Thanks to the folks over at deal-a-day site, Woot.com, you have the option of picking up the first ever Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom, for $399. This is a refurbished 32GB WiFi-only unit. The 10.1 inch tablet is running Honeycomb 3.1 (the latest version).
If you don’t mind picking up a refurbished unit, you’ll be saving yourself a cool $200 off the asking price of $599 that you’ll find for a new WiFi-only Xoom direct from Motorola. This deal even beats the device new from Amazon which would run you $499.
It is my personal opinion that Honeycomb is not yet good enough for the mainstream. If you want value in a tablet today, go buy an iPad 2. The Xoom itself is a decent bit of hardware, if a bit heavy, but the software still needs time to mature. The Android Marketplace is not yet loaded with enough Honeycomb apps to make the Xoom shine as a tablet, and the Honeycomb interface is not intuitive enough for your average user.
That said, you may not be a mainstreamer, and may be willing to put up with Honeycomb’s rough edges for the sweet customizability that is Android’s hallmark. If that’s the case, we’ve had our hands all over the Xoom; if you need some questions answered, feel free to comment below. We’ve also got some Xoom related content that might aid in your potential purchase decision (also check below for specs):
- Motorola Xoom and Android 3.0 Overview Video
- Motorola Xoom Testing Notes and Benchmarks
- Editing HD Video with Movie Studio on Android 3.0 / Motorola Xoom
- Android 3.1 Hands-on Testing: Performance, Browser Quick Controls, Flash Playback, and More on the Xoom
Have a look at the specs:
- Android Honeycomb 3.1
- Dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU @ 1GHz
- 1GB of RAM
- 10.1 inch capacitive multitouch screen @ 1280×800
- Micro HDMI-out
- MicroUSB port
- 32GB of built-in memory
- Rear-facing 5MP camera (capable of 720p recording)
- Front-facing 2MP camera
- WiFi a/b/g/n & Bluetooth 2.1
- GPS, magnetometer, proximity sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope
- Android Marketplace access
- 3250 mAh battery
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Adobe Flash capable
- 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm / 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
- 708 grams / 25 ounces
Don’t forget that this deal be completely gone at 1AM EST, and may sell out (likely will!) before that time comes. Best of luck!