For those not happy paying a huge amount but want a good solid tablet this is the chance to get one. Especially when ice cream sandwich coming for it, so wont be any different from the latest tabs apart from weight and speed really.
Cut-price 32GB Android tablet, anyone? Dixons is now pricing the 32GB Motorola Xoom at £249 - if you can find one. And, according to readers, keying in the discount code 'Tablet 10' at the checkout will get you ten per cent off the sale price, taking the tablet down to £225. Motorola Xoom at Dixons The catch: word is …
I can't find the Transformer for less that abut £330 quid, I wouldn't call that 'not much more', and that's for the 16Gb model. The keyboard dock is a great add-on, but without it the Xoom is a better device.
Early reviews of the Xoom mention the SD card port being disabled, but that is long since overcome by firmware updates, so thrown in a32GB SD an have a 64GB device for peanuts.
I got a Xoom off ebay just before christmas, and it's almost never out of my hands. Briliant for media and useable as a work device too. I'm not quite geek enough to hack it for ICS, I'll wait for the UK upgrade, but Honeycomb is still a great OS, and any limitations are easliy overcome by free apps from the market. Much more flexible and useful than the iPad (my wife has one, so I can compare side-by-side).
It probably wasn't woth the original asking price, but this is silly money.
If anyone manages to pick one up, I recommend this case on amazon, which is really useful and dirt cheap:
Your Transformer and the Xoom share nearly identical innards, I don't think you can claim top tablet because of your memory card slot and keyboard dock.
Not when you consider how much you paid for the privilege.
The Asus Transformer prime can be called Top End, by virtue of it's superior hardware.
Didn't mind paying the full price to get my grubby hands on one at the time. But at £225 this is insane money for dual core 10.1" tegra 2 hardware with an SD slot, HDMI out and dual band abgn wifi. Not as slim, by any means as the samsung 10.1, but it bothers me not. Use mine all day every day and has fully replaced my laptop which is now gathering dust. It's also very easy to remove the euro firmware and put on the US google experience device firmware... meaning I'm now rocking android 4.0.3 and fully up to date. Only gripe is the proprietary 12v power connector and no USB charging.. but with the battery life being so good its not really an issue. If you can find one get it, with SD card expansion you're looking at 64gb.. stock android tablet. Good value.
It's a good deal if you're after a usable tablet for a fairly low price. Unfortunately for me it has that one word that will always be poison - Motorola. The tablet may well be able to go to ICS via unlocking and flashing the US firmware but after past experiences I will not be touching their hardware. If Google are successful with the purchase it may change but for the near future I'm avoiding them completely.
For anyone else it may be a good deal, my point of view is from bad experiences. That and I have an Advent Vega which may not be top of the range but does what I need it to for the time being.
The PCW in Watford had at least one in on Saturday when I was passing time there. Not sure I'd have picked one up if iId known about the upgrade (after all Motorala do not have the best reputation for providing these on their android products) as I'm not a big fan of their products having ahd my figners burnt through their design and build quality in the past.
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