After generating a ton of buzz at Consumer Electronics Show, the world's first Android 3.0-enabled tablet, the Motorola Xoom, is hitting stores this week. If you're planning on picking one up, you better come prepared; here's a rundown of everything you need to know.
The Motorola Xoom will be on sale February 24, this Thursday, at Verizon wireless and Best Buy stores nationwide.
The Xoom will come in both 3G-enabled and Wi-Fi-only versions, though the 3G model will be the first to ship. The 3G version will cost $799.99 without a contract, but Verizon will be offering a subsidized version for $599.99 with a two-year service agreement. The Wi-Fi-only version will also cost $599.99, though the specific launch details have not been confirmed.
As of now, Verizon has only confirmed that they will be offering a $20 1GB-per-month data plan at launch. Other options may be available later.
Not at launch. Though Motorola has said that the device will be 4G-capable, Verizon hasn't fully rolled out their 4G LTE network. Don't fret, however, as Verizon and Motorola have vowed to provide free 4G upgrades to Xoom users when the feature becomes available later this year.
The Xoom should come with everything you need already, but there are a few official Motorola accessories available as well; including a portfolio case that costs $39.99, a Bluetooth wireless keyboard for $69.99, as well as a standard dock for $49.99 and a HD speaker dock for $129.99. Additional accessories from third-party manufacturers should be shipping this year as well, though whether or not they will be available at launch is uncertain.