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Analyst: Motorola Xoom sales are 'weak,' Honeycomb is a 'mess'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Mar 2011 13:53 User comments (30)

Analyst: Motorola Xoom sales are 'weak,' Honeycomb is a 'mess' Yesterday, Verizon publicly stated that sales of the Motorola Xoom tablet are very strong, but at least one analyst disagrees.
Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research says today that sales are in fact, "very weak," and short battery life and "poor software quality" are killing the tablet.

Says Chowdhry (via Barrons):

Google Honeycomb is suffering from frequent application freezes and crashes and the battery life is very inconsistent lasts sometimes for 2 hours, and sometimes for 6 hours. The battery standby life is mere 10 12 hours vs. 30 days on Apple iPad.


The analyst calls the Honeycomb interface "extremely complicated and confusing, and does not come naturally you really have to work on it," citing conversations with Xoom owners.

Chowdhry concludes that Honeycomb, and Android tablets in general, may "struggle to get mass adoption and probably be relegated to Tech Community only."

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30 user comments

19.3.2011 15:10
XoomOwner
Unverified new user

What is this guy talking about? I own a xoom and the interface is not confusing. The system is quite fast but I believe he was babbling about working his way around the system.

29.3.2011 15:47
IPadOwner
Unverified new user

I own an iPad and had a chance to check Xoom. I totally disagree with that guy. Xoom has a very good interface. Just a few tablets are available in the market. I think there is space for both Apple and Motorola HWs. Anyone can choose what consider the best. Both are very good units.

39.3.2011 15:52
xoom user
Unverified new user

This guy is crazy, my battery is excellent. I charged my battery on Friday and accidentally left my charger at work. On Sunday, I still had 22% left and that was with moderate use. I have minimum crashes. Honeycomb is awesome!

49.3.2011 15:58
PlayBookOwner
Unverified new user

I own an RIM PlayBook, I rule

59.3.2011 16:22
reminder-block
Unverified new user

this pad is way too expensive! 800$. bring down the price to like maybe 600$.

69.3.2011 16:50

Looks like a troll got in here! ;-)

79.3.2011 16:58
Lovemyxoom
Unverified new user

Wondering if this guy has even operated a Xoom. I sold my iPad to get one, and so far it has been awesome. My battery life is unreal as is the interfae.

89.3.2011 17:16
pal2727
Unverified new user

this guy know nothing about xoom and honeycomb

99.3.2011 17:21
ipad2lover
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Lovemyxoom:
Wondering if this guy has even operated a Xoom. I sold my iPad to get one, and so far it has been awesome. My battery life is unreal as is the interfae.
Yeah, you sold your iPad for pennies and then paid $800 + contract for the Xoom...GOOD DEAL! Not

109.3.2011 17:32
XOOMpwns
Unverified new user

While I don't think the Honeycomb OS is perfect I don't have a clue what this analyst is talking about. My battery life lasts forever, not just on standby with everything off but with my WiFi running continuously and lots of web browsing, downloads and game play. The interface is rather simple, maybe not as elementary school friendly as iOS but anybody with 10 minutes to learn can use it fairly well. My applications very rarely crash, and usually the ones that crash are the ones not Tablet ready yet. All in all this is the same as the guy who said "The Playbook will be obsolete before it even releases." Probably paid by Apple, or an Apple fanboy.

119.3.2011 17:43
iPadOMG
Unverified new user

Originally posted by XOOMpwns:
While I don't think the Honeycomb OS is perfect I don't have a clue what this analyst is talking about. My battery life lasts forever, not just on standby with everything off but with my WiFi running continuously and lots of web browsing, downloads and game play. The interface is rather simple, maybe not as elementary school friendly as iOS but anybody with 10 minutes to learn can use it fairly well. My applications very rarely crash, and usually the ones that crash are the ones not Tablet ready yet. All in all this is the same as the guy who said "The Playbook will be obsolete before it even releases." Probably paid by Apple, or an Apple fanboy.
Idk what you are talking about with the battery life of the Xoom. I havent had to charge my iPad since I bought it on launch day (yes that's 11 months without charging).

Us normal users do not have "10 minutes" to learn an interface, we just need it to work right out of the box.

129.3.2011 17:45
Southflguy
Unverified new user

This is why business analysts don't review products. Leave that to the professionals. This is a joke. Probably wants to strengthen his Apple stock.

