Today is the first day consumers can buy the uber-tablet Xoom from Motorola. It is also the first piece of hardware to hit shelves with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, an operating system optimized for tablets.
The 1GHz powered Motorola Xoom is $599.99 with a two-year contract with Verizon, or $799.99 without a contract.
Verizon Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola XOOM starts at $20 monthly access for 1GB. The Motorola XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE service at no additional charge in the second quarter of 2011.
Among iPad trumping features are an HDMI-mini output, 2-megapixel camera, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD, and MicroSD Card slot for additional storage. The device should also be Adobe Flash 10.2 player capable.
The Xoom is widely regarded as the most polished Android tablet available.