Xoom Arrives to Mixed-to-Positive Reviews
The first major challenger to the iPad, Motorola's Verizon-exclusive Xoom tablet, is set to arrive Thursday, and the early reviews have been almost universally positive, although most cautioned that the price is high and the upcoming second iPad could beat it out.
Writing in the New York Times, David Pogue praised the Xoom, calling it "an excellent, xesty tablet with... a lot of xip," while also pointing out its "xany" price tag. Pogue had positive things to say about the Honeycomb version of Android, which is debuting on the device, but also noted that "If you’re interested in a tablet, you’d be wise to wait a couple of months" for other competitors to arrive.
Over in the Wall Street Journal, Walter Mossberg opined that the "Xoom beats the first-generation iPad in certain respects, though it lags in others." He also praised the processor and pair of cameras, while cautioning that the upcoming second iPad may neutralize some of the differences. Mossberg also said he would "advise consumers to wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve" before making a purchase decision on the Xoom.