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Old March 22nd, 2011, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just going to post a similar article:
Motorola Reducing XOOM Orders Signals New Tablet In The Works? - SlashGear

I was almost going to pull the trigger on the Xoom because it looks like Toshiba is really going to wait until June - and I don't want to wait that long. But now I am not sure I want the Xoom either.

What it tells me if Moto is stopping selling the Xoom already is that they feel this tablet is not that good, not what they want. If Moto does not want it - why should I?

Now what the heck do I do? I think I read the Asus transformer is coming out in early April - maybe I should look there.....
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Sprint is slated to carry the xoom later according to a report I read last week...
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until Moto says something I dont believe it. They have a wifi version release soon too. The article also mention that it projected to sell 3-5 million xooms. I love mine
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Its being reported by Digitimes who makes stuff up half the time anyway. Motorola also already stated that they will be releasing tablets in different sizes later this year. I would not wait to purchase it, the Xoom will be well supported for a long time to come.
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I was just going to post a similar article:
Motorola Reducing XOOM Orders Signals New Tablet In The Works? - SlashGear

I was almost going to pull the trigger on the Xoom because it looks like Toshiba is really going to wait until June - and I don't want to wait that long. But now I am not sure I want the Xoom either.

What it tells me if Moto is stopping selling the Xoom already is that they feel this tablet is not that good, not what they want. If Moto does not want it - why should I?

Now what the heck do I do? I think I read the Asus transformer is coming out in early April - maybe I should look there.....

You really have to consider the source. This is from the Apple Insider website. Who are the "sources" that gave them this info. Even though Apple really doesn't need any help moving their iPads, I wouldn't put it past them to run a smear campaign. Also ask yourself if the rumor makes sense. They are releasing the wifi only version on Sunday and they are expanding the 3g/4g version to Sprint. That doesn't sound like scaling back to me.
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You really have to consider the source. This is from the Apple Insider website. Who are the "sources" that gave them this info. Even though Apple really doesn't need any help moving their iPads, I wouldn't put it past them to run a smear campaign. Also ask yourself if the rumor makes sense. They are releasing the wifi only version on Sunday and they are expanding the 3g/4g version to Sprint. That doesn't sound like scaling back to me.
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I wouldn't put it past them to run a smear campaign.
This.

Apple constantly smears other companies (see "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials) and hides their own support issues (iPads that can't run non-optimized apps, crashing, etc). Crafty, but dishonest.
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1) I really dont care if they do reduce them. Motorola supports their devices well.

2) With the developers expanded role in Android, the device will be supported and updated by me via root even if they do discontinue.

3) I truly don't think they will discintinue their flagship device within 6 months. I do believe other Motorola devices will hit the shelf as well as Android tablets promised from other manufacturers. All of them will have Honeycomb and all will help develop my Xoom. I know that the N1 got everything first. 2.2, 2.3, etc. Every update went to the N1. If I wanted it for my Incredible, I either had to let a developer bake it and flash it myself it wait for HTC and Verizon to get off of their butts, test it and send it out. I envied the way the N1 got everything quickly. I would think the Xoom will continue to serve as Google and Motorola's guinea pig device.

I'm happy to be a part of that role. It will mean things will be buggy but cutting edge at times but while those of you that sit and wait, wondering if you should get the Xoom or not, wringing your hands over the Xoom, iPad 2, 10" Galaxy tab or what's "next", I'm using my Xoom and enjoying every minute of it.
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Its being reported by Digitimes who makes stuff up half the time anyway. Motorola also already stated that they will be releasing tablets in different sizes later this year. I would not wait to purchase it, the Xoom will be well supported for a long time to come.
This does remind me that they are planning a 7" Xoom later this year.

I just can't see them giving up so quickly. Especially when their device won the Best of CES award. There had to be a reason why they recieved the award in the first place. The biggest problem was price. If they came in at a price the "masses" like this thing would be huge.

Lets enjoy the reason why it received Best of CES, because of it's hardware and the experience it provides the user which can't be taken away from us if we own it.
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UPDATE: Motorola just gave us a statement on the DigiTimes report, letting us know that their report isnít accurate, and Motorola is continuing to manufacture the Motorola XOOM. Well, there you have it!

