Here's an iPad lookalike that might not draw many shoppers away from the Apple device. A Best Buy ad spotted by Engadget reveals that Motorola's Xoom slate will cost $799.99 when it becomes available on February 24. That's $799.99 with a $20-a-month (or more) Verizon data plan. The worst part? The small print under the picture that says, "To activate WiFi functionality on this device, a minimum of 1 month data subscription is required."
The Xoom does have nice specs, of course—a 10.1" 1280x800 display, a dual-core processor with a gig of RAM, and a couple of cameras with the option for 720p video capture. It also runs Android 3.0, which looks awfully slick based on the demo videos that have popped up on YouTube recently. Next to Apple's $499 Wi-Fi iPad, however, the Xoom seems just a tad pricey.
I'm not the only one who thinks so. eWeek has devoted an entire article to listing reasons why the Xoom is overpriced. Among the most convincing: the price tag puts it "dangerously close" to ultraportable notebooks, the hardware is "unproven" and unknown to customers, and so is the operating system. Here's hoping we'll see a price cut once the iPad 2 comes out.