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Motorola XOOM WiFi Prices Slashed Everywhere, Time to Expect Something New?

It’s been a rocky road for the Motorola XOOM, the world’s first ever Honeycomb tablet.  A device that was the talk of the tech world back in January has almost been forgotten about as rumored sales numbers have not even come close to expectations.  With customers knowing that newer, thinner, and generally better tablets were just around the corner at cheaper prices, the XOOM almost didn’t stand a chance.  And well, we’re seeing that this week as prices on the WiFi model have dropped $100 (to $499) across the country to make it more competitive with the Galaxy Tab 10.1s and Transformers of the world.

We’ve linked to a couple of deals below, one of which has the XOOM for $449:

Amazon | Staples (coupon code: 51758 for additional $50 off) | Motorola Store

So what’s next in the tablet world from Motorola?  First off, they need to fix the 4G LTE situation with the Verizon XOOM.  Then, they’ll likely release a newish version of the that same Verizon XOOM, but with a 4G LTE radio already built in.  We’re doubting it’ll look all that different or have a bump in specs, so what we all care about is really what’s beyond that.

Does Moto have something up their sleeves for the second half of 2011?  We’ve seen Sanjay Jha hint at 7″ tablets time and time again, plus there is a chance that Kal-el quad-core tablets could be seen before the end of the year.  We’ve even heard the codename “Ghost” mentioned, but are unsure of the reliability of that tip.

No matter what though, Motorola needs to come back with something strong or 2011 might end up being the year of disappointments for a company that seemed to be doing all of the right things less than a year and a half ago.  With devices still hitting consumers hands with locked bootloaders, they not only have investors to appease, but they also are starting to lose touch with those that actually purchase their products.

And enough rambling, go grab that Staples deal before it’s gone!

Cheers for the coupon code Max!

  • Nichom14

    motorola price at uae found at 
    http://www.uae-price.com/motorola-xoom-wifi-price/

  • Rrosotho

    Why cant moto get the problems right in the first launch? First it was OG droid which everybody complained that the keyboard sucked not enough ram blah blah and then moto came out with droid 2 like 7 to 8 months later. Now its Xoom and sd card slot doesnt work no LTE upgrade yet and now not even 6 months its  a possible xoom 2 coming out. What about the people that brought xoom 1 will they get a credit back? Its a challenge to buy a moto product right now while HTC and SAM is making all the right moves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7R2Q22GSPY7SE3WMIR5QBXJWE Roseann Chase

    the world’s first ever Honeycomb tablet.  A device that was the talk of the tech world back in January has almost been forgotten about as rumored sales

  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    lol $500 is cheap huh? I wont be getting one unless it comes down to about half that then i will CONSIDER it…i mean cmon i can get a small computer for not as much as that costs that has better specs and does a hell of a lot more.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      Yeah but your small computer would be a lot bigger.. It isn’t meant to compete with small computers.  Its more designed for people like me, who have no desire to own a laptop whatsoever and would never buy a cheap computer, a small device meant to compliment my gargantuan, unmoving, triple monitored desktop for use on the go.

      • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

         my phone is for the go…it does the same thing as this tablet except has a bigger screen…got it for under $100.

  • Silencedelta

    I just bought a xoom a week and a half ago and i honestly cant complain the only thing saddening me is the lack of sd card support when the other tablets have it. I have read 4g lte is on the way just taking longer then expected. But I fell inlove with moto from the droid one that was built well. but my droid 2 has made it so i will never leave because gorrila glass is godly and its on most if not all there devices including the xoom when my phone flies 15 feet through the air into a concrete wall and lives thats a good phone, it was an accident. and i have dropped it a number of times on concrete floors at work. still not a bit of damage other then scratched phone skin. I have been impressed with this phone. I just choise to look at the good things when paying alot of money like my 560 for my xoom yay walmart discount you have to expect flaws. i like the metal case on the xoom and i like the heft it means it is built well. like i said it has yet to dissapoint. maybe i just look at things differently then alot of you. but there is still one thing we can all agree on the iphone still blowes haha.

  • Treknologist

    Interestingly enough, though, the folks from Maximum Tech (in their May-June issue) compared the Xoom to the iPad 2 and ranked it on top. 

  • Knightcrusader

    Or….. maybe they are cutting the price to sell more units? The ASUS Transformer is beating the pants off the Xoom (and all other Android tablets) since it is cheaper and all the hardware works out of the box.

  • Anonymous

    Motorola has truly lost touch!!

  • RaptorOO7

    If they “slash” the price of the XOOM down to say $249-299 then I would consider it.  It’s just not worth the price point they are asking for when other mfg’s are pushing forward with more compelling products and price points.

    Moto had a window of opportunity to grab market share for the Android Tablets and dropped yet another ball.  They need to learn to release WiFi and Carrier branded versions at the same time.  Not everyone needs or is willing to sign a crazy contract and pay $800 for a half baked tablet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sayersj629 Joshua Sayers

    I love my xoom bought it two weeks ago at 499, and its been great so far. It might not be perfect but the build quality is better than the transformer or the iconia. 

