The Motorola Xoom was the first tablet to run Android Honeycomb, the version of Google’s mobile operating system optimized specifically for tablets. Because of that, or perhaps in spite of that, the Xoom was expensive. It was, in fact, $100 more expensive than Apple’s iPad 2. That’s not a good strategy if you want to compete with Apple, a company that’s recognized by most as selling its products at a premium compared to competitors (the famed ‘Apple tax’). Motorola may have tried to create its own ‘Moto tax’ with the Xoom but the truth is that it failed miserably.
The first iteration of Honeycomb was far from perfect, with many inconsistencies and bugs, and the hardware itself was nothing that spectacular either. So people just decided to skip the Xoom and wait for other Android tablets, such as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which has been a lot more affordable since it hit the streets, and as a consequence has seen many stock shortages in the US.
According to Android Police, all you have to do is print the coupon you see above and take it to the nearest Staples store. As you can see, the coupon will give you a cool $50 off the price of the Wi-Fi-only Xoom. And since that price is now $499.99, the tablet will be yours for $449.99. I bet you didn’t see that coming back when Moto’s tablet was selling for $599.99.
There are a couple of caveats to note. First off, the coupon is only valid in actual Staples stores (so yes, you need to print it and so on). Second, the coupon is only good through July 9, which is this Saturday. So if you wanted to buy a Xoom but so far have been put off by its price, now may be the time to reconsider. Also, if you’d like an Android tablet but so far weren’t sure which one to buy, at this price the Xoom is a pretty good deal, so perhaps you should get one.