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Wednesday Poll: Thoughts on XOOM 2, Kal-el Coverage, and Keeping Up with New Technology?

The Motorola XOOM 2 made its first appearance yesterday and many of you started wondering if you should question the recent original XOOM purchase you just made.  Can’t say I don’t blame you for at least wondering about the near future.  After all, NVIDIA has been prancing around the interwebs with its new Kal-El quad-core processor that they told us would be ready for tablets by the end of August.  We’re starting to see games and demos made specifically for this new chipset, which has us all wondering if now is the time to hold off on making that next big purchase.  Who’s to say we can’t grab a Tegra 2 tablet for half the price in 4-5 months when these quad-core beasts start rolling out?  There is a rumor floating around that this XOOM 2 could be ready by fall and with the website appearance from yesterday, it’s looking more and more likely.

So, should we be upset by all of this change?  I’ve been talking with friends about the speed of introduction of mobile technology these days, and all we can find to compare it to is the PC days in the 90s.  You know, the days where you bought that first 600MHz Pentium 2 for $800 and the next month it felt ancient because the Pentium 3 1.0GHz had dropped.  Are we about to see the same thing with mobile technology, specifically with tablets?  The Tegra 2 has really only been out for 5 months now and it almost seems like last year’s news with all this quad-core talk.

Your thoughts on the quickness that we are seeing new technology introduced?  Excited?  Depressed?  Wondering how you are going to keep up?

  • Honestly, if my Droid X had as reliable of a camera/video capabilities as the iPhone 4/4S has, I honestly would stop trying to upgrade. The Galaxy Nexus might be a nice STEP towards that, but it’s not there. I honestly love Android, with all my tech loving geek heart. I have a Droid X running Shuji ROM, with a super mario boot animation, and a 49er Boot logo, with a customized lock screen with widget locker, windows phone live wallpaper, and a whole handful of those amazing customizations that make me love Android…because it’s my phone through and through. DAMNIT if I don’t hate it when I’m at a show or with friends and I don’t have a camera on me so I can immortalize the moment like all my friends with those pics and videos from their iPhones. I would give all of my customization up, just so I can take amazing pictures and videos with my phone. To hell with Ghz and Quad-core this and  ∞ sized screen that….just give me a phone with a camera in it I can be proud of and don’t have to wait 8 seconds to load. It’s about damn time Android realized that I want to customize my phone, yes, but I want a phone that interacts with my human world too…..kind of ranting at this point I will stop here. 

  • url

    I love when companies move fast and introduce new technology, because I can get the previous model alot cheaper. I’m not a first adopter I usually wait 5-6 months anyway. 

  • Justin

    motorola needs to fix their issues with their current devices before they should even consider a new version like the sd card on the xoom….

  • Waknatious

    The Singularity Is Near.  We get bionic implants before those mythical hovercars.

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  • Christopher M Brannan

    Like computers, these devices are only as good as the software we run on them. And so far i have yet to see anything that really challenges the Tegra 2 chipset that is in my Xoom.

  • Midimench

    The problem is we’re stuck for 2 years no matter what we buy.  I love upgrading my PC every year with a new CPU and mamaboard, but no can do with my Droid 2 which is running GB 2.3.3 and overclocked to 1.2 ghz.  I can’t get a new discounted phone till may 2012.  I’m sure they will be some new super shit powerful quad core chip Droid 4 to consider.

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  • Towel73

    Smartphones and tablets will become “mature” technology is the next several years just like PCs, video game systems, and digital cameras. There is a only so much computing power you need in a small device to run what you want. When everything has a “Retina” class display, records 1080p, and has a PS3 class GPU, what else do you need? Software will become far more important then hardware.

  • Anonymous

    I love this commercial “Keeping Up w/ The Latest and Greatest”  Should’ve had a Droid Life reader on this Enjoy 😛

  • gimlet72

    I am a strong believer in buying a cheap computer every 2 years as opposed to an expensive computer every 4 years. Tablets will be that same way. Once Android tablets become more mass produced by multiple companies it will drive the price down. For those that want the latest technology they will be able to purchase a competitive tablet every 2 years. Even with the 4 core processor on the horizon the Tegra 2 will not be obsolete The market will stabilize at some point.. I don’t imagine an 8 core processor in a tablet anytime soon.

    • DBK

      Ditto. For me, it’s more like build a cheap (but current) computer every 2 years. Fro tablets, I buy the cheapest, most efficient tablet out there (which is why I bought a Nook Color and rooted it) and then wait another 2 years until a more current, just as cheap and efficient, tablet comes out. Same with the phones. My D2 is good (especially once it gets GB and the new Blur) for another 2 years, easy.

      Patience is the name of the game. If you don’t have it, you’re going to lose.

  • Anonymous

    Moto needed a Xoom2 to correct that half-baked block of a device it launched.  After using my Google I/O Gtab I am glad I sold my Xoom at a $150 loss.  This freebie makes up for it and everyone that has seen it is chomping for June 6 to get one

    Moto, get it right this time and show that a US company can actually make something better.  Remember the Razr baby!

  • Anonymous

    I used to feel the same way about staying up to date but I got over that quickly.  As long as my device does what I need without feeling overly slow, I’m happy.

    This is why people need to research extensively before buying something and don’t just jump into the hype.  Because technology progresses fast.

  • Moore’s Law in action.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you just accept that you’re not always going to have the best toy? If you want to pay for device features, that’s manageable. If you want to pay for a feeling of tech superiority or the knowledge that what you have is the best, you’re going to spend a lot of money.

    Something new coming out doesn’t lower the specs of your device, so deal.

  • Anonymous

    this is something where I actually think Apple does best, waiting a set time period and releasing a significant upgrade (granted the iPad 2 was not very impressive), but overall I mean.

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Its like the Best Buy commercial is really coming to life… everything is obsolete as soon as it comes out.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget that Technology doubles evey 18 months. I’m sure its been that long dince the concept of this device. It does suck that there already have the next one so soon.

  • Sep

    This is the Osborne Effect in full swing, and, unfortunately, it saps my interest in getting any tablet at all. A big part of why I don’t game on my PC is because it always gets outdated so quickly, and now it looks like the same type of market is going to plague phones and tablets. It’s looking more and more like my “tablet” is just going to be the Sony NGP.