Motorola’s Android OS 3.0 powered Xoom tablet may be the most siginificant iPad competitor currently available. The appearance of a WiFi-only model free of mobile phone contract activitation will only helps its cause. WiFi-only tablets definitely have their place. By the time my segment of the iPad 2 waiting line reached the Apple Store last week Friday evening, all the 32GB and 64GB iPad 2 models were sold out. The store clearly underestimated the demand for the WiFi-only model.
The official Motorola press release provides some information about the WiFi-only Xoom model’s availability.
The WiFi-only Xoom will be available in the U.S. starting March 27 which falls on a Sunday. Sunday seems like an unusual day to launch a product in terms of news coverage. However, it does mean that many people will have time to wander over to retail store to take a look at it. The Xoom will be available from a number of large U.S. chains: Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club (select locations), Staples and Walmart. The 32GB WiFi-only Xoom will be available for $599. This is the same price as Apple’s WiFi-only iPad 2 32GB model. Some retailers bundle accessories with the device which may make the $599 price a bit more enticing.