To Xoom or Not To Xoom

Ben —  February 10, 2011 — 23 Comments

One of my goals for the year was to be able publish as a guest on a blog. Well, in my 2nd month I’ve been given the opportunity just to do so over at Geek Rev. Here’s an exerpt:

So you’re in the market to purchase a tablet to help you, you know, with your sermons. You’ve decided you would rather go Android than iOS (gasp!). The next question you have is, do you spend the 6 to 7 bills needed to purchase the flagship XOOM, or do you forgo waiting until it releases later this month, and settle for a lesser tablet now?

Here are some (very) quick thoughts before making your purchase:

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23 responses to To Xoom or Not To Xoom

  1. Congrats on the guest post!

  2. Congrats on the guest post, Ben! And if you’ve got anything you think would work on my blog, I’d love to have you post there, too. Just let me know.

  3. Great post, Ben – although I consider it more than just a guest post.

  4. Good post Ben. I expect to see one on HP’s TouchPad, which IMO is a better device.

    • I think you’re just an Android-hater. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Spec-wise it’s inferior, check Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/09/hp-touchpad-vs-ipad-vs-xoom-vs-playbook-the-tale-of-the-tape/

      UI-wise, it’s going to be hard to tell until I actually play with Honeycomb. Remember, Honeycomb is a completely different UI than Android of the past. Completely overhauled.

      • Android hater? Not really. I am a geek (but a cool one), and I love fancy UI and fiddling around with software. Iโ€™ve had Android, IOS and Palm. Donโ€™t get me wrong, I see great things coming from Android. I just donโ€™t think their focus is the average customer. Unfortunately most average customers are buying Android but are growing frustrated with it.

        I wouldโ€™t count out Palm/HP just yet. This is a very immature market now and there is room for at least 3 to 4 players. I expect HP with their brand and cash can accelerate the Palm TouchPad. For a 1.0 product is even more polished than iPad 1.0.

        P.S. I expect to get my hands on the Xoom and put it to test before making a prediction. Video looks sweet though.

        • Young market indeed. Which Android device did you have?

          There are VERY many weak ones out their at the moment, and unfortunately it’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to get the OS updates out.

          • Nexus One. Nifty little device. I hated the scroll ball thing though.

            The fragmentation is a big issue, but that’s in the hands of the providers.

            • Yup, I’m not a fan of the ball at all. Fragmentation was a huge issue, not so much anymore. It’s a young OS and as providers learn, they’ll probably opt out of putting their own “skin” on top. Who knows.

  5. Very cool! Guest blogging would seem like fun! Wanna do one for my site? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Ben,

    Congrats on the guest post. I have yet to jump into the realm of tablets but it is a goal of mine.

    • Yeah, to be honest I think I just want a friend to have one. That way I can still play with it and test it out, but not have to fork out the bills. lol

  7. Congrats on the guest post, but I’m not much of a techie. Over my head.

  8. Congrats on the guest post!
    I’m hoping to swap guest posts with some of you awesome men in the coming month or so. Crazy busy with work/life/school for now.

    I don’t know if I would give up an iPad for a Xoom, but it does look cool.

    • Thanks man. I don’t know if I myself will get one, but I do have 4 upgradeable lines, which = super leverage when trying to negotiate pricing and things and such. We’ll see.

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