It didn't take long for most stores to sell out of Apple's iPad 2 during its launch weekend, and if you try ordering one online at Apple, you're looking at having it shipped in "4-5 weeks." That's in stark comparison to sales of Motorola's Xoom tablet, which have been underwhelming, according to at least one analyst. The reason might have to do with Honeycomb.
Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdry equated Xoom's poor sales performance to its Android 3.0 operating system, which is he says is "extremely complicated and confusing," eWeek reports . As a result, the Xoom will be relegated to enthusiasts rather than making a splash in the mainstream market.
"Apple has set the perfection bar too high for Google to achieve and has also raised the expectations from the customers too on what to expect from the software," Chowdry said.
Chowdry isn't alone in his assessment. Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies and Co., said that "Xoom sales have been underwhelming... the device has been a bit buggy and did not meet the magic price point of $500."