  • Anonymous

    It makes you wonder why Moto strayed so far away from the success of the OG and the pure vanilla google experince. Moto was leading the charge, as well as the quality of the devices.  No lockedboot loaders great screen at the time and smartly using Gorilla glass plus the excitement and boldness of the commercials. 

    It seems that faliture translated over to the Xoom but with other issues. Just like the Bionic issues. You know they can do better, but will they do better is the question.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      What are you talking about? The Xoom is the pure vanilla google experience

      • Anonymous

        I guess you didn’t read what Kellex wrote and the low number of Sales plus
        the issues with the Xoom. Moto hasn’t exactly done a fine job when it comes
        to throwing good devices out inot the market with a bunch of issues that
        affected it’s sales. havee you even read or seen the comparisons of the Xoom
        versus the other tablets??

        Proabably not, Stop drinking the Kool Aid and reseach. I like the Xoom
        don';t get me wrong but when a considrable amount of side by side reviews
        rank the Xoom as middle of the pack or low top 5 tablet and your paying for
        one the most expensive tablets on the market shouldn’t you get the best in
        features and quality with out the headaches??? Maybe your just used to
        Moto’s standards of having bugs

  • http://profiles.google.com/scott.strool Scott Strool

    Bought my Xoom early and still love it. Yeah, I wish it was cheaper but I knew that it would be lowered eventually. 

  • Anonymous

    so by christmas it should be like 200 then right? might get it then

  • Anonymous

    so by christmas it should be like 200 then right? might get it then

  • Anonymous

    Still waiting for the Toshiba Thrive rumored to be coming out this weekend from a Best Buy leak…SD support up to 128 GB, USB support for external hard drives (up to 1 TB I hear), full-size HDMI port, replaceable battery…

  • Anonymous

    Still waiting for the Toshiba Thrive rumored to be coming out this weekend from a Best Buy leak…SD support up to 128 GB, USB support for external hard drives (up to 1 TB I hear), full-size HDMI port, replaceable battery…

  • RW-1

    Xoom – fail.

    Now if it were $199, that would get you a maybe.

    Too little, too late, and overpriced.

    Moto – fail.

    • Anonymous

      Right. $199 for what is still the only Google Experience (essentially Nexus) tablet. Also, one of the few tablets period with HDMI, USB, and a microSD slot (regardless if it works yet). Add all that to the Verizon version, which is the only LTE-capable tablet on the market.

      Idiot.

      • Anonymous

        +100

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

        You call him an idiot yet you say Xoom is great because of microSD and LTE neither of which work. LOL

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

        You call him an idiot yet you say Xoom is great because of microSD and LTE neither of which work. LOL

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

        You call him an idiot yet you say Xoom is great because of microSD and LTE neither of which work. LOL

        • Anonymous

          Right, because they work in other tablets? Hell, they’re not even offered as a possibility in most tablets. (The next part is where you sound stupid and talk about Asus and Acer having “working” microSD slots, even though it is just a half-assed kernal hack)

          • http://www.facebook.com/mroberte Robert Evans

            I want to get the Toshiba Thrive which has all of it working out of the box… granted no LTE, which I rather not have with VZ new tiered data service. Besides its girth, it seems to be a great contender. 

          • Anonymous

            The microSD slot in the Toshiba Thrive is no different than Acer and Asus. They hacked the kernal with a half-assed solution, that doesn’t even allow apps2sd, caching to sd, or anything other than drag and drop with a file manager. Hardly “working”.

  • Interstellarmind

    with all due respect, Kellex… you gotta let moto go. the OG was the best android phone they ever made, or will ever make. they’ve botched the xoom, have poor software design, lock their bootloaders – basically, they go against customers’ wishes everytime.

    HTC, and even sammy, now, are the ones to go with at this point.

    • Jeremy Gentry

      ^ what he said

    • Anonymous

      I certainly agree that Moto has botched it big time – but it has nothing to do with locked bootloaders.  That’s just a red herring.

      They screwed up with the 4G LTE upgrade on the Xoom – big time.  Unfulfilled promises.  They also majorly screwed up the Droid X with the gingerbread update.  Horrible experience has me downgrading back to froyo.

      Overall Moto needs to shape up since nobody is saying nice things about them for whatever reason.

      Also, HTC phones are built like cheap toys and Samsung doesn’t support their phones in the aftermarket.  Its very difficult to find a phone to buy these days.

      • Anonymous

        Moto’s problems are overstated and their hardware is the best.  It’s not a difficult decision for me.

        • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard
          • Anonymous

            Stock value has no bearing on product quality numbnuts.

          • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

            You get you sd card support or LTE upgrade yet? Quality products….

          • Rickfrmpcr

            Jeff, you must be an apple person.I agree with McClane. I have the xoom and the droid x. Both are terffic…not perfect but terrific.  BTW, my Wife’s Ipad isn’t perfect either. 

