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#87168 21-Jul-2011 20:48
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A friend in the US said he can get me Xoom for $399+tax(US)

This model: http://www.staples.com/Motorola-XOOM-Tablet-10.1-in-with-WiFi/product_925665

I don't need 3G since I can use Wifi most of the time or tether with my phone.

Is this is a good choice?

He also said he can get this for $299 but it's only 16GB: http://www.staples.com/Acer-Iconia-A500-10S16u-Tablet-10.1-in-with-WiFi/product_321244

I see there is fairly positive review of the Xoom in the Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10739784

but despite it being 3G capable (only on XT it appears) I can't see forking out $1100 for one.

US $399+tax or about NZ$510 is more my speed.







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  #496442 21-Jul-2011 21:50
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I've heard good info about either. I've had a quick play with the Acer at JB hifi and Playtech, as well as the Asus Transformer. Both seem pretty solid. I don't know much about the xoom though. I'd probably just go with the Acer 299 is a good deal.

Just a quick question, how is your friend able to get such a good price? One of my family members regularly travels stateside, so I might be interested in one as well.

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  #496444 21-Jul-2011 21:53
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The Motorola Xoom from Telecom New Zealand is not locked. There Herald article is incorrect.




 

 

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  #496455 21-Jul-2011 22:11
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The reviews i've read say the Xoom is nice. That's a pretty great price.

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  #496507 22-Jul-2011 07:31
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I had a quick play with the Xoom at the Telecom store in Sylvia park recently, i was impressed I'd much rather the Xoom over the Acer or Asus.

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  #496629 22-Jul-2011 12:16
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I will check with the person who holds the purse strings in the family and if it's okay I might get the Xoom :-)  I think I would leave it in the kitchen mainly for recipes, surfing, databases etc but I suspect the kids will walk away with it.

The lower pricing is courtesy of a $100 off coupon from Staples but you have to go to a store to get it.




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  #496858 22-Jul-2011 18:03
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Just for any others I believe this is the coupon that gets you $100 off. It is walk in only.

http://reg.e.staples.com/c/s/tagfrm/hBOJnz1B7SHGCB8ca0OCYWUNv53/coupon.html?n=927

Unfortunately I don't think I'll know anyone who will be in LA before it expires. Enjoy your new tablet lchiu7!

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  #496865 22-Jul-2011 18:18
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its not bad

 
 
 
 


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  #497160 23-Jul-2011 18:03
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I had to register just so I could ask the following. If anyone knows of course...

I have been waiting for the Xoom to arrive to our shores for some time. It was with some dissapointment I discovered that Telecom had exclusive rights to distribute the Xoom here. I'm dissapointed of course because Telecom appears to have no interest in bringing in the Wi-Fi only model.

For me my plan was to use my smart phone's hot-spot capability for the Xoom to feed off should I be in need of a Internet connection. I don't see the need to have a 3G plan just for the Xoom.

Only $1149NZ it says for the 3G model from Telecom. US Citizens can get the 3G Xoom with no plan from Motorola for around $950NZ. This missing hundred is not so bad on the surface. Our GST and importation costs probably account for that. However the wi-fi only can be got for $580NZ. Less if you had your friendly American friend use that voucher at staples as posted above. Its a tad dissapointing when you realise the wi-fi is half the price Telecom is selling the NZ version for.

So my thoughts now revolve around buying a US Wi-Fi Xoom and bringing it to NZ. I've already seen the power is a universal 110-220v 50/60hz to know that baring a US to NZ adapter it would be no issue. If I'm bothered and extremly lucky I could proabably buy a power supply from Telecom. I am more concerned about how Motorola pushes out android updates. Currently the US Wi-Fi only versions are getting Android 3.2 with the SD card update finally enabling external storage. The question arises though does a US version Xoom which obviously has a NZ IP address still get updates?

I've seen from https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/50579 that you can go to "Settings > About tablet >  System update" to check for updates. I've also seen some links on how to manually update your xoom.

Anyone actually have a Xoom from the US and knows the answer?

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