Motorola will stop building XOOM tablets after June, report claims [updated] | BGR
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This latest false report on the XOOM about them being discontinued caused me to question whether there is an unofficial smear campaign in launch. Why is it that if you google motorola XOOM, 9 times out of 10 you will see something negative that has recently been added at the very top of the page. If my understanding is correct, google lists searches by popularity. If the iPad beats the XOOM in some hands on review it will be at the top of google, when the ridiculous XOOM price was circulating it was at the top of google, if the XOOM gets a bad review it is at the top of google. But when the wifi only XOOM was announced it took days for that to make it to the top of the search. When flash was announced that also took some time to make it to the top of the search. I know I may sound like a crazy conspiracy theorist, but would it really take that much for person or company with a lot of resources to pay enough people to go to a site to cause it to be one of the first sites that pop up when you do a search. And don't get me started on the people who bring the customer rating of the XOOM down by rating it low even though they don't own it. Some of those idiots even rated it low before it ever came out! I think those are just stupid apple fan boys though.
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I googled motorola XOOM and the first 10 pages are amazon, motorola, verizon, etc... no bashing..
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I googled motorola XOOM and the first 10 pages are amazon, motorola, verizon, etc... no bashing..
When I google motorola XOOM I see the story about cutting the production of the XOOM under the news section.
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Note, Digitimes outs the story Apple-insider runs with it, now reports are citing AI as the source. Seems as though Motorola needs to make a categorical denial rather than calling the report inaccurate. As a person about to buy a Xoom I feel Motorola has somehow managed to mishandle the marketing of the Xoom at every opportunity.
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^^^ you have real people here who have the xoom in hand. you dont need marketing or PR. you should read form real world individuals who have the xoom and can share their experiences. dont let the lack of PR worry you. if you were not up on these internet sites then i can possibly see, but by you being here reading and responding, you are well above the average person and you should know this site (and some other active sites) are all you need to get the info you want on the xoom.

this "news" has not worried me in the slightest. the internet can spread a rumor quicker than anything ever imagined in the early 2000's. if some of us made up a rumor and drooped it on a couple of blog sites and use the words "unnamed source"... it would be all over the world but morning... so id relax, let moto do what moto does and lets all enjoy the xoom..
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My concern is not with the Xoom but Motorola's marketing strategies, had they not stumbled out of the blocks then these ill-timed rumors would not be gaining any traction. Still It's not going to influence my purchase of the wifi only model and as long as the marketing folks are not building the Xoom then all is well.
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Just to explain my position a little bit better.

First of all - I am a little disapointed with the Xoom. The lack of USB host is a disappointment, and no, I dont count the hack to bring it as acceptable. This one is big to me. The side issues of no micro SD support yet (yes, I know its supposed to come) and the various reports where the screen, while good, is obviously not great.

All of that is why I have not committed to the Xoom so far. But with serious contenders waiting until June for the most part (and frankly some of those contenders will be better than the Xoom), I was coming around that the WiFi Xoom would be just fine even with the issues above.

Then comes this rumor. Understand, my committment to the Xoom is fragile at best. So when I hear that even Moto is not committed to the Xoom it makes me stop and wonder - do I really want to plug down $600 on this? Whatever I do I'm stuck with for years. I am not going to plunk down another $600 in June for a better tablet. Or even in December. This is a big purchase for me so if I do it I want to feel as comfortable as possible on it.

I am very happy that many here are thrilled with the Xoom. It does give me hope and keeps the Xoom in my possible camp. But I'm torn between waiting 3 more months for what I believe is a better tablet, or settling for a pretty darn good tablet with issues. So a rumor about the manufacturer giving up on their flagship device is a huge consideration.

Sorry - I just wanted to speak on my side of things. $600 is a lot of money for a luxury item. I just want it to go well whatever I decide.
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Just to explain my position a little bit better.

First of all - I am a little disapointed with the Xoom. The lack of USB host is a disappointment, and no, I dont count the hack to bring it as acceptable. This one is big to me. The side issues of no micro SD support yet (yes, I know its supposed to come) and the various reports where the screen, while good, is obviously not great.

