Anyone thinking about buying a Captivate, also consider/buy an xt701?


Last Updated:

  1. colnago

    colnago Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Messages:
    3,091
    Likes Received:
    218
    It looks like the Motorola xt701 (Sholes tablet) is being sold "unlocked" at amazon and newegg ($449 at newegg) and supports AT&T 3G bands. I had always thought this was a Chinese only device, and many people on AT&T were looking for a decent Android device, but this one kind of slipped under the radar. Maybe a good alternative, if the Captivate isn't cutting it for some? My hesitation with the Captivate is the lack of a flash (light), and somewhat low call volume levels.

    Newegg.com - Motorola XT701 Black Unlocked Smart Phone with Android OS

    http://androidforums.com/motorola-sholes-tablet/86064-got-my-xt701.html

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     

    Advertisement
  2. King Stampede

    King Stampede Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2010
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    1
    I had problems with low call levels to until I lowered the phone a bit to my ear. Problem fixed. I'm not saying this happened to you but it could be. Dumb on my part.
     
  3. ogami_ito

    ogami_ito Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    14
    I'm thinking of this too because its much cheaper and has a flash. My worries are:

    a) screen seems really shiny / reflective
    b) will it get Froyo?
     
  4. radi0chik

    radi0chik Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2010
    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    16
    That's very interesting. I'm going to look into it - never had heard of it! Thanks for posting!
     
  5. Sharkonwheels

    Sharkonwheels Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2010
    Messages:
    268
    Likes Received:
    12
    5 Things against it:
    1) $449
    2) 256M RAM
    3) 600mHz
    4) 30 days warranty
    5) Motorola (good luck w/ OS upgrades for anything NOT Droid... ask Cliq/Backflip owners...)

    Wouldn't even CROSS my mind...

    T
     
  6. ogami_ito

    ogami_ito Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    14
    Hi,

    I believe my grey market price for xt701 is around $380. 256 RAM is a lot more than my 1st gen iPhone I'm using now. I don't believe CPU speed is an issue for most things. In China, I would get a year warrantee...if I bought on regular market. BUT, whether regular market or not, I don't have confidence in OS upgrades.
     
  7. colnago

    colnago Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Messages:
    3,091
    Likes Received:
    218

    Meh, $449 is not bad given that I can keep my $15/mo unlimited data plan. The $15/mo I save over 2 years is $360, so it would be like buying a subsidized phone for $89. This might be a decent stop-gap until something more compelling comes along for AT&T. If the Motorola Sage photos/specs that are floating around are true, then I'll pass on that.
     

Share This Page

Loading...