There's just a day to go until the Apple iPad 2 hits US shelves on March 11 2011, and we want to know if you're tempted by the updated slate. Our full review of the iPad 2 went live yesterday, finding it to be a faster, slimmer and generally more appealing - though not perfect - update to the original; now it's your turn to tell us how you'll be voting with your cash.
With all the rage that is the Apple iPad 2 and rival tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, HP TouchPad, to name a few, you would think that a good number of people have already bought into the whole tablet craze. But a recent report shows that the market still has plenty of frontier land to stake with 99.7% of the Earth's population not having bought a tablet device yet.
After concerns that rooting the Motorola XOOM would leave owners of the tablet ineligible for Verizon's 4G LTE upgrade later in the year, the manufacturer has stepped in to reassure would-be buyers that they can hack their toys and still get high-speed access. According to the official Motorola support forums, the company promises that XOOM slates that have had "the original factory software reinstalled" and have been "relocked" will be updated as normal, while it will "attempt to complete the upgrade" on those returned rooted.
Today our favorite picture-based-blog-viewer Pulse News has decided to feature our sister site Android Community! We recently learned that Android Community is one of the highest-added blog feeds added in the entirety of the application (with SlashGear right alongside it,) so we were gleeful in finding it also featured in the tiny list released today via the bigtime Twitter and AlphonsoLabs blog announcements. Take a peek at the blog post right over [here], have a look at the Twitter post at @PulsePad, then add Android Community to your big list on Pulse on any one of the many devices it can be hosted on. Android phones, Android tablets (including the XOOM, on which it looks fantastic,) iDevices including the iPad and the iPad 2 (on which Pulse again, looks fantastic.)
The flood of iPad 2 news has past with yesterday's announcement, so let's take a look at its rival, the Motorola XOOM. The promising dual-core tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb was launched last week on February 24th and today we spotted the device at Costco and possibly Sam's Club. The pricing is inline with predictions but it looks like one discount warehouse may have the other beat by just a tad.
Pre-orders for the Motorola XOOM in both 3G and WiFi-only versions have begun in the UK, with the WiFi version expected to ship on April 9 2011. Having been priced yesterday, the XOOM WiFi has now got a shipping date; retailer PC World claims that "if you order from us today you'll be the first in Europe to receive one."
After the Motorola XOOM WiFi was spotted appearing on PC World's site yesterday at £449.99, the UK retailer promptly whipped down the pre-order pricing for the Honeycomb slate. The good news is that it's now back; the bad news is that PC World has increased the price, which is now at £499.99.
Behold the new fistfight. While we have had many a competition between tablets of Android and the iPad original, this is 2011's real brawl. We're talking the official Google approved Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet vs Apple's hero product, the second generation in what's quickly become a game-changing device in the whole world of consumer electronics. Who will emerge victorious?
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed that the 10-inch Motorola XOOM will get at least one sibling before the year is out, with a 7-inch model seeming the most likely. Speaking as part of the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference yesterday, Jha praised the 7-inch form factor, describing it as the "portable" alternative to more professionally-minded 10-inch slates.
Pricing for the Motorola XOOM WiFi has been confirmed, for the UK at least, though the availability of the non-3G variant is still unclear. Retailer PC World has confirmed that it has the exclusive on the WiFi-only XOOM - rival Carphone Warehouse has clinched the deal on the XOOM 3G, set to arrive in April - and has priced it at £449.99 ($734).