Motorola has always treated India well. It has launched quite a few Android phones along with its global launches. Now its tablet, Motorola Xoom, the tablet which is supposed to give iPad a run for its money is being launched in India. The price of Motorola Xoom is set at Rs. 35000 and is available for pre-order on Infibeam. Not Flipkart. Xoom will start shipping from 10 May 2011.
Apple which chose to ignore India and chose to use India as its dumping ground should learn a lesson or two from Motorola. May be it won’t. At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter. If India needs tablets there are a lot of choices available and iPad just won’t figure in that list. All of them feature Android tablets which is all the more better for the Android community for world dominance.
Motorola Xoom’s pricing is a point to note. Unlike Samsung Galaxy Tab, Xoom did not come at an exorbitant initial price. Rs. 35000 seems reasonable given the fact that Samsung Galaxy Tab was launched for Rs. 37000. Is it a good buy? Well the jury is still out. Anything above Rs. 30000, needs special scruitiny. What justifies the price? Is it the Barometer? What if I don’t need one?
Xoom is definitely not for the value-for-money folks, of which there are many. Xoom is the first real Android tablet running an OS designed for tablets and first real iPad alternative. Early adopters shouldn’t feel the pinch of the cost. May be Motorola should squeeze in a cooler to cope up with the harsh Indian summer. That’s value for money.
The company should launch the WiFi version, which is on its way now,along with the 3G version of XOOM in India.In that case,even students at universities,which are probably the most WiFi equipped places in the country as of now,will go buy the tablet.