All of that is why I have not committed to the Xoom so far. But with serious contenders waiting until June for the most part (and frankly some of those contenders will be better than the Xoom), I was coming around that the WiFi Xoom would be just fine even with the issues above.

Then comes this rumor. Understand, my committment to the Xoom is fragile at best. So when I hear that even Moto is not committed to the Xoom it makes me stop and wonder - do I really want to plug down $600 on this? Whatever I do I'm stuck with for years. I am not going to plunk down another $600 in June for a better tablet. Or even in December. This is a big purchase for me so if I do it I want to feel as comfortable as possible on it.

I am very happy that many here are thrilled with the Xoom. It does give me hope and keeps the Xoom in my possible camp. But I'm torn between waiting 3 more months for what I believe is a better tablet, or settling for a pretty darn good tablet with issues. So a rumor about the manufacturer giving up on their flagship device is a huge consideration.

Sorry - I just wanted to speak on my side of things. $600 is a lot of money for a luxury item. I just want it to go well whatever I decide.
Just out of curiosity, why do you think other Android tablets will be better than the Xoom? They will both have the same version of honeycomb, the only difference is that Google is holding Motorola's hand which gives them a clear advantage over other companies. By the time the other tablets come out the SD card will probably be enabled so you can take that off the list also. Samsung has come out and actually stated that the new galaxy tab will be 'substandard' in comparison to the iPad 2, so would you really want it? And far as the rumors go, you must ask yourself do they make sense. WiFi only version coming Sunday, releasing the xoom to Canada in April, and the Xoom is more than likely coming to Sprint real soon. Does that sound like they are retiring the Xoom to you? The rumors are in place to do exactly what it is doing to you, making you second guess a purchase. Hmmmm......I wonder who would stand to gain something from running a smear campaign against the Xoom?
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Just out of curiosity, why do you think other Android tablets will be better than the Xoom?
I'll answer this part of your reply.

The Toshiba is clearly a better tablet spec wise than the Xoom. Full size HDMI, Full size USB host, mini USB, advanced graphics enhancement. Replaceable battery should you want it. Rubber back for ease of grip. There is no part of the Toshiba other than its not here that is worse than the Xoom. But given this, I am not sure I want to wait 3 more months for it. The Xoom looks good and I can work around/live with the above things.

The ASUS Transformer also looks better than the Xoom. That may actually be coming in early April.

The Samsung looks like it could be a wash on the Xoom, better in some respects, not as good in other. But its a June tablet too so I would not bother with it.

If I was so inclined ot wait until June - I would be willing to bet that the 10 inch tab HTC puts out will be better than the Xoom too. I don't know that because HTC is so secretive. But the Flyer's main faults were that it was 7 inches and it did not have honeycomb - both fixed with their 10 inch. The flyer in other respects is a better tablet (OS aside) - why not assume HTC's 10 inch tablet would be better still?
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june is also 4 months down the line from then the xoom came out. I would hope tablets coming out then were atleast as good if not a little better on some things.
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in june the device 4 months old basically...that is nowhere close to a year.

So the bionic will be about a year old in june also then right?

both were debuted pretty much at CES imo and seemed to be at about the same development wise
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in june the device 4 months old basically...that is nowhere close to a year.

So the bionic will be about a year old in june also then right?

both were debuted pretty much at CES imo and seemed to be at about the same development wise
I expect a manufacturer to stop making a device around that age... Especially with other things coming down the pipe.

If they make them longer than that, opening the box, you start to see the age of them.
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Well, Moto did rebute', but their response was they would still produce beyond second quarter. Catch is, the reported July scale down IS beyond second quarter. Seems Xoom is doing and early Xoom 2, IMO.

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Frankly I dont care about the hardware if the changes are incremental. I care more about the OS and software available being beefed up - the 5% gain in whatever spec is irrelevant to most (other than marketing). I have an Ipad and a Xoom. If I see some hardware in the future that knocks my socks off, my wife or kids get the xoom and I move on. But the real impact for me is being able to have functions and programs on par with the Ipad which I think will take another year or so...But I think the market will grow incredibly for android apps that are tablet centric (or re-writes to make them look and work well on 3.x in a tablet form factor.)