139.3.2011 18:00

my dunut is running fine and it cost 100.00 new and yeah out of the box it worked just fine and I haven't looked back now that the zoom is out more will fallow and less the cost of the ipads and the contracts with verizon so lets agree to dis -agree that some of our toys a re just kewl.. and others make us pay just to use them sorry apple dudes and gales but being teathered to a bunch of fruits isnt kewl or the same as buy it and download what you want free to do what you want ... how about a tablet that is your phone and cam and starts your car and turns up the heat before you get home on a cold day .(oh yeah it has to walk my dog to).. peace all and play nice we all love our toys thats why we buy them

149.3.2011 18:52
SouthCAguy
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Southflguy:
This is why business analysts don't review products. Leave that to the professionals. This is a joke. Probably wants to strengthen his Apple stock.
I am a business analyst and resent that remark. I will be putting a BUY rating out on Apple tomorrow, and a STRONG SELL on Motorola Mobility.

I will put a HOLD on Mystic's use of "kewl"

159.3.2011 19:07

This guy is most likely just an idiot that thinks he is an expert or is part of the "Cult of Apple". Since we know that they can do no wrong and everything else is garbage.

169.3.2011 20:03
Carvega
Unverified new user

This 'analyst' is obviosly trying to manipulate the market. It'd be cool if he merely gave his opinion, but he is giving out misinformation. In the two weeks I've owned my Xoom, the quickest the batt has gone out is about 8-9 hrs. And that was with the brightness above 75%. But the screen is so brilliant, there is really no need to turn the brightness above 50% indoors. In fact, somewhere around 35% does the job quite nice... so my typical batt usage is 11-12 hrs. About on par w/ my ipad.

While the interface is naturally more complicated than ios, it works MUCH better. It took about 20 min to get used to.... but if you've ever used a computer before... it just sort of makes sense. And shame on Apple for not making a more functional tablet OS first.

1710.3.2011 1:30

Trip Chowdhry is tripping and full of BS. This Article is so stupid and full of quoted nonsense. He is a 100% Troll:

Trip Chowdhry is anything but reliable. Hes a one-man operation of this so-called "Global Equities Research", and for many years now, hes been cooking up rumours and speculation about just anything beneath the sun. One moment hes predicting the doom of Crapple, the next he claims that open source companies are dropping like flies. Just Google him to see what kind of ridiculous lies hes been spreading in the tech industry.

Hes a long time Apple Pimp and done enough damage sending investors into a tizzy with false speculation. Give yourself a favour and ignore him.

Moto and Google should sue this Crack-tripping guy for unfounded allegations !

http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2008/11/10/trippin-with-trip-one-mans-view-of-carnage-to-come/

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Mar 2011 @ 5:41

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Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

1810.3.2011 1:42
Rob40358
Unverified new user

Originally posted by xoom user:
This guy is crazy, my battery is excellent. I charged my battery on Friday and accidentally left my charger at work. On Sunday, I still had 22% left and that was with moderate use. I have minimum crashes. Honeycomb is awesome!
"Minimum crashes"???? For $800 you shouldn't have ANY crashes. What a mess.

1910.3.2011 10:42
GhostofXmasPast
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Mrguss:
Trip Chowdhry is tripping and full of BS. This Article is so stupid and full of quoted nonsense. He is a 100% Troll:

Trip Chowdhry is anything but reliable. Hes a one-man operation of this so-called "Global Equities Research", and for many years now, hes been cooking up rumours and speculation about just anything beneath the sun. One moment hes predicting the doom of Crapple, the next he claims that open source companies are dropping like flies. Just Google him to see what kind of ridiculous lies hes been spreading in the tech industry.

Hes a long time Apple Pimp and done enough damage sending investors into a tizzy with false speculation. Give yourself a favour and ignore him.

Moto and Google should sue this Crack-tripping guy for unfounded allegations !

http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2008/11/10/trippin-with-trip-one-mans-view-of-carnage-to-come/
Really an article from 2008? Do you know where the world was in 2008? Post something current or GTFO troll

2010.3.2011 13:58

Originally posted by GhostofXmasPast:
Originally posted by Mrguss:
Trip Chowdhry is tripping and full of BS. This Article is so stupid and full of quoted nonsense. He is a 100% Troll:

Trip Chowdhry is anything but reliable. Hes a one-man operation of this so-called "Global Equities Research", and for many years now, hes been cooking up rumours and speculation about just anything beneath the sun. One moment hes predicting the doom of Crapple, the next he claims that open source companies are dropping like flies. Just Google him to see what kind of ridiculous lies hes been spreading in the tech industry.

Hes a long time Apple Pimp and done enough damage sending investors into a tizzy with false speculation. Give yourself a favour and ignore him.

Moto and Google should sue this Crack-tripping guy for unfounded allegations !

http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2008/11/10/trippin-with-trip-one-mans-view-of-carnage-to-come/
Really an article from 2008? Do you know where the world was in 2008? Post something current or GTFO troll
For something Current just Google him. I choose that article 'cos it have many samples: Read the comments and links....thx. ;)

May 27-2010:
http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/05/27/update-chowdhry-says-he-was-wrong-no-ballmer-at-wwdc/

March 10-2011:
http://www.androidguys.com/2011/03/10/analyst-honeycomb-chance-mass-adoption/#disqus_thread

March 9-2011:
http://theorangeview.net/2011/03/xoom-sales-are-either-extremely-strong-or-very-weak/

March 4-2011:
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/ipad-prince-or-pauper-in-apples-kingdom/19425049/
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Mar 2011 @ 1:11

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The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

2110.3.2011 14:06
Mrguster
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Mrguss:
Originally posted by GhostofXmasPast:
Originally posted by Mrguss:
Trip Chowdhry is tripping and full of BS. This Article is so stupid and full of quoted nonsense. He is a 100% Troll:

Trip Chowdhry is anything but reliable. Hes a one-man operation of this so-called "Global Equities Research", and for many years now, hes been cooking up rumours and speculation about just anything beneath the sun. One moment hes predicting the doom of Crapple, the next he claims that open source companies are dropping like flies. Just Google him to see what kind of ridiculous lies hes been spreading in the tech industry.

Hes a long time Apple Pimp and done enough damage sending investors into a tizzy with false speculation. Give yourself a favour and ignore him.

Moto and Google should sue this Crack-tripping guy for unfounded allegations !

http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2008/11/10/trippin-with-trip-one-mans-view-of-carnage-to-come/
Really an article from 2008? Do you know where the world was in 2008? Post something current or GTFO troll
For something Current just Google him. I choose this article 'cos it have many samples: ;)
Libel suit coming for you Xoom fannyboy, compliments of Trip.

2210.3.2011 14:42
lissenup2
Inactive

Why would anyone with just a teeny tiny half a brain pay 700 for a Xoom tablet when so many others are cheaper??

What exactly does a Xoom have that other don't?

Ring in here Verizon (Xoom) fanboys.

I'd bet that 90% of Xoom owners could care less about the hardware itself and only bought because it's "only on Verizon".


THis of course is another example of Verizon's shady and deceitful practices. They say one thing when it's really another. Their arrogance won't allow them to criticize themselves EVER EVER.

I challenge one person to identify one single instance where Verizon said "Ooops, our fault"

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Mar 2011 @ 14:42

2310.3.2011 14:55
lissenup2
Inactive

Originally posted by Mrguster:
Originally posted by Mrguss:
Originally posted by GhostofXmasPast:
Originally posted by Mrguss:
Trip Chowdhry is tripping and full of BS. This Article is so stupid and full of quoted nonsense. He is a 100% Troll:

Trip Chowdhry is anything but reliable. Hes a one-man operation of this so-called "Global Equities Research", and for many years now, hes been cooking up rumours and speculation about just anything beneath the sun. One moment hes predicting the doom of Crapple, the next he claims that open source companies are dropping like flies. Just Google him to see what kind of ridiculous lies hes been spreading in the tech industry.

Hes a long time Apple Pimp and done enough damage sending investors into a tizzy with false speculation. Give yourself a favour and ignore him.

Moto and Google should sue this Crack-tripping guy for unfounded allegations !

http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2008/11/10/trippin-with-trip-one-mans-view-of-carnage-to-come/
Really an article from 2008? Do you know where the world was in 2008? Post something current or GTFO troll
For something Current just Google him. I choose this article 'cos it have many samples: ;)
Libel suit coming for you Xoom fannyboy, compliments of Trip.


Yeah..........again...........No

Can't bring a libel suit when no unsubstantiated claim or falsehood has been made. Nothing here is anything other than a collection of opinions.

2410.3.2011 16:15

Originally posted by lissenup2:
Why would anyone with just a teeny tiny half a brain pay 700 for a Xoom tablet when so many others are cheaper??

What exactly does a Xoom have that other don't?

Ring in here Verizon (Xoom) fanboys.

I'd bet that 90% of Xoom owners could care less about the hardware itself and only bought because it's "only on Verizon".


THis of course is another example of Verizon's shady and deceitful practices. They say one thing when it's really another. Their arrogance won't allow them to criticize themselves EVER EVER.

I challenge one person to identify one single instance where Verizon said "Ooops, our fault"
sure thats easy, their math error in 2006 look it up.
as you state in your previous post. "Nothing here is anything other than a collection of opinions"

2510.3.2011 16:24
PopChild
Unverified new user

Originally posted by lissenup2:
Why would anyone with just a teeny tiny half a brain pay 700 for a Xoom tablet when so many others are cheaper??

What exactly does a Xoom have that other don't?

Ring in here Verizon (Xoom) fanboys.

I'd bet that 90% of Xoom owners could care less about the hardware itself and only bought because it's "only on Verizon".


THis of course is another example of Verizon's shady and deceitful practices. They say one thing when it's really another. Their arrogance won't allow them to criticize themselves EVER EVER.

I challenge one person to identify one single instance where Verizon said "Ooops, our fault"
Here comes the rain:
http://poststar.com/news/local/article_1b9d90f5-7be0-5e60-b96c-0ac0bf6b8dd5.html
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/10/verizon_wireless_amits_wrongly.html
http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2010/03/verizon_admits_mistake_gives_h.html
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/80217

2610.3.2011 21:45
lissenup2
Inactive

Originally posted by PopChild:
Originally posted by lissenup2:
Why would anyone with just a teeny tiny half a brain pay 700 for a Xoom tablet when so many others are cheaper??

What exactly does a Xoom have that other don't?

Ring in here Verizon (Xoom) fanboys.

I'd bet that 90% of Xoom owners could care less about the hardware itself and only bought because it's "only on Verizon".


THis of course is another example of Verizon's shady and deceitful practices. They say one thing when it's really another. Their arrogance won't allow them to criticize themselves EVER EVER.

I challenge one person to identify one single instance where Verizon said "Ooops, our fault"
Here comes the rain:
http://poststar.com/news/local/article_1b9d90f5-7be0-5e60-b96c-0ac0bf6b8dd5.html
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/10/verizon_wireless_amits_wrongly.html
http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2010/03/verizon_admits_mistake_gives_h.html
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/80217


Ok ok......I concede to those BUT.......they do indeed make every effort to not admit even when they have been blatantly busted. It is rare that Verizon admits mistakes or wrong doing.

The math mistake doesn't really apply as it's centered on one individual and an honest error.

And though the FIOS thing is isolated too......it's also a FIOS thing......and FIOS is something they're trying to market. Unlike their cell service where it's already established and arrogance already set in. Either way, it's isolated and mind you.....LOOK WHAT HE WENT THROUGH TO GET "WHAT'S DUE". No one cares about remedying a situation when you have to jump through hoops of fire to get it done.

The 50MM refund was a result of FCC contradiction. Basically Verizon did what they do as a shady, arrogant company. They backtracked and tried to cover their ass at the expense of others rather than just admitting and correcting.

The listing error was minor and shouldn't be recognized as it was even big enough to merit national news.


Try looking up (as you did so diligently about finding "Verizon apology articles) "Verizon shady practices". Can you say "plethora"?


I will say "Challenge met" though. Good to know they are "willing"
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Mar 2011 @ 21:46

2711.3.2011 8:15
sheri1983
Inactive

Originally posted by XoomOwner:
What is this guy talking about? I own a xoom and the interface is not confusing. The system is quite fast but I believe he was babbling about working his way around the system.
You're part of the "Tech Community" the author was referring to.

2815.3.2011 10:08
stukindaguy
Unverified new user

Originally posted by "iPadOMG":
Idk what you are talking about with the battery life of the Xoom. I havent had to charge my iPad since I bought it on launch day (yes that's 11 months without charging).

Us normal users do not have "10 minutes" to learn an interface, we just need it to work right out of the box.
11 months? Really? Has it ever been turned on? I really hope that's sarcasm...

Personally, I will be getting the Xoom, I can live with an occasional app crash (which iPad has too btw), and I am thinking that the writer of this article just outright lied about the batt life

2930.3.2011 10:08
jimmythetulip
Unverified new user

Originally posted by iPadOMG:
Originally posted by XOOMpwns:
While I don't think the Honeycomb OS is perfect I don't have a clue what this analyst is talking about. My battery life lasts forever, not just on standby with everything off but with my WiFi running continuously and lots of web browsing, downloads and game play. The interface is rather simple, maybe not as elementary school friendly as iOS but anybody with 10 minutes to learn can use it fairly well. My applications very rarely crash, and usually the ones that crash are the ones not Tablet ready yet. All in all this is the same as the guy who said "The Playbook will be obsolete before it even releases." Probably paid by Apple, or an Apple fanboy.
Idk what you are talking about with the battery life of the Xoom. I havent had to charge my iPad since I bought it on launch day (yes that's 11 months without charging).

Us normal users do not have "10 minutes" to learn an interface, we just need it to work right out of the box.



Idiot. Eleven months no charge, what's it like using your I pad on standby as a paperweight.go fluff steve jobs on an apple geek site. Xoom battery averages 8 to 10 hourssince I bought it and who gives a shit on standby for more than five days....unless your heading to the moon with your I pad charging every other day is about as easy as taking a piss and shouldn't be made a big deal otherwise....apple dueche

3022.8.2011 15:16
jdrnstl
Unverified new user

If you are thinking of purchasing a tablet, give the Xoom a good, hard look! I have owned my Xoom for about 5 months now, I use my Xoom daily. I of course compared the Xoom's features to the I pad, and there's really no comparison. Of course there are more apps available for the I pad, but give it some time and Android apps will catch up and I feel surpass I pad apps.

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