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PHOENIX -- Apple's iPad2, the second-generation of its wildly popular table, was announced Wednesday and will be available March 11.
While the iPad was the first tablet on the market, it is no longer alone.
Ken Colburn of Data Doctors gave Scott Pasmore the lowdown on the Motorola Xoom, which offers many of the features that will be part of the new iPad2, including front- and rear-facing cameras.
According to Colburn, the Xoom is not meant to be a iPad killer. It's built for a different, more technical user base. While pretty much anyone can use an iPad, the Xoom requires more technical knowledge. If you are a heavy user of Google apps like Gmail Google Calendar, Picasa and YouTube, the Xoom might be for you.
The Xoom is fast, powerful, has stellar battery life, and, to the delight of geeks everywhere, is very customizable.
If you want an iPad, though, you probably won't be happy with a Xoom.
The Motorola Xoom is available from Verizon for $800 without a contract and $600 with a two-year contract. Monthly fees range from $20 to $80 depending on your plan.
Colburn said unless you are an early adopter and know exactly what the Xoom is and how you will use it, you might want to sit tight. In addition to the iPad2, a variety of other tablets, including Research in Motion's PlayBook will be available in the coming months.