I am quite optimistic about android and its long term prognosis regardless of the hardware I run it on. but the basics like video, usb, SD (for now), etc. are pretty much what everyone will have.

The hardware will always have a niche at the high end, but for the average consumer will continue to become more commoditized and the price goes down. A win for consumers .

I can tell you though the Ipad has a significant lead in niche business sectors for specific applications (healthcare, aviation, etc). I consult in healthcare and see this daily....
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I'll answer this part of your reply.

The Toshiba is clearly a better tablet spec wise than the Xoom. Full size HDMI, Full size USB host, mini USB, advanced graphics enhancement. Replaceable battery should you want it. Rubber back for ease of grip. There is no part of the Toshiba other than its not here that is worse than the Xoom. But given this, I am not sure I want to wait 3 more months for it. The Xoom looks good and I can work around/live with the above things.

The ASUS Transformer also looks better than the Xoom. That may actually be coming in early April.

The Samsung looks like it could be a wash on the Xoom, better in some respects, not as good in other. But its a June tablet too so I would not bother with it.

If I was so inclined ot wait until June - I would be willing to bet that the 10 inch tab HTC puts out will be better than the Xoom too. I don't know that because HTC is so secretive. But the Flyer's main faults were that it was 7 inches and it did not have honeycomb - both fixed with their 10 inch. The flyer in other respects is a better tablet (OS aside) - why not assume HTC's 10 inch tablet would be better still?

I guess I'm just not as impressed with the toshiba tablet. It kinda looks cheap to me, full usb or no full usb. As for the HTC Flyer, I don't know much about it and I don't hear anyone talking about it. That doesn't mean that its not a good tablet though. I guess I'm just saying that if a tablet comes out 4 or 5 months after the xoom they better have more to bring to the table than a full usb slot and a full hdmi port. Me personally, I would rather go with the company that Google hand picked to be the first to run honeycomb.
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The Toshiba is clearly a better tablet spec wise than the Xoom. Full size HDMI, Full size USB host, mini USB, advanced graphics enhancement. Replaceable battery should you want it. Rubber back for ease of grip. There is no part of the Toshiba other than its not here that is worse than the Xoom. But given this, I am not sure I want to wait 3 more months for it. The Xoom looks good and I can work around/live with the above things.
That toshiba tablet will probably cost around $700-$900. You will not get those specs for $600.
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Just to follow up - Unless Toshiba announces a release date today/tomorrow and that release date is before mid May - I think I will pull the trigger on purchasing the Xoom on Sunday. As I doubt that will happen I am assuming I will buy this - unless they are out of stock when I get there.
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I've seen and heard rumors that the price of the Toshiba tablet is suppose to be in line with the Ipad 2 but won't be released until mid-June.
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Incredible owners that hang out in the forums should remember all the Incredible discontinued rumors last year...

All that happened was the Incredible had a SKU change for adding an SD card or something.

What this might be is a SKU change for XOOMs that need to have 4G added after purchase. Arent Motorola gonna start shipping XOOMs with 4G already installed?
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I decided I don't care after all if it is discontinued. It will still work for me.

Unless Toshiba shocks me with an announcement today/tomorrow - I'll be at Staples when they open Sunday morning for one of these.
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LOL,

I don't begrudge you for thinking that this was sarcastic, with some of the other responses I've seen. Just that I am in the same boat as you, waiting for the right tablet with the right tech for the right price to show up, and the market hasn't delivered. I was actually a little surprised that you're 'settling' on a XOOM before we know the prices of the Toshiba, or the prices of the ASUS transformer, etc etc.

I'm still quite hopeful on the $399 Asus Transformer, but stopped holding my breath after being let down by the Notion Ink Adam. Now, I'm probably waiting until LG and viewsonic and maybe even vizio and lenovo get their tabs out there......

Just didn't want to be left alone in the boat.....

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Ah! See - I was too dense. :-)

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I was actually a little surprised that you're 'settling' on a XOOM
Considering the Toshiba vs the Xoom, I agree I feel like I am settling a little bit. But I have to decide if 3 more months is worth waiting for the differences. I decided not. I may regret that later on when I am sitting next to you in the coffee shop, you with your Toshiba and me with the Xoom, but I'll deal I guess. Most of the differences I think I will get over fairly quickly. I am a little worried about settling if the Toshiba's graphics are much improved over the Xoom.

