With the war of the Tablet PC raging on it seems unclear who will be victorious, will the Motorola Xoom or iPad 2 be the winner? It seems that only the price will decide who will really be champion, and as we progress nearer to the launch date of both these devices it seems Motorola might be punching a bit above their weight with the release price on offer.
Following on from a previous post that was discussing whether the iPad 2 would be as bigger success as its predecessor, it seems the answers could lie within Motorola’s $799 price tag which was leaked in a Best Buy ad. With a value of this magnitude on what is the companies first Tablet PC it’s a high possibility that Apple has absolutely nothing to worry about.
This price could be a major turn off for most people looking to set themselves up for the first time with a Tablet PC, If you’re not put off by the price tag then the possibility that you will have to take a data plan in order to unlock the Wi-Fi on this device might, this would mean that you would have to purchase a data plan even if it is not wanted. You can see more info on this from this post by Mike Isaac over at wired.com
With news like this you can see why people would be pushed towards the iPad, which offers both WIFI-only and WIFI+3G models with the cheapest being $499. As you can imagine this is making people rather angry one reader from Eweek.com had this to say “The Xoom looks promising, but I don’t need/want 3G/4G. I’m not about to pay a premium when I can get the iPad for less. Make it the same as the Wi-Fi-only iPad and I’ll buy it.” Read his comments and others that feel the same by clicking the link above.
In times of financial struggle when everyone is trying to save a quick buck, companies should be putting in every effort to strategically price their units whether its Apple, Samsung, HP or Motorola, these companies should be focusing on getting the price right for customers and their devices are sure to come out on top.
Will you be purchasing a Xoom or holding on for an iPad 2?