Poor Motorola Xoom, it was supposed to be the first 4G Android Honeycomb tablet on Verizon Wireless. But the LTE radio upgrade for 4G was pushed back to September, and meanwhile Samsung has found a way to squeeze 3G and 4G into their impossibly thin Galaxy Tab 10.1. It's just as thin as ever, and light as well. But the buttons have been juggled around to make room for the added connectivity.
The 1.25 lb., 0.34" thin Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G still has the standard goodies including dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, a GPS and dual cameras, and is in fact otherwise unchanged from the WiFi-only version. It comes with Samsung Media Hub and Android OS 3.1 Honeycomb but no TouchWiz (we assume it will be downloadable just as it is for the WiFi model). The 7000 mAh battery really stands up to the demands of 4G LTE, and battery life remains solid.
The only drawback? The price is quite high. The 16 gig model retails for $699 and the 32 gig model sells for $799. That's a bit more than the non-contract price for an iPad 2 at the same storage capacities. Unlike the iPad 2, you do have the option to get a 2 year contract and roll the price back a bit to $529 and $629, though that $170 savings won't quite offset the ETF penalty if you don't stay with the contract.
Here's our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE on Verizon tablet video review: