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Motorola Xoom Lands to Hardware Fanfare, But Honeycomb's 'Meh'

The first batch of reviews of Motorola's hyped-to-the-gills Xoom have landed. And, while we wait for our own supposedly iPad-killing unit to arrive, we thought it was worth listening to what everyone else is saying about the device, as well as Google's new tablet-specific version of Android, dubbed Honeycomb. On the whole, reviews have been positive, with almost every outlet praising the combin...

Motorola Xoom Landing With Crippled Wi-Fi on February 24 for $800

If you're excited for the Motorola Xoom, allow us to disappoint you a bit. The world's first Honeycomb tablet will land on February 24th, and will cost $799.99. What's more, Verizon may be crippling the Wi-Fi radio unless you cough up for a data plan, which starts at $20 a month for 1 GB. In case you missed it, the 1984-esque Xoom Super Bowl ad is above....

Best Tablets of CES: Xoom, VIA, Tab and PlayBook Lead the Way

We're quickly coming up on a year since the iPad was released, and while opinions may have been divided early on, there's simply no questioning now that Apple's take on the tablet PC singlehandedly made that long-failing device category suddenly viable. Apple didn't invent the tablet; it was simply the first to craft one that was compelling enough to finally win over consumers. Along the way, it h...

Better, Stronger, Faster: The World's Most Powerful Phones, Coming Soon

Share Though it's accepted wisdom that 2011 is "The Year of the Tablet" (we're pretty sure it falls between the year of the Hare and the Dragon), apparently someone forgot to tell smartphone manufacturers. Tablets were as common as rollie suitcases and bad skin at CES, but what's really crushed our craniums has been the bevy of ultra-powerful cellphones. We've seen several models that will take a...

Glance Into the Crystal Ball of CES: Our Top Picks for the Best Gadgets of 2011

Share Your fancy iPod case, your Palm Pre, even your fantastic GPS-enabled directional unit: it all originated here. This is the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where every tech company worth its salt comes to show off its wares, and where tech writers, for the most part, question the validity of their jobs. In the past, we at Switched have been pretty right on: we still think 3-D TV is a...

We Manhandle Motorola's Xoom Android Tablet

Motorola took the wraps off its new Honeycomb-based tablet, the Xoom, yesterday afternoon at a press conference. Just a few hours later, we had the handsome slate in our greedy paws. When the Xoom lands later this year, it will be pushing the just-announced Android 3.0, which, designed specifically for tablets, features a dual core 1Ghz processor and 1GB of RAM. (All that power is needed to push ...

Motorola Debuts Xoom Tablet, Droid Bionic and Cliq 2

With a tablet, new phones and some intriguing docking functionality for mobile handsets, Motorola isn't messing around at this year's CES. The company just finished detailing some of its Android-heavy lineup for 2011, and the big news is clearly the serious-looking new Xoom tablet. Head after the break for a breakdown of what you need to know....

Droid 2 Allegedly Explodes in Man's Ear

Cedar Hill, Texas resident Aron Embry claims that his brand-new Droid 2 exploded. Usually, when cell phones explode (and yes, they do explode from time to time), they're in a pocket where heat is easily trapped. Embry claims he was talking on his phone when it popped, leaving him with a wound on his ear that required four stitches. Although he claims he didn't feel any pain, when he realized he w...

A Nostalgic Look Back at Pioneering Tech Prototypes

As gadgets progressively shrink in size and expand in function, reminiscing about vintage tech gear generally becomes a mocking and condescending exercise. Ridiculing the massive and relatively simple devices -- on the surface -- can be effortless, but, put in the proper context, cumbersome and clunky gadgets again appear revolutionary and inspiring. Wired is providing a retrospective glimpse at ...

'StarCraft II' Tops PC Charts, Congressman Condemns 'Treasonous' Wikileaks Snitch

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... 'StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty' has already conquered a huge slew of blockbuster rivals to become 2010's best-selling PC title, moving 1.5 million copies during its first two days on the market. [From: Games Beat] A Michigan politician apparently believes that the actions of alleged Wikileaks informant Bradley Manning demand c...

Facebook Lawyer Disputes Ceglia's Contract Claims, T-Mobile Trumpets 4G Expansion

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Paul Ceglia is claiming Facebook ownership rights based on a 2003 contract, but a lawyer for the site is now questioning the authenticity of Mark Zuckerberg's purported signature. [From: SF Gate] T-Mobile believes its HSPA+ network, which now affects a total of 85 million U.S. consumers after incorporating 24 new cities, curre...

Motorola Charm Combines QWERTY, Candybar and Android

Since hitting the market in late 2008, Android has had one glaring omission from its repertoire of form factors: a candy-bar style, portrait QWERTY phone like a BlackBerry. Those who fell in love with their BlackJack or Dash back in the day, and are desperate to upgrade to a modern mobile OS like Android finally have an option: the Motorola Charm. The Charm is the spiritual successor to the Bac...

Motorola Takes a Swipe at iPhone 4 in Droid X Ad

Well, it looks like the gloves are officially off. In a full-page ad that ran in the New York Times on June 30th, Motorola not only managed to laud the Droid X's sparkling new features, but also to take a cheap shot at the iPhone's well documented reception issues. As Engadget reports, Motorola threw down the gauntlet in just two sentences, which read: "It comes with a double antenna design. The ...

Droid X Gets Official, Coming to Verizon on July 15 for $200

Well AT&T has the iPhone 4, Sprint has the Evo 4G and T-Mobile... well T-Mobile is really nice. Now, Verizon can play the super phone game too with the official announcement of the Droid X. The specs are exactly what were expected: a 4.3-inch screen, 1Ghz processor, 8-megapixel camera with flash and HD video capabilities, HDMI out and the usual assortment of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. On the so...

Droid X 'Coming Soon' to Challenge Evo

Update after the break Well spy shots have been circulating around the Web for some time, and leaked information let us know it was coming to Verizon, but now it's official, the Droid X from Motorola is "coming soon." The Droid X is essentially Verizon and Motorola's answer to the Evo 4G, minus that all-important 4G part. It packs a 4.3-inch screen, a 1Ghz processor and Android 2.1 as well as ...