power, aren't necessarily going to replace a laptop. But one thing I am looking at is how they price smartphones at full retail. A good number of people wait until their eligible for an upgrade before picking up the newest tech in smartphones. Though there are some folks that buy it full retail and the average for them are 450-600 bucks.

So theres the other side of this story that is... will they make a Xoom/iPad like device cost just as much as a full-retail HTC EVO?
One thing to remember is these types of tablets are VERY new to the market. Netbooks were more expensive when first launched and then the market decided what the value actually was. You are right...they are valued less than laptops by the end users so they cost less.

Apple tried to set the "high end" tablet price and in my opinion, Motorola is trying to see if there is room for even grater profits. I won't buy a XOOM most likely, but many people will. We don't yet truly know what the market will allow but if Motorola's market research is right...it will be at least $800. Will people value tablets as much as they value their Laptops. $800 gets you a very respectable laptop.

What I want to know is how great of a device can you (now or in the short future) get for $400-$500? That's the most I would be willing to spend on a Tablet. I don't value them as highly as my phone (not that I would pay retail prices for a phone but you have to factor the data charges into the price of a phone) or laptop at the moment because they can't replace my phone and they can't replace my laptop. Right now, I feel that they are really cool devices but I could live without my tablet...I can't say the same for my phone or laptop.
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You have to realize that the Xoom isn't just $800. It's $800 plus a data plan. Motorola is really, really pushing the envelope on how much people will spend on a tablet. I can't imagine they will sell a lot of Xooms at $800. I certainly don't seem them seriously competing with the iPad at that price point. You're basically asking people to pay a $200 I-love-Android tax.
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You have to realize that the Xoom isn't just $800. It's $800 plus a data plan. Motorola is really, really pushing the envelope on how much people will spend on a tablet. I can't imagine they will sell a lot of Xooms at $800. I certainly don't seem them seriously competing with the iPad at that price point. You're basically asking people to pay a $200 I-love-Android tax.
We'll see how it plays out. Motorola doesn't get any money from the data plans (that I'm aware of) so I'm still not believing that the data plans will be mandatory. There is ALWAYS a MRSP you can pay for a device. I just wonder if that MRSP will be more than $800???

I'm with you though...they are really pushing the threshold before you even talk about data plans!
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One thing to remember is these types of tablets are VERY new to the market. Netbooks were more expensive when first launched and then the market decided what the value actually was. You are right...they are valued less than laptops by the end users so they cost less.

Apple tried to set the "high end" tablet price and in my opinion, Motorola is trying to see if there is room for even grater profits. I won't buy a XOOM most likely, but many people will. We don't yet truly know what the market will allow but if Motorola's market research is right...it will be at least $800. Will people value tablets as much as they value their Laptops. $800 gets you a very respectable laptop.

What I want to know is how great of a device can you (now or in the short future) get for $400-$500? That's the most I would be willing to spend on a Tablet. I don't value them as highly as my phone (not that I would pay retail prices for a phone but you have to factor the data charges into the price of a phone) or laptop at the moment because they can't replace my phone and they can't replace my laptop. Right now, I feel that they are really cool devices but I could live without my tablet...I can't say the same for my phone or laptop.
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Has anyone posted the order early price for the XOOM it's $1200.
Motorola just shot itself in the foot again. I just returned a rooted GTab/VEGAn. Word processing not ready for primetime, SWYPE is! Whether an Android tablet ever will... hard to say. A tablet running W7 might.
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Motorola just shot itself in the foot again. I just returned a rooted GTab/VEGAn. Word processing not ready for primetime, SWYPE is! Whether an Android tablet ever will... hard to say. A tablet running W7 might.
Be careful with that gun you might shoot your foot in your mouth.

The price is just a placeholder, they do it all the time.

GTAB screen really sucks huh!
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Be careful with that gun you might shoot your foot in your mouth.

The price is just a placeholder, they do it all the time.

GTAB screen really sucks huh!
I swear best buy should follow the age old saying...if you ain't got nothing good to say don't say anything at all. Why post that price when its not gonna do anything to help u sell the xoom? People aren't gonna think that they are saving any more money by them listing that priceand listing their "sale" price.

As for the gtab screen, its really not that bad. Haha. Viewing angles suck but the actual screen isn't that bad.
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Motorola just shot itself in the foot again. I just returned a rooted GTab/VEGAn. Word processing not ready for primetime, SWYPE is! Whether an Android tablet ever will... hard to say. A tablet running W7 might.
Personally, I think anyone who plans on doing word processing with any tablet is crazy. That's just me though. Windows 7 on a tablet will suck balls. In fact there are Windows 7 tablets out there and they suck. It's just not an OS that's suitable for a tablet. It's a good desktop OS, but not a good tablet OS at all.
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Personally, I think anyone who plans on doing word processing with any tablet is crazy. That's just me though. Windows 7 on a tablet will suck balls. In fact there are Windows 7 tablets out there and they suck. It's just not an OS that's suitable for a tablet. It's a good desktop OS, but not a good tablet OS at all.
That's why Honeycomb is such a revolution. A tablet OS that isn't completely foreign as it shares elements with other devices (like the Android Market), yet it operates differently and designed for one form factor...the tablet.