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before we know the prices of the Toshiba, or the prices of the ASUS transformer, etc etc.

I'm still quite hopeful on the $399 Asus Transformer,
Hmmm - $399 is not what I have heard on the Transformer. The price range I have hear was between $499 and $699 depending on amount of memory. If you want the keyboard that goes with it that would be even more. Nothing official but thats what I heard. I decided against the Transformer because after looking over the specs I could find I think the graphics quality will be slightly less than the Xoom. The other extras were not enough for me.

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Nah - you won't be alone. I am sure many are still waiting. Even after you buy, many will still wait. They will constantly wait for the best tablet. At some point you have to draw a line in the sand and jump in.

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but stopped holding my breath after being let down by the Notion Ink Adam.
Oh man - have you tried to still follow the Notion Ink blog? What a total cluster *d*uck NI turned out to be. Every once in a while I log into the blog. Rohan has stopped replying to people for the most part. Orders are constantly delayed still. People are getting the run around. And quite frankly, the reviews I have seen on the adam turned out to be that the device is just "ok". It was an amazing dream for a while but I am so very glad I stepped away from that. John Biggs was so right about this one - a lot of people owe him an apology.

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Now, I'm probably waiting until LG and viewsonic and maybe even vizio and lenovo get their tabs out there......
I can't convince myself the LG (assuming were talking the 8.9 3D) is better than the Xoom. Pricing does not sound better either.

What Viewsonic you looking at? Not too familiar with that one so much.
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Trying to figure out of this is sarcasm because of my back and forth on all this - or if I am too dense to get the point.....
This is my deam tablete Im waiting for...

Toshiba says their tablet is better than Ipad 2 or Xoom

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Wow, those are some bold statements made from Toshiba. If it really is in fact better than the iPad2 and Xoom, it better have a slew of added specs like full USB host, USB charging, excellent screen, codecs up the wazoo, 1.5 Ghz dual core, 1+ gig ram, on top of that being priced sub 600. If that were the case, I would drop the Xoom preorder and wait this one out lol.
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The ones I'm hopeful for are :

Samsung 10.1 ( $499 - 16Gb ) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Full Specifications And Price Details - Gadgetian

Toshiba - ( $499 ? ) "Although recently a document has leaked for tablet availability at Staples stores here in the US. The document showed –among many other tablets– a Toshiba 10″ tablet with 32GB storage running Android 3.0 Honeycomb listed for launch in June of this year for $499." - Toshiba Android 3.0 Tablet Get?s A Notification Page, Is It Launching Soon? | uTablets.eu - The latest news about Tablets and eReaders -> Staples Leaks Ship Dates For Acer And Toshiba Tablets | everything Android Forums

Asus Transformer ( $? ) - hopefully we'll get a price today -> Asus Eee Pad Transformer Full Specifications And Price Details - Gadgetian

Vizio Tablet ( $350? ) -> Sneak Peek - VIZIO Tablet

The vizio has an IR-Blaster that might actually be useful. Only tablet I know that's got that option as a possibility. With the tech gear around my TV, I would love to have a tablet to run the whole mess.

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The one reason why the Xoom is still the king of the Android tablets? The fact that it's running completely STOCK Honeycomb and isn't locked. That is 100% of the reason why people should pick up the Xoom. Yeah, the Samsung tablet is thinner, lighter, but it's also got TouchWiz. Toshiba's tablet is already showing the four hard buttons for navigation (home, back, menu, search). That means that it's going to have some baked-in additional functionality that won't map to future updates and will have to wait for Toshiba to massage in. Unless someone brings out another STOCK HC tablet, Xoom is still unbeatable on the Google tablet front.
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The one reason why the Xoom is still the king of the Android tablets? The fact that it's running completely STOCK Honeycomb and isn't locked. That is 100% of the reason why people should pick up the Xoom. Yeah, the Samsung tablet is thinner, lighter, but it's also got TouchWiz. Toshiba's tablet is already showing the four hard buttons for navigation (home, back, menu, search). That means that it's going to have some baked-in additional functionality that won't map to future updates and will have to wait for Toshiba to massage in. Unless someone brings out another STOCK HC tablet, Xoom is still unbeatable on the Google tablet front.
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Given the popularity of WiFi Xoom over yesterday sales, I doubt they will discontinued it. It was sold out at a lot of Costco and Bestbuy within hours. There was a small line infront of a few Bestbuy over night for them.

