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Before You Before You Buy a Motorola Xoom

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Motorola's new Android 3 Honeycomb tablet will be the first of many tablets on the market that are officially blessed by Google. In fact, Google wrote Honeycomb (Android 3.0) specifically for the Motorola Xoom, and all other devices must modify Android slightly for their hardware configurations. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind before becoming one of the first in line to buy a new Xoom.

They Won't Play Flash Yet

The Xoom is waiting on a Flash version update from Adobe. When it is ready, you can download it over the air. This hopefully won't take long, but expect to spend at least a few weeks without the ability to play Flash games or videos.

The Price Is Expensive

The Xoom is debuting with a price of $799 without a data plan and $599 with a two year contract from Verizon. Initially Verizon was also requiring that you purchase a month of data access in order to unlock Wi-Fi functions on the Xoom, but they decided against that just prior to launch.

Motorola will introduce a cheaper Wi-Fi only version of the Xoom at some point in the future, but this will likely only happen after they've sold plenty of the more expensive version first.

The Data Access Is Only 3G

The data access on the Xoom is only 3G. The good news here is that they will upgrade your Xoom to 4G at some point this year. The bad news is that you're still only going to get 3G access until that happens.

The Competition Looks Pretty Good

The Xoom is the first, but it won't be the only Honeycomb tablet offering of 2011. If you're a developer or Android enthusiast, you might want to get this tablet immediately, but if you can wait a month or two, you'll find a larger selection of devices using very similar hardware. You'll probably find better prices, too.

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