Motorola Xoom Tablet to Launch February 24th for $800

Short of an official announcement, the most convincing proof that Motorola's Xoom tablet will launch on February 24th, 2011 (and not February 17th, 2011 as earlier reports indicated) is a Best Buy ad that's been floating around the Web. According to the ad, we're about two-and-a-half weeks away from launch, which gives you time to start saving.

Good thing too, because the Xoom is going to cost $800. That seems high to us, though we suppose that's the luxury (for Motorola) of being first out the gate with a tablet built around Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform.

For those who want to sign up with a 3G data plan with Verizon, the ad lists the following tiered options:
  • 1GB Data Allowance: $20/month
  • 3GB Data Allowance: $35/month
  • 5GB Data Allowance: $50/month
  • 10GB Data Allowance: $80/month
If all that looks familiar, it's because that's identical the 3G data plans Verizon offers for the Galaxy Tab. The cheapest plan comes out to $240 per year, or you could spend $960 per year for 10GB/month. Yikes!

Data plans notwithstanding, how do you feel about the Xoom's launch price? Is $800 too steep, or a fair asking price for a first-gen Honeycomb tablet?