The Motoola Xoom, the first tablet that gives iPad some real competition, debuts Thursday morning at Verizon. If you're considering buying a tablet and but are in the fence about the Xoom, which uses the new Android operating system, this is an excellent summary of the benefits and drawbacks.
The Xoom is priced at $600 if you buy a two-year wireless contract from Verizon for $20 a month, you can upgrade to 4G this spring.
But because of the planned launch of new tabs this spring and summer, it may be worth waiting.
"If you’re interested in a tablet, you’d be wise to wait a couple of months," say David Pogue, tech columnist at The New York Times. "You’ll want to consider whatever Apple has up its sleeve for the iPad’s second coming, of course, but also Research in Motion’s business-oriented BlackBerry PlayBook and Hewlett-Packard’s juicy-looking TouchPad tablet, which runs the webOS software (originally designed by ex-Apple engineers for the Palm Pre smartphone)."
Here's a summary of the questions you are likely to ask yourself about buying a Xoom, and the answers from one expert.
And here's what's happening with other tabs set to debut shortly.