9. Motorola Xoom
When Google is ready to make a leap forward with Android, it anoints a hardware partner to work closely with the company on the new software and produce a device that will be an initial concept vehicle of what Google envisions. For its Android 3.0 tablet OS, Motorola was the chosen one. And, interestingly enough, the Motorola Xoom was not only be the first Honeycomb tablet, but also the first tablet to run on Verizon's new 4G LTE superhighway. This 10-inch widescreen tablet has drool-inducing tech specs but the Android tablet software is incomplete and desperately needs more apps. The other big drawback is the price. It retails for $799 without a contract. Even the Wi-Fi version is $599. It will be tough to justify that price until Google cleans up Honeycomb and gets app builders on board. Read full review.
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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.