Motorola is to Blame for Xoom’s Low Sales Numbers

I just finished reading Matt Burns’ article ruminating over the low sales numbers of the Motorola Xoom. Matt, in kindness attempts to shift the blame in equal portions away from the place where it truly belongs and that is squarely at the “feet” of Motorola and Motorola alone. Even in his introductory shuffle, where he looks to lift the Xoom even momentarily, Matt acknowledges even if not knowingly, that the Xoom is a failure of Motorola’s own creation, by pointing out the nullifying price point of the device and that the Xoom is not on par and most certainly not better than an iPad.

This writing is just my partial response and reaction to Matt’s thoughts and going line for line (almost). Well, at least I touch on the major points, reading the CrunchGear article may help, but is not required.

Google is not to blame.

It is not the fault of Google that Motorola pulled the trigger on the Xoom launch. If, as Matt points out, that it is indeed true that Samsung, Motorola and the entire host of Android manufacturers need to release devices according to the Google Android release cycle, then clearly Motorola took the calculated risk to be first, negotiated the opportunity and subsequently mishandled the occasion.

That is not the fault of anyone at Google.

That is just a bad business decision and truthfully, it was not a “bad” decision it just had bad execution.

Editorial

The Amazon Kindle is dead…

And just like that, the most gifted, most wish listed and most talked about by Amazon, but only in a positive way item, the Kindle, is finished. Just in case you begin to think, “here we go again” let me first inform you that this is not another Amazon will be the best competitor against Apple article. Nevertheless, you can withdraw an Amazon, Apple dialog from the text. Now back to topic, which is the necessary death of Amazon’s beloved Kindle, which is definitely finished.

“How so?” one asks.

Let me first mark this by saying I pondered over the “Why Amazon Must…” article written by the ever popular Apple evangelist, MG Siegler at TechCrunch, and I do agree with MG that Amazon must and should create an Android device, but for different reasons.

So what is your reasoning behind this?

Besides the fact that these are no-brainer decisions, Amazon needs to cover their ass on the investment they have made so far on the Kindle and I don’t think any of us can make it through six months of speculative posts scattered across the Web about what essentially still to most is vaporware. But in case you require more than my unparalleled Vulcan-like reasoning dispensed as a Spider-Man Pez candy in one highly concentrated sentence, here are two thoughts that I have compiled on the matter, broken down for you to digest as if they were Gerber’s baby food.

1. Amazon has a significant investment and presence in cloud computing. An Android device, be it a smartphone or a tablet could be just the component that Amazon requires to catapult their cloud computing services to the forefront and ahead of services such as Mobile.me. (In fact, while preparing this, Amazon released a cloud based music solution for Android. So much for being too busy to press the publish button earlier this week.)

2. Today’s phones and now our tablets serve equally as doorways to consumption and items for utility, if not more. Amazon is the undisputed king of internet retail when it comes to physical goods (consumption). It should not take much to transition consumers to include and ultimately prefer making their digital purchases with Amazon as they do their physical.

Additionally I would like to highlight a point that I agree with, previously presented by Dan Frommer, in “How Amazon Could Quietly Become a Huge Tablet Player”. Dan makes several hearty vaunts on the topic but the one where he states that Amazon’s music store and video services are essentially second to only Apple is one of the strongest if not the strongest point made.

The distance from or closeness to iTunes does not matter. What does matter is that Amazon, aside from Google should be the number one destination for all things Android. To miss the opportunity to connect that to a device that could serve as a gateway to other products and services would be like failing to connect a Velcro chinstrap on your helmet before bungee jumping.

Editorial

HTC EVO 3D

Announced at CTIA 2011, the Sprint bound HTC EVO 3D Android based smartphone is the latest in a recent barrage of HTC devices. Taking advantage of the newest available technology, the HTC EVO 3D has a high-resolution 4.3-inch QHD glasses-free 3D display and a dual 5-megapixel camera that allows you capture HD video in 3D as well. The newest HTC Android phone also functions as a wireless 3G/4G hotspot, has Wi-Fi, GPS, 1GB of memory and 4GB of internal storage to save your media and data (expandable to 32GB), all powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, the HTC Sense interface and Gingerbread, the latest Google Android release. The HTC EVO 3D world tour starts later in the year and the smartphone will hit the US on the Sprint 4G network.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 hardware wise is slightly thinner than the iPad2 at 8.6mm, comes with a 8.9-inch 1280×800 HD display, a dual core 1GHz processor, WiFi, Bluetooth and HSPA+ networking. On the other side a digital compass, gyroscope and accelerometer flush out the new Samsung Galaxy Tab. The new Android tablet will ship with Honeycomb and later Samsung will provide a custom interface over the Android 3 OS by the name of TouchWiz UX. Unless another Android 3.0 based tablet beats the new Samsung Galaxy tab 8.9 to market with a customized interface, the push update of the TouchWiz UX will make Samsung the first company to customize Honeycomb. Priced at $470 for 16GB and $570 for 32GB.

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Lexar 128GB SDXC Memory Card

Lexar is now shipping those 128GB memory cards you’ve been waiting for since CES 2011. The massive Lexar 128GB SDXC memory card is an industry first. With Lexar guaranteeing speeds at 20MB per second you can upload those hi-res hangover photos of your buddies, the HD bachelor party videos you’ve been wanting to post online and of course the professional stuff that pays the bills, without feeling as if you are waiting forever and a day for the process to finish.

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The HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt is Verizon’s first 4G LTE smartphone and the new Verizon flagship is now available for purchase and breaking sales records in the process. Pop out kickstand, high resolution 4.3-inch touch screen display, 8 mega-pixel camera with LED flash on rear, a 1.3 mega-pixel lens on front and a 720HD video recorder all powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The HTC Thunderbolt pairs HTC Sense with Android 2.2, 8GB of on board memory and a 32GB microSD card for $250 with contract, $600 without and for $180 if you buy from Amazon and are willing to wait for the mail to arrive.

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Apple iPad2

With a 10-hour battery, an all-new design, FaceTime and Smart Covers, the Apple iPad 2 is here. Lighter and thinner than the original, the iPad 2 features the new Apple dual-core A5 processor, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and a 720p HD video lens on the rear. The iPad 2 comes with the latest version of Apple iOS (iOS 4.3), a compass, a gyroscope and allows for a iPhone Personal Hotspot.

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HTC Kicking Ass Quietly

Since HTC started rolling Android phones like joints at a medical marijuana dispensary, stock prices for the foreign phone manufacturer have done Apple-esque numbers. You think one hundred percent? Nope. Maybe about two hundred? Think again. Triple it up from last year and then you’re on point.

Editorial

Apple MacBook Pro ThunderBolt

Serving as a warm up to the imminent next generation iPad announcement, refreshes abound for the Apple MacBook Pro laptop family. The new Apple MacBook Pro Thunderbolt laptops ($1,200 to $2,500 U.S.) feature dual core or if you prefer quad core processors (Intel i5 or i7), fresh FaceTime HD cameras with three times the resolution of the previous generation, Radeon HD graphics and Intel’s new lightning fast Thunderbolt I/O technology technology that boasts transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps.

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Motorola Xoom

With all of the competition out there when it comes to Android powered tablets, the Motorola Xoom hopes to separate itself from the pack. Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Xoom tablets gets bragging rights as the worlds first Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet. Motorola’s Android tablet features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 2-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear facing one that captures video in 720p HD and support for Adobe Flash. The “Best of Show” winner at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show rolls out on Verizon Wireless for $599 with two-year agreement and $799 with no obligation.

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