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Motorola tablet first with Honeycomb

February 24, 2011

The first serious competitor to the iPad arrives today, says David Pogue in Before the Onslaught, One Tablet Stands Out. The hardware in the Motorola Xoom is good, according to Pogue, but the kicker is the operating system software. This is the first device to ship with Honeycomb, Google’s new version of the Android OS, which was developed for tablets. Competition can only be good for consumers, but at $800 the new device is not exactly a bargain. Verizon offers the Xoom for only $600 with a $20/month 2-year data plan. Motorola must have been in a hurry to release the Xoom, as two updates are already in the works – a bump from 3G to 4G speed and a Flash player. Folks who buy the devices now will apparently be able to add those capabilities later through software upgrades.

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