Bottom line is that desktop OS's don't work well on tablets and phone OS's don't have enough functionality in them. We've been waiting for an "in-between" since these devices have first been introduced and soon, it will be widely available on a large number of devices in various prices.
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You're probably right about being crazy to word process on a tablet, but if we weren't all a little crazy we wouldn't be on these forums talking about the latest and greatest, and what it does for me. where the hell are the emoticans?
Gtab screen not the greatest as amr405o says, it's the angles.
Just left Best Buy, looking at the ipad, it's still the best piece of hardware, won't ever buy one, but...
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Personally, I think anyone who plans on doing word processing with any tablet is crazy. That's just me though. Windows 7 on a tablet will suck balls. In fact there are Windows 7 tablets out there and they suck. It's just not an OS that's suitable for a tablet. It's a good desktop OS, but not a good tablet OS at all.
Windows 7 tablet version is really only good for pen tablets. It is not really finger friendly (sounds weird).
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You're probably right about being crazy to word process on a tablet, but if we weren't all a little crazy we wouldn't be on these forums talking about the latest and greatest, and what it does for me. where the hell are the emoticans?
Gtab screen not the greatest as amr405o says, it's the angles.
Just left Best Buy, looking at the ipad, it's still the best piece of hardware, won't ever buy one, but...
There is no doubt that the iPad is an excellent experience and we have to thank Apple for proving the tablet is a viable product. I just believe that Honeycomb will go beyond the bling and provide some really usable functionality.

The G-Tab screen will grate on your nerves after a while.
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As for the gtab screen, its really not that bad. Haha. Viewing angles suck but the actual screen isn't that bad.
The biggest problem I had with the screen is that it does not produce fine type very well, therefore, I do not think it will ever make a good Honeycomb tablet.
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Gtab screen not the greatest as amr405o says, it's the angles.
Just left Best Buy, looking at the ipad, it's still the best piece of hardware, won't ever buy one, but...
HTCs new tablet is supposed to be great for word processing.
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The biggest problem I had with the screen is that it does not produce fine type very well, therefore, I do not think it will ever make a good Honeycomb tablet.
Not sure what fine type is haha. Also why would that make it not a good Honeycomb tablet if it can't produce fine type well. Portait mode viewing is the issue I have with the gtablet and most of the other tablets on the market (except the Nook). Landscape mode is fine to me.

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That's why Honeycomb is such a revolution. A tablet OS that isn't completely foreign as it shares elements with other devices (like the Android Market), yet it operates differently and designed for one form factor...the tablet.

Bottom line is that desktop OS's don't work well on tablets and phone OS's don't have enough functionality in them. We've been waiting for an "in-between" since these devices have first been introduced and soon, it will be widely available on a large number of devices in various prices.
Yup, I totally agree by making a tablet specific OS there seems to be a focus in improving the tablet category. Hooray for google!
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That just doesn't sound like fun...it sounds like work and I'm not on board with that!!!

To hell with word processing!
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That just doesn't sound like fun...it sounds like work and I'm not on board with that!!!

To hell with word processing!
Lol. Tablets are for fun haha. I with ya. Just a thought for students so they can justify to their parents to get thm a xoom or a tablet. They'll never know. Haha. Unless they are AF parents.
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Lol. Tablets are for fun haha. I with ya. Just a thought for students so they can justify to their parents to get thm a xoom or a tablet. They'll never know. Haha. Unless they are AF parents.
Okay I see now. I'm an old guy so I don't have to justify anything to my parents...I have to justify my purchases to my wife instead

I can see tablets revolutionizing college dorm rooms as we speak. "Hey, can you hand me a beer, a slice of pizza, and my word processing tablet? I need to see if the girl in my psych class posted her nearly topless spring break pics to Facebook yet...then I need to actually write my psych paper that's due tomorrow."

But seriously, I think the tablets COULD be used as word processors...but realistically, I'd have to grab my laptop.
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To me, tablets are supposed to be "in between" phones and laptop. Right now, the tablets aren't really priced "between" them. they're priced in teh laptop range.

Netbooks are "between" phones and laptops in terms of functionality and price($250-$350 generally). I view tablets as a "touchscreen netbook" and should be Priced accordingly. Thats why the ipad and the Xoom kinda turn me off. If i'm going to spend $500-$800, it should darn well do pretty much what a laptop can do in that price range. And at $800 price range, that should be quite a lot.

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I can't imagine using any tablet for any sort of content creation on a regular basis. It's just not what a tablet is designed for IMO. IMO, a tablet is for content consumption, not creation.
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lol. think about it. Would you pay $500+ for a netbook? How about $800? most people wouldn't. those with gobs of cash most likely would, however. Is the touchscreen justification enough for the extra few hundred? not to most.

Now, if you could buy a touchscreen netbook for $250, would you? Yeah, most people would because it compares to the prices of non-touchscreen netbooks.

I got a kick out of steve jobs "we don't like netbooks", but then releases a touchscreen version of one for $500+.

With all of that said, in the future, i can see touchscreen netbooks rivaling Laptop capabilities. At that point, laptop-like prices can be justified. Some might say we're there already, or will be, especially with Nvidia's quadcore just revealed at MWC.
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Xoom official at $800 on vzw, with a $600 wifi only version coming eventually. You can buy 3 nooks for the price of one Xoom.
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