∞ Motorola iPad competitor Xoom ships Feb. 24

Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility announced Tuesday that Motorola’s Xoom tablet will ship through Verizon Wireless beginning Feb. 24, 2011. The device will cost $800 unsubsidized, though Verizon Wireless customers can get the tablet for $600 if they agree to a two-year customer agreement that costs at least $20 a month for access using Verizon Wireless’ 3G data network.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]The Xoom is positioned as a direct competitor to the iPad, It sports a 1GHz dual-core microprocessor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. Unlike the iPad, it features a front-facing 2-megapixel video camer and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video at 720p.

While the Xoom features 3G data access, Motorola says the Xoom will also be upgradable to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE service at no additional charge some time during the second quarter of 2011. Another feature touted by the device that’s not ready at launch is support for Adobe Flash – “available soon as a free download,” according to the companies.

The Motorola Xoom got noticed in early February during a featured ad spot during the Super Bowl. Motorola says it’s the first device to ship using Google’s new Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system.