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Did Motorola Rush the Xoom Release?

by Jon Rettinger | February 24, 2011February 24, 2011 10:48 am PDT

Motorola-XOOMConsidering the growing list of issues with the Motorola Xoom, one has to wonder if it wouldn’t have been better served by waiting a tad longer to release it.

From a business perspective, being first to market is a tremendous advantage:  You can capture a significant amount of early adopters, garner the majority of the press, and subsequently set the standard for the product category.  Motorola, clearly cognizant of what it meant to be the first company with an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, may have made far too many sacrifices in the name of being first.

The biggest issue thus far  is the lack of 4G LTE support at launch.  If we were looking at an over-the-air software update to activate the radio once Verizon’s network was ready, there would be no issue.   However, this promised 4G upgrade is a hardware fix, that allegedly will require the owner to send their tablet off to Motorola in order to get access to the extra G. If the 4G upgrade wasn’t annoying enough, what about the disabled MicroSD card on the device?  Motorola is claiming it will be enabled at a later date via a software fix.  Also coming via a software patch will be support for Adobe’s Flash technology, which is currently missing from the device.

While the Xoom looks to be an extremely impressive device from a hardware perspective with a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a ten-inch screen and so on, it does appear as if Motorola sacrificed quite a bit in order to get it out the door.

What do you think?


Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...

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