I spoke with some of the Best Buy manager and Costco guy and they all asid the Xoom caught them by surprise in terms of volume and demand.
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Given the popularity of WiFi Xoom over yesterday sales, I doubt they will discontinued it. It was sold out at a lot of Costco and Bestbuy within hours. There was a small line infront of a few Bestbuy over night for them.

I spoke with some of the Best Buy manager and Costco guy and they all asid the Xoom caught them by surprise in terms of volume and demand.
I was expecting the same thing at the Millenia Mall in Orlando yesterday. But there wasn't a person in sight near the Xoom on display, many of the sales reps had no clue they even had a wifi model.
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I wouldn't read too much into this guys. All this article is saying is that Motorola is planning to "reducing shipment numbers in June" for the Xoom. That certainly sounds sensible to me! For mobile devices, including tablets, demand for a new, cutting edge device peaks close to the launch date and tends to taper off as new competitors enter the market. So why would they continue to ship "launch date" levels of product to a decreased demand-base?

If I were Motorola, and I was planning on how many units to ship several months in the future of a currently "new" device, the sensible plan would be to reduce shipping numbers as there is likely to be increased competition and it is time to start developing a device for the next generation of tech (which increases in capacity/processing speed/RAM exponentially if you haven't noticed). Apple would do the exact same thing!

The article is basically saying "This summer, Motorola is planning to do what any competitive tech business would do." In other words it is pure fluff. Whoever linked to an article from AppleInsider.com about an Android product on an Android forum should reconsider doing so in the future. The bias of that site is a little obvious.
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Motorola's iPad-rival "Xoom" tablet sales slashed to 100,000 units

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Google's flagship Android 3.0 Honeycomb competitor to Apple's iPad appears to have failed at launch, with Motorola Xoom sales estimated by Deutsche Bank to have reached just 100,000 units, a figure far lower than initial projections of failure from Morgan Stanley and RBC.

Doesn't sound like the Xoom is going to be around long. Playbook doesnt look any better either. But Samsung and Toshiba might have something.
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They priced themselves out of market. It cost more than an ipad.
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As has been posted a few other places, to have a brand new pad on a brand new operating system it may not be quite as bad as it sounds. The wifi version has only been available for a week or two. I've got one and I love it. I am under no misconception that it'll ever sell as well as the Ipad or Ipad 2 but then neither did the OG Droid but they still sold lots of them. Plus, 100,000 devices at a avg sales price of 700 or so isn't a small amount of money.
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A market survey by a bank?? LOL
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They looked at all android devices running 3.0 the xoom is the only official 1. You know moto isn't going to disclose such a sorry result
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They priced themselves out of market. It cost more than an ipad.
When compared to a comparable model, it only costs about $30 more.
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As has been posted a few other places, to have a brand new pad on a brand new operating system it may not be quite as bad as it sounds. The wifi version has only been available for a week or two. I've got one and I love it. I am under no misconception that it'll ever sell as well as the Ipad or Ipad 2 but then neither did the OG Droid but they still sold lots of them. Plus, 100,000 devices at a avg sales price of 700 or so isn't a small amount of money.
Hey, you sound exactly like the Apple fans

"Sure, Apple doesn't sell a whole lot of them, but they make more profit on it!"

Note: This argument has been used to deny the fact that Android now has a larger market share than iOS, and also to defend the abysmal Mac OS stats.
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When compared to a comparable model, it only costs about $30 more.
The average joe will buy either the cheaper product or the well-known product.
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The average joe will buy either the cheaper product or the well-known product.
Well, that being what it is, it needs to be put into comparison properly. You can not compare a 16GB Wifi-only iPad to a Xoom, based on price alone.

And, if what you claim is true, then Apple's entire marketing strategy should be failing. They are neither the most popular, nor the cheapest in the PC arena. However, they do command 15% of the market.
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