          • Anonymous

            Yes they are and I don’t have a xoom. How’s the sdcard and LTE on your iPad? Oh right it doesn’t have them and never will.

      • Lightning

        Regardless of the locked bootloader being a red herring, it is diffidently a key issue. It’s the one single element that’s kept me from buying any moto device since the first droid. 4G is great and all, but it’s nothing that’s keeping me from buying a device.  

      • LionStone

        hTc phones built like cheap toys? I have to comment, since just last night my TB slipped off the couch arm rest, fell on edge onto the hardwood floor (I don’t use a case or screen protector) and not a scratch or missed a beat. Time before that, went to grab it off the counter (waist high) and it fell flat on its face again on the hardwood. The only thing happened is the back popped off. Popped it back on and it was good to go :)

  • Anonymous

    Why would you buy a Xoom when you can get a less expensive, lighter tablet with a better screen and faster software updates with the ASUS Transformer?

    • Anonymous

      I’ll agree on everything except faster software updates.  The Xoom, being the Google Experience tablet device, gets the latest software updates before any other tablet.  Then Google lets everyone else have the code.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll agree on everything except faster software updates.  The Xoom, being the Google Experience tablet device, gets the latest software updates before any other tablet.  Then Google lets everyone else have the code.

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

    Staples coupon code = “We’re sorry, but this coupon is not valid online. To use it, you must
    pay at a register. Please ask a store associate for assistance.” 

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ max

    i wonder if buying the tab was the right move?

  • Mctypething

    I bought my Xoom back in March, and I love it. However, the clusterf*ck with the SD card slot and 4G upgrade are inexcusable and I can see why people have become disenchanted with this product. I for one, am very disappointed with the long delay in 4G. If there is a legitmate reason for the delay, Moto should have spoken up long ago. Now, they just look like fools. I have used the Galaxy Tab also, and IMO the Xoom is much better.

    • Waknatious

      I was hemming and hawing guiltily about which tablet to get, and should I wait, and how will I justify the money I’m going to spend and blah, blah, blah…. my wife solved it all by buying me a 3G Xoom for Fathers Day.  I would have chosen something else, but I gotta say, I really love this device and what I can do with it.  We all over-think a lot of this stuff.
      The build quality is fantastic, the battery life on hard use is 10 to 12 hours, and with the dual core processor, the 3G is plenty fast.  I patiently await my 4G/sd upgrades, and I’m loving my Honeycomb tablet as-is for now.
      _wak

    • Waknatious

      I was hemming and hawing guiltily about which tablet to get, and should I wait, and how will I justify the money I’m going to spend and blah, blah, blah…. my wife solved it all by buying me a 3G Xoom for Fathers Day.  I would have chosen something else, but I gotta say, I really love this device and what I can do with it.  We all over-think a lot of this stuff.
      The build quality is fantastic, the battery life on hard use is 10 to 12 hours, and with the dual core processor, the 3G is plenty fast.  I patiently await my 4G/sd upgrades, and I’m loving my Honeycomb tablet as-is for now.
      _wak

  • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

    When was the 4g upgrade promised? Something tells me we won’t be seeing it until the Xoom2 ships…let’s just hope Moto has their shit figured out by than.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ryan57ford Ryan Chapman

    I like my Xoom, but I should not have jumped on the bandwagon right away… Don’t even have my external card slot opened up yet and they are already dropping the price to move on to the next thing… 

    I should know better than to buy a first GEN device right when its released…

  • Booboolala2000

    They do need to fix the lte problem on the current XOOM before they try to do anything new. The attitude they have is pretty lame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Makes us that bought the Xoom early feel cheated…

    • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

      It’s called an early adopter tax, every new device is plagued with this. You only have yourself to blame.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

        Yes I know but the Xoom should have launched at this price or lower and it would have sold a lot better. I am just obsessed with the newest tech out and couldn’t resist the first Honeycomb tablet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Sohmers/100000084635242 Thomas Sohmers

    Take a look at the Features on the Staples page… it says 4G LTE Upgradeable! Haha, maybe I should trade in my 3G Xoom to get a Wifi xoom and maybe it has a better chance of actually getting updated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Sohmers/100000084635242 Thomas Sohmers

      I’m talking about this page specifically… http://www.staples.com/product_925665

  • Anonymous

    I returned my Acer tablet to best buy yesterday (because they were late in pushing out 3.1) and picked up a Xoom for 500 dollars by asking them to price match the Wal Mart price I saw here. Thanks Droid Life!

    • BigRed4X15

      Downloading my 3.1 update as I type this on my Iconia!

  • EC8CH

    even with the XOOM at $449… I’d still rather have the Transformer

  • http://twitter.com/MoBounceMurray Amon Murray

    First!….to say this site is Awesome, even though i dont plan to stay with Verizon, droid-life will always be a bookmark tool on my chrome browsers….Droid-Life FTW!!!

    • RP

      Not first