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Mar
WiFi-only Motorola XOOM Headed to Sam’s Club, Possibly Priced at $539 - Droid Life- A Droid Community Blog

It seems like only yesterday we were watching Steve Jobs reveal the second iPad and wondering how Android tablet manufacturers would react (actually, it was yesterday). Now we have news that the Wi-Fi-only version of the Motorola XOOM will be priced at $539 at Sam's Club.

Previous rumors suggested the price for the non-carrier version of the tab would be $600, so this is a bit of a surprise. Of course, wholesale warehouses like Sam's and Costco are usually able to sell for much less than other retailers (they rely mostly on memberships for profit), but this is more of a discount than would typically be expected. For example, the Verizon XOOM sells at Costco for $20-30 less than everywhere else. So, it remains a mystery what the standard pricing will be.

There doesn't appear to be any word yet on a release date, but a posting from PC World has pre-orders shipping in the UK on the first week of April. Perhaps this latest piece in the puzzle can shed some light on the picture we are seeing for the much-welcomed Wi-Fi XOOM launch.

WiFi-only Motorola XOOM Headed to Sam’s Club, Possibly Priced at $539 - Droid Life- A Droid Community Blog

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  • http://www.cypher-sec.org thecolor

    here's hopin' Costco has it too at this or a lower price. :D

    • acupunc

      If they don't you can usually find a 1 day free membership to Sam's Club on-line ;)

  • Cliff

    $540 is a much more reasonable price than the $800 we’ve been seeing, and offers better competitive pricing to the iPad. If I didn't already own an Adam, I would probably buy the Xoom for that price.

    • acupunc

      Hey Cliff,
      How are you liking your Adam? I thought about getting one but with all the blunders leading up to sales. . . I thought I would hold off.

      • Cliff

        In short: I love it. I read a lot of blog sites such as this one, android central, tipb, notion ink blog, notion ink hacks, notion addicts, and so on. When I’m reading these sites for a long time on my laptop, my eyes get very strained because of the brightness of the monitor. I bought the Pixel Qi version because I was looking for a device that I could read blogs, news articles, and various websites without my eyes feeling like they’re bleeding afterwards. I’ve gotta say that the Pixel Qi display really saves my eyes. There have been lots of complaints about the Pixel Qi’s viewing angles being subpar, but too me, people blow it a bit out of proportion. The problem with the viewing angles is only in the horizontal viewing angle. Pixel Qi actually has a vertical viewing angle that is about the same (maybe a little better) as the LCD monitor on my laptop. The problem with the horizontal viewing angle is that after about 45 degrees, the display starts to look similar to what you’d see on a projection TV. The way I figure it though is that this is a personal device that you’re more than likely not going to be viewing from a 45 degree angle on a regular basis anyway; you’re viewing it straight on more often than not. When I compare the (in my option, minor) cons of the Pixel Qi to the fact that I don’t feel like my eyes are on fire after hours of online reading, I think the Pixel Qi was the best way to go.
        The software on the Adam is still a bit glitchy at times, but the second update has fixed a lot of the glitches and quirks that it had. Software glitches I’m not concerned about because I know that they can be easily patched later. I’m hoping the soon coming Honeycomb will make it run flawlessly.
        I hate to say it, but you were probably wise to hold off on your purchase because of the sales blunders; that and the shipping problems have made the initial sales of the Adam a bit of a fiasco. I was just reading on the notion ink blog that orders got delayed because the Indian customs were demanding a bribe from Notion Ink, and they didn’t want to pay it. It’s a shame about the sales for sure because the Adam is a solid device that has a lot of potential. Hopefully Notion Ink gets their act together and we’ll see the tablet in the states with some solid sales.

        • crenca

          thanks for the review

  • acupunc

    That would be a rather reasonable price for it.

    That would equal the $599 iPad 2
    With a lot more RAM in the Xoom
    Don't need Apple's proprietary dongles $40-$80
    And you get an expansion slot = priceless

    • http://www.cypher-sec.org thecolor

      agreed

    • Jon Garrett

      yep,

      agreed.

  • danbutter

    Looking much better, but still wanna see what toshiba has for a price. The full size SD slot, HDMI port, and USB port set it above the xoom if you ask me.
    I think almost everything else is same/similar.

  • rudyy

    I think $539 is still a couple hundred too high for any tablet. I'll hold off for six to nine months, and then see what's out there and for how much. most don't have enough memory anyway, except, that is, the archos 70, with that 250 gig hard drive; that's what they all should have.

    • http://twitter.com/bryanz Bryan

      Yeah except if you tried to throw a 250GB SSD in a tablet it would end up costing more than a 17" MacBook Pro.

      I'd argue that the point of media tablets like the iPad and like the Android tablets that are starting to hit the market isn't about the amount of stuff it can hold but the amount of stuff it can access.

      I don't want to store my entire music collection on my tablet, but I'd like to be able to access it via "the cloud" or whatever you want to call it.

      Tablets are designed for consumption, not long-term storage. A NAS device on your network with all your music and video on 2TB, then you pick and choose what you want on the tablet, when you want it. That's the direction that the media tablet consumption model looks to be best for, in my opinion.

      • Cliff

        I never really thought about it, but that's a good idea using a NAS to store all your media. Problem is though that I don't think iPad users could take advantage of NAS because of how the device handles the data in the browser, but I could be wrong. Either way I guess it doesn't matter to me because I'll never buy an iPad anyway.

      • SiliconAddict

        Yah and when you don't have access to the cloud...guess you are SOL.

        I'm sick of comments like this which act as if internet access is everywhere. WIFI isn't everywhere and a good solid signal from ATT\Sprint\Verizon\Tmobile isn't either.

        • http://twitter.com/bryanz Bryan

          Look if you want on-device access to all your porn library all the time then a tablet isn't the answer for you. Buy a laptop or netbook.

          Tablets are meant to be lightweight portable media-centric devices that take advantage of the network -- when it's available -- and use the on-board storage for when it's not. You put your favorite songs, pictures and videos on the device so you know you can watch them, and then you take advantage of the network when it's available to shuffle things around as you'd like or access things you look for less frequently.

    • crenca

      what was the retail value of your phone? I bet it was more than $339...

  • Chris

    great price!! anyone heard what the htc flyer will be priced at?

  • Simon Belmont

    That price is more that reasonable in my opinion. This is especially if it ships with the same 32GB of space and of course it will have 1GB of RAM.

    This is pretty nice. I am glad we are finally seeing signs of a Wi-Fi only Motorola